1/11/11

Convenient Collective Responsibility



For the past month I've turned off politics to finish a non-political cartoon called Family Pants' The Holiday Hedging Horror, celebrate Christmas and complain about rising gasoline prices. I somehow found a political undercurrent in the cartoon about limited government and anarchy and added a line or two about it in my post. Afterward I turned on the TV to find the Arizona shooting horror involving killer Jared Lee Loughner, with some bizarre wording similar to "limited government", "anarchy" and "the Tea Party".

Understanding today's vitriol, some of which I embrace for political humor, I did not want my intent misconstrued where I describe my lead character Frank Mueller as an anarchist. It was in the context of his wanting smaller government by means of simply refusing government and societal help and taking it upon himself to correct his situation on his own. It was a stretch since the cartoon was pure silliness so I decided to remove the political paragraph.

Never less it stressed individualism over collectivism and smaller government over intrusive government. This is always the undercurrent to conservatism. But never should anyone embrace the "anarchy" of smaller government through the killing government officials or anyone for that matter. Nor should people worry about Sarah Palin's chance or running in 2012 over the murder of innocents or use any tragedy as a tool to better silence opponents.

Name calling and even threatening remarks in today's politics are the result of heated debates in the age of the power of anonymity thanks to internet facelessness. Much like the ability to curse out a 6 foot 7 inch jerk who cut you off in traffic but saying thank you to the same Frankenstein as he steps on your foot in person on the train.

These threats are never literal, whether from the right or left. Like high school coaches telling the football team to "kill" the other team, no mentally stable kid thinks the coach means for you to actually kill them. If one player does so and cites the coach's command, we arrest the kid, not blame the coach. Unfortunately politically correct squads will try to regulate the aggressiveness of coach's future half time speeches only to the jeers of normal people who realize that kid was unstable long before he suited up that day as is the case with Loughner, who stalked his victim before the existence of the Tea Party. If it wasn't the coach's speech, Palin's "targets" or gun reference, it would have been a "Beavis and Butthead" cartoon or rap artist Eminem to take the fall.

Rather than focus on individual and personal responsibility, the coach's rhetoric gets the blame and unfortunately becomes a tool to advance the politically correct squad's agenda such as we should watch soccer rather than football.

The blame game abandons individuality.

The only evil here is Jared Lee Loughner, whose insane ramblings contain the words "anarchy" and "smaller government", but also left leaning subjects as pot smoking. We can no more pass off blame to Sarah Palin, the Tea Party or current political vitriol than we could blame the woman who wears a short skirt for being attacked on the street. The attacker is always the villain. If anything, the girl is displaying poor taste, losing her respect in some circles but oddly championed in others. Palin's target reference is subject to her own personal verbiage and judged by her audience and not to be the blame of violent acts of madmen.

The abandonment of individuality is common for the Left. In the Arizona shooting, such abandonment of individuality is actually a means to support collectivism; perhaps calling for a future regulation of political discourse, especially if it opposes Leftist ends. Maybe a banning of talk radio or town halls where voters can address concerns directly to politicians who are seemingly isolated from their constitutes' needs. Ironically rapper Eminem supports individualism and personal responsibility as he raps, "Just what damage can the pen do?" in "Who Knew" off his Marshal Mathers CD. And we all know Mr. Slim Shady is not a Sarah Palin supporting Tea Party enthusiast...

1 comment:

  1. Great commentary, and much more wisdom on display than the entire mainstream media was able to muster. It's gotten to the point where I don't know if many on the Left are so foolish that they believe what they say, or are so cynical and calculating that they just don't care. Either scenario is depressing... which is exactly why cartoons like yours which inspire a thoughtful laugh are so necessary.

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