Well, it's the morning after the cultural disaster of yesterday. A few observations:
- I still haven't gotten my mind around the depth of emotion I felt yesterday, emotion which rose much higher in intensity after I wrote the major post, so, Dear Readers, you don't know how bad it was between my ears.
- I went from a profound sense of horror, to a depth of despair, to a shattering rage that I never felt before. I felt fear of myself, I was so full of rage. The rage part went on for less than an hour, after which time it slowly subsided. I drank no alcohol yesterday, it did not seem appropriate. Heh, I guess that proves I don't need the stuff and am not dependent on it.
- Now, I just feel, well, sort of empty. Drained. Reflective. Self-analytic.
- I watched a professional counselor on TeeVee last night, and he told the audience that such rage is normal, just don't act on it, ride it out. I did that. I've been trained to do that.
So, what is the culture left with this morning?
We are left with a lot of questions. As I pointed out in a brief smart-phone post yesterday, those whose politics comes before their humanity, showed their lack of humanity by dancing in the blood of those slaughtered kids. Our President was one such dancer. He started his remarks by showing great emotion, emotion like that which I felt, but he closed with a remark about all the recent mass shootings, and he called for "meaningful action", i.e. more gun control:
"As a country we have been through this too many times. Whether it is an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago -- these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, and these children are our children," he said in a press briefing at the White House. “We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.”
He should have left us with just his sincere sorrow, but he is a cold, calculating politician, and he could not let this crisis go without twisting it to his political agenda. He danced in the blood of all those kids, teachers and school administrators, and the mother of the shooter as well. To my lights, that makes Obama as much a monster as the shooter, culturally. He intruded on my grief, and the grief of every American, and many outside these borders, when he made that remark. What would it have cost him to NOT make the remark, but instead, just use the authority of his office to proceed with his planned action for more gun control laws? It would have cost him nothing, nothing at all. Had someone asked him or a spokesman later, the proper reply would have been to say that such comments did not belong in the President's expression of sympathy and his own personal grief.
Obama erred, greviously, but at the same time, he showed his true colors. He knows that even after this horrible tragedy, he still lacks the political mandate and support to get draconian gun control through both houses of Congress. He might not get any draconian laws through the Senate. That's political reality, and it's another reason he should have stopped his remarks with his statement of sorrow, empathy and sympathy.
So, what will we get now in the way of gun control? Hint: it will be those things that Obama's advisers tell him that he can do by Executive Orders. Of course, there will be bills filed by his sycophants in the Senate and House. We will see those a couple of days hence. They will go nowhere.
We wait, and see what his Executive Order pen brings. You might re-read this. I wrote it before the election, but in the back of my mind as I wrote was the possiblity of a triggering event. That event has come. You should finish your re-reading with this short post. What that post tells you is that if you have a Military surplus rifle that relies on imported ammo, you have maybe two days, perhaps as much as five days to lay in all the ammo supply you will need for it, forever. An Executive Order is published in the Federal Register one day and it can be enforced the next.
You have been advised. Just look at it this way: in a football game, even a team that is winning by an overwhelming margin, and the 2A supporters ARE that team, that putative winner has to go on defense occasionally, such as after scoring. We are now on defense. Obama is about to throw a desperation pass, and we have the best corners and safeties in the league. That pass is intercepted before he throws it, and what's more, he probably knows that. Even a devastatingly-good team can slip up, though. If you don't believe me, just ask Alabama.....