By now, you have like me have probably watched dozens of news and opinion programs on Orlando terrorism, Trump, Hillary, Obama, and radical Islam as you want to see and also discovered that the more you see, the more you realize there isn't much new to hear. The same video with flashing lights, the same overhead shot of the Plush or whatever and the same warmed over wordy nothings, again and again.
First, our government is pushing the "home-grown terrorist" meme, the self-radicalized meme, the sex confusion meme, and the last thing we want to say is Islamic terrorism meme, and following that is the terms won't change anything meme. so they can escape any blame for ignoring this terrorist until he had killed 50 people and wounded or maimed another 50 or so people.
Even "home-grown terrorists" have roots in terrorism or religious fanaticism. Political correctness over-rides common sense when everything but real description of reality is covered up with politically correct wishy washy double talk wordage. Part of Trump's appeal is his resistance to using double-talk and preference for plain talk (which unfortunately might also be plain wrong). That is just part of his appeal however.
The July/August 2016 SKEPTICAL INQUIRER has an interesting opinion column deputy editor Benjamin Radford discussing how Donald Trump skillfully employs terms and attacks which appeal to various conspiracy theories and theorists. Just recently Trump did it by attacking the press credentials of the Washington Post for his meetings. The press whines about censorship, but it does not seem much like censorship to me. They can print whatever they want anyway. They just can't trespass on his meeting turf. Trump may loss a little coverage with this ploy, but he is really making an appeal to all the conservative conspiracy theorists who think there is a sinister liberal conspiracy to load all newspapers, TV, etc with extreme liberal propaganda. Trump gives them credibility with this attack. It is however just the latest yanking of the conspirator chains.
Trump uses terms that flirt with the fringe and conspiracy theorists who believe Obama has conspired to stage fake or real domestic shootings in order to confiscate American guns. He tosses out implications that Obama really wasn't born in the US despite a lot of evidence to the contrary that is all ignored by that kind of conspiracy theorists. He gives that kind of nonsense credibility in the minds of the conspiracy theorists.
Trump also endorses the discredited, anti-science conspiracy pushing the idea that childhood vaccines cause autism. That appeals to another conspiracy fringe. Trump has multiple avenues to make the conspiracy fringes believe they are in the know and are not like all the "sheeple".
I have read and seen a lot of wordy-words trying first to discredit the idea that Trump could ever get the nomination and then back-filling that with more wordy-wordiness that continues to explain nothing much at all. I think Benjamin Radford may have presented the best explanation. Trump appeals to those who like his flirting with their conspiracy theories and since they are true believers, attacks on Trump and his flirting are all believed by them to just be part of another conspiracy which can thus be ignored. Trump has a win-win cheap and effective strategy that is probably more clever than many realize.
That also makes him more dangerous than many realized or even now realize.
Meanwhile back in the massaging of the Orlando terrorism and tragedy, we have Hillary starting off a speech with "This is not a matter for politics". She follows that with requests for prayers or whatever. Less than a minute or few minutes later she launches into a partisan attack on Trump. I don't know if Hillary is just completely tone deaf, or believes we are all so stupid and ignorant we don't recognize her double-talk wordy-words.
Bill O'Reilly too often makes little sense, but his idea expressed a few nights ago on the Tonight Show that the Congress should declare war on ISIS and other Islamic terrorists might make sense. Then our so-called home-grown terrorists intent on helping ISIS and jihad could be charged with treason, etc. LINK to more information on O'Reilly.
Meanwhile as we listen to reporters and media gasbags trying to did out more about the terrorist, we should remember that our government dug out information on the terrorists who crashed airplanes into the towers. They utilized libraries and they haunted pizza joints. So we had our government inspectors and intelligence wizards doing surveillance on pizza joints and forcing librarians to reveal secretly what their clients were reading. Librarians were forbidden to tell anybody about this. I am not sure, but my guess is that none of the pizza chasing and book chasing turned up a single terrorist.
I am obviously no expert, but my guess is the only common characteristic these terrorists have is some perverse form of radical Islam.
Speaking of Islam. One of my farmer neighbors suggested that if we are to believe all the protestations from "moderate" Muslims of the love and peace in their religion, they better be pushing Islam to have a mass reformation that separates their religion from government and takes into formal consideration the nature of democratic government systems and the need for separation of church and state. This is not the same world that existed 2000 years or so ago. Women are not chattel and government has no business chopping heads of "infidels" and hands off thieves.
And, there is Obama who is all irate about being pushed to use the term "radical Islam". His preaching in effect gives the radical Islamicists the idea that if they are correctly labeled, that gives them some kind of justification for attacking the US and all other democratic government systems.
Well, that is enough BS on this. And no, I really don't want to hear anything from all the radical feminists who think that the real problem is actually lone wolf single white guys. Orlando has caused some real weird birds to fly out of the political hinterlands.
I hope we can hear some real thought on these issues instead of wordy-words from political scripts which too often are intent on covering up reality instead of making it obvious to all.
*** Stay tuned any way---- Doug Wiken