Radical stupidity is big threat to American freedom
Call it free range stupidity if you like. There is a significantly large population of Americans who are poor, ignorant, and prejudiced who are exploited by politicians, radical media, and radical religion into a frenzy of hateful behavior. If you try to analyze and reason with it, you may have trouble due to the “stupid” factor.
For instance, the deranged 22 year old that shot a Congresswoman, killed a judge, and wounded citizens in Arizona was incubated in the Tea Party. His reported literature included communist leaders as well as Hitler. His video showed alignment with some satinical cult. None of this is coherent although the common thread, perhaps, is his rebelling against authority in search of something else to which he wanted to attach his personal belief and loyalty. I will leave it to the medical community to explain that.
What I witness is a nation whose political parties are too eager to exploit fear and stupidity that creates an environment in which extremists can persist and do harm. Here we have another Timothy McVey who is thriving in a small community that is incubated by a larger irresponsible movement, I think.
People are suffering in America in magnitude similar to that of the Great Depression. Prosperity from those who “have” disguises the suffering of those who “have not.”
The challenge in America is to recognize that the system must do everything possible to serve all of its citizens and to ensure that the bottom doesn’t fall out to such a degree that it undermines society with fear and violence. Attention to America’s internal needs is essential and there are simply too many distractions away from securing the homeland and achieving domestic tranquility.
Not lost here is that once again, guns are out of control.
“Rep. Gabrielle Giffords shot in Tucson rampage; federal judge killed
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, January 9, 2011; 12:00 AM
TUCSON - The mass shooting Saturday morning that gravely wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords(D-Ariz.) and killed a federal judge raised serious concerns that the nation's heated political discourse had taken a dangerous turn.
Police are holding a 22-year-old man in the shooting rampage, which occurred outside a supermarket where Giffords was greeting constituents. The gunman shot Giffords in the head at close range and then continued to fire into the small gathering of people, police said.
Police said they think that Giffords was the target of the attack.
Law enforcement and medical officials in Arizona said that at least 18 people were shot in the melee and that six of them had died, including John M. Roll, the chief U.S. District judge in Arizona, and Gabe Zimmerman, Giffords's local director of community outreach. Also killed was Christina Taylor Green, 9, who was born on Sept. 11, 2001, and had gone to the event with a neighbor. Two other Giffords staffers, district director Ron Barber and community outreach aide Pam Simon, were wounded.
Authorities said they were seeking a second man as a "person of interest" who might have been at the scene with the gunman. He is not a suspect in the shooting, authorities said.
It was unclear what might have motivated the suspect, identified as 22-year-old Jared Loughner. On YouTube, an individual using the same name had posted convoluted videos with a vague anti-government message, that law enforcement officials said they were analyzing. As of late Saturday, Loughner wasn't cooperating with investigators.”