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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:45 pm    Post subject: 2nd Amendment Remedy, An Immoral Provocation Reply with quote

2nd Amendment Remedy, An Immoral Provocation

The last few days have been punctuated by shock and sadness, as news of the victims of the shooting in Tucson, AZ was released. I am reminded of the bygone years when all we had was a series of assassinations. I hope that the attempts at healing that has just started can spread, and finally end the hysteria that generates this long night of hatred and violence.

Despite the timely and magical polls that tell us only the shooter should bear the responsibility for the deaths and injuries in Tucson, all these statements have not convinced me, but instead have elicited a feeling of cognitive dissonance. It is what happens when what we are told is the truth does not coincide with what we perceive as real. Disassociating some media personalities and politicians from any responsibility for the contrived atmosphere that legitimizes the use of a gun, does not coincide with the reality of the events of the past two years.

A gun was used as a solution in Tucson, and its use is exactly what the conservative media pundits and politicians are prescribing. Many of these actors feed the underlying discord in the U.S. at a time when we have approximately 42 million unemployed and underemployed. The number of Americans living in poverty is at 52 million, with 30 million of these being poor Whites, and these high profile politicians and media personalities amplify prevailing anger and frustration, to lethal levels.

In the last two years, there have been several incidents of violence directly attributable to them. For instance, three thwarted assassinated attempts have been associated with Glen Beck and Fox and another, such as the killing of Dr. Tiller, has been associated with Bill O’Reilly’s broadcasts. There is ample documentation from the relatives of shooters, and shooters themselves blaming Beck and O’Reilly, and these are documented by Media Matters and on The Rachel Maddow’s show, on MSNBC News.

There has been increasing concern that some tragedy could occur as a consequence of right wing portrayals based on race and ideology of Americans as the enemy. The mass hysteria and the implanting of an idea that it is O.K. to use lethal force as a means of solving political and social problems is directly attributable to conservative-political-operatives, and we are encouraged to feel comfortable with the most heinous of crimes. Definitions of targeted Americans as contemptible are offered as justification for the “second amendment solution” and even for bloody revolution. There are several prominent government officials whose names are associated with these descriptions and incitation to violence. Some are explicitly named, along with the preferred method of their demise while others can be inferred through the dialog. Listeners to these broadcast programs can easily deduce from the dialog that it is up to them to act out their self-righteous emotions, if they are predisposed to do so.

The comfort zone being created for the would-be perpetrator includes a classification of types of enemies that ranges from political labels to racial identifiers. There is the Democrat within the cross-hairs; the treasonous Socialist and the Progressives who should be hunted down as Glen Beck asserts. There are also the African American types now being redefined in ever evolving ways by Sarah Palin in her speeches and in her new book as unpatriotic because they complain about their conditions of impoverishment or hunger in America. In this group, we can include terrorist sympathizers “those who pal around with terrorists. There is also the newly defined “Halfrican” used to denigrate prominent African Americans by Rush Limbaugh. The list is endless, and many would think that this atmosphere of continuous demonizing of segments of the U.S. population is O.K, because that’s just politics. However these characterizations that are wholly fabricated, define and highlight a broad section of society as being expendable.

The proffered solution of lethal violence has become second nature to the captive listeners of these extremist broadcasters that have completely monopolized the airwaves in many parts of the nation. As a consequence, gun sales are now at historic levels, and bullets have been reported to be sold-out at the many stores and at various times during the last two years. Threats against the President of the U.S. are up 400%. There is no doubt that there is a heightened tension and confrontational atmosphere, and it is sustained and often created by the repetitive negative broadcasting and a call to arms.

I remember distinctly during the late 1979 and at the start of the Reagan era in 1980, messaging of continuous news clips of uniformed, “MILITIAS” training in the woods. Their messages back then was aimed at socialists, big government and the welfare culture, and African Americans were targeted then. Conservative politicians and economists, who used that idea of a socialist takeover to advance the conservative cause created it; even though the reality was that the majority of recipients of welfare were not African Americans but poor Whites. These ideas continue to haunt us up to today.

The message back then was to exercise the right to form militias. The solution being branded* about today is the active use of lethal force. That is a far cry from the Second Amendment right to bear arms in a well-regulated militia, unless the need for it can be fabricated as Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann did in her “Gangsta-Government” characterization. This call to revolution, to hunt and to kill is being broadcast to a much greater extent than ever before, on television, via e-mail, and social network sites and all without the “Fairness Doctrine.” Progressive radio is never heard in many of these geographical zones due strictly to monopolization. Consequently, it is inevitable that the first inclination of the disgruntled who are predisposed to violence, would be to heed the widespread message of the conservative media monopoly, to use a gun. The public is being indoctrinated erroneously, to feel empowered by the constitution, to kill. There is no moral basis for this heinous messaging being disseminated to those whose future we hold in our hands, our children, yet by some inexplicable circumstance it is sustained as political discourse.

Zephyr

*The word refers to the Republican prowess at branding. They have staked out a brand, and use every opportunity to define it to the public.
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