Donnie: “They were Nazis, Dude?”
The Dude: “They were nihilists. They kept saying they believe in nothing.”
Walter: “Nihilists?! F*** me! Say what you will about the tenets of National Socialism; at least it’s an ethos.”
~ from The Big Lebowski
(Again, apologies on the untimely lateness of this post – I really have no time to blog.)
Of course, following the largest mass-shooting in American history in Las Vegas earlier this month (59 dead, hundreds wounded), the usual crowd of idiots and miscreants on the Left, without missing a beat, exploited the horror to play politics before the bodies were even cold – as is their ghoulish want. One took it too far even for her own liberal company; a senior executive at CBS was fired following the dissemination of a tweet that she had no sympathy for the victims because she said country music fans are mostly a bunch of gun-toting “Repugs.” (I doubt her masters at left-wing CBS were truly that appalled at her statement – though they knew bad pr when they saw it.) And later, two Dem congressmen walked out before a moment of silence for the victims, saying it was “not a time for silence, but for action.”
Anti-gun “liberals” are always sanctimoniously lecturing us Repug deplorable types on how we need to lose the right to bear arms (the right to self-defense) because of the importance of protecting human life. But apparently, for some anti-Second Amendment pols, the lives of those they supposedly so badly want to protect are not even worth a couple minutes of prayerful respect, lest it take precious time away from pushing their all-important gun-grabbing agenda. Or, apparently, if the victims’ politics might differ from their own. (There was similar crap following the attempted mass murder of a bunch of Republican congressmen which left Steve Scalise seriously wounded. Since he had opposed proposed “gun-control” legislation, he was only getting his just deserts.)
Of course, this allegedly deep concern for the protection of human life among progressives immediately evaporates the moment the topic changes from guns to abortion. The supposed inviolable constitutional “right choose” or “right to privacy” supposedly found buried somewhere deep in the emanations of the penumbra means people have the absolute right to kill unborn babies in the womb at any time for any reason. And, not only that, but the we must all be forced to help pay for the killing with our tax dollars. One bleeding heart leftist l I heard say that he struggled for years trying to find a reconciling compromise between the “pro-life” and “pro-choice” positions, but in the end he had to “respect the primacy of individual human choice” by supporting the absolute right to abortion on demand. Unsurprisingly, this guy was also a passionate advocate of government gun-grabbing, and all sorts of other big-government restrictions on “individual human choice,” Second Amendment and all be damned. But human life itself was one thing that should not trump human choice. Or, as one meme succinctly put it, “I don’t listen to anti-gun arguments from folks who think it’s okay to kill babies.”
And, of course, we can expect another round of pious nonsense from the USCCB and other “progressive Catholic” groups about how we’re “not truly pro-life” unless we support the federal government grabbing everyone else’s guns. Such statements conveniently ignore the Church’s long tradition of teaching on legitimate self-defense, and the Catechism even speaks of a duty to protect the lives of those under our care. Second amendment rights help ensure the means to such defense and protection – which presumably is not limited only to cops. I might start taking “gun control” arguments half-way seriously the day “anti-gun” politicians and celebs willingly disarm their own security details. But apparently the right to self-defense doesn’t apply to Little People.
As for the vile mass murderer himself, we may never know his motives. Was he merely a lone psycho, or part of a bigger plot? There’s a lot of really weird stuff about the murder that just doesn’t add up, but at this point, it’s all idle speculation. Whenever there’s a mass killing, the Left rushes to gleefully speculate on possible right-wing connections. And according to the Left, this killing was really all the fault of the NRA, which is being labeled a “terror organization” (despite no evidence ever tying the NRA to any terrorists plots). But on the right, after the killing, some were openly speculating about political motives. Was the killing, as some others have suggested, a leftist attempt to “parody” the right, by collecting a ridiculous amount of weapons, then shooting up a country concert? I admit, there was a certain part of me – not a particularly good or noble part – that was sort of hoping the killer would turn out to be a leftist or ISIS recruit in order that my politics might be vindicated. But the reality is that it would be wrong to exploit a mass murder and the deaths it caused for the purpose of scoring cheap political points.
While I don’t think an ISIS connection may be totally ruled out, it remains likely that the killing has no political or ideological motive whatever. And that is perhaps in a way the most horrifying possibility. All of us seem to want to have some enemy extrinsic to the killer himself to blame – something out there we can blame, fight, and, God willing, defeat. It may well be that the murderer was not trying to send any ideological message, left, right, or otherwise, but was simply looking to kill a large number of people before he quit this earth so he could go out in a blaze of infamy. Many mass killing-suicides are non ideological, but simply nihilistic evil. This kind of evil is something leftist ideology cannot understand – as for it everything is politics and politics is everything, and there are no problems that bigger and better government can’t fix. Such evil won’t be fixed by government “gun control” or other measures. (There are no gun laws that in reality would have prevented this – especially when the killer has no respect for the law, and plans on killing himself anyway, and there are ways of killing crowds of people without guns – by home-made bombs, vehicles, etc.)
Following the rise of global Islamic terrorism, a common talking point of the “new atheists” and the secularist, anti-Christian Left is that religion is the cause of most killing in the world, and that if people stop believing in God, the world will become a peaceful, rational place. (This point is often amended to “believing in anything with certainty” after it is pointed out that atheistic Communists regimes have killed far more than religious groups. Nether mind that such people rarely question their own pc liberal assumptions about the world.) And never mind that religious mass-killings are largely confined to a particular strain of Islam. All liberal fantasy to the contrary, there simply exists no substantial world-wide movement of persons killing, destroying and raping in the name of Christ. Sadly, even the Left’s useful idiot in the Vatican, Pope Francis, has repeated such nonsense – equivocating Jihadist terror with random, completely irreligious crimes by persons who may have been baptized Christian, and saying global capitalism is really to blame.
But, as others have pointed out, if the Vegas killer had been a religious, believing Christian, who took Christ’s teachings seriously, as well as final judgment, heaven and hell, it is unlikely he would have proceeded to murder and maim a crowd of persons made in God’s own image before taking his own life. While not much is known about the killer’s beliefs, he apparently does not have any religious affiliation, and did not appear to be a religious man. Most atheists, like most other normal people, will have no inclination to commit mass murder or other atrocities against their fellow man. But for the minority that are so inclined, if there is no God, no objective morality outside our own feelings and human rules, there is no reason not to – especially if one is intent on annihilating himself and avoiding any earthly consequences, legal or otherwise.
As Nietzsche proclaimed, without God, all things are permitted. In a world of moral nihilism, particularly if – as is likely – we’re in for tough times, things will likely get very ugly.
Meanwhile, the left will continue to play politics with this and every other horrific event. First bumpstocks (a largely worthless item for most shooters) will be banned, and then more items, and then actual weapons.
In the same way the Left now plays politics with just about every damn thing in existence. Disasters from mass killings to natural disasters (such as Hurricane Harvey) exist to be exploited and used to damn your enemies. Everything now is all politics all all the time, 24-7: crime stories, weather (you filthy climate-change denier!), sports (next up, my thoughts on the NFL nonsense).