The World Turned Upside Down

I have for some time suspected that the whole world is going mad, and every day I seem to find new evidence to back this contention. While driving today, around noon I turned my my car radio and listened to the first part of Rush Limbaugh‘s show. I like Rush well enough, but I don’t usually spend much time listening to him. This time, though, it was worth it. It seems that the top two stories on CNN the past day are whether Senator Marco Rubio has ruined his political career by taking a drink of water during his response to the President’s State of the Union address, and whether mass murderer Christopher Dorner is a hero. I wish I were making that up.

Here are some selections from the transcript of Rush Limbaugh’s show.

RUSH: Let’s do a little A-B, side-by-side comparison.  On the one hand, Marco Rubio may not be qualified, not only to be president, but to be US Senator.  He took a sip of water from an average looking bottle while delivering the answer to the State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

Meantime, elsewhere on that network, you’ve had panel discussions celebrating the relevance and the great contributions to fighting police brutality of a mass murderer, Christopher Dorner, on the very same network.  CNN had a panel all excited, and I’ve even got some additional tweets.  Listen to this, Marc Lamont Hill.  This guy’s a professor a Columbia University.  He was on CNN’s Newsroom yesterday afternoon with the anchorette infobabe Brooke Baldwin, and the infobabe said, “Do these Dorner sympathizers have a point?”  Now, keep in mind later on CNN, Wolf Blitzer was gonna ask whether or not a drink of water could ruin somebody’s career, whether they liked it or not, whether Rubio liked it or not.  But prior to that, this happened on CNN.

HILL:  This has been an important public conversation that we’ve had about police brutality, about police corruption, about state violence.  As far as Dorner himself goes, he’s been like a real-life superhero to many people.  Now, don’t get me wrong:  What he did was awful, killing innocent people.  He’s just bad.  But when you read his manifesto, when you read the message that he left, he wasn’t entirely crazy.  He had a plan and a mission here.  And many people aren’t rooting for him to kill innocent people.  They’re rooting for somebody who was wronged to get a kind of revenge against the system.  It’s like almost watching Django Unchained in real life.  It’s kind of exciting.

RUSH:  First day, I warned you they’re comparing this guy to Django, and here is a heralded, highly acclaimed professor — I don’t know what he teaches.  Doesn’t matter.  He could be teaching a course on ballroom dance and I guarantee you it’s politics.  Revenge, vengeance, grievance politics, whatever.  “It’s almost like watching Django Unchained in real life. It’s kind of exciting.”  So it’s not just the kooks on Twitter and Facebook, it’s now the liberals on CNN who are attaching legitimacy and value to Christopher Dorner.

Now remember that this is not just some nut tweeting. This is a guest on a show on CNN. It is simply unbelievable that a news organization with any pretense of responsible journalism (I know.) would have someone on who is essentially cheerleading a murderer. Of course since Dorner’s manifesto apparently repeated a standard list of leftist memes, perhaps it is only natural that people on the left might try to make him into some sort of folk hero. This celebration of a lunatic killer illustrates the moral incoherence of many people on the left. Here, by the way, is an excellent column on this subject by Dennis Prager.

It may very well be that Christopher Dorner had legitimate complaints about the actions of the LAPD. So what? That doesn’t make him any sort of hero. His ends do not justify his means.

Perhaps this is why so many people on the left feel that gun control is such an urgent necessity and why they accused the TEA Party of being violent and dangerous. These people seem to have a deep psychological need to glorify, and even fantasize about violence and so maybe cannot conceive of citizens peaceably assembling to petition for redress of grievances. They imagine that everyone is as unstable as they are and since they cannot be trusted to own guns, or really any sharp objects, and so believe that no one can be trusted.

Maybe I am wrong about this. If so, prove me wrong and stop cheering on criminals and mass murdering dictators.

 

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