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The Vegas Massacre, Nihilism, and the Left’s Gun-Grabbing Demagoguery

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).

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Jihad, Guns, and Gays

Predictably, a shitstorm of Biblical proportions has arisen following the horrific mass-murder in a gay nightclub in Orlando last Sunday by a Jihadist Muslim who claimed allegiance with ISIS.  And shamefully, but just as predictably, the vulturine Left – including Obama and Hillary Clinton – has opportunistically exploited this slaughter, in their usual fashion, to attack second amendment rights and Christians, while ignoring the real threat of radical Islam.

Before I continue, I’ll just state that while, yes, the club’s patrons were engaging in a sinful, immoral lifestyle, that in no way excuses or lessens the evil of the murder, and this should be a solemn time of prayer and mourning, rather than self-righteous condemnation.  But neither should we react as some, acting as though the victims were holy martyrs for a noble cause, as so many are doing.  And I don’t believe the slaughter would be any bit less horrific had it taken place in, say, a school or a Wal-Mart rather than a gay club.  Using this tragedy to promote LGB-Whatever politics is as shameful as any other political exploitation, but of course the Left knows no shame.

While our Dear Leader still cannot bring himself to so much as utter the words “radical Islam,” he, Hillary, and the rest of the Jackass Party rogues gallery are once more seeking to punish law-abiding citizens by infringing on their right to keep and bear arms.  And the NRA-endorsed Donald Trump is talking of further restrictions on gun rights, reverting, as on abortion, to his liberal true colors.

 

In dealing with Islamic terrorism and violence in general, the Left typically takes two lines, neither of them truthful.  The first is to deny (a la Obama) that such acts of murder and terror, or that groups such as ISIS and Al Qaeda, actually have anything to do with Islam (which, after all, as no less an Islamic scholar than George W. Bush has assured us, is a Religion of Peace).

Of course that is nothing but pc hogwash.  I see no point, as a Catholic who believes Islam to be a false religion, to get into debates about whether violent Jihadists or more peaceful groups represent “true Islam.”  All the violent “extremist” views are supported by some Muslim clerics, and have backing in the Qu’ran , and, from the beginning, the history of Islam is far from peaceful.

But, whether you believe it represents “true Islam” or not, the fact is that the jihadist terrorists, whether formal members of terror cells or internet-inspired “lone wolves,” are in fact motivated by a religiously-based ideology.  Many on the secular Left cannot understand this, and insist that the “real cause” of Islamic terrorism must be something else – laying the blame on entirely on U.S. foreign policy (even though many attacks are in countries such as France), poverty and income inequality (even though the data says that most Islamic terrorists are not poor), and even that liberal catch-all demon, Climate Change.  (You see, gas from your SUV makes the Middle East more hot and dry, so the people there go mad and blow shit up.)  In short, nothing about Islamic terrorism that wouldn’t be fixed by a Bernie Sanders presidency.

But the claim that Islamic terror is primarily motivated by economic factors (which will be fixed, of course, by more socialism), rather than religious ideology, has no basis in reality.  There’s a reason the Orlando killer shot up a gay night club, rather than a corporate headquarters or SUV factory.

The other route is to acknowledge that Islam has a violent branch, but also to claim that it’s no worse in that respect than any other major religion, particularly Christianity.  This line of pc is typified by a presentation to West Point cadets a few years ago equating “extreme” Islam with evangelical Christianity, the Catholic Church, and Orthodox Judaism.

It’s not just militant atheists or secularists that use this line of talk; even the Pope has attacked generic “religious fundamentalism,” rather than radical Islam, following the Paris “Charlie Hebdo” attacks.

Of course, this is quickly dispelled as nonsense by the facts; there simply aren’t any significant numbers of conservative Christians or Jews blowing up buildings, murdering, and raping in the name of their faith.  (And frequently cited groups like the IRA are more political than religious.)  Take the most devout, hard-core conservative Traditionalist Catholic you can find (maybe at my FSSP parish). Start a gay club, or draw a blasphemous cartoon of Jesus, and he might start a novena of prayer and fasting for the salvation of your immortal soul.  His Islamic counterpart will load up his Sig Sauer, or load up his truck full of pipe bombs.

After the Orlando attacks, many on the left went one step further and actually blamed Christians, rather than radical Islam, for the killings.  We’re told that an “environment of hate” caused by anti-gay Christians was responsible.  Even liberal Catholic bishops have used this line, exploiting the killings to condemn Catholics who actually agree with Church teaching that homosexual activity is sinful.  (What about the “environment of hate” towards orthodox Catholics/Christians?)  And I’ve seen Catholics express guilt that “Christians like themselves” made the murder possible.  The reality is that Christians or Christianity had nothing whatever to do with it.

Please.  It’s time we wake up, stop being cowed by pc guilt-tripping, stand up for truth, call a spade a spade, and identify the real enemy: radical Islam.  We must not allow the left to continue to exploit evil acts of terror to advance its own rotten agenda, and chip away at our own liberties.

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Murder, Mayhem, and Madness

You could practically see the gleeful salivating eager anticipation on the faces of liberals a week or so ago, when the news came out of the despicable and senseless murder of three young Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  A “hate crime”!  Against Muslims!  And just after Dear Leader had, no doubt prophetically, warned all us trigger-happy Christian types against the coming bloody “backlash” against Muslims, shaming us with tales of Christian violence from a thousand years ago at a prayer breakfast!  (I suppose bashing long-dead Christians is as close as a dedicated leftist gets to prayer.)

(Btw, regarding the prayer breakfast comments, I’d recommend learning from Dr. Thomas Madden,  who dispels many popular myths on these subjects.  Unlike Obama and various liberal pundits, Dr. Madden is an actual historian and expert on the topic.)

On a message board I was on, a bleeding heart breathlessly announced the news of the Chapel Hill murders, immediately followed by speculative babble about the likely root causes of this crime, namely “ Christian Privilege,” particularly White/Straight/Male/Christian Privilege.  Those damn Straight Christian White Guys again!  This was (quite predictably) followed bya pc diatribe about Christian intolerance against Muslims, gays, and anybody else who’s “different.”

Of course, most of the excitement died down quickly when it was revealed that the killer was in fact a self-described “anti-theist” atheist, as well as a political liberal who was a fan of lefty organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, and various bleeding heart causes like “gay rights,” who committed the murders apparently out of rage over a parking incident.

Whatever his deep dark murky inner motivations for the murder were (and I don’t purport to know them), they clearly had nothing to do with Christianity.

(But he was, in fact, a White Guy.)

I mention that not to score cheap points against atheists and liberals.  Much as I disagree with atheism and the left, the truth is that most atheists and bleeding hearts don’t run around gunning innocent people down.  (They’re usually too busy whining on teh interwebz about “White Christian Privilege” and whatnot.)

But let’s face it, if the murderer had instead been shown to be a self-professed Christian, or been a political conservative (as they doubtlessly had hoped), the media would have a field day, and still be berating us conservative tea-bagging Christian types for the murderous hatred we had fostered, and how the blood was on all our hands.

For the past few decades, it seems the left has desperately attempted to politicize every senseless murder that makes news headlines, with conservatives always being somehow to blame.  (Could the killer be a Tea-Partier?!)  If nothing else, there’s always the predicable-as-clockwork cries of how the murder illustrates the dire need for more restriction of second amendment rights.

This is tied to the ongoing desperate attempt to paint conservative Christians as a hateful, violence-prone bunch (much like ISIS, only nastier).  Never mind the fact that extremely few murders or acts of terror are actually committed by committed Christians or conservatives.

Hating Islam can sometimes be acceptable in politically correct liberal circles, but only when this hatred is balanced by an equal hatred of Christianity (which, after all is the real enemy).   Like with the killer in Chapel Hill who hates all “theists,” Christian and Muslim alike.   Islamic terrorism is commonly used as a club to beat Christians with – “See what happens when people believe in a God?!”  Ironically, those same folks who insist on lumping all “theists” together become very perturbed when it’s pointed out that folks such as Stalin or Mao or that dude in Chapel Hill were in fact atheists.  (“But Real Atheists™ are peaceful!”)

Meanwhile, down here in Texas, the killer of  “American Sniper” Chris Kyle his friend Chad Littlefield was convicted of murder.  I’m glad and thankful that those true American heros received justice, and that the jury didn’t buy the defense’s ridiculous “insanity defense” bullcrap.  Getting yourself high as a kite before going to the gun range may make you an idiot, but it doesn’t make you innocent of murder.    (And I thought smoking weed, much like atheism, was supposed to bring peace’n’luv to the world and make it a better place for us all.  Oh well.)

But in the case of that creep in Chapel Hill, I just might buy the insanity defense.  Anyone that leftist has got to be completely nucking futs in my book.

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I’m back.

As you might have noticed, I’ve been taking a break from “Gregorian Rants” due to a recent personal tragedy, and that troublesome thing called “the real world” that interferes with my life on teh interwebz.

The following post “The Slaughter of the Innocents, The Second Amendment, & Political Humbuggery” was something I wrote back around Christmas, shortly after the horrific Newtown school shootings, but didn’t get around to finishing and publishing.  However, as the surrounding “gun control” debate is still very much a hot topic, and with Dear Leader making his “recommendations” to Congress (including a push for the so-called “assault weapon” ban) and upcoming “executive orders” regarding guns, I decided to go ahead and put it up on teh webz.

Interestingly, I heard on the radio a few days ago that Dear Leader Obama’s approval ratings are the highest since when he was first elected president in ’08.  This in the face of continuing dismal economic reports, and tax increases hitting everyone’s paychecks (but, hey he saved us from going over that horrible fiscal cliff, remember?).

But, no worries.  Like a godsend, our Dear Leader was granted a horrific mass-murder/suicide.  I dare say, he was positively dancing with delight at the news of this golden opportunity.  All he (and other like-minded politicians) need to do is announce salvation to the people in the the form of opposing constitutionally-guaranteed rights of citizens (oops, sorry, I meant “gun violence”), and then bask in the adoration of the media zombies who will adore his every move.  See, if you oppose any of Dear Leader’s designs, you are an evil fiend who favors gun violence and shooting up little schoolkids.  Brilliant.

Never mind that the presidential proposals range from completely useless government busybodiness at best to unconstitutional tyranny at worst.  No, all that matters is that Good Government is “Doing Something,”  and once again, we are Saved.  Alleluia!

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Slaughter of the Innocents, the 2nd Amendment, and Political Humbuggery

Last week’s horrific mass-murder of little schoolchildren in Newtown, Connecticut has once again spurred the usual hysterical cries from politicians and the chattering class for further restrictions on the right of citizens to keep and bear arms, and demands that the federal government must “do something.”

While those of the Washington ruling class shed the appropriate crocodile tears over this “tragedy” (as with other mass murders, it was not in fact a tragedy, but a deliberate act of monstrous evil), no doubt “liberal” statist politicians and “gun control” advocates were in fact delighted over this perfect storm of an exceptionally senseless and despicable crime involving a firearm combined with a left-dominated government, as its cheerleaders in the “mainstream” media gleefully declared a “tipping point” in the national second amendment rights debate.

At least this time around, there was not (at least to my knowledge) any media premature speculation tying the killer to conservatism or the Tea Party movement, as there had been with the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shoot-up and the Tucson Arizona shootings (though there was chatter concerning the killer’s mother being a survivalist).  They just went straight for the “gun control” demands.

And as usual, the debate continues over the second amendment, which would be flagrantly violated by infringements on the right of citizens to buy and own so-called “assault rifles.”  Today’s “liberals” (who are anything but liberal regarding the rights protected in the second amendment) are fond of referring to the “well-regulated militia” phrase in the second amendment to dismiss the right of citizens to own and bear arms as concerning only some archaic and irrelevant 18th-century institution irrelevant to modern life.

But when we actually study the written thoughts of the American founders, including the framers of the Constitution, it becomes clear that this phrase is in fact quite relevant to the correct interpretation of the second amendment, though not in the way “liberals” think it is.  The second amendment was not written up with concern to squirrel hunting, or even merely to personal self-defense. The founding fathers envisioned the “militia of the several states” as a citizens’ army made up of every citizen capable of handling arms.  The founders were wary of a standing army, which they saw as an instrument of oppression and tyranny by European governments, including that of Great Britain, whose yolk they recently overthrew.  In the founder’s vision of a self-governing republic, the army defending American soil would be the people themselves, fully armed with their own weapons, and trained to defend themselves against professional soldiers – whether foreign armies, or, should the need arise, their own government.   It’s much harder for a government to forcibly oppress the people when they are the army – professionally armed and trained.

Sadly, today a majority of Americans are quite happy with tyranny, so long as the tyranny advances their own preferred socio-political agenda.  And after all, isn’t it to the best to curtail citizens’ rights in order to ensure that “such a thing never happens again”?

But even assuming that gun-control legislation is actually effective in keeping guns out of the hands of murderous lunatics, they would in reality have little power to prevent those keen on indiscriminately killing large masses of people (as the Newtown school killer and the Aurora, CO “Joker” killer). For such purposes, firearms of any kind are in fact unnecessary.  Various home-made bombs, or arson, can kill rooms full of people quite handily.  Remember, the most massive and infamous mass-killing on American soil was conducted on September 11, 2001, without a single gunshot fired.  The only way to truly prevent the possibility of killings from happening, would be to keep every citizen locked away in a padded cell, so they won’t be able to harm others.  (Okay, maybe I should shut up before I give politicians any ideas.)

Some right-leaning folks have insisted that rather than guns, the government should instead focus its attention on mental health issues.  While it may not involve quite the blatant contradiction to the Constitution that “gun control” measures do, the implications of giving the federal government greater control over citizens on the basis of such a nebulous measure as “mental health” are even creepier.  It sort of calls to mind how dissidents in the old Soviet Union were locked away for “mental illness.”  But I’ve been known to suffer from bouts of right-wing paranoia.  Time to call in the boys with the straightjackets.

Murderous violence has been with us since the days of Cain and Abel, and predates the invention of firearms by millennia. It is the height of hubris to think that it can be legislated away by government busybodiness.

Beyond the obvious second amendment issues, and the government’s steady chipping away at our constitutionally-guaranteed rights and liberties, is the underlying mentality—which seems increasingly prevalent—that more government action is the cure to all that ails us.  Whatever the problem – acts of violence, bad weather, kids too fat—the answer is always the same: more government.  More laws, more regulations, more taxing, more spending, more erosion of personal liberty.  Whether or not the proposed government solution is often brushed aside as irrelevant; what’s important is that government’s doing something, anything!

Today, many scoff at the idea of objective morality, can’t be bothered with tiresome old-fashioned ideas like personal responsibility, and ridicule religion.  Yet many of these same folks piously look to government and politicians to save us all from our sins.

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The Nuge for President!

Looks like this is almost a year old, but I recently came across this via “Chicks on the Right.”  More proof of the shear awesomeness of Uncle Ted.

To hell with Mitt “Obama-Lite” Romney.  This man should be President of the USA.  “Suck on my machine gun!”

I admit to not being familiar with Piers Morgan and his  CNN show, but that moronic, pompous Brit reminds all us red-blooded freedom-loving Americans of every reason why we kicked the Redcoats’ asses back in the 1770s.

And while there is no shortage of left-wing idiot rock stars eager to share their political “wisdom” with the masses, Ted proves that even a conservative rock star is far smarter and better-informed than all the leftist professional “intellectuals” put together.

And as a follow-up to my commentary on Sandra Fluke and the HHS idiocy, I thought I’d share what is the most insightful and to-the-point (as well as damned funny) commentary on this excrement from the always brilliant, always hilarious Mark Steyn:  “The Fluke Charade: Why should we have to fund a middle-aged school girl’s sex life?”

All of us are born with the unalienable right to life, liberty, and a lifetime supply of premium ribbed silky-smooth ultrasensitive spermicidal lubricant condoms. No taxation without rubberization, as the Minutemen said. The shot heard round the world, and all that.

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