By San Fernando Curt
No sooner has smoke cleared in the quite tragic shootings at a couple of Jewish sites in Kansas City than hopeless finger-knitters started popping out zero-sum observations and nonstarter suggestions.
A local Rabbi adjusts his glasses, swallows in a way that bounces his Adams apple like an NBA Spalding while telegraphing he’s ‘really kinda nervous piping up here’, and wags his finger in the air:
“We need to search our souls to ask why we, as a society, allow these daily murders to continue.”
Breathtaking. Well… that shifts blame from the perpetrator to society as a whole – doesn’t it? I suppose that could be a “big picture” approach if the suggestion were viable. It isn’t. Society doesn’t “allow” these daily murders to occur. They simply OCCUR. Society – any society, anywhere – cannot stop them. Human beings will murder each other – usually for our own, often lunatic reasons – as long as we walk the earth. We might be able to curb it if we became a society as grimly oppressive as a Stalinist labor camp, but is it worth that?
Please. Let’s keep focus here. Let’s NOT blame society – for once. That’s stupid, but more importantly, it blinds us to practical ways we could lessen the violence, like enhancing sentences not based on hate or thought – but violence. However, whether that would work here is uncertain, since the accused shooter apparently was propelled by his own lonely goblins.
Rabbi Mark Levine comes up with a few more howlers in his CNN guest piece, like, “…Our community has been hauled into the violence that plagues our nation.” Whoa, Mark. You’re suggesting God’s Chosen has joined the rest of us down here on the stuffed minefield that IS terra firma? Let’s not get too out of hand.
This astute aside is as revealing as last fall’s sudden eureka moment throughout media that there’s something called “Punch-Out Game” (of “Polar-Bear Hunting” out here in L.A for the past decade or so – underlining thugs’ pale preference for jawbreak targets) once Jews in Crown Heights starting dropping on concrete. Then, though, reality set in among our information industry, its elite owners, and their ass-kissing hangers-on as they realized…