The News Pauper: The Day After Ft. Hood

By W.B. Dunne

The News Pauper grieves to be reminded, along with everyone else, that despicable acts of violence have no boundaries. First, we all should acknowledge and absorb what it must feel like today on that base. As large as it is, anyone who has stayed on a military base for any length of time can tell you that it has a tendency to be as insular a community as has ever been fashioned for human beings to live in. The individual is charged with a single mission, to support the others, as in no other community, and that extends to the families of the soldier. The entire group is feeling very traumatizedmore so than at any time these eight long years. This latest event, and its scale, and its location, shows us an opportunity to point out the path weve been on and who took us down that path, but even more importantly, do we not sympathize with the loss the families of those at Ft. Hood are experiencing?

There is no surprise when our news-holes sink their teeth into a story like this and start to make the attempt to fit it into their script. If it bleeds it leads. Personally, I am happy to hear that the shooter has survived. I predict we will hear a tale of a mental breakdown, of the inability to take a step back and say, “I shouldnt shoot these people.” It might give some insight into what is wrong with the way we deal with every event like this to hear the story of why from the shooters own mouth. No way will there ever be an opportunity given to anyone to stray from the script thoughif an event cant be made into a TV show, it never happened.

There will be the typical exploitation of the facts of this case on the typical standardized model. We all know it is coming. The decades of desensitizing have turned the world into a wasteland. Eventually we all became zombies for a daily dose of somebody elses trauma. Do the architects of this evil feel any remorse for the harm they have done to a group that once carried the moniker, HUMANITY? Do the ones that profit from the chaos ever feel any regret? The News Pauper is not an overtly religious man; he wishes that there were a god, or any number of gods, that could be petitioned to redress this one prevailing issue. However, empiricism dictates that only through the flesh can any god act in our cause, which is gods way of saying ‘do it yourself.’

If there is anything I can do to help do gods work, it would be to sound the clarion call for the dismantling of the macabre edifice that is our media. To see something that has the capacity to teach and engage and entertain be prostituted for the benefit of those that degrade us and keep us at odds with each other is demoralizing to say the least. I can have little effect on such a leviathan, but, if I can sway one mind to my view that the law should try to protect our dignity at least as hard as it tries to protect propertywell, you see. One or two minds will never win.

Can anyone relate to the desolation, BEFORE the next shooter acts out his futility and impotence in the next burst of rage? Is there anyone out there that can acknowledge that it is the way we are speaking to each other about the big questions in our lives that is causing these people to go insane? The tone of the public discourse — that is where the cancer lies. It convinces the confused that there are no solutions but to lash out. Its a deadly form of pollution that makes elements on the margins attack the healthy middle. It seems as clear as day to the compulsive-obsessive sap who will tomorrow become a hated assassin.

We all need to relate to the losses at Ft. Hood. We are all the traumatized community that seems to be intent on consuming itself in spite of its horror at what it has become. Are we so trapped by a set of corporate sociopaths that we cannot act in our own interest and the larger interests of the world?

The News Pauper salutes you if you spend even a second thinking about this.

Contact the author at WBDunne@ltsaloon.org

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