After the tragic events in Tucson, everybody from elected officials to leftist talking heads have been pointing fingers at anyone who doesn’t walk lockstep with their politics.
David Rieff of The New Republic put it this way:
“There is really no doubt that the apocalyptic rhetoric that is the common currency of the Becks, Palins, Limbaughs and worse has the potential to make unstable people murderous”
The key there being “unstable people”. Hello! They are unstable people! Based on Mr. Rieff’s logic, Jodie Foster is responsible for Reagan being shot. BTW, the shooter was an atheist too! Is anyone blaming John Lennon, Madalyn Murray O’Hair or Frank Zappa?
Do I think that the Becks, Limbaughs, Hannitys and the like feed our fears or anger? Yes, I will admit that. But then so do insurance companies. Ignoring the dangers to us, our families and our country is foolish.
The leftists don’t use this approach as much. The leftist approach is more often than not superior distain. This is self-massaging in that it offers a sense of intellectual dominance or Holier than thou. The violent garbage being spewed at Palin and other conservatives reflects the frustration with being resisted. Their living with no self-decipline is exposed unless everybody does it.
If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one. If a liberal doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns banned. If a conservative doesn’t want to pray, they don’t pray. If a liberal doesn’t want to pray, he fights to have prayer removed from any facet of our lives. If a conservative wants to be healthier, he eats healthier. If a liberal wants to be healthier, he wants to sue McDonalds into doing away with Kid Meals. You get the idea.
TV, movies and video games are far more likely the culprits. These mediums actually glorify killing, death and destruction. In today’s society this runs rampant. The irony here is that the people who are pointing fingers at the “vitriolic rhetoric” are the very same people who will fight for the right to produce these violent movies and video games.
There was a whole new market out there that wasn’t being tapped. If all the rules are done away with, think of the money that can be made! But, to tap into that market, they first had to make it acceptable. It had to fit in with the mainstream. So, the marketing people went to work. Inching along, little fights along the way until anything goes. Anyone criticizes the violence in any of these mediums and the 1st ammendment comes up. We live in a country where people, teens and even children are encouraged to act on their own desires. They are now being told that doing so is ok. When people do this, marketing people and journalists can manipulate those desires, then people can be manipulated by those in control of the media. No need for self-control anymore, because everything is ok, short of killing. But even that line is being blurred now with video games. The better you are, the more points you get, the higher you advance is based soley on the number of people you kill! How do you teach children that violence is wrong when you buy them games in which violence is rewarded? Teach what you want, they spend far more time with their friends and video games than they do with you. You are merely a commercial in their lives.
Our children are being raised and enfluenced by marketing EXPERTS just trying to make another buck. The sad part is that most parents are just happy something is keeping them busy…until the police knock down the door looking for a real-life killer.