August 9th 2019
By Tony Morrison
Our US Correspondent
It is getting hard to keep up with the “State of the US “ narrative pitched by the Dems, assorted Libs and their media foot servants. In the space of five days, the narrative has changed, with dizzying speed, from “Trump uses racially charged speech” to “Trump is a racist” to “Trump is actively fostering white supremacy” to “All Republicans and anyone who votes for Trump is a white supremacist.” As the millennials say (quoting from the movie, ‘Anchorman”), “Well, that escalated quickly!”
Of course, it is election season and the Dems are desperate to defeat Trump, but many would question the Dems’ strategy to do so. Again, quoting the Millenials (who this time are quoting from the movie, Dodgeball): “It’s a bold move, Cotton, let’s see if it pays off.”
Some of us are old enough to remember Clinton’s bold move in 2016 of calling 25% of the population deplorable, particularly many folks who might otherwise have voted for her. It didn’t pay off, Cotton. But, hey, maybe insulting 50% of the population by calling them white supremacists will do it this time.
This was all kicked off by the appalling massacre last weekend of 20 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. The massacre was conducted by an individual who claimed all kinds of things in a manifesto he posted online just before the attack. In a 2,400 word batshit mental screed he mentioned Trump twice. The media (liberal-leaning section) and most Dem politicians immediately morphed this into Trump is letting loose his white racist minions to kill all Hispanics in the name of the KKK.
This narrative rests on the following lines in the shooter’s manifesto:
“My ideology has not changed for several years. My opinions on automation, immigration and the rest predate Trump and his campaign for president. I am putting this here because some people will blame the President or certain presidential candidates for the attack. That is not the case. I know that the media will call me a white supremacist anyway and blame Trump’s rhetoric.”
Madness did not do anything for the prescient powers of this crazy maniac. The media certainly did not blame any other presidential candidates for the attack, only Trump. But they made up for that by going for Trump with a fervour that was absolutely ferocious.
And then, something else happened. Another frightful attack 13 hours after El Paso, this time at a nightclub in Dayton, Ohio. Again, a 20 something white crazy loon shot and killed 9 people. An analysis of his writings and comments on social media showed he was a leftist supporter of Elizabeth Warren and adamantly opposed to Trump. The media had to switch immediately to outline the Warren threat to the population, although mysteriously she was letting loose her minions with AM15 handguns, not tomahawks, and on African-Americans and whites as opposed to Hispanics. Except they didn’t of course; in fact, they ignored the Dayton shooter’s writings and took a complete pass on the guy’s motives. Instead, they doubled down bigly on Trump the white slayer of the invading Hispanics in El Paso and didn’t mention Dayton very much at all.
But the most horrendously evil statement of the last few days did not come from the ravings of the two shooters. It came from the vast cesspit that is now MSNBC. On one of their “news” programs, we (not a big “we” as their ratings match the content) heard the following exchange between Nicole Wallace, the moderator, and Raul Reyes, a guest expert on Trump being orange man very bad:
Reyes: “(Trump) ramped it up again to the invasion, warning people … of words like infestation. With an infestation, the natural conclusion is attempt an extermination.”
Wallace: “You now have a president, as you said, talking about exterminating Latinos.”
This from MSNBC, a network owned by the oldest major broadcast network in the US, NBC.
Now the Press knows exactly what the consequences are for bigging up slaughters like El Paso. You get a whole lot more as the loons are inspired by other mass shooters. The El Paso shooter, just to take one example, begins his “manifesto” by eulogizing the New Zealand mosque shooter from earlier this year. But this fact did not stop the avalanche of articles and TV shows on the El Paso shooter using supposed links to Trump as his motive and not other crazed examples. We know his name, his biography, his “manifesto;” in fact everything that could possibly inspire other shooters. Thanks, Press Dudes, hope it was worth it to advance a political agenda of voting Trump out of office next year.
The El Paso “manifesto” and the writings of the Dayton shooter do not really fit into any clear political mould – these are after all crazy people. The only thing they shared in common is they are both radical ecofascists; in fact, their environmental views are so crazy they would not be out of place even in Extinction Rebellion. The proper way for the media to treat this was, of course, was not to blame anyone for the actions of two screwed-up individuals. Not Trump, not Warren, not the sponsors of the Green New Deal. None have any responsibility for any of the killings. It is a measure of how far the media have fallen in this country as an institution that they have forgotten this rather salient point.
We have now progressed to the seventh circle of media hell. Those who have read their Dante (not millennials, at least until they make the movie…) will recognize this is the circle housing the violent. And violence is stalking the land according to the media. There is apparently a massive alarming wholesale terrorist campaign being waged against this country by white supremacists, of which the El Paso shooter is just one, which is being marshalled from the White House. In Cory Booker’s words (unbelievably a senator and candidate for President) this week:
“The act of Latino anti-immigrant hatred we witnessed this past weekend did not start with the hand that pulled the trigger ….. It was sewed from the highest office in our land, where we see in tweets and rhetoric, hateful words that ultimately endanger the lives of people in our country.”
Not to trash just Booker as most of the Dem presidential election candidates went into heavy fundraising mode on the backs of the tragedy (chief villains, along with Booker, were Warren and Castro), using the spectre of white supremacy as their tag line.
Now I was not aware of any of this white supremacist stuff, along with 99.999% of the US population. I do not know any white supremacists, even though apparently I am one according to the media, as a white Republican (minor) politician. And I am not sure who they are apart from the KKK who only appear in editorial cartoons these days. But it sounded pretty awful so I went looking for these guys.
I used the aid of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The ADL is one of those groups formed back in the last century from good motives only to be gradually transformed to be agents of the left-wingers. But they have statistics on all white supremacist murders for a ten-year period ending in 2015 (statistics in this area are a little challenging as the terms as to what encompasses murder or terrorism are not agreed upon, and statistics are always one or two years behind actuality). They don’t have approximate numbers of members for the neo-Nazis, skinheads, KKK dudes, etc. (printing them would be laughably small), but their murder stats are linked to any “extremist” connection. In the period 2005-15, there were 215 murders by “white supremacists,” of which 63 had the white supremacist ideology as a reason for the crime. So a white supremacist murder rate of 21 a year and an ideologically-driven murder rate of 6 a year. In a country of 350 million people.
As a contrast, over here our most serious problems with gun violence has been urban violence in cities such as Chicago and Baltimore, and ISIS-driven/commanded extremist Muslim terrorism (although this has slowed a lot in the last two years as the caliphate was destroyed).
As for urban violence, Baltimore, which has also been in the news lately, had 342 murders in 2017 (last year for which stats are available), or 6 a week in a city of 600,000. Ideological-driven murders offer more of a direct comparison to ADL’s figures. To take the two recent most awful acts of extremist Islamic terrorism, San Bernadino (2015) and Orlando (2016), a total of 61 people alone were killed in these incidents. Looking at ADL’s data it does not seem to support their statements that “white supremacists are the single greatest source of extremist-related violence in the United States, surpassing right-wing anti-government extremists, domestic Islamic extremists, and left-wing extremists and anarchists.”
The twin tragedies did illustrate very dramatically the issues to do with the constitutional right of Americans to carry firearms. The nexus between the ubiquity of guns and the withdrawal of Americans from psychiatric treatment programs apart from drug therapy is well known. The appetite is there in Congress now to do something about both issues, and because of the make-up of Congress, this will have to bi-partisan.
The President has signalled he will support legislation such as “Red Flag” (flagging mental health risks early and preventing those tagged from gun ownership) and more robust background gun license checks. A ban on “assault weapons” (loosely defined as long rifles with a semi-automatic operation and large magazines engineered to look like military full automatic weapons) is also on the table despite the fact one passed back in 1998 was considered ineffective.
We will have to wait to see what measures are put into place to continue to attack the indiscriminate use of gun violence by those with serious mental issues. But the overall context is encouraging as the US has been addressing the issue for many years. A good thing for this country is the fact our murder rate from guns has gone done significantly over the last 30 years. It is currently 3.6 per 100,000 people, a precipitous decline from the 7 per 100,000 we experienced in the 1990s. Next month the FBI will have 2018 figures available and the numbers are forecast to be even lower.
Who knows, even the media may find time to cover our real problems and solutions, despite the attraction of more important stories featuring the wholescale takeover of the Republic by white supremacists so evilly sneaky that, apart from the president, we don’t even know who they are.