A little story bounced on the radar this morning that really rocked me back on my heels a bit. Michael Brewer, the 15 year old boy set on fire by five classmates over a video game and an alleged stolen bike is recovering slowly, and quite painfully, while the assailants are being charged as adults for this horrific crime. One of the assailants apparently was upset when Brewer did not pay him $40.00 for the video game as promptly as he expected, and in retaliation, stole Brewer's father's $500 bike. When Brewer told the police who had stolen the bike, the thief apparently thought he was justified, after being released from a juvenile facility, in "getting his revenge." The thief, Denver Jarvis, got several friends together and went after Brewer. They caught him at an apartment complex, doused him with rubbing alcohol, and set him on fire. He suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns over 60% of his body.
Now, you are probably asking yourself how in the hell I could even BEGIN to associate this horrific act with the insanity of the Far Wrong. And well you should ask.
The Shift, as I call it, seemed to start way back in the 90's, but really took off after September 11, 2001. The polarization between the Far Religious Wrong and the rest of the nation just seemed to zoom off the radar. Family planning clinic bombings, murders of abortion providers, insane Internet conspiracy theories alluding to Government involvement of the downing of the WTC, even the training and funding of the terrorists, these and even worse insanity began to creep over the edge of the dark side of the American psyche. And then came Barrack Obama.
Suddenly, the truly insane and dangerous wing of the wingnutty Far Wrong went into a rabid frenzy. And when their gal (yes, they were NOT voting FOR McCain, they were voting FOR She-Rah Pail-In. You can bet your life on that.) lost to an, ahem, "man of color," well, things went bat-shit crazy.
Suddenly, we got truthers, we got birthers, we got whack jobs galore. The level of hate spewing forth from television and radio and Internet blogs and "news" sites went certifiably apocalyptic. Some of the stuff said about our legally elected president (unlike the last joker,) is beyond seditious, and makes me wonder how long it will be before the Secret Service takes some action. The Hate Jocks have been yelling fire in the theater, and no one is getting too concerned. The "mainstream" press is asleep, the so-called Democratic Party is a mass of wuss, and everyone can't wait for the next apocalyptic blockbuster.
Whew. Is that enough, or should I go on?
So it is both no surprise, and at the same time, a confirmation of the hypocrisy of the Far "Fake religious" Wrong, whose so-called "life" platform is so full of hate and death it simply has no moral foundation. It therefore comes as no surprise that children, CHILDREN, for the sake of all that matters, have gotten the message that the rule is no longer "do unto others as you would have them do unto you," but rather is, "do unto others whatever it takes to show them who runs the show." This is the heart and (shudder) soul of the message the Far Wrong is intent on delivering to the country they believe they have the right to RULE while simultaneously bitching and moaning about "Islamic Fundamentalism," and "those damn illegal aliens." What they really mean is, "Our religious intolerance is Righteous in the eyes of the Lord, and all you other heathens are going to Hell." Wow. Sure sounds like bin Laden clones to me.
Oh, sorry. Am I being to harsh here? No, I think not. Children shooting, burning, raping other children? Too harsh? Adults proclaiming their patriotic credentials who have NO CLUE what the US Constitution actually says or means spewing hate and racism and claiming God is on their side? Too harsh? Too angry? Not funny enough?
Not by the longest shot you can even begin to imagine.
Hell, I'm just getting started.