The Resistance Attempts Mass Murder

So it looks like the gunman who attempted to murder Republican congressmen was a hardcore Bernie Sander’s supporter.   Why just punch a nazi when you can kill a nazi, right?

Social justice atheist PZ Myers refers to this as “Poetic Injustice” and one of his atheist fans comments:

This particular incident is likely unjustified, but this kind of violence may be the only thing that saves us. The left has not reckoned with this correctly. The commonwealth is fundamentally, irrepairable broken. A non-trivial portion of the right would see millions of us dead.

Damn right violence may have a role to play.

Myers refers to the shooter as a “dangerous fanatic.”  The shooter was obsessed with writing letters to the editor of his local newspaper.  Those letters from the fanatic look like something  Myers himself could have written.

 

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10 Responses to The Resistance Attempts Mass Murder

  1. JP says:

    “A non-trivial portion of the right would see millions of us dead.”

    What an absurd, baseless proposition. I don’t want to see atheists, agnostics, pagans or any other non-Christians dead. Instead, I want them to know the Truth, the Way, and the Life!
    However, the evidence clearly tells me that individuals like PZ Myers and his happy band of followers want ME dead. The souls of tens upon tens of millions cry out from the graves of the former USSR, China, Cambodia and Nazi Germany.

  2. unclesporkums says:

    They’re posts make it very clear that they’d want to see us imprisoned or worse, which wouldn’t accomplish very much as Christian history is full of incidents of persecutions and imprisonments for the Apostles and afterwards that only strengthened faith and resolve to share the Gospel to those doing so to us.

  3. Good on Bernie for immediately condemning it on the senate floor.

  4. Bilbo says:

    Mike, how exactly are you defining “a hardcore socialist”?

  5. Michael says:

    Hardcore in the sense that he lived and breathed his politics, as if his political ideology was his religion. Socialist in the sense that his political views were from the far left. Here’s a link with more details about him: http://heavy.com/news/2017/06/james-hodgkinson-alexandria-gop-baseball-shooter-shooting-gunman-identified-illinois/

  6. Bilbo says:

    Mike, I looked over Hodgkinson’s letters. I didn’t see any mention of the evils of religion or the evils of Christianity. I did see him write, “God bless the 99 percent.” That sounds rather religious to me. Perhaps he’s a fanatical Christian?

    Meanwhile, I agree with Hodgkinson’s basic theme: A major part of our economic woes is not taxing the top 1% (really the top 0.1%) enough. I’m not sure how that makes either Hodgkinson or me a “hardcore socialist.” I find that a rather amusing accusation. I’m really curious to see how you defend making it.

    I think Hodgkinson was wrong for trying to kill people. But I understand the origin of his anger. We now have a political system where the rich and large corporations can contribute as much as they want to any politician’s campaign. This means that they can buy politicians. So the chances of obtaining tax reforms that people like Hodgkinson and I think are needed will probably never come to pass. That creates a sense of helplessness. People who feel helpless to change things often turn to desperate measures, such as violence. So I understand Hodgkinson’s anger and why he turned to violence. But I do not agree with him that violence is the right means to achieve change.

  7. Michael says:

    Or from here:

    A Facebook page belonging to a person with that name from the Belleville area contains several posts critical of President Trump. (There is no confirmation that it belongs to the alleged suspect.) In one, Trump is described as a “traitor” who “has destroyed our democracy.” The Facebook account’s banner has an image of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who ran against Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary. His profile picture has the U.S. flag with the words: “Democratic Socialism explained in 3 words: We the People.”

  8. Bilbo says:

    Mike, I was and am a Bernie Sanders supporter. Bernie has been very careful to define himself as a “Democratic Socialist” for a reason: to distinguish himself from “Socialism.” “Democratic Socialism” sees a need for a mixing of Socialist and Capitalist policies, such as we have currently in our society. Pure “Socialism” does not. To call a Bernie Sanders supporter a “hardcore socialist” is either a result of ignorance or deception. In your case, I will assume it is ignorance.

  9. Bilbo says:

    By the way, one can call Trump a traitor without being a socialist, democratic socialist, capitalist, Democrat, or Republican. I think it is a bit premature to call him a traitor. But it might turn out that he is indeed a traitor.

  10. Michael says:

    Mike, I looked over Hodgkinson’s letters. I didn’t see any mention of the evils of religion or the evils of Christianity. I did see him write, “God bless the 99 percent.” That sounds rather religious to me. Perhaps he’s a fanatical Christian?

    Do you have any evidence that he was a fanatical Christian apart from the commonplace “God bless” statement? I would think someone who was a fanatical Christian would repeatedly make religious references throughout his arguments.

    Meanwhile, I agree with Hodgkinson’s basic theme: A major part of our economic woes is not taxing the top 1% (really the top 0.1%) enough. I’m not sure how that makes either Hodgkinson or me a “hardcore socialist.” I find that a rather amusing accusation. I’m really curious to see how you defend making it.

    I have no problem with raising taxes on the top 1%. Is that all Hodgkison wanted?

    I think Hodgkinson was wrong for trying to kill people. But I understand the origin of his anger. We now have a political system where the rich and large corporations can contribute as much as they want to any politician’s campaign. This means that they can buy politicians. So the chances of obtaining tax reforms that people like Hodgkinson and I think are needed will probably never come to pass. That creates a sense of helplessness. People who feel helpless to change things often turn to desperate measures, such as violence. So I understand Hodgkinson’s anger and why he turned to violence. But I do not agree with him that violence is the right means to achieve change.

    The exact same logic applies to abortion clinic bombers, right? Since abortion will never become illegal, it’s understandable how someone opposed to abortion would try to kill abortionists, right?

    Millions and millions of people are very, very angry about some aspect of our culture, economy or politics, yet they don’t attempt to go on killing sprees. Think of the coal miners who lost their jobs because of politicians’ new regulations. But there is nothing understandable about letting your anger turn into attempts at mass murder, unless you are trying to understand how evil works.

    Mike, I was and am a Bernie Sanders supporter. Bernie has been very careful to define himself as a “Democratic Socialist” for a reason: to distinguish himself from “Socialism.” “Democratic Socialism” sees a need for a mixing of Socialist and Capitalist policies, such as we have currently in our society. Pure “Socialism” does not.

    Why isn’t Sanders a socialist? What parts of socialism does he think is bad and what parts of capitalism does he think is good?

    To call a Bernie Sanders supporter a “hardcore socialist” is either a result of ignorance or deception. In your case, I will assume it is ignorance.

    I confess that I did not give the labels any great thought, as it took me less that 5 min to throw up that posting. So I changed the blog entry from “hardcore socialist” to “hardcore Bernie Sanders supporter.”

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