Saturday (January 8th) I was driving around when I heard about the shooting. At first, the report was that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) was killed and others were injured.
As the days went on, it turned out that the Representative survived but was injured in the brain, while others (including District Judge John Roll) ended up dying. Including a girl born on 9.11.01.
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Now whether you want to ponder conspiracy theories based on occult practices involving the killing of three people on this or not (if they were trying to do a ritual, they failed in that one of the three targeted survived), there’s still the issue of speech. Specifically, the type of speech that is claimed to have led to this action by some “loner” with some weird videos still up on YouTube.
So here’s my thoughts:
Words Cause Actions.
When you listen to people talk, you’re processing information and figuring out how you’ll respond. You may listen, you may respond in opposition or agreement, you may hold the information for later use, you may decide that it’s nothing and forget about it, but at some point you had to respond to the words. In short, you’re acting in response to the words being said.
Of course, people don’t usually listen to words and shoot up others. That’s a bit extreme, but then sometimes extreme speech asks for extreme actions.
People Don’t Speak Much Irresponsibly.
Simply put, people put worth into their words. And while there’s people who speak big with the idea of impressing, most people will horde their words or make a concerted effort to add force to their words. Simply put, people know that their speech is aimed to make people act.
So: Are The Right Being Responsible With Their Speech?
I would actually say “yes.”
To put it simply, they want people to react. They want people to turn against their “Liberal Opponents (Translation: someone who hasn’t moved as far right as they have yet, nor whom appear ready to move further to the right when the time comes),” and to do so violently (to some degree).
(Just so you know, what passes as the left in the United States knows what’s going on, but is unable to deal with their more bitter selves. They feel that people have to deal with other people from other places (metaphorical, not necessarily physical) – something the right knows no longer has to happen. Therefore, the right will always trump the left by constantly pushing the center closer to their side of the debate.)
And what did they get from the shooting in Tuscon, Arizona?
- One Democratic housemember out of commission in a district which would probably have voted Republican had the Democrat not been the incumbent. A Tea-Partier (read: ready and willing tool of the economic fascist movement) will probably take over her spot once (s)he clears the mainstream Republican out of the way.
- Four Democrats killed. And it would seem that the Democrats killed were the type who knew how to organize and lead.
- A judge was also killed. One who seemed to stand against expanding governmental power against the state-defined enemies (druggies). To be replaced by a judge to the right of him (of course).
- And a blond-haired girl born on September 11, 2001; probably during the tower’s final hour of life I would guess.
- A guy who looks like a nut gets labeled a nut. AND gets his actions explained as banal by various others. Thereby exonerating the speakers whom (admittedly) inadvertently drove the guy to do the killing of any relationship with the guy.
- The right now looks like the standard-bearers of freedom as the leftists, liberals and progressive get shown talking about speech control.
Overall, the right did well with their speech. They got the action they wanted, and in a location that they consider key. Plus they get the garb of innocence and freedom-loving, just from protecting themselves.
Good gig, if you can get it.
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So…is there anything that would cause the Republicans and Tea Party types to change their speech?
Yes. IF a Republican or two gets shot and dies, they will react in self-defense. It’s happened before; Waco singlehandedly shut down the state militia movement in the 1990’s. (One could comment that Oklahoma City solidified things as suddenly FBI agents had reason to go out into the country.)
So it can be done. But will it?
And I wouldn’t be surprised to find more killings of Democratic officeholders and their supporters. And more words from a Right who feel (justifiably) safe and able to ferment violence against those they disagree with.