America has lost its collective mind. It’s a razza-frappin lion, people. Ted Nugent has you pegged:
(H/t: The Blaze)
The LU posse knows I’m not usually the go-to gal for the Ted Nugent watch. Or the Indignant Pop-Cult Upchuck of the Day watch, for that matter. You’re more likely to find me going on about some arcane point of geopolitics or national strategy.
But in this case, America needs a serious burning brand upside the head. So many people are unaware of how lost they are: how primitive, soulless, and pathetic. Let’s review the bidding.
There are actually people who want to paper over what’s being done to the human babies. They want to chalk the whole thing up to moral ambiguity and move on. Republican politicians man the ramparts to at least deny taxpayer funding to the organization – Planned Parenthood – that’s involved in this, and the leader of the congressional Democrats tweets defiantly, “Good luck with that.”
To Republicans who are trying to defund Planned Parenthood: Good luck with that.
— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) July 28, 2015
Can anything wake such people up? In a tweet stream a few days ago, I saw a hideous image of an aborted baby with his head cut off. Someone took that picture. It’s out there somewhere, floating around the infosphere. It was a black baby boy. I would love to unsee that horrible image, but of course I can’t.
Would seeing it wake up the modern slaves of Moloch who turn a blind eye to child sacrifice and call it “women’s rights”?
That butchered baby is the face of abortion. There is no alternative reality in which abortion can somehow be sanitary and pleasant. You buy into abortion on demand? – that little boy with his tiny, inert limbs and his head cut off, a trail of blood and tissue puddled up around the severed neck, is what you’re buying into.
It is a terrible shame to America that our public dialogue is now crafted to euphemize – and even subsidize and promote – this appalling reality, while at the same time, an army of primitive animists turns out to wail like banshees, lobbing hysterical, incoherent threats, over the killing of a lion. The pitiful people who do this may imagine themselves to be enlightened, but in truth they subsist in a fog of moral and mental darkness.
In stark contrast to the callous response of Harry Reid, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that it will investigate the killing of Cecil the lion. The killing took place in Zimbabwe, which, as many of you are aware, is a whole different country, not subject to the laws of the United States. But USFWS is going to hunt down the Minnesota dentist who shot the lion – in good faith, according to him, based on information from hired Zimbabwean guides – and “investigate.” Investigate something; it’s not obvious what. This vague threat of investigation has the hallmark of opportunistic political pandering.
Meanwhile, here’s a brief flavor of the utter imbecility shown by a hysterical public over the lion’s death:
Hundreds packed [dentist Walter] Palmer’s business parking lot Wednesday. Patients WCCO spoke with said they don’t plan to return.
The Bloomington Police Department has installed a remote surveillance system in the parking lot. They want to make sure that when someone isn’t patrolling the area, and still have eyes on the Palmer’s business to prevent vandalism and any other type of illegal activity.
— Jennifer Mayerle (@jennifermayerle) July 29, 2015
More here from Twitchy. This isn’t moral indignation; this is psychosis.
Now, it appears to me that Ted Nugent is misinformed on one point, and I want to register that. In his first Facebook response (above; see the Blaze link for more), he said the lion was from a park where hunting is legal. That doesn’t appear to be the case. From what I can tell, the lion – tagged with a collar and being studied – was from a preserve where he was not supposed to be killed. He was lured from it and was killed outside of it.
I don’t know that it’s clear whether “Cecil the lion” was deliberately (individually) lured, or was simply the lion that responded most readily to the lure set out by the game guides. If the latter, the guides are undoubtedly still culpable (they could be presumed to know which lion it was when they saw it), but the Brothers Grimm narrative about evil trophy hunters plotting to off one of our most beloved lion friends – a creature that would kill you and rip you to bits as soon as look at you – does fall apart.
If these manifestations were the sum total of America, our nation would be sick and rotten to the core. The good news is, I don’t think they are a fair representation of America, or Americans. Most people in this country do have moral compunction about – let’s be blunt here – the right things.
Most people have their priorities straight. You deplore animal cruelty, but the fact that we don’t all define it the same way isn’t an excuse for mistreating other people, or turning out with torches and pitchforks.
Conversely, you recognize that people can disagree on when a moral society begins guaranteeing legal protection to human life. But you don’t use that as an excuse to pretend the grotesque butchery of fully-formed infants isn’t happening. And you accept the conviction of a live conscience that the butchery needs to stop.
I don’t know what all America is supposed to learn from this wake-up call we’re enduring. It should start, it seems to me, with the truth that human political organization has no power to save us from ourselves. Look everywhere, as far as the eye can see, and there’s nothing but human political organization, large and in charge. And this is what we are under its ministrations: hysterical, hypocritical, amoral, misdirected, and hopelessly stupid.
This thing is way bigger than just needing to elect a certain kind of Republican in 2016. But, again, there’s good news. We are men and women before God first, and only then citizens of earthly realms. Don’t fear the narrow calculations of human organization. I see people liberating themselves from that dynamic just by taking an unabashed interest in Donald Trump – and that’s a positive thing: a sea change we badly need to produce a cleansing tide. I say that as one who doesn’t think Trump would make a very good president. But the political fearlessness of people who are interested in his message is salutary.
The current stupor of public America has the names of old-consensus Republicans written all over it, just as it has the names of Democrats. Lies have ruled over us too long. It’s time to start calling a spade a spade, while there are still millions of Americans who recognize what that is when they see it.