We have a sick fascination with violence in American culture. It’s the elephant in the room. This is what we find entertaining. This is our spectacle. The public lynchings of old–the public torture and murder of our fellow citizens was immortalized on postcards. It was entertaining.
Now we have video loops, and they play endlessly on the Internet and the news channels. So many feature violence done upon black bodies. Over and over Janay Rice hits the floor of that elevator, over and over again Eric Garner flails on the pavement, under a pile of five or six officers who were apparently dispatched to protect New York from unpaid cigarette taxes.
Over and over again, black (and other) bodies are murdered by police; women are killed by men. It is shameful enough that it is still happening, but even more shameful that we are still turning it into “entertainment.”
Have far have we really come?
President Obama is going to shut down EBT cards on October 15, causing riots and motivating democrats to riot on down to the polls in record numbers, according to Freepers. The post is entitled:
How The 2014 Obama Coup Will Unfold
Not only that, the Obama Administration is so devious, they have conspired to make sure the inciting event is the threatened GOP shutdown of the government on October 1st. Because despite the fact that he is incompetent, disengaged and pretty much lives on the links these days, POTUS has found time to conceive and execute a plan to trick the GOP into making total asses of themselves. Again.
And then the food stamp recipients will riot. On their way to work or something. But they will be mostly children and old people, so don’t worry. It won’t be that scary.
Updating to add that this is the first comment: “God is judging America—His instrument to punish all of us is Obama.”
See how that works? When God gets mad at liberals for ruining America, he punishes Republicans. That would be heartbreaking if it wasn’t hilarious.
Watching conservatives discuss the CPAC decision to ban atheists from setting up a booth at their conference. Their angry God is also apparently fragile. One of them quoted the Bible verses below. Their God is a threatening, vengeful God who rules by fear. This is what they choose to highlight, out of the many messages from the Christian Bible.
English Standard Version (ESV)
24 Because I have called and you refused to listen,
have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded,
25 because you have ignored all my counsel
and would have none of my reproof,
26 I also will laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when terror strikes you,
27 when terror strikes you like a storm
and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
when distress and anguish come upon you.
28 Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer;
they will seek me diligently but will not find me.
29 Because they hated knowledge
and did not choose the fear of the Lord,
30 would have none of my counsel
and despised all my reproof,
31 therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way,
and have their fill of their own devices.
32 For the simple are killed by their turning away,
and the complacency of fools destroys them;
33 but whoever listens to me will dwell secure
and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.””…