|Piyush "Bobby" Jindal|
He starts off warning us that this is going to be a sermon, but since I am an Atheist I don;t have to sit through that crap anymore, so I will skip most of it.
(Trust me you are not missing much, as he pends most of the first part throwing spitballs at the President.)
However then Piyush comes the important part which he labels "The Brew of Decay." (Ooh spooky!)
And you can tell it's important because he puts bullet points next to each of them.
So I will include them all, cause I think I kind of have to.
Here they are:
- We glorify sick and senseless acts of violence in virtually every element of our pop culture, and we have been doing that for at least a generation. (Yes because earlier generations certainly never spent all of their time watching war movies and detective and cowboy shows on TV or anything.)
- Our movies and TV shows feature a continuous stream of grotesque killing of every kind imaginable. And this is true of virtually every genre, from horror to drama to comedy. (Hey!
- We celebrate and document every kind of deviant behavior and we give out awards to producers who can push the envelope as far as possible. Rape, torture, murder, mass murder, all are cinematic achievements. (Does he mean like "The Godfather," Apocalypse Now," and Clint Eastwood movies?)
- Our music does the same thing, we promote evil, we promote the degradation of women, we flaunt the laws of God and common decency and we promote it all and we flood our young people with it. (Okay he's got a point there.)
- We have generations of young boys who were raised on video games where they compete with other young boys around the country and the world to see who can kill the most humans. We make it so fun, so realistic, so sensational. (Actually studies show that violent video games do NOT make kids more violent.)
- We devalue human life, we have no regard for the sanctity of human life in any regard, from the unborn, to the old, and to every single person in between, we devalue it and act as if we have almost no regard for humanity. (Does he mean like starting wars based on false information and then sending our young people to die and murder for a lie? I'm kidding, he is talking about abortion of course, which as we know is the driving force behind most school shootings. Right?)
- Our families are a complete mess, and we have raised tens of millions of young boys who will never become real men because they have no values whatsoever, they have no truth in their lives, and they have no regard for common decency. (What young boys is he hanging out with?)
- Oh, we make sure that we stop them from bullying at school, but we are completely fine with them watching people get murdered and raped on the internet after school, and we are willing to let them go to the basement and join a fantasy world where they pretend they are killing people for 2 hours after school. (So to be clear, bullying an actual live person at school is fine, but shooting at groups of pixels on a screen or playing D&D in your basement leads to a murderous rampage? Perhaps Piyush should read some of the reports about what motivated some of these school shooters.)
- And who is it that generally commits these evil acts of mass murder that are becoming routine? It’s almost always young men who have either no father figure in their lives, or a broken relationship with their father. Is this just a coincidence? Of course not. (Oh he wouldn't go there, would he?)
- Now, let’s get really politically incorrect here and talk specifically about this horror in Oregon. This killer’s father is now lecturing us on the need for gun control and he says he has no idea how or where his son got the guns.
- Of course he doesn’t know. You know why he doesn’t know? Because he is not, and has never been in his son’s life. He’s a complete failure as a father, he should be embarrassed to even show his face in public. He’s the problem here. (Yep, he would.)
- He brags that he has never held a gun in his life and that he had no idea that his son had any guns. Why didn’t he know? Because he failed to raise his son. He should be ashamed of himself, and he owes us all an apology. (Holy shitballs! What kind of POS attacks a grieving father like this? This man did not provide those guns for the massacre, his mother did.)
- When he was asked what his relationship was with his son, he said he hadn’t seen him in a while because he lived with his mother. Case Closed.
Which I hope is somewhat less awkward than when he walks up to a podium.
You know I am all for fathers being involved in their children's lives. I actually hope that both parents are equally committed to raising and supporting their kids.
However to make a blanket statement like the reason behind gun violence is absentee fathers is so incredibly ignorant that it does not warrant an actual response.
And attacking a father, who is grieving the loss of his son, for speaking out as is his Constitutional right, well that is beneath contempt.
Simply put the obvious reason for this shooting and ALL of the others is easy access to guns. As Piyush Jindal might say, case closed!
I would suggest that this might be why Jindal is currently polling at a whopping one percent, but then again this is the GOP race and this kind of ignorance probably plays well with them.
In the interest of full disclosure I should mention that I was raised by a single mother. Not once did it even occur to me to shoot up a school.
(H/T to Wonkette.)