It seems to me that some Democratic politicians and media mavericks have never been more shameful than in the aftermath of mass shootings in the era of Trump.
To hear them tell it, the President virtually pulled the trigger.
“Absurd” is a word that comes to mind, and not at all unfoundedly.
In a new video mashup, Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson lays out his thoughts on the causes of such egregious crimes. And I think he’s right. Preceding his science-drop is a montage of people saying goofy things.
Among the featured cartoon characters: Beto O’Rourke — who’s promised to fight privileged millionaires, even as he inherited his millions and married into hundreds of millions (here); Julian Castro, the self-knighted champion of all men who need taxpayer-funded abortions (here); and Cory Booker, who apparently aches to constantly embarrass himself with the silliest and most transparent political posturing (here, here, and here).
What are the actual real causes of men murdering masses of random strangers? Surely, it’s complicated.
But Tucker hits upon something I believe is an absolute accelerant of crimes against humanity: a modern-day lack of purpose. Of a sense of one’s place in the world. Of emotional, psychological, physical, and spiritual fulfillment which can only come by antiquated means.
Here’s some of what the Fox host had to say:
“They don’t want to talk about what’s really making us sick. They have no answers. They’ll tell you it’s about Trump. Or guns. Or white nationalism. Or Russia.
“Young men are the problem. Many of our boys are living what (James Howard) Kunstler describes as ‘an abyss of missing social relationships.’ ‘No communities, no fathers, no mentors, no initiations into personal responsibility, no daily organizing principles, no instruction in useful trades, no productive activities, no opportunities for love and affection. And no way out.’
“So that’s the real problem, and every one of us knows it. Our leaders are too cowardly to say so, but the signs are everywhere. Mass shootings are just the final manifestation of the problem. Suicide rates for young Americans are the highest ever measured. They lack friends or parents or religious organizations to give purpose or moral coherence to their lives. They live in a suffocating culture that they feel no control over. Local identity and local institutions are the weakest they have ever been in this country. Most people think our democracy is fake; because, in some way, it is. The policies they live under, the jobs, they hold — even their personal opinions — are totally controlled by the tech monopolists, the media scolds, Washington bureaucrats, people far away. America’s supposed to be a free country, but millions of young people look around and feel like they’re trapped in a stagnant dystopia.”
I believe Tucker is right — about a lack of fulfillment in the lives of young men. God has been removed from the zeitgeist; men and their unique needs and sensibilities have been derided; local communities are no more, as the world leaps closer to becoming one network connected by the worldwide web — and in some ways, “web” is fitting. Individualism and personal opinion and expression are being hammered away by an ever-crushing cultural Marxism. Fathers no longer occupy the bedroom next door.
The family has disintegrated, in the name of freedom and progress.
We were, at a time, One Nation Under God. A child was a part of a family; a family a part of a community; a community part of a society.
People had their own opinions, and the expression of each was welcome.
Society, today, is a shattered mirror.
What was once whole has become fragmented, perhaps beyond repair. It’s hard to even see who and what we once were.
We’ve been told we are better — better than believing in a Power above ourselves; better than needing to marry to fulfill our baser desires; better (it appears at times) than men being the way they were made; better than having a perspective outside the prescribed point of view; better than kowtowing to an outdated mode of life.
We’ve been told we are better.
And for that instruction, we are impossibly worse.
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