Watch your back, Francis.
You do know what happened to the last pope who was perceived as more “liberal,” right?
Of course, if that’s all there was: and nothing was ever proven than he died naturally, these words would mean nothing, except pushing a conspiracy theory.
Except if you look at the long list of leaders who have been assassinated since I have been alive: 61 years, it would be hard to make the case that even a minor number of them have been more tilted towards “conservative.” Now there are caveats for each and every one. There always are. Oswald was supposedly a commie: a convenient claim, especially for the time. Yes, there are oddities that make that claim suspicious, as there pretty much are with King, RFK, X…
But you know how that goes. Damn conspiracy theorists, blah, blah, blah… And we know, despite government being terrible at damn near everything, when it comes to finding the non-political-based, perfect, reasons for what happened, they are never, ever, wrong. And it’s just a plus that the reasons are pretty bloody politically convenient. One lone nutjob assassin, or one group of theocratically incorrect fanatics, that’s all.
I am a firm believer that whatever is the most convenient story to tell for those in power will be the one told and the one enforced through social shaming. That doesn’t mean it’s always wrong. Indeed I think there’s often more truth than not. But I also believe there’s always more we don’t know, no matter how honest that story may be, or seem to be.
But just considering the long list of inconvenient folks who have been assassinated, and victims of those who can be used for political gain by the right, I would watch my back, my front and my sides, Francis.
When I was young, Francis, my family was politically active on the right, and we knew a lot of like minded folks who wished people dead. They were angry: specifically at them, and expressed pleasure when JFK was assassinated, RFK, King…
I’m sure you and I would disagree as much as we agree if we sat down for a beer, or a beer and a sip of holy water. Yet I certainly wish you no ill, just as I didn’t wish past, more conservative, popes ill. I wish you only the best. But, to be crude, and I hope you take no offense, I’m guessing you’re pissing off a lot of the wrong people right now.
And, in my lifetime, I’ve noticed when they get mad somehow some of the most horrific, sadistic, evil wishes come true.
Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 30 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks and into the unseen cracks and crevasses that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.
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