Such are promises
All lies and jests
Still a man hears what he wants to hear
And disregards the rest
On the morning of June 14th, 2017 (about 40 hours ago as I write this), Congressman Steve Scalise and four others were shot and wounded during a baseball practice in Alexandria, VA, by one James T. Hodgkinson of Illinois. Hodgkinson was shot and killed by Capitol police who were there to provide security for Scalise. I won’t go into more detail, since I’m sure that you already know the rest of the story. Well, that is unless you hadn’t heard about it at the time, and it’s more than three days after the fact, by which time the liberal mainstream news outlets will have made sure that they’re no longer talking about it.
Here, I just want to offer a few thoughts and a suggestion on the bigger picture aspects of this story.
From his copious social media postings, we can gather that Hodgkinson was a hard-core liberal and an avowed supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders. We can also deduce that he absolutely hated President Trump, and Republicans in general. Now, as the shooter was killed, and we can’t ask him, we can never be completely certain about what motivated him to embark on his heinous final action. However, from all that’s been reported, it doesn’t take a frickin’ Sherlock Holmes to figure out that he was driven by his left-wing political ideology. That and insanity (excuse the redundancy).
Now, let me make one thing perfectly clear: Senator Sanders was in no way responsible for the shooter’s actions. Hodgkinson bore total personal responsibility for what he did, and was immediately accorded the highest form of personal accountability that this world can provide. Sanders quickly rose in the Senate chamber to condemn the shooting in “the strongest possible terms.”
NOT. GOOD. ENOUGH.
Simple Fact of Life #1: When bad behavior doesn’t have significant consequences, there will be more bad behavior.
Sure, this particular act of violence certainly didn’t do anything to help the progressive cause. But did it really do anything to hurt it? In a few days, the story will fade, and it will be business as usual for the leftists. Perhaps the next nut-job will notice that the major lasting effect of this situation was that a prominent conservative voice was, at least for a time, silenced. And that might, to some, seem to be a good outcome, one that should be repeated. And the next wacko (or group of wackos) might be more efficient than the last guy. There could be a serious body count in the near future.
No, the only way to minimize the chance of a copy-cat shooting, and to put a stop to the cycle of violence, which all of the liberal political leaders claim to deplore, is to make sure that this shooting has serious deleterious effects for the progressive cause as a whole. And this action, in order to be effective, needs to come from the left. Any attempt by conservatives to impose the necessary effects would only serve to inflame the situation, and probably lead to more violence. So,
I am calling on Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont to immediately resign his Senate seat and return to Vermont, or wherever, and remove himself from all public and political discourse.
Now, as I said before, this shooting was not Bernie’s fault. But he, more than anyone else, is in a position to lessen the chances of the next one. When the far-leftists see that the actions of this one madman have cost them the services of their greatest champion, their loudest voice, maybe, just maybe, the next would-be madman will have a moment of reflective sanity sufficient to forestall the impending carnage.
So, Senator, do the right thing. Make the sacrifice.
For your cause. For your country.
And, Mr. Sanders. if it turns out that your sacrifice wasn’t enough, and the violence continues, it will be time for the next in line (Elizabeth Warren?) to step up and do the right thing. And so on, and so on. Hopefully, the nitwits will eventually get it through their skulls that what they’re doing is causing more harm to themselves, and their cause, than it is to the people who they’re trying to hurt.
Do I think that there’s any chance in hell that Bernie Sanders, even if he should somehow read this, will take my advice? Of course not.
Simple Fact of Life #2: People can just about always be counted on to act in their personal self-interest.
The Senator, despite having reached a ripe old age without having ever produced anything of any actual value, has managed to become obscenely wealthy, primarily by berating the obscenely wealthy. The source of his riches is entirely the money that he has confiscated from working people, and the power and influence that this confiscation has given him. I’ve seen no evidence to suggest that he actually cares one tweedledee about the folks that he claims to speak for, or the “useful idiots” that flock to support him. Bernie Sanders cares about Bernie Sanders. And it’s worked out pretty well for him so far. Is he going to give that up? Hardly.
But I can dream, can’t I?