Russian “meddling” charges:
As you may know, last week in the US, 13 Russians were charged with election law violations stemming from use of fake accounts on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms in a pervasive propaganda campaign as to include organization and funding of political rallies.
What to make of all of it, I am still uncertain. In a free society, the presence of such influences in the national political dialog is nothing new, whether it be foreign or organic. Average Americans have always found it challenging to find accurate assessments and accounts of issues and candidates, and have always needed to rely on their own judgement and ability to choose what to believe in order to make political choices.
What this appears to me to be about is the waning influence of American media outlets in a globalized world of information availability and access. Judging by the sort of nonsense I see on CNN and other mainstream outlets every day, it hard to miss the implication that it’s fine for American institutions to lie, either by omission or commission, distort and deceive, but to have an alternate influence in the mix is really just too much when neither is acceptable or ethical. Though I am unsure of the specifics of the sorts of things the politicians and their dinosaur media cronies would do to in the name of nostalgia for when they could deliver elections via organic collusion, I am nearly positive any sort of regulation in that regard would be both constitutionally complicated and pernicious.
At least this part of the Russian meddling case appears to be more of a reach for a cause than anything worth the time that has been spent on it. Censorship of the internet isn’t a thing I’d support, and I am not persuaded that allowing the government to decide which lies are allowed to be told based on the origin of the liars involved because the politicians find themselves challenged in the information age is of some particular benefit. The politicians are going to have to learn how to get by in the reality of the information age, like it or not.
Murder is not about the world outside, but about the world inside the heads of barbaric monsters. Gun control then makes very little sense in the current context because it is about one particular method of the madness rather than the madness itself that would find alternate means to achieve its senseless end.
Additionally, the firearms control debate make little sense to me in the broader context of the history of the effectiveness of prohibition. There are plenty of items and substances on the list of contraband, yet most of those things are widely available. Our prisons are stuffed full of pushers and users while drug issues and associated violence are at epidemic levels. So what the proponents of gun control hope to achieve with firearms bans beyond a false sense of security, a political warm fuzzy, and a complete loss of control over who has a firearm is quite a mystery.
If the government is going to make the four walls and a roof, call it a school and force us to send our children there, it is then responsible for the safety of the children while they are there. I assume then that the urge to shift the focus to the firearms control debate and turn it into a national issue in the face of this catastrophic government failure to protect the children is motivated by a need for a distraction from the wider issue of the tax money heaped on the education bureaucracy is more about the health and safety of the bureaucracy itself than about the needs of the children.
In my view, the real issue that needs to be addressed is how this person who had been expelled, had a stack of reports of suspicious behavior made to the authorities, and who should have been in a mental hospital was allowed to walk onto the high school campus with a bag of guns, kill 17 students and then go for a burger and shopping at Walmart. This Florida school shooting case is rife with government failure concerning the victims and the perpetrator and the people directly involved in this failure need to be held to account. We shouldn’t allow ourselves to be distracted from that need for accountability by folly or the failure will continue.