Silencing the Lambs
Vol: 112 Issue: 20 Thursday, January 20, 2011
It was just twelve days ago that a deranged part-time college student opened fire in a Tucson parking lot, killing six innocent people and critically wounding Representative Gabrielle Giffords.
Just twelve days! It seems like a lot longer, but mainly because the story has been told, retold, untold, rewritten, retold, untold and retold a dozen times already.
In the first telling, the gunman was a former member of the military and a right wing Tea Partier with a grudge against Democrat Gabrielle Giffords.
The second version added that he was a Christian right-winger. The narrative expanded to include his being influenced by the overheated rhetoric of the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin.
These versions were the ones immediately and uncritically accepted by the media, particularly on the Left, and only grudgingly relinquished when the actual facts emerged.
The gunman hated Christianity. He never listened to talk-radio. He hated George Bush. He believed that the government was behind 911. He was an ardent believer in UFOs. He was an atheist that detested religious people but was totally immersed in the New Age.
In short, if there was any possibility that he was influenced by somebody’s political worldview, the most likely suspect would be filmmaker Michael Moore.
So the narrative had to be adjusted, slightly. This gunman wasn’t influenced by talk radio, Glenn Beck, the military, Bible prophecy, Christianity, the Tea Party, and overheated right-wing rhetoric.
But the next one will be.
So it is time for those on the Right to stop all the overheated rhetoric that is sure to cause the unhinged among us to whip out our pistolas and go about ‘setting things right for Jesus.’
But only those on the Right. Those on the Left are free to continue to demonize any that disagree with them without fear of recrimination.
Representative Steve Cohen responded to Sarah Palin’s comment that blaming her for the Tucson attack was a ‘blood libel’ compared opponents of health care to Nazis.
Specifically noting Palin’s comment, which came amidst left-wing demands to tone down the ‘heated rhetoric’, Cohen said this from the House floor.
“They don’t like the truth so they summarily dismiss it. “They say it’s a government takeover of healthcare. A big lie just like [Nazi propaganda minister Joseph] Goebbels. You say it enough and you repeat the lie, repeat the lie, repeat the lie until eventually people believe it. Like blood libel, that’s the same kind of thing. The Germans said enough about the Jews and people believed it, and you have the Holocaust. You tell a lie over and over again.”
Cohen (a Democrat, naturally) made his comments yesterday, even as the GOP agreed to stop referring to the health care bill as a job-killing bill — out of sensitivity to the unhinged among us.
Evidently, there are a lot more of the unhinged out there than previously suspected.
Having acknowledged that there is absolutely no connection between the Tucson gunman and overheated right-wing rhetoric, the Left continues to push for legislation aimed at silencing the intolerant opinions of those that disagree with them.
Suddenly, as if a light had just gone off over their heads, politicians like Dick Durbin and Barney Frank are reminding Americans at every opportunity that “words kill”.
That’s quite a change of heart, given that, if words really did kill, these guys would be mass-murderers. I’d rehash some of their quotes, but you already know most of them from previous OL briefs.
What I want to return to is Representative Cohen’s ‘overheated rhetoric’ for a moment, because pretty much everything he said about the Big Lie was true.
But the Big Lie isn’t about health care. The Big Lie now on the table is that right-wing overheated rhetoric was responsible for the shooting in Tucson.
But it is the Goebbels version. There is no evidence to support it, yet it is repeated over and over at every opportunity. It also gives us another example of the Hegelian Dialectic in action.
Hegel codified political mass manipulation as a three-part process:
- Thesis: Identify a politically unpopular goal, like restricting free speech.
- Synthesis: Create a ‘crisis’ whose solution requires the imposition of the goal identified in part one.
- Antithesis: Exacerbate the danger presented by the invented ‘crisis’ until the public begins to demand the politically unpopular goal identified in part one as the solution to the crisis created in part one.
Thesis: Silence critics like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, talk radio, Christian leaders, and other political opponents.
Antithesis: Overheated right-wing rhetoric puts members of Congress and their constituents at risk of being shot by deranged Christians, (especially those interested in Bible prophecy) right-wing Tea Partiers, talk radio and Glenn Beck fans. Something must be done.
Synthesis: Ban the kind of rhetoric that results in politically-motivated shootings.
Althernative synthesis: Ban private gun ownership.
Do you see it? Bible prophecy forecasts the coming of the most repressive dictator the world has ever seen, due to make his appearance at some point during the same generation that would see the restoration of Israel.
At that point in history when Israel when was reborn (1948) the most repressive dictatorship in modern history had just been crushed by the Allies.
The idea that another could possibly rise to take its place in the same generation was impossible, unthinkable.
Yet the Bible said it was inevitable.
And here we sit, just one generation removed from the Greatest Generation, listening to our own leaders parrot the exact same propaganda.
Last time, it was the Jews. This time, it is the Jews and the Christians. But it is the exact same methodology. And Cohen was right about where it will lead.
But before that, the Rapture!
“Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1Thessalonians 4:18)