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Insanity - A Maimed Mind
Essay by Henry Nicolle
a general rule, I do not date many of the things I do. My letters are
un-dated. My notes are uncluttered with time. My days and nights are
distinguished only if I bother to look out the window. Putting a date
on these essays is not something I do. In fact, I avoid all but
inadvertent reference to contemporaneous events as I worry the little
knots in these essays that tie the pieces of my curiosity to my passing
moments of anger and angst.
Today, I cannot avoid the
contemporaneous aspect of self-labeled "Progressive and Liberal" crank
heads. It is a comment on today. On our People of today. On the
Children who compose the main body and mind of our society in our
America, Land of the Free, Home of the Brave (and the Insane, by the
standards of our Founders).
In an article at boston.com, a
public school teacher named "Doug Van Gorder" is said to suggest that
school lockdowns during physical emergencies, emergencies like someone
seizing a moment to eliminate staff and students, is probably a good
thing, but maybe not. Not? Why "not"?
Because Doug quite
accurately suggests that the lockdown guarantees a virtually unlimited
number of potential dead staff and students, limited only by time and
ammunition (or blade sharpness, or bludgeon sturdiness. There are lots
of ways to kill defenseless people).
Defenseless and locked-in
is almost uniformly assured because a parallel policy of campus life is
to prohibit weapons for defense as well as to spoil the right of
ownership of "ugly things" with a potential for unauthorized mayhem.
Like fish in a barrel, but wait . . . I'll get to that allusion in a moment.
goes on to comment that lockdown may not be as great an idea as it
first appears to a truly enlightened Progressive, exactly because it
"holds everyone in place, allowing a shooter easily to find victims."
He then suggests that the next best alternate is to publicly announce
an emergency and command that all within hearing must urgently flee the
campus for fear of the danger therein resident.
But ol' Doug doesn't like that idea, either.
"Why?" you ask? Why, because it would not be fair for the quick and
agile and self-reliant to succeed in avoiding the fate of the weak, the
slow, the indecisive and those deferential to authority and therefore
looking for someone in authority to further advise their prospective
Doug is quoted here: "Schools should level playing
fields, not intrinsically reward those more resourceful. A level barrel
is fair to all fish."
See what I mean about alluding to "fish in
barrels"? As in "Shooting fish in a barrel."? He's saying that it is
not "Fair" to warn people of danger and to flee from danger, because it
is not "Fair" that some people are fast and some people are slow. Good
Government is accomplished by making us all die at the same rate and
the same time, is it, Doug?
Oh, you think I am taking poor Doug out of context? Well, let's see what he says in closing his comments, shall we?
goes: "But as a progressive, I would sooner lay my child to rest than
succumb to the belief that the use of a gun for self-defense is somehow
not in itself a gun crime."
Self-defense a crime? Is that
Progressive and Liberal? Is that the mental Hell that the original
progressive liberal assertion of inherent individual Rights, Liberty,
Self Determination has harvested from 223 years of Independence from
submission of the individual to whims of rulers?
class of people to slaughter because it is "Fair"? No, that was not a
grammatical screw-up. What difference is it to free Men and Women, if
their "Government"establishes a "Policy" which assures the destruction
of the population of a classroom or a social, political, economic or
Why stop on our shores? Why not eliminate
classes of other populations who (bless their little ignorant souls),
(if they have souls), believe that their lands and their lives and
their money are their own, and not ours.
Well, it is because we
say it is in our "National Interest" to take their stuff. Why? "Because
we say so." It is our policy. Because it is "Fair". Why is that? Well,
like shooting fish in a barrel, it is policy and it is fair, because we
I think that any time any adult commands me to do as
they say, "Because I say so!", I am in the company of a mortal enemy
who has just declared his intention to destroy me. Coincidentally, I am
not an advocate of Doug's view of self-defense.
Call me silly perhaps, but I am not insane.
Liberty is never Easy, Safe or totally Free!
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