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The Continuing Culture of Violence

AP_Germany_Munich_Shooting_6_jt_160723y_31x13_1600I’ve had too many opportunities to repost this article.  Violence begets violence, and as chaos becomes the new normal we have to find a way to restore order and civility to our societies.  If we do, we can make Ft. Myers and Munich and Dallas and Boston nothing more than the names of cities once again.

Zebadiah Carter describes himself living in “an era when homicide kills more people than cancer and the favorite form of suicide is to take a rifle up some tower and keep shooting until the riot squad settles it.” In 1980, this remark by the main character in a Robert Heinlein novel sounded like the science fiction that it was. Now it echoes like a prophecy.

Mike Huckabee’s the Bomb Thrower?

Former Arkansas Governor and former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee speaks during the third session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 29, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES  - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)   - RTR379BK

“This President’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history.  It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven. This is the most idiotic thing, this Iran deal.”

These are the incendiary words of Mike Huckabee in an interview with the Breitbart News Network.  Woe upon us.

It’s hardly surprising that Barack Obama found the governor’s words offensive; for six years the president has taken offense at every utterance that isn’t laudatory, obeisant, or downright reverential.

It’s also no surprise that John Kerry found the governor’s comments offensive. The Iran deal is Mr. Kerry’s only shot at a Nobel Peace Prize, and the unwelcome reality check of fear-mongers like Prime Minister Netanyahu and Governor Huckabee might, if they find traction (which they won’t), jeopardize his chance to join the ranks of such great historic peacemakers as Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, and Yasir Arafat.

Read the whole essay here.