Once again America’s media is in a feeding frenzy and the progressive-liberals and race bating activists are salivating to join in the feast. Another mentally unstable young man, obsessed with hate propaganda, has committed an unthinkably savage act by murdering nine black men and women in a Bible study class in the Metropolitan AME Church in Charleston, SC. Ruled as a hate crime by authorities, there is no doubt — based on the hateful racial comments posted on his Facebook site and pictures of him wearing clothes bearing the image of a Confederate Flag; of the Confederate Flag by itself; and of him holding a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol — the young man was influenced by the Social Media. But is that the only reason for this atrocity or do the root causes run deeper. More specifically, given the media’s propaganda slant, how will the public’s reaction shape future race relations, social behavior in America and in the end the very fabric of our Constitutional government?
Answers to these question and more may be found by viewing this tragic event in terms of a game with four quarters.
The first quarter began immediately after the tragedy with progressive and racial activist’s blaming America, more specifically the South and the Confederacy. Instead of identifying the root cause of the shooting — hatred and racism on the Internet, and HIPAA laws that protect insane people from being reported by doctors — blame was immediately placed on an object, the Confederate flag: a symbolic focal point that provided a simple explanation for the masses. Something visual, something real that could be rallied about, railed against and, best of all, burned. Demands to remove the flag from the Capitol building in South Carolina immediately followed. Next came demands to remove the flag from all South Carolina state buildings.
Would doing so satisfy the progressives, activists and race baiters?
The second quarter began with more demands for the removal of all Confederate flags and symbols from: buildings, license plates, clothing, web pages, etc. all across the South.
Would this be sufficient to stay the anger of the progressives, activists and race baiters?
No, they were just getting started, and corporate America rushed to appease. Flag manufactures announced they would cease manufacturing Confederate flags. Next came the liberal managed companies, with Amazon and Apple leading the way by pulling games with Confederate themes — leaving one to wonder whether stockholders will embrace the lost revenue?
Surely these actions would quench the progressive, activists and race baiter’s lust, allowing things to quiet down and common sense to prevail.
We must wait until the half-time entertainment is over — presidential and politicians’ speeches and the ravings of the radicals — to find out.
The third quarter of the game opens with demands for the removal (destruction?) of any and all things honoring the Confederacy including statues. Some even lost their jobs for failure to respect these demands. i.e., the North Charleston police officer who was fired over a photo he posted to Facebook of himself wearing Confederate flag boxer shorts.
If petty responses like this continue to occur with such wild abandon, one has to wonder what’s next. It didn’t take long to find out. Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan expressed contempt for the American flag, telling hundreds gathered in a D.C. church (to memorialize the murder victims) that it is a symbol of racism and needs to be brought down. The American flag had to be brought down! What was the response? We are still waiting for it.
If Farrakhan is successful, then we could see America’s historic statues and monuments all across the country destroyed. Picture, if you will, bands of The New Black Panthers roving through the District of Columbia with sledgehammers, smashing statues and patriotic plaques. Oh the joy of it all. Will doing so not make us more like ISIL (ISIS or IS), and could that be Farrakhan’s objective?
What will the fourth quarter bring? One can only speculate. Demands to raze the Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument, and Monticello? Let your imagination run wild, for progressive, activists and race baiter’s imagination have no limits.
While waiting for the fourth quarter to begin, let’s ask ourselves some real questions. What’s really happening to America? Who’s really calling the plays in this game and what we do to save the symbols that represent the true spirit of our Republic?
Citizens, once again the media has deflected our attention from the real issue — How to control gun violence without violating the Second Amendment. The current system does not work, and proposing more laws will not solve the problem. Guns have been fixtures in American Homes since the first pilgrim set foot on this continent. Young boys and girls were taught how to properly use firearms to hunt and for protection. Guns resided in closets and hung over mantles. Ammunition was readily available. Firearms were left in vehicles at schools so that the owners could hunt after classes. I had a .22 rifle and 20 gauge shotgun for hunting from the sixth grade through high school. So did most of the other boys and some girls. None of us took our guns to school to settle disputes or just to kill.
During my college years, I had a pistol and various types of shotguns in my room. So did my roommate. The shotguns were used to hunt ducks and quail, and the pistols to shoot rats at the dump. Having guns was common, yet no one was shot on our campus, or any campus.
Many students had guns and none were improperly used. Perhaps our strong family values and respect for others was the reason.
Instead of pinning blame on a flag, why not identify the reasons for the sudden surge in gun violence in schools, churches and on the street. The blame must rest with the change in our values and our collective loss of spiritual respect for a Supreme Authority. Until the Second Amendment is repealed, guns will remain part of American society. Instead of cowering and blaming others for societal failures as progressive-liberals do, why not teach all children how to properly handle a gun and instill respect for the damage it can cause. My generation learned to value life and was taught that killing another human was wrong, and had deadly consequences. More important, we were not desensitized by playing endless hours of video games that encouraged wild shooting that numbed players to the consequences of the improper use of a firearm.
It is time to identify and treat the disease and quit placing blame for the symptoms on others.