Child activist David Hogg was just on TV again, MSNBC specifically, talking about things he doesn’t really know much about. And I’m not trying to come after the kid. He went through hell, just like all the kids at Stoneman Douglas High School did when a classmate decided to murder students and teachers there back in February. And I think, because he’s young and emotionally raw, he’s an easy target for people pushing a difficult agenda — one that literally sounds like garbage to older and wiser ears than the ones Hogg has on the sides of his head. I know this because here’s what he said:
David Hogg repeatedly says politicians should *not* go after perpetrators of evil in wake of synagogue shooting
"elect politicians that…attack the sources of evil & not the people that are perpetrating it…we have to go after the sources of evil & not those perpetrating it" pic.twitter.com/Dv9nhRmTAd
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 29, 2018
“The sources of evil”? It’s an interesting theory, and one perfectly suited to the kids of today who aren’t overly comfortable accepting responsibility for their own actions. Their feelings are often, they’ve been told, in charge and they CAN’T HELP HOW THEY FEEL.
(Of course, as responsible adults know, you CAN help what you do. And the boy (who had reached the age of adulthood legally) who shot up Hogg’s school was responsible for his actions, despite the fact that there were many things — sources — that failed him along the way. Some of them even had ties back to government-run police programs promoted by Democrats in Florida. But I digress…)
The flipside of Hogg’s statement about the sources that promote evil seems to live in something Rep. Nancy Pelosi just said to Stephen Colbert on The Late Show:
“There’s been a lot of talk lately about lowering the temperature of political discourse. Have you seen evidence of that?” Colbert asked.
“Well, I think when we win, you will see evidence of that,” Pelosi responded. “Because when we do win, we will have — as we open the new Congress, we will honor the vows of our founders: ‘E pluribus unum’, ‘From many one.’ ”
“They couldn’t imagine how many we would be or how different we would be from each other, but they did know that we had to strive for oneness,” she adds in the video.
“It’s okay to disagree, a marketplace of ideas, that’s exciting. But it is also important to find solutions that unify and not divide. And that’s what makes a big difference between Democrats and what’s in the White House now.”
Pelosi sees herself as a benevolent “source.” And if the sources change from good to bad, then good things will follow and all the nasty rhetoric and division (and even the killings) will go away, her theory seems to suggest.
Because after all, it’s the other side that compares US politicians to radicals like ISIS and insists America is a dangerous place worse than Russia:
I have to say, I feel less safe as a journalist in America these days than I ever did in Russia. A lot less safe.
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) October 29, 2018
And it’s the other side who says that people are “literally” dying because of damaging political rhetoric:
Columnist for the @washingtonpost: People are "literally dying" because of Republicans' rhetoric. "Right now, the last two weeks, if I were any other country, I’d be issuing travel warnings to the United States over the climate and over the violence that we’ve seen.” pic.twitter.com/9aJk62aPSY
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) October 31, 2018
And it’s the other side who warns of revolution and streets running with blood if the power structure doesn’t shift:
— Jessica Chasmar (@JessicaChasmar) October 30, 2018
If David Hogg wants to look at sources for political violence — and blame them when things spiral out of control — he has plenty of opportunity a lot closer and more accessible to him than the Trump administration or the GOP. Sometimes the hand you hold is the one that holds you down, kiddo.