In the wake of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and several other innocent folks — some of whom have died — a couple of facts stand out glaringly.
First of all, the political Right has more housecleaning to do. It won’t do to keep promising social conservatives some pie-in-the-sky moment in the future when we’ll be able to return to using big government to fight the culture war. That is very clearly never going to be the case.
Look at how they’re having to scrape and scramble to assure the public they don’t condone what took place last weekend in Tucson. Independents are boss, now, and they won’t accept social-reactionary rhetoric that demonizes the people soc-cons dislike. Turn out the lights…the party’s over. And it’s over for good.
Anyone in the conservative movement who doesn’t want to accept this reality needs to be shown the door. Let these people go start their own little fringe pity-party. And see how little time it takes to self-destruct. They need the rest of us a whole hell of a lot worse than we need them.
This brings me to the second necessity for moving forward: honesty. The reason for all the violence and desperation is right under our noses, and it has been all along. A big, powerful, intrusive government that uses violence and aggression against its citizens is going to preside, inevitably, over a violent country. People don’t take kindly to being pushed around.
The question isn’t whether this “justifies” violence. Nothing justifies what happened last weekend in Tucson. But the simple fact remains that if the government continues to aggress against its citizens, more and more violence is what we’re all going to get.
The way out of this mess is very clear. Stop permitting the government to commit aggression against the people. Confine it to the only functions it can legitimately perform: protecting us from force and fraud. Then it will be doing what it should do — and all it really can do well. Then we’ll see the violence go away.
Stating a plain fact is not the same thing as threatening people. I do not, in any way, shape or form, desire violence against anybody. But we must tell the truth about what it’s going to take to get it to stop.
Anyone who promotes governmental violence against the people in this country, yet decries violence, is a hypocrite. And it’s high time we stood up and said so. For the record. No more spin.