Thursday, February 22, 2018

Fanaticism And Ignorance Is Forever Busy And Needs Feeding

“Fanaticism and ignorance is forever busy and needs feeding” is a line from the film “Inherit the Wind”, a 1960 film adaptation of the 1955 play by the same name written thirty years after the famous Scopes Monkey Trial.
Journalists were looking for a showdown in 1925 when a high school teacher had been charged with violating a state law which forbade the teaching of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution which denied the divine creation of man.
Conflicts arise when people do not value or respect differing beliefs. “Inherit the Wind” attempted to convey the need to fight for the freedom to think for one’s self and the need to respect opinions which differ from their own.
Last night, CNN was looking for a showdown by hosting a propaganda event in Sunrise, FL featuring the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Rep. Ted Deutch, Sen. Bill Nelson, Sen. Marco Rubio, NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch and Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.  Ben Shapiro described it as a “stacked show trial.”
That’s precisely what it was which brings me back to the line “fanaticism and ignorance is forever busy and needs feeding.”  People cheered for a massive gun ban and unabashedly accused their political opponents of being murderers. 

These traumatized children were carefully organized by liberals.
Cameron Kasky, one of the students, lashed out at Sen. Rubio saying, “I'm sorry, I know I'm not supposed to do this, but I'm not going to listen to that. Senator Rubio, it's hard to look at you and not look down the barrel of an AR-15 and not look at Nikolas Cruz, but the point is: You're here and there are some people who are not.” 
He asked Rubio if he’d stop accepting money from the NRA.  Rubio waffled. Kasky asked the question again and again and again, until eventually Rubio provided a tepid answer.
The so-called town hall quickly devolved into a grotesque version of the appalling Jerry Springer Show.  On full display last night was tribalism masquerading as urgent social policy.  They booed a rape victim’s story.
The questions asked by the students were scripted by CNN’s producers.
Colton Haab, a Junior ROTC student and survivor of the school shooting said he was going to participate in the town hall but decided not to when the network provided him with a list of scripted questions according to ABC affiliate WPLG-TV.
Haab said he was planning to ask about school safety and the possibility of using veterans as armed security guards in schools. After being told he had to ask a scripted question, Haab decided not to attend.
CNN refuted Haab's claim Thursday morning on its communications page on Twitter saying, “There is absolutely no truth to this.  CNN did not provide or script questions for anyone in last night’s town hall, nor have we ever.”
Haab saved lives that day by using Kevlar sheets to protect his classmates.  I don’t think calling this young hero a liar is a good look for the most busted name in news.
CNN would never sell its soul but will cheerfully rent it out for desperately needed ratings.
In another spectacle, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel confronted NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch, telling her she was not standing up for the victims of a school shooting in Florida.
“I understand you’re standing up for the NRA and I understand that’s what you’re supposed to do, but you just told this group of people that you are standing up for them. You are not standing up for them until you say, ‘I want less weapons.’” 
The sanctimonious sheriff, along with the FBI failed the victims of the Florida shooter. Despite repeated calls to authorities, Cruz was never arrested and was basically cleared as being “no threat to anyone or himself,” as one therapist said in a police report from Sept. 28, 2016.
Attorney General Jeff Session declared, "It is now clear that the warning signs were there and tips to the FBI were missed. We see the tragic consequences of those failures."
If you in any way believe last night’s show trial wasn’t about Democrats attacking the Second Amendment and disarming law-abiding citizens get a load of what one Democrat said this morning.
Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) said he is not interested in compromising with the National Rifle Association on gun control. “I am normally interested in compromise. Not this time. I cannot imagine a bill that would make a difference that the NRA supports. We don’t need to cut a deal with them, we need to beat them.” 

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