...but I'm gonna ask anyways. But before I do, we need some background...
What powers the Trump campaign is the idea that the country is riding a freight train to Hell. Trump, running a play similar to Nixon's in '68, wants people to think that the nation has never known such a fearsome wave of crime and terror and unrest.
Statistics tell us that there is no crime wave. Crime began to plummet under Bill Clinton. Since Obama took office, there has been a 13 percent drop in homicide
. There were 159 terror fatalities under Obama
as of July 2016, as opposed to 3025 under Bush.
Unfortunately, psychology overpowers statistics. If people feel endangered, if headlines and cable news keep blaring the message that "Chaos rules!" then the self-proclaimed apostle of Order has a better chance of attaining office.
So my question is a simple one: As we head into the final stretch of this campaign, don't you find it rather conveeeee
nient that this shit
suddenly seems to be happening every other day? (Added note:
And now we have this shit
, right here in my adopted home town.) (Added added note:
On the same day, the same hour
, we have this shit
. Good Lord!)
A related question: Have you noticed that none
of the current mass shooters are right-wing nutjobs? At one time, the list of kill-crazy creeps included guys like Wade Michael Page, Robert Dear, Jared Loughner, Jim Adkisson, Byron Wilson, Jerry and Joe Kane, Andrew Stack, Frazier Miller and Tim McVeigh. Arguably, we should include Adam Lanza, a non-political wacko raised by a conservative gun nut.
All of those
guys are keeping suspiciously quiet.
Meanwhile, every unhappy young shlub with a foreign-sounding last name has decided that now
is the time to make a statement. Something tells me that ever-so-scary non-Christians and non-caucasians will be reaching for Glocks and pipe bombs on a near-daily basis -- right up until the time Trump puts his tiny little paw on a Bible and takes the oath.
You know damned well that, if the shoe were on the other foot, Alex Jones would be screaming "False flag! MKULTRA! Crisis actors! False flag!"
On a related note:
I will leave it to others will debate the justifiability of the police shooting Keith Lamont Scott
. There are no easy answers here: Apparently, Scott did
have a gun -- and wore it legally, North Carolina being an "open carry" state. My question goes to a different issue: Why was a man with undeniable mental health issues -- a man who had suffered a traumatic brain injury -- allowed to own a firearm? Doesn't this episode demonstrate the value of moderate
gun control legislation? Doesn't it make sense to keep guns away from those with serious psychological troubles? Why do demagogues always insist that limited regulations will inevitably lead to the eradication of the Second Amendment?