Friday, June 29, 2018

but they'll blame Trump, anyway

38-year-old Jarrod Ramos just shot up a newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, killing at least five people. He has been arrested and imprisoned. Elements are already blaming Trump's incendiary rhetoric against the press (Trump recently declared journalists* an "enemy of the people"), but in fact, Ramos's feud with this particular newspaper, the Capital Gazette, goes back to at least 2012 if not before. This has nothing to do with current politics; this was a personal vendetta. That won't stop the coming wave of stupidity, though. A surname like "Ramos" doesn't help the left's insisted-upon narrative, either, but Ramos looks white enough that people can trot out the George Zimmerman-era term "white Hispanic" again.

As for the coming civil war, here's a blog entry that reinforces what I and others have been saying for some time, now: if actual violence erupts, any "war" will be very brief.

Rightists, like my friend, are rightly fearful of the consequences of this thing going bad. We have some idea of what this really means, and so we hold back earnestly hoping for another way. This, in turn (and sadly), emboldens the Leftists, most of whom have no Earthly idea what they are really agitating for, or the risks they are taking, because they have no experience with risks like these.

However, at some point Leftist derangement will exceed the Rightist’s reluctance to resort to violence. And when that Rubicon is crossed, there is no going back. Leftists are quicker to violence, but Rightists are far better at it. The consequences of this will be grave.

*It might be better to say "some journalists," as Trump was apparently pointing out a group of journalists at an event. Then again, Trump may have been pointing those journalists out not as individuals, but as representatives of a particular class of people. If that's the case, then my original wording stands.

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