Monday, May 03, 2010
They aren't coming for your guns
Goode, of Bedford, is a adjunct professor of psychology at Central Virginia Community College.
Let me state at the beginning, I own four guns: two pistols, a .22 rifle that I got for the requisite rite of passage for Southern boys to go squirrel hunting with their father, and my dad's old shotgun, which involved another rite of passage: firing a double-barreled shotgun for the first time as a boy and trying to keep from crying because the recoil hurt my shoulder and the loud bang sounded like a cannon going off in my ear.
But I wouldn't think of bringing any of these to a political rally. The protesters who brought loaded pistols and other weapons to a rally outside of Washington, D.C., in Arlington, are more in need of Viagra than guns. Did they feel threatened? What was their point?
I guess the guns were a symbol -- a symbol of freedom, according to them, and they weren't going to give up any more freedoms: "We are done backing down." But as usual with this crowd, they are missing the point.
Do they really think guns will be outlawed? Republican politicians want them to think that. These so-called conservative politicians wrap themselves in the American flag and the Second Amendment, trying to frighten people into believing this hogwash. "Be vigilant," they warn. "Those weak-kneed liberals want to take your guns." Yes, there are some who would like to see all guns outlawed, but that's about as likely to happen as me winning the lottery.
Why do these politicians blare this message? It's called misdirection -- a smokescreen issue. If we are sitting at home, lovingly polishing our arsenals and concentrating on our right to bear arms, we won't pay attention to what the politicians are really doing, which is allowing Wall Street and banks and greedy CEOs to rape the economy and then get bailed out when their legal Ponzi schemes fall apart.
Yes, I'm just as infuriated as these yahoos with guns. But carrying a weapon to a rally isn't going to change anything. It isn't going to scare these greedy Gordon Geckos; it's only going to scare others who also want change, and it will paint all protesters and dissenters as nuts.
The bought-and-paid-for politicians and the greedy Geckos have got us right where they want us -- fussing and feuding with each other over nonissues and not paying attention to what's really going on.
These wannabe militia bemoan the loss of "liberties." I ask, why? Why did they allow this to happen, if it did? Why did they give their liberties away? Why did they let them be taken away?
Because they weren't paying attention. They were sitting at home watching their HD TVs, watching NASCAR races, sports, the faux-reality shows and mindless sitcoms. The Gecko strategy is simple: Keep them fat and happy. Well, we're fat all right; obese is more like it. And we're happy, or rather we think we are happy. We're mesmerized, we're Novacained. Numb to what's really happening.