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Somebody want to maybe sit this stupid kid down and explain a few things she REALLY needs to know?


Note, please, the slogan on her shirt, just above the grotesquely offensive, pig-ignorant sign. So yeah, next let’s ask the kids to enlighten us with their wisdom on tariffs, or tax policy and the intricacies of its impact on the national economy, or how our deteriorating relations with Russia should be righted, or the strategic situation in the Mideast and Asia. To quote from Aliens: “Great, why don’t you put HER in charge?!?

See, THIS is why you don’t turn over national policy, on anything at all, to unschooled children. You don’t even allow them to influence it, not if you’re smart. Last time the adults let that happen, congratulating ourselves with vapid cliches about “the wisdom of innocence” because “the children are our FUTURE!” and other such blahblahfuckingasstardedfuckwittery, was Vietnam. Ask the South Vietnamese (and Cambodians) how well that worked out for them sometime, whydon’tcha.

Looking back, it’s easy to see that our long slide down from the pinnacle of societal cohesiveness and sanity into the pit of chaos, decadence, and decline really got going around the time we decided to toss “children should be seen and not heard” into the wastebin and started indulging, pampering, over-praising, and generally kowtowing to the bratty little turds instead. The first young ‘un who interrupted an adult conversation without receiving a polite but firm “grownups are talking, dear” in response was the harbinger of doom. We compounded our folly by recklessly letting self-esteem eclipse achievement, and our tragic fate was sealed. By now, the “participation trophy” might as well be America’s headstone.

I avoided saying anything till now about the Student March Against Reality (astroturfed to hell and gone as it was) because really, A) paying attention to ill-behaved, yammering kids hopelessly adrift on a sea of self-regard is not only boring but counterproductive; B) the alleged adults cheerleading for them are irritating as hell, the Old Media fan club excruciatingly so; and C) how does one argue with ignorance this searingly incandescent anyway? And why does one bother? Given the notorious hard-headedness of know-it-all teenage ignoramuses, to what end?

We’ve all seen example after example this week of the appalling lack of any knowledge or understanding at all of the gun-rights issue on the part of these duped automatons, on all sorts of signs, placards, and shirts. But this girl’s nearly life-threatening self-beclownment takes the prize. Incomprehensibly, though, after providing the first lesson in History 101 the poor lummox above so badly needs, O’Neill himself takes a sudden lurch into…aww, God only knows what he hopes to accomplish by it:

Leonidas reportedly said this right before the Battle of Thermopylae, which took place in 480 B.C. The Spartans led a coalition of Greeks who held out against the Persians for three days of heavy fighting. While the Greeks lost, they slowed the approach of the Persian army, allowing the Greeks to later defeat the Persians in the sea Battle of Salamis and the land Battle of Plateau.

The 2006 film “300” commemorated this heroic last stand, but the phrase “Molon Labe” became a rallying cry for champions of gun rights long before the film’s debut. The phrase expresses a citizen’s defiance over handing over his firearms to the state.

The photo of an anti-gun protester wearing a pro-gun slogan on her hoodie will likely make the rounds on the Internet, ostensibly as evidence that this gun control protester had no idea what she was talking about. As hilarious as the photo is, this alone is not proof that her cause is questionable.

Umm…dude, that is PRECISELY what it is. Literally, indubitably, by definition, de facto and de jure, up one side and down the other. Her jawdropping unfamiliarity with not only gun issues but American and world history; Western cultural touchstones and memes; the concept of unalienable rights; the specific history of the gun control movement’s insuperable futility; and the philosophical reasons why government interference with the individual’s right to self-defense is not only intolerable, not to mention being enshrined in our Constitution in plain, clear language—her blank unawareness of who we are, where we came from, and how we got here, in short—disqualifies her from further participation in any debate. “Not proof”? Like hell. Her ignorance inflicts a crippling wound on her misbegotten “cause.” It lies on the floor, gasping and bleeding out. The book is closed, the discussion ended.

One of the very reasons her cause is “questionable” (to grant him his overcautious euphemism) is because it is based entirely on total, profound ignorance. Well, that, and irrationality, illogic, error, and emotion. All together, those things are EXACTLY how you identify and rebut a spurious argument. Debates—ALL of them—are won and lost via methodical refutation of faulty premises. Ultimately, if the erroneous argument is nonetheless made in good faith (NOT the case with the adult gun-grabbers pimping the sad confusion and fear of these poor kids), ignorance—she had no idea what she was talking about—is necessarily foremost among the reasons why. It is enough all by itself to render her position false, and untenable.

Truth cannot be supported by ignorance, error, or falsehood…and those things are all gun-control advocates have. Throw in the other things I mentioned and the “cause” becomes not merely “questionable” but discredited in toto, smashed into rubble. It is no longer a matter for debate or discussion; anyone possessed of honest intent and integrity is thereupon forced to abandon it. If the facts refute it, the error all on their side of the argument, ignorance its principal motivation, then the “cause” can’t be anything less than “questionable,” and is in reality much worse: the “cause” is unjust, dishonorable, and malignant. It is a thing indefensible by enlightened men of good will.

In a comment somebody quotes Camille Paglia, who explains things well enough:

What has happened is these young people now getting to college have no sense of history of any kind. No sense of history. No world geography. No sense of the violence and the barbarities of history. So, they think that the whole world has always been like this, a kind of nice, comfortable world where you can go to the store and get orange juice and milk, and you can turn on the water and the hot water comes out. They have no sense whatever of destruction, of the great civilizations that rose and fell, and so on, and how arrogant people get when they’re in a comfortable civilization, etc. So they now are being taught to look around them to see defects in America – which is the freest country in the history of the world – and to feel that somehow America is the source of all evil in the universe, and it’s because they’ve never been exposed to the actual evil of the history of humanity. They know nothing!

And until they learn something worth knowing, they don’t get to sit at the grown-up table dispensing advice about matters beyond their comprehension concerning which they possess neither knowledge, nor experience, nor wisdom—much less expecting that advice to be heeded, much MUCH less issuing demands, ultimatums, or threats of any sort. Committing acts of violent retribution against those who dare to disagree with their uninformed, logic-starved opinion—even people pretty much indifferent to the whole thing—is right the fucking fuck OUT. Period.

Oh, and by the way: any of you kids obnoxiously accusing law-abiding citizens of having “blood on their hands” who DID NOT reach out to the misfits, the maladjusted, the outsiders and loners and shunned among you—who either actively participated in hazing and tormenting them, or witnessed such behavior and did nothing to help—who chose the coward’s path of going along with the crowd instead of showing a little spine by stepping up to be a decent human being, to lend a hand to someone badly in need—well, you might want to take a good look at your own damned hands before you go opening your fat yap to offer grievous insult to people clear across the country who never killed one single soul. It’s for sure and certain that your inaction puts way more blood on your hands than most any NRA member will ever have.

It is heartbreaking, beyond tragic, that these kids have been made victims by the idiocy of “gun-free” zones; by the damage done to young males by liberal hostility towards them and the resultant inculcation in these boys of feelings of impotence, frustration, despair, and rage; and by the mindless pap of touchy-feely psychobabble that robs them of any sense of agency and effect, responsibility, civic obligation, and respect—infantilizing and emasculating them, teaching them that their very masculinity itself is “toxic.”

At Progressivism’s hubristic and foolhardy insistence, we have abandoned the vital duty of helping boys to become men. We have renounced respect and appreciation for the manly arts, traits, values, and traditions, denigrating them instead as reprehensible and dangerous. We have suppressed natural masculine inclinations and instincts, denying any outlet for them at all. We have devalued normalcy and decency and embraced the warped, wicked, and perverse. Can anyone reasonably be surprised that such a demented process would produce so many weak, pusillanimous ninnies…or monsters?

The bottom line is, mass murder committed by troubled or suffering adolescents is directly attributable not to inanimate machinery incapable of wreaking mayhem on its own without human involvement but to the mental, developmental, and moral dysfunction created by the all-too-apparent failure of Progressivist attempts at social engineering and micromanagement—as well as the Left’s obstinate refusal to face up to the wreckage, both personal and cultural, their arrogant meddling has wrought. Everything else is just smoke, posturing, or political chicanery.




"America is at that awkward stage. It's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards." – Claire Wolfe, 101 Things to Do 'Til the Revolution

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