In the wake of the Tucson murders by a lone psychotic, Allen West, for one, has no intention of eliminating military metaphors from his speech.
Via Booker Rising, when home-district newspaper the Palm Beach Post asked West if he regretted any of his choices of words in the past,
West said, “No I don’t, because I think when you look at the president saying don’t bring a knife to a gun fight, and the fact that the president talked about if the Republicans were to win in the midterms we’re going to have hand-to-hand combat….” He also said a blogger in Broward County had once said West should be skinned alive, so “I think there are some things that both sides need to be concerned about.”
…West, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, has said his references to “bayonets” and military imagery are metaphorical — and he has no plans to stop using them. “Now that I’ve been sworn into Congress I’m still the type of person that, if there are means by which I can inspire people, I will use historical references and metaphors, which is what I have done. But my background is, I am a tough guy and in tough times we have to use a little bit of stronger language when you start talking about the future legacy of my country,” West said.
The contrast between Allen West and too many other Republican politicians is brilliantly limned by Marc Tracy, columnist for the West Palm Beach Conservative Examiner
Many Republicans either choose to stay quiet or attempt to dismiss the accusations as being ridiculous. Congressman West chose to confront the liberal “opportunism” as he knows best, by explaining that he is not about to change who he is because of the actions of a psychotic gunman or the fevered efforts of Democrats to falsely blame conservatives for causing the violence in Tucson.
West’s response to the incident and subsequent political firestorm speaks volumes about the differences between how the right and left view humanity. Liberals view humanity as perfectible, a grand experiment that always has an answer if you just delve deep enough into the “root” problems. Politics aside, liberals must have someone or something to blame when incidents like Tucson occur, otherwise their ideas about humanity would collapse. Because [liberals believe that] people are malleable in all ways, someone or something else is to blame for the shooter’s acts. His family, his employment problems, perhaps someone treated him poorly at school or he received too much/too little affection as a child, and this combined with the spark of the “violent” conservatives to push him over the edge and thus we have cause and effect.
Conservatives like Ronald Reagan and Allen West see it a bit differently, understanding that the environment of any individual may play a role but never the determining factor. [emphasis mine] A friend of Jared Lee Loughner was interviewed in Mother Jones magazine. In the interview the friend theorized that Loughner committed this heinous act “mainly to just promote chaos.” Comparing him to the Joker character in the Batman franchise, the friend said Loughner “fucks things up to fuck shit up, there’s no rhyme or reason, he wants to watch the world burn. He probably wanted to take everyone out of their monotonous lives: ‘Another Saturday, going to go get groceries’—to take people out of these norms that he thought society had trapped us in.” What understanding or blame could be discovered within the mind of such an insane person?
A conservative understands that evil exists in the world and that a person like Jared Loughner is not “malleable.” No matter how difficult his family life or whatever sad rejection he could not accept, this murderous act stands on its own as evil without cause. A political call to arms or campaign slogan could never be the reason for something like this, and those who would try to attribute these things to his act are diminished by their accusations. The attempt to assign blame to conservatives sadly tries to take advantage of people’s natural response to ask “Why?” Ultimately, the idea of blame rests solely on Jared Loughner, where it belongs despite the political machinations of the left. Ronald Reagan once said “We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.”
Sarah Palin, Allen West and conservatives in general understand Loughner for who he is, a crazed psychopath immune to reason. There is a time and place for politics and liberals must discover that an opportunity does not exist in every crisis. Until that happens they will never truly understand humanity, both good and evil.