We’ve all seen the lucrative delusions packaged and sold like a pound of butter to the religious right over the years. Some of them revolting, most of them a little bit comical and almost all of them sad. They are created and marketed to fleece hard earned money from people who may lack the finely honed critical thinking skills we take for granted here, but the marks are by and large honest people who do not deserve being victimized and made fools of. That in itself is repugnant: the very voters the grifters depend on for success are held in utter disregard and open contempt. Well, there’s a new one making the rounds and its a doozy: the Newtown massacre was staged by the government as a ruse to take away our guns!
Daily Kos — The vanguard of this effort is a video on YouTube to which I will not link here for the same reasons that Gandalf does not utter the language of Mordor. This video purports to prove that the Sandy Hook incident was not the work of a deranged mass-murderer, but that it was a carefully crafted conspiracy, that those commonly credited with helping rescue some of the children were actually paid actors (one of whom is currently being harassed on a daily basis), and that at least one of the children is actually still alive. That last theory is based on the fact that the sister of one of the victims sat on Obama’s lap wearing a dress that belonged to her deceased sister, so obviously, they’re the same person.
That’s crazy, right? I mean, the last thing you’d do if you were orchestrating a government conspiracy to murder children is to put one of those same children on the lap of the president of the United States in full view of the world? Sure, it’s insane. And yet, that video has over 10 million views on YouTube, and those views are not coming from people who simply can’t avert their eyes as if watching a trainwreck in slow motion. How exactly does this happen? How can so many people want to believe, much less actually believe, that the government programmed a mentally disturbed individual to murder children? The NRA is of course involved in this conversation, but this problem is a pre-existing condition that could set the stage for some very dangerous consequences.
I’m sad to say this very conspiracy, or possibly a similar one as at this point they have proliferated like bacteria, was voiced by my own sister last night. Of course President Obama is the chief conspirator. She then went into a full on anti-government tirade, all the usual stuff. When I pointed out she’s a public school teacher, her husband and daughter also teachers, and asked her if they too were part of the various government conspiracies she adroitly espouses at every family gathering, she panicked, like a frightened animal — she had never thought of that giant hole in what passes for her reasoning? — and quickly explained she doesn’t work for the government, she works for a school district.
She owns no guns, she doesn’t like weapons, she’s completely non violent. When pressed, the reason she wants weapons of war in the hands of non military housewives and plumbers and software engineers is so they can be turned on our own troops. Troops that will land any day in black helicopters to take voer the US in the name of the UN os some such crazy shit. Remember when Support the Troops was their mantra? How quickly patriotism was redefined.
I could get mad at her, argue and ridicule, I could debate the merits knowing full well it wouldn’t make a it of difference, I can and do detest the right for what they do even more because of this. But instead it just made angry, fed up in a way that I haven’t ever quite felt, at the crooks doing this.
My sister is a caring, deeply religious women. In high school she lobbied to have the death penalty banned out of religious conviction, it was, she said, morally indefensible. She spent her college years earning a degree in special ed and volunteering in dangerous neighborhoods working with poor, mentally handicapped children. My sister embarked on a a career teaching special needs children, her entry level pay in the1980s was less than 20k, about a fifth of what her degree cost. She has bounced form several schools because, over and over again, fudning has been cut or eliminated. Special needs children are politically defenseless, they are easy to steal from
She did this because she felt the Gospel and other Biblical passages about helping the helpless were more than mere words, they were a coda, a standard, and she was determined to live her life and dedicate it to spreading kindness and expertise where it is most sorely needed. She has made sacrifice after sacrifice, spent her own paltry pay in many cases, to make sure her kids have as many resources as possible to reach their fullest potential. And the right took that admirable sister of mine and her most precious faith, and used them to turn her into a hate filled zealot. All so that David Koch and Paris Hilton could pay a little less in taxes and Glenn Beck could sell a few more books.
Jesus counseled forgiveness, most Christians I know personally do their best to live up to it; it’s not always easy. Forgiving those who lie and cheat to steal from the faithful is probably a healthy thing to do when you can’t do anything about it, let go, don’t let it consume you.
But I’m not a Christian, and I wouldn’t forgive these disgusting gun freak wingnut excuses for human beings if I wanted to,