The Shooting of a Congressman

Posted on June, 20 2017, 17:03

The shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise Wednesday morning was a shocker but also personal.  A long time friend of mine, Congressman Gary Palmer, represents the sixth district of Alabama.   He also plays short stop on the Republican Congressional baseball team.   Gary was on the field when Scalise was shot near second base.  I texted Gary when I heard of the shooting and thank God he was not injured.  My prayers are out to Congressman Scalise and the Congressional staff who were shot.

Speaker Ryan took to the floor of the House a few minutes after it convened Wednesday and said some very good things.  It is fair to say that every other member of Congress said or tried to say things honoring the security guards that were with Scalise, the local Alexandria , Virginia police, the victims and the injured staff.  Most statements I heard from both Democrats and Republicans said something along the lines of, "We should use this horrible experience to restore some courtesy and comity in our politics." 

Exercising her right at Democratic Leader, Nancy Pelosi spoke immediately after Ryan and repeated the call for cooperation, working together, and care for others.  This is from a woman who, on the Bill Maher show answered a question about Republican leadership in Congress.  Maher asked, “This [Republicans] and ISIS are threatening civilization?” he asked incredulously.  Pelosi's reply:  “Yeah, it is really important.”  Calling the GOP the moral equivalent of ISIS is one thing.  But evidently Republicans are even more dangerous: In a debate on the federal budget she said, “What we’re trying to do is save the world from the Republican budget. We’re trying to save life on this planet as we know it today.”

Another liberal "leader," actor Alec Baldwin called on a 3-million viewer TV audience to murder pro-life Congressman Henry Hyde.  Since President Trump's election we have seen the rise of something called the "Resistance” which has organized mass marches, town-hall disruptions and in several instances, riots.  These people seem more than just dissenters from the Trump election.  Not surprisingly, Hillary Clinton says she is part of the Resistance.  Another leftist movement is called “Antifa,” for “anti-fascist.” Antifa is more reminiscent of the Reign of Terror in the French Revolution or stories of Stalin's Great Purge.  Contrary opinion and even contrary facts can not be accepted.  Speakers of them must be silenced. 

Antifa has emerged as the militant fringe of "The Resistance" against Donald Trump — who, they maintain, is a fascist ushering into power a fascist regime. In Washington, D.C., Antifa spent the morning of Inauguration Day lighting trash cans on fire, throwing rocks and bottles at police officers, setting ablaze at least one car.  In February they rioted at U.C. Berkeley to stop a libertarían speaker. 

A mid twentieth century philosopher, Eric Voegelin compared this kind of action on the part of the left a new "gnosticism" after the early Christian heresy.  Gnostics believed that they so thoroughly understood God's will that they could judge all others and similarly declare what was Gods will.  Today's new Gnostics are like those early ones in that they are so convinced of the truth of their own beliefs that they would take any action necessary against their opponents.  Today's gnostics would rather burn down their university than allow a contrary voice be heard.

Sadly, this attitude is widespread and even acceptable in high levels.  It was reported that a young official of the EPA stomped out of a meeting after Secretary Scott Pruitt announced the suspension of the radical anti-coal policies of the Obama administration.  He said something like, "You've condemned me to an early death from a boiling planet."  This young gnostic "knew" the future that would occur without Obama CO2 restrictions.  Now that is Gnosticism. 

Wednesday, Congressman Ron deSantis had to make an early meeting on the Hill and was leaving the baseball practice. He was confronted by James Hodgkinson who asked him if those practicing were Republicans.  DeSantis thought the question was odd, but he told him, yes, they were Republicans.   Shortly afterward, Hodgkinson took up his position and began shooting.  

We now know that Hodgkinson was a rabid anti-Republican.  He liked Michael Moore, Elizabeth Warren and he worked in Bernie Sanders' Presidential campaign.   He "knew" the evil of Republicans and his Facebook page had a link to "Terminate the Republican Party." 

Tragically, Hodgkinson's actions were encouraged by the actions of leftist leaders and the leftist media.  And it would be foolish to rule out copy-cat actions by a disaffected conservative -- though it would be more difficult to find the inspiration for such a crime.  The traditional American actions and attitudes against political opponents isn't to emulate a totalitarian dictatorship. 

Our system is being challenged and the loss of comity, tollerance and courtesy is deeper than just politics.   This is an attack on civilization itself.