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Only in America. Progressive Talking Points Trump Common Decency Every Time by The Elephant's Child
June 20, 2015, 10:27 pm
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“Once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun. … We as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.” Barack Obama

What I find most interesting is the extent to which the Left depends on their customary talking points. “Only in America are innocent people killed with guns. We have to ban all guns.” America, you see, is a bad country to the Left: slavery, inequality, poverty, the Indians, corporations,inequality, greed, cruelty, war, torture, discrimination, inequality, diversity, and of late, microaggression and triggering, and, of course, offensive speech of all kinds. They are Progressives, which implies that they are progressing towards something — which seems to be an egalitarian utopia where they are in charge.

But President Obama, speaking angrily about the massacre at the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, knew perfectly well that this type of mass violence does indeed happen in other advanced countries. When Behrigh Anders Brevic killed 75 people in Norway in 2011. Mr. Obama went to the Norwegian embassy to express his sympathy and the sympathy of the nation. When two gunmen entered the office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and murdered 11 people and injured 11 more, killed a police officer, and another killer murdered five more in a kosher market and wounded eleven, the heads of state of most advanced countries went to Paris and marched in solidarity with the French. Obama skipped that one, perhaps because he didn’t want to be seen condemning Muslims when he was trying to make a deal with Iran.

The shootings in other advanced countries in recent years:*

Behring Anders Breivik killed 75, 2011, Norway
Mohammed Merah killed 7, 2012, France
Genildo Ferreira de França killed 14, 1997, Brazil
Michael Robert Ryan killed 16, 1987, UK
Eric Borel killed 15, 1995, France
Friedrich Leibacher killed 14, 2001,Switzerland
Christian Dornier killed 14, 1989, France
Ljubiša Bogdanović killed 13, 2013, Serbia
Derrick Bird killed 12, 2010, UK
Robert Steinhäuser killed 16, 2002, Germany
Tim Kretschmer killled 15, 2009, Germany
Wellington Menezes de Oliveira killed 12, 2011, Brazil
Bai Ningyang killed 12, 2006, China
Juhani Matti Saari killed 10, 2008, Finland
Huanming Wu killed 9, 2010, China
Ahmed Ibragimov killed 41, 1999, Russia
Ami Popper killed 7, 1990, Israel
Antoní Blažka killed 6, 2013, Czech Republic

Looking back a little further, there is the Holodomor in 1930s Ukraine, the Rape of Nanking, the Holocaust, the Bataan Death March, to mention only a few of the larger unpleasantnesses in advanced countries. Why would the presidential mind turn directly to Leftist political talking points? Because advocating gun control demonstrates empathy, which leaves the Right as the party that does not care — a popular accusation of the Left, but suggesting that bad things only happen in America, because Americans don’t follow the prescriptions of the Left, is pretty common too.

Progressive  progress toward greater equality leaves Republicans or conservatives defending inequality. Republicans don’t believe that you can make people equal, except in the Constitutional sense of equality of opportunity and equality before the law. Or to put it differently, Republicans recognize imperfect human nature. Some of us are smart, some are not, some are beautiful, some are not. Some are talented, some are not. Some are crooks, some are not. Progressives seem to believe that imperfect human nature can be fixed, with wise regulations and management by themselves. As is often said, inside every Leftist is a tyrant trying to get out. They want to control, to regulate, because smart people like them, who went to the right schools and think the right thoughts can better organize America to be more — progressive.

*list from Wayne Laugesen, Colorado Springs Gazette

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And silliness of the left just continues:

A writer by the name of Baynard Woods submitted an op-ed to the Washington Post, and the Post, to its eternal embarrassment, printed it.

In it, he more or less says that white people – all white people, particularly white people in the South, especially white South Carolinians – are responsible for what Dylann Roof did (my favorite part is where he implies that where he grew up in Lexington, SC – the same town that Roof is from – was “racist and sexist and homophobic and full of hate”, and that he, alone, recognized this and was able to leave it behind). No, Mr. Woods, WE are not. HE, Dylann Roof, is responsible.

Baynard Woods feels shame at his ancestry (he states in his article that he is descended from the Pinckneys) and his race. I, too have the Pinckneys in my family tree, which I am proud of (the Pinckney Family helped write the Constitution and helped organize the colony of South Carolina into a state, among other things), and am pretty much indifferent to my race (so-called “white privilege” or not, I’ve worked for everything I have, and can recall no time where skin color was a factor in anything I did). I actually had several discussions on this topic with Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the pastor who was killed by Roof (we also talked about South Carolina football, South Carolina politics, and how much we both liked Beaufort, where he was born and raised and I own a house). I have to wonder if Mr. Woods has ever allowed himself the idea that, as a unique individual in a world of unique individuals, that things can happen that are not his responsibility, and that events in the past can be, not ignored, but left in the past, and not dragged out to be used as an excuse.

One of the major components of the liberal mindset is a strong sense of self-loathing, and what seems to prompt their outrage more than anything is the simple fact that others people (ESPECIALLY conservatives!) do not share it, or even, in a lot of cases. understand it. It’s a major component of their writings and rantings. I cannot understand the desire to feel shame over events and people that one has no control over.


Comment by Lon Mead

My South Carolina people were all up-country Scots-Irish. My maternal grandfather’s people left around 1810 for Ohio, where their meeting house became a station on the underground railroad. My paternal great grandfather was an Associate Reformed Presbyterian minister. He was the oldest son, the next two died within hours of each other (cholera?), 3 served in the Confederate Army, one survived. Two Ohio uncles served in the Union Army, and were killed. I have a letter my great grandmother wrote railing about that terrible Sherman, and how they buried the silver so he wouldn’t get it. As far as I can tell, Sherman’s outrider’s never got anywhere near their town (Due West). My dad, her grandson, married my mother, whose mother was a Sherman.

Part of the self-loathing comes from Howard Zinn’s (Commie) history, where he made the case by twisting actual events that America had a terrible history and should be loathed. With that mindset, add on the Vietnam War, and that mindset. Nobody seems to actually know any history, so they are wide open for propaganda. And of course if you are going to talk racism and slavery, the Democrat’s history is execrable, and must be disguised or pushed onto the other party. A demonstration of the mindset:

Gloria Steinem is heading to North Korea to walk across the Demilitarized Zone with a bunch of feminists, and hold a peace rally in Seoul. They are “walking peacefully and open to answering any questions that this once-united country and its citizens have in mind.” They hope it will be helpful.


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