I am a bit late to this one, and I really was not going to write anything about it. However, after seeing the following video, that I am going to share, I felt compelled to write a little something about it.
First of all, let me say that I am not anti-gun. I am not even really into Wilsonian foreign policy. Furthermore, I happen to know that the United States of America is not even a Democracy; but rather a constitutional Republic. (…and not a “Christian Republic”, as some on the so-called “Christian Right” like to claim that it is.) This video here, pretty much sums up my political stance. Which is pretty ironic, considering Bush wanted to export democracy over to Iraq; how can we export something that we’re not? But, I digress.
However, because I happen to believe in common sense, something that is in hideously short supply in America to today; I happen be a bit annoyed at the fact that a one Adam Kokesh has some moronic idea about organizing an armed march to Washington D.C. JazzShaw, who writes weekends over at HotAir.com has the story and I am not going to quote any of it here at all. I want you to go read about this moron’s idea of getting the United States Government’s attention on guns. I also will point you to a posting by Michelle Malkin from 2010 on her blog about this guy and his true stripes. I also point you to this blog posting from 2007 at “This ain’t hell” about this guy and his true stripes.
Okay now this is where I am going with this all. The following is why I do not have much use for people like Adam Kokesh and his libertarian friends or any use for people like Alex Jones.
Video: (WARNING: THIS VIDEO IS EXTREMELY GRAPHIC AND HARD TO WATCH. DO NOT WATCH THIS IN FRONT OF CHILDREN!)
Check out this gallery of books and other interesting stuff found in this guy’s car.
The story via the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio — Police here said today they still do not know why James Gilkerson jumped out his car and began firing at Middlefield police officers who had pulled him over after Gilkerson had run a stop sign in the village.
They did say Gilkerson fired 37 rounds from an AK-47 rifle on March 10, and that the two officers fired back with 54 rounds of their own, killing the Mentor-on-the Lake man.
Police showed the dash cam video of the shootout during a news conference. They also distributed a statement from the Lake County prosecutor saying the shooting by police was justified and the matter would not be taken to a grand jury.
“He got of the vehicle, intending to kill my officers. We don’t know why he did it,” said Police Chief Arnold Stanko.
Stanko said police found eight, 40-round magazines for the AK-47 in Gilkerson’s car along with a number of books and magazines about militias and terrorism.
The names of some of the literature were “Backyard Rocketry: Converting Model Rockets Into Explosive Missiles,” “Advanced Close-range Gun Fighting,” “Homemade Detonators: How To Make Them.” Another described how to get rid of a dead body.
“He was a scumbag, and a terrorist, and he’s dead,” Stanko said.
Gilkerson fired on the officers on Ohio 608, near Pierce Street.
Stanko said one of his officers, Erin Thomas, got out of the patrol car after Gilkerson was pulled over, walked around the car, and got to about the driver’s side door of the cruiser when Gilkerson bolted from his car and began shooting.
Stanko said Thomas fired back, as did her partner Brandon Savage. Stanko said Savage returned fire through the windshield of the cruiser.
Stanko said Gilkerson was shot several times, but kept firing. During the gunfight, Gilkerson shouted, “Kill me.”
Thomas, a former Woodmere officer, still is not back to work. She lost a finger in the encounter. Savage had minor injuries to his left thigh. He is back at work, the chief said.
The chief said police could find little in the way of ammunition and books in the home Gilkerson shared with his mother. He said he did not know if Gilkerson kept his weapon, ammunition and the books in his car all the time or if he had piled it all in side that day.
Okay folks, here is the truth and I know this is going to piss some people off. Well, you know what? TOUGH SHIT! The truth is my friends that this guy was most likely a follower of Alex Jones and his kooky conspiracy theories. He might have had some mental issues of some sort; but something triggered this guy to intentionally break the law, so that the cops would go after him and he could get out of his car, open up on the cops and go out in a blaze of glory. I happen to believe that it is not a gun problem, but a far-right wing, Alex Jones kooky conspiracy theory problem.
I have one thing to say about this whole thing. If anyone is hurt or killed in this so-called March on DC with loaded guns —:
SEND THE BODIES TO MATT DRUDGE, ALEX JONES AND ADAM KOKESH!
Matt Drudge is the one that teases the inflammatory headlines, Matt Drudge links to Alex Jones; Alex Jones pimps out the kooky conspiracy theories and Adam Kokesh laps it all up and goes out and does idiot things like this march. This my friends is what the right in this Country has become; a fucking absolutely idiot parody of its former self. This irrational fear that Obama is going to tear up the constitution and somehow or another transform America into some kind of Communist Country is stoked by these two people and someone needs to get to Drudge and tell him to cut the crap. Because the Conservative/Republican/Tea Party/Small Government/Liberty movement is being delegitimized more and more, every time someone does something like in the video above. This is called acting out over irrational fear.
Now, it is not just Drudge, Jones or even Kokesh — It is the entire right-wing blogosphere! I have blogged since 2006. I can tell you that the Bush-era blogosphere does not even remotely hold a candle to the way things are now in the Conservative Blogosphere. The sad truth is that the Conservative Blogosphere has gone off the rails; just like the liberal blogosphere did during the Bush-era — especially after the defeat of John Kerry in 2004. My God, they are doing the very same things. It is that same irrational behaviour, the same vitriol, the same idiocy; and just like in the Bush era — they a beginning to sound like parody of themselves. This is why, as much as I hate to be the one to say it — the Republican Party lost two elections. Not because who was running, because of what the right had become after the departure of George W. Bush from the White House.
It was bad enough to make some people leave the “right”, like this guy here. I cannot really blame him, some of the stuff that I see in the headlines, makes me wonder, who are the people running these blogs? Do they really believe some of the stuff that they write? Now, it is not lost on me at all, that I happen to be a part of that group. I am in a way; and in another way, I am not. I do not consider myself to be that much of a right-winger. I tend to cut it right down the middle. I love my Country and all; but I will the first to tell you that neither of these two political parties are perfect, nor are they political or moral absolutes. I believed this in 2006 and I still believe it now.
This is why I have not been writing on this blog much since Mitt Romney lost the election. Because I honestly fear that something I might write, just might trigger some dude, who is not quite with it; to go off and act out like in the way in the video above. This is also why I sometimes want to take my old blog down; because there were times in the past, when I wrote someone while, “Caught up in the moment.” and I fear that writing could trigger someone to do something crazy. This is also why I try to keep things in the “Common Sense” area, when it comes to running this blog. I just do not always jump on a headline, until it begins to pass the smell test. I tend to avoid Alex Jones style of headlines. Because I do not want to trigger something, like in the above video.
Hopefully, that all makes sense to someone…. it does to me.
The Bottom Line: I love my Country, I just do not trust my Government — BUT! I am not interested in trying to go out and kill a bunch of police officers, because of that — and neither should anyone else. Neither should anyone write anything anywhere that would trigger someone to want to do that. This is called irresponsibility and there is a good deal of that in the right wing media world right now.