The millennial generation might be surprised to learn that theirs is the first without guns in school. Just 30 years ago, high school kids rode the bus with rifles and shot their guns at high school rifle ranges.
After another school shooting, it’s time to ask: what changed?
Cross guns off the list of things that changed in thirty years. In 1985, semi-automatic rifles existed, and a semi-automatic rifle was used in Florida. Guns didn’t suddenly decide to visit mayhem on schools. Guns can’t decide.
We can also cross the Second Amendment off the list. It existed for over 200 years before this wickedness unfolded. Nothing changed in the Constitution.
That leaves us with some uncomfortable possibilities remaining. What has changed from thirty years ago when kids could take firearms into school responsibly and today might involve some difficult truths.
Let’s inventory the possibilities.
What changed? The mainstreaming of nihilism. Cultural decay. Chemicals. The deliberate destruction of moral backstops in the culture. A lost commonality of shared societal pressures to enforce right and wrong. And above all, simple, pure, evil.
Before you retort that we can’t account for the mentally ill, they existed forever.
Paranoid schizophrenics existed in 1888 and 2018. Mentally ill students weren’t showing up in schools with guns even three decades ago.
So it must be something else.
Indeed it must. I touched on all this myself Friday; Adams holds the nails in the post above, and Klavan breaks out the BFH to drive ’em on home:
It reminds me of some wisdom from another two sheriffs, the fictional sheriffs from the Coen Brothers movie of Cormac McCarthy’s novel No Country for Old Men discussing the mindless violence that has taken over society.
“Once you stop hearing ‘sir’ and ‘ma’am’ the rest is soon to follow,” says one.
“It’s the tide, the dismal tide,” says the other. “It’s not the one thing.”
One of my favorite lines, from one of my favorite movies. Which, hideously violent as it admittedly is, never inspired or compelled me to go out and kill anybody.
Well, not yet, anyway.
The left wants to defend gangstas and “transgressive” art and antifa thugs — but when the shooting starts, they blame the guns.
The left wants to get rid of feminine modesty and masculine protectiveness and social restrictions on sex — but when the abuse and rape and harassment rise to the surface, they start whining about toxic manhood. Perhaps they should have listened to the Catholic apologist G.K. Chesterton, who wrote about the difference between reforming society and deforming it — a passage that was neatly paraphrased by John F. Kennedy: “Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.”
“Reforming society and deforming it.” Damned good one, that is.
Now the left wants to legitimize disrespect for the flag and for Christianity. They want to ignore the rule of law at the border and silence protests against Islamic ideas that are antithetical to every good thing the west stands for. They should look to Europe where all that’s been accomplished.
The left wants us to reel in shock that Donald Trump chased women or praised Russian strong men? Who was it who defended the infidelities and possible rapes of Bill Clinton? Who was it who turned a blind eye to Barack Obama consorting with terrorists and hate-mongers like Farrakhan?
For fifteen years and more, I have been complaining that the right is silenced in our culture — blacklisted and excluded and ignored in entertainment, mainstream news outlets, and the universities. But the flip side of that is this: the degradation of our culture is almost entirely a leftist achievement. Over the last fifty years, it’s the left that has assaulted every moral norm and disdained every religious and cultural restraint.
The left owns the dismal tide.
Own it? They ARE it. Without the Left’s insidious machinations—their depraved, wanton destruction—we wouldn’t even be discussing any of this horror. Because it simply wouldn’t exist.
Ahh, but how might heretofore more or less moderate Americans have become so severely radicalized that they would turn on their country with such vehemence? Might there have been a guiding hand behind the dismal tide of Leftist destruction and nihilism? Something that took an at least rational if misguided Loyal Opposition and pushed it over the edge into madness, sedition, and revolutionary violence?
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian nationals on Friday confirms Russia sought to promote anti-Trump protests after the election as a way of sowing discord in American society.
Russian operatives organized a rally titled “Trump is NOT my President” in New York City on Nov. 12, 2016, less than a week after the election, the indictment states.
The indictment notes that the operatives organized a pro-Trump rally in New York the same day as the anti-Trump rally, although there is no indication that the pro-Trump rally was as successful as the anti-Trump rally, which had thousands of attendees, including left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore. The Guardian reported 10,000 attendees at the anti-Trump event.
The Russian operatives staged a similar anti-Trump rally, “Charlotte Against Trump,” a week later in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Russian operatives sought to “promote discord in the United States and undermine confidence in democracy” by organizing the protests, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Friday.
Mueller’s indictment confirms what legal representatives for both Facebook and Twitter told a Senate panel on Oct. 31 last year: that Russian operatives sought to harm America by undermining public confidence in President Trump’s election.
Russian operatives also sought to promote the left-wing identity politics that currently dominate the Democratic Party, previous reporting has shown.
One Russian account promoted a militant, left-wing form of feminism, similar to the kind pushed by Women’s March organizers. The Russian operatives behind the account fooled Women’s March organizers into sharing their divisive propaganda on Facebook, as TheDC first reported.
Several Russian accounts posed as racial activist groups similar to Black Lives Matter. One of those pages, Black Matters, organized the Nov. 12 anti-Trump protest attended by Michael Moore and thousands of other protesters.
The story of the American Left acting as willing if unwitting dupes—highly effective vanguard (ahem) troops in Russia’s ongoing war of subterfuge and sabotage against us—is an old one, as you CF longtimers will already know (this is probably the fourth or fifth time I’ve linked that ESR piece just in the last few months).
Strangely enough, though—especially considering the perennial nature of the Soviet/Russian campaign against the US—I’ve seen a few otherwise thoughtful and well-meaning people joining with Lefty and his NeverTrumpTard pals in pooh-poohing these indictments as somehow no big deal—trivial, a piffling distraction from the real issue, which is and forever will be TRUMPTRUMPTRUMPTRUMPOHMYFUCKINGGODTRUMP!
But this development IS a big deal. Not only does it represent the dim candle of the Trump-Russia “collusion” scam guttering out at last, it also confirms the entire Progressivist cabal in its varied parts as wholly-owned subsidiaries of a dangerous foreign adversary, aiding and abetting a hostile campaign to weaken, befuddle, impoverish, and eventually destroy the US’s ability to function as a global power and to act effectively to advance its own interests both at home and abroad.
I know I said “aiding and abetting” just now, but the more appropriate wording is probably “lending aid and comfort”—with all the deadly import that phrase carries with it. Or would, if Russia and the Left’s undermining of our very foundations hadn’t reduced the words to complete irrelevance, along with most of the rest of the document from whence they come.
Lest anybody grumble that the exposure of the Left’s groundpounder role in Russia’s sneakthief shadow-war against us isn’t related to the original topic of this post: trust me, it is. The recent scourge of mass murder in American schools, and more broadly the Left’s hysterical caterwauling for “common sense gun control” in the wake of each successive incident—a demand rooted in their ignorant horror of guns; their total incomprehension of what the 2A says, or their deceitful misrepresentation of same; their reflexive mania for bigger and more powerful government in defiance of clear, blunt Constitutional strictures; and their blank disregard for the Constitution generally—is now directly, provably attributable to Russian manipulation of the gullible twits.
The gradual disintegration of American culture into chaotic, babbling incoherence is also attributable to that manipulation. All of which brings us to the propagation by a gratuitously wrecked culture of growing numbers of dysfunctional, despondent males with no outlet other than violent mayhem for the confusion and frustration bred by years spent enduring spittle-flecked denunciations of their very gender as “toxic”—rendered defenseless against an onslaught of hatred spewed at them by shrewish, implacably unhinged termagants, themselves entirely dysfunctional, who smugly declare themselves “feminists” without a smidgeon of awareness concerning Russia’s successful effort to warp the very word itself into a depraved caricature of its accepted meaning.
“Not a big deal”? Like bloody hell. It is EVERYTHING—the biggest deal of them all, the whole enchilada. All this misery, all this strife, all this confusion and woe and conflict and distrust and hate…all of it, brought crashing down on us on purpose, by design, and with malice aforethought: a strategy conceived and engineered by a foreign foe, executed on our home turf not by skilled clandestine agents or SpecWar operators working under deep cover but by dimwitted American puppets too gullible, too blind, too damned stupid to perceive the Slavic strings controlling their every wooden-headed move.
With yet more to come, and probably worse. Nobody needs to think for one moment that this shattering exposure of Russian skullduggery will inspire the merest moment’s reflection on the part of Progressivist dupes, even after a year they themselves spent wailing about the intolerably monstrous Russian crime of meddling in our elections. Quite the opposite, is my bet: they will plunge fingers into ears and sing tra-la-la, refusing to so much as acknowledge it, embracing their destructive delusions all the more fiercely.
If there was ever going to be a moment when Trump could rid himself of the Mueller probe with political impunity, it would have to be now. Libtards having found themselves doused with a good splash of Russian toilet-water, they might suddenly be more than happy to let Mueller’s witch hunt fade quietly away without much (if anything) in the way of protest.
Well, most of them, that is. The more dazed and drool-soaked of their geriatric career-politician parasites like Pelosi would probably blibber nonsensically about such a move with arm-waving, batshit vigor before being hastily hustled away from the microphones by more astute and clear-headed Democrat-Socialist footpads desperate to salvage whatever they could from the wreck.
Myself, I say let Mueller carry right on as best he can manage. There never having been the slightest evidence of any Trump “collusion” with Russia—being, as it always was, a self-serving fabrication cobbled together on the fly by shell-shocked Clinton minions for whom losing was an impossibility, beyond comprehension—the Mueller probe has now collapsed on itself in a most agreeable fashion, blown to hell and gone by the unearthing of Democrat Socialist dirty tricks instead. A clumsy attempt to swindle their way into office with the assistance of the very malefactors they tried to frame Trump with has been unexpectedly brought to light; the loaded cigar has exploded in the clown’s face, bringing down the Big Top over the whole damned circus. I suspect nobody is more unhappy about that undreamed-of denouement than Mueller himself.
Accusations of treason most foul against Obama, Hillary, and the rest can no longer be shrugged off as partisan exaggeration, which is another most edifying product of Mueller’s Folly. Such accusations, once the exclusive province of only the most wild-eyed of whackadoodles, must now be pondered with at least some gravity by any informed and aware person in whose soul such quaint, archaic concepts still resonate, even if there remains no realistic hope of any of the aforementioned reprobates’ being brought to justice for it.
Oh, what a tangled web we weave.