Milo Nickels, Contributing Writer
Watch this video where the director of the Southern Poverty Law Center blames the Giffords shooting on “right wing political beliefs:”
Basically, they ignore the real reason that Jared Loughner became violent (i.e. mental illness), and blame it all on his political views. This is simply irresponsible. Would it be fair of me to say that supporting Obama causes people to become criminals? How about after I see the following mug shots?
Just because we know someone’s political views doesn’t mean that we can use those views as an explanation for their actions. Nor can we use those political views to label those people as being dangerous, or a potential threat. Jared Loughner did not shoot Gabrielle Giffords because of his right wing views anymore than the criminals in these mugshots committed their crimes because they support Obama. When we start calling people crazy or dangerous because of their legitimate political views, we aren’t far from making those views illegal.
Orwell spoke of thought police in his famous book 1984
. Although we may not officially have thought police (yet) in America, the media is certainly pushing an agenda and teaching us how to think. Through this type of indoctrination, many people will start believing that “right wing” views are dangerous, and start treating people with those views differently — calling in “tips,” conducting surveillance, forcing them into counseling, and costing them their jobs. We won’t need “thought police,” because the mainstream media is teaching us to police each other’s thoughts. These types of stories, and irresponsible publications such as the MIAC report, can only lead to wild accusations against free-thinking people.
This type of rhetoric, whereby we blame the acts of madmen on views they may share with sane people, sends us down a dangerous path of the government and mass media telling us what we are allowed to believe — lest we be labeled “threats.”
Milo Nickels began blogging and cartooning about politics in the year 2000. After achieving some notoriety at that time, Milo took a break. Now, Milo has launched a new website, Five Cent Revolution where he continues to write about political issues. In particular, Milo focuses on constitutionalism, critiques of modern liberalism and progressivism, and defends individual liberty above all else. Milo wants the government out of our wallets, out of our business, and out of our lives to the greatest extent possible.