So many things in life are so rarely ever what they seem at first blush. Take Kim Jong Un for example: He appears in the world theater to be a heartless dictator like his father, and grandfather before him. And while that’s true, he is by a larger definition a pudgy little man-child who’s in over his head, insecure and desperate to be perceived as a strongman and world player. Like most primitive thinkers, “Little Kim” believes that a blustering show of military might will shore-up his soft, doughy image. In really, all that does is diminish his manhood, further degrading him into the role of child leader of an irrational rogue state. If Kim Jong Un wants to be perceived by the world as a strong leader—he’d be better served by improving the human rights of his people—and while he’s at it, start playing well with others.
Instead, Kim Jong Un is allegedly developing nuclear weapons and posturing over preemptive strikes against America and her allies, all of which makes him look like a dangerous, diminutive little man who doesn’t quite “get it.” Gracious acts of humanity are what defines a leader of strong character—not sabre rattling. (But then again, he’s far from alone where that particular masculine misconception is concerned.)
The same illogical insecurity can be leveled at America’s hawk-nation attitude of strapping on a couple extra rounds of ammo just in case black helicopters decide to swoop down to take away the dangerous toys that almost no one in the world is qualified to handle. While America’s rag-tag survivalist culture wallows in unfounded, irrational fears that the government is going to turn against them—it’s they, themselves who embody their own worst nighmare.
It was only four months ago that twenty first grade children and six martyred educators were slaughtered by a madman at Sandy Hook Elementary School—and the NRA’s misinterpretation of the Second Amendment continues to fiercely protect the rights of great braying lunatics to spray classrooms, theaters, shopping malls and places of worship with a rain of gunfire. Note to the survivalists: It isn’t the government you should fear—it’s you, yourselves—the gun nuts and survivalists feeding on a steady diet at the trough of conspiracy theories. Your thought processes of off-kilter. You don’t have your own best interests at heart. Yes, hawk nation, you’re not real bright, and you are indeed your own worst enemy. Just like Kim Jong Un, you’re both steeped, each in your own thrilling personal fantasy-world ripe with adrenalin and self-fulfilling delusions of warlord power—kind of like playing a video game only taking place in real time.
What Kim Jung Un has in common with gun-nut survivalists is obvious; both fail to grasp the concept that paranoia has the power to enable one’s own worst fears to become realized. Kim Jung Un need only sit on Denis Rodman’s shoulders to see his neighboring nation of Japan where a quarter million people died in twin atomic bomb blasts at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in what is arguably the most repulsive chapter of American history from which only one thing of value can be gleaned: Never let anything like that happen ever again. But Kim Jung Un aspires toward that level of destructive power—or at the very least the illusion of having destructive power at his disposal. Meanwhile, American gun nuts experience the same delusional need for excessive destructive force fueled by unchecked paranoid fantasies about a “new world order” and an endless thirst for low-information confabulations courtesy of the good people at FOX News.
In spite of overwhelming public outcry for reasonable gun control, Congress at the insistence of the NRA, has turned our Constitution upside down by placing the First Amendment right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” well below the imaginary priorities of a Second Amendment “right” to own unjustifiable weapons designed for the sole purpose of human massacres. All of this was unthinkable from the perspective of the founding fathers who drafted of our Constitution. Even uber-conservative Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Antonin Scalia can find no Constitutional rationale for private ownership of weapons of war. But assault weapons and extended ammo clips are big business—and the financial bottom line always trumps decency in corporate America. An overwhelming number of American citizens have called for sane restrictions on gun ownership including background checks. Meanwhile, the reasonable nations of the world community have called for North Korea and other rogue states to cease and desist with all nuclear testing. Granted, assault weapons and bombs are technically not the same thing, but they’re really not so different. As the world community seeks to limit access to mass killing devices in the hands of rogue nations—sane and caring citizens seek to do the same thing when it comes to all definitions of rapid-fire weapons.
Here in America, we’ve just experienced a rash of murders, threats and acts of intimidation directed against American law enforcement officers, district attorneys and their families. All are crimes believed to be tied to white supremacist groups. Is that an example of fighting the tyranny of government? No, it’s Aryan nation gun-nut extremists bating government law enforcement into a showdown so they can realize the orchestration of their own paranoid fantasies. That’s pretty much what Kim Jung Un is doing: bating whoever he perceives as disagreeing with him until he forces a showdown, thus allowing him to cry “foul.” It takes cowards and bullies to pack heat, while it takes brave men and women to lay down their arms and live in peace.
– Disassociated Press, 4/8/2013
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