“Conspiracy theory?” Yes, though as time passes and the patterns repeat closer to fact than not. The national shootings, like another school shooting in Colorado, often pretty much require motives be covered. But otherwise…
April was sliding towards an end here in Nashville and then there was… a MURDER!!! “A murder?” These days there seems to be a local murder or two every day, and not a lot of knowing why. Two people at a Mobil station were arguing. They went outside: still arguing. Then one shot the other. Why? Once upon a time journalists covered motives whether local or not, at least eventually. But given the lack of journalistic standards these days we may never know.
Did Stand Your Ground help cause this? What were they arguing about? Was it politics? Is it any accident that since 2016 in Nashville one on one murder rates have exploded, yet motives are rarely, if ever, mentioned? Is it just incidental that this is not just some singular Nashville phenomenon? Do the motives line up with goals of the extreme right? How many murders have been inspired by what has spewed forth from Trump’s ever active, ever vicious, hate promoting, piehole? We already know nationwide and even overseas: more than a few.
I would find it amusing the righties bring up the one ‘Bernie supporter’ at the game when the list of their murderers, on a nationwide basis, is hideously long. But I suspect this isn’t just national.
When it comes to not mentioning motive on a local level: lackadaisical “journalists?” OR making damn sure the people don’t wake up? You would think all these supposed “liberal” journalists would want to wake America up about any overall targeting. Or maybe their often far more right wing editors, program directors, board of directors, owners don’t want us to wake up? Considering all we do know our eyes should be wide open, if not for our severe shot attention spans.
Charlottesville should have been an awakening.
Youtubes that inspired the murderer at Charlottesville to drive into crowds of protesters should have been an awakening.
Zimmerman stalking a black teen in the dark? All the support despite how abusive or wacky he got? WAKE UP!
The plot to send bombs to Democratic pols should have been an awakening.
Suspicious white powder sent to the same should have been an awakening.
Shooting up synagogues should have been an awakening, as well as the shooting up of less than fundamentalistic churches, and black churches: always a fav target of Reich wing racists who also love Trump.
How about murdering a black for loud music then shooting up the car as they fled? Awake yet?
How about laws all across the country designed to make murder legal combined with open carry just to emphasize the threat? All they have to do is claim they felt threatened. Ah, the privileges of being white and politically right. Are we awake yet?
Need I go on? There’s plenty where that came from.
If the media doesn’t cover motives we’re less likely to wake up. If we’re less likely to wake up society’s severe long term memory issues means we move on. If we know motives mostly only for national events, at best, moving on is easier. Why add to the level an already loud alarm? Maybe because they don’t want us to wake up?
Much later after that news story: morning news, a right wingy-looking murderer’s family is being investigated by the TBI: essentially our FBI. Doors are being knocked on, knocked down… not even a hint about motive.
Are they knowingly enabling these actions, avoiding panic or just piss poor journalism?
Years ago I read in The Turner Diaries about tiny cells: essentially one, two or three terrorists, breaking off from the movement and carrying out most of the plots: terrorism and murder. But they didn’t really “break away.” It’s an intentional tactic on the part of the movement. Big business and a right wing president enabled them. It makes it harder to blame the movement, especially if the media doesn’t cover motives, especially if framed as no more than the fault of a crazed person or two.
Sound familiar? The ultimate goal of the movement: turn society into a far right, white, fundamentalist ‘Christian’ society where all those left who don’t fit that profile are shot, hanged from light poles, along with their children, One final mass murder committed for the sake of ideological purity. The end of Turner makes Hitler’s final solution almost look kind.
Who else is included? Why, of course: those “filthy, disgusting, infested, crime ridden, drug carrying” immigrants… to take just one stream of constant accusations farted out of Trump’s ever fecal coated diuretic mouth, and outhouse cellar quality tweets.
Are we intentionally, slowly, being exterminated person by person by open carry Reich Wing fascists a-holes? If so, I’m sure they take great pleasure in doing it. And the media has little incentive to cover their motives when they can just cover the blood and guts and not cover what’s both profit and politically inconvenient.
Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 40 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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