Self-delusion takes many forms, and Americans are hardly immune to replacing reality with myths and fantasies.
Yesterday, some schmuck in Hollywood walked down the street firing random shots from a handgun, wounding one person. The police arrived on the scene and promptly shot him dead. (Thank God for the police, who always man the skirmish line between civilization and chaos.)
Now some people are saying the 26 year old man, one Tyler Brehm, was shouting the Muslim war cry "Alihu Akbar" as he fired the shots. If true, none of the mainstream media are reporting this aspect of the incident. We have all noted how the MSM filters the news, deliberately omitting facts that could have a bearing on public opinion and the safety of the American people. Never mentioning the Muslim connection to crimes is at the top of their list. Many reports still refuse to mention Major Nidal Hassan's radical Muslim ties in the Fort Hood shooting and massacre. They refer to it as "workplace violence" instead of what it was, Islamic violence based on religious beliefs in jihad. It was Hassan's belief in Islam that compelled him to commit mass murder.
I don't know if Tyler Brehm was a Muslim or not. He could very well have been nuts, acting out a scenario he learned from somewhere (probably not the MSM). However, this latest incident proves that many Americans have an irrational belief in reality-alteration: if you refuse to admit unpleasant truths, well then they just aren't true after all. Islam isn't violent unless we SAY Islam is violent, external reality notwithstanding.
Conservatives, as a whole, aren't any better than liberals in this regard. This was made clear this week when Zo of Zo-Nation, of Pajamas Media, called for the permanent furling of the Confederate flag. Such foolish comments always set off a round of nasty debates on the Civil War: who was right? What was the reason for the war? The short and sweet answer is that the South was right and the North completely, irrefutably and indelibly wrong.
Many conservatives continue to insist that Abraham Lincoln was the second coming, a great prophet of racial equality, human rights and enlightenment, who had no choice but to fight the Civil War in order to free the slaves, because he was just so darned moral and righteous. He wasn't. What he was, was a ruthless politician who hated blacks and loved high taxes and a strong central government. His rule was a reign of terror. The mass death and destruction didn't bother him. He was concerned with the larger questions, like, "Let the South secede? Who will pay my tariff?"
Lincoln is a historic fraud whose statue in Washington D.C. should be jackhammered into rubble and thrown into the Potomac. He was the antithesis of everything that conservatives are supposed to believe in, and there's the rub. We love limited government, the rule of law and the Constitution, yet we worship a man who was the exact opposite of our ideal.
Lately I have been arguing with "conservatives" over at YouTube over Zo's unfortunate claim that it is "time to furl the Confederate flag." Needless to say, I weighed in, dispelling the Northern myth with facts, only to receive in return some rather vicious, insulting and hateful responses. "Conservatives," like liberals, get mightily pissed when their shining myths are replaced with the cold and sober truth. Will that make me shut up? Not on your life.
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