Still mulling over Las Vegas.
What didn’t make sense to me yesterday was why a rich, white, 64-year-old man should want to kill a lot of other rich, white, 64-year-old men. Why should like want to kill like? So I put together an explanation of the event in which rich, white, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock was abducted by Isis or Al Qaeda Muslim terrorists, and his suite in the Mandalay Bay Hotel used by them to kill a lot of white American Christian infidels. That made a lot more sense. Other people put together similar explanations.
But if that had been what happened, there’d have been plenty of evidence of the other occupants of the suite. Fingerprints. Small personal items like packets of biscuits or tissues. Qurans.
But so far there doesn’t seem to be any evidence of anything like that. There seems to have been just one guy lying dead on the floor, surrounded by machine guns and shell cases. It’s beginning to look like one rich, white 64-year-old actually did set out to kill a lot of other rich, white, 64-year-old men – and their sons and daughters as well.
On Infowars.com yesterday they were speculating that, because Paddock was a gambler, he might have run up big debts, lost all his money, and in a fit of pique gone back to his room and blown a lot of people away.
But that doesn’t work either, because this was clearly something that had been carefully and meticulously planned in advance.
Perhaps it all connects back to the main political event of the past year: the surprise election of Donald Trump? The US left still hasn’t gotten over this. They think Hillary Clinton should have won. Hillary Clinton hasn’t gotten over it either. She still thinks she should have won too. The US MSM have been screaming about it non-stop, trying to prove that Trump only won with Russian help. Their hatred of Trump was perhaps expressed best by Kathy Griffin:
They want him dead. They want to see his decapitated, bleeding head.
And maybe they want the same for all the people who voted for him. Or at least couldn’t give a damn whether they lived or died.
On the same day CBS fired one of its network executives, Hayley Geftman-Gold, after she took to social media to explain why she was “not even sympathetic” to victims of the Las Vegas shooting because “country music fans often are Republican,” CNN had its own “zen moment” of victim-blaming and stereotyping of innocent concertgoers caught up in the horrific carnage at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, when during a live broadcast Monday morning, CNN reporter Jeff Zeleny suggested that most of the victims were Trump supporters for the mere fact that they were attending a country music event.
While describing President Trump’s morning press conference on the tragedy which resulted in more than 59 killed and 527 injured, Zeleny said, “Something else I think to keep in mind, a lot of these country music supporters were likely Trump supporters.”
And maybe Stephen Paddock was one of these people? To date, there’s been no information on his voting record, if any. He’s a mystery. But what if he saw all the concert-goers below his window as Trump-voting Republicans who deserved to die, just like Kathy Griffin wanted Trump dead? What if he saw himself as an avenging angel bringing well-deserved death and destruction on them all?
Is that a possibility?
I must say I’ve never fully understood the animosity that’s been directed at Donald Trump ever since the moment in July 2015 when he announced he was running for the US presidency. None of the other Republican candidates got the same hysterical, jeering treatment. And the animosity has never let up for a single day. There’s something about Donald Trump that some people really, really, really hate. But what?
I’ve not been a Trump-hater. I thought he was a breath of fresh air when he announced his candidacy. He was different from all the other machine-politician candidates. I’m not really a gambling man, but I wish I’d put a bet on him to win the moment he stepped into the race, instead of waiting until a few weeks before the election, when I got a lot worse odds from my local bookie.
I’m not going to try to analyse here why some people love Trump, and some people hate him. I’m just going to note that the animosity towards him has been deep and lasting. And maybe Stephen Paddock had the same deep and lasting animosity towards him – and towards his voting base, having way too much fun in the plaza below him as he loaded his weapons.
Nor is it that the election of Donald Trump was the only political shock of last year. The Brexit vote of June 2016 was another one. And a lot of people (including my own brother) haven’t got over that shock either.
And maybe last Sunday’s Catalonian referendum will prove to be another political shock with a similar reading on the political Richter scale. BBC headline today:
Catalonian referendum: Independence will be declared ‘by end of week’.
The political shocks seem to be coming thick and fast right now. Are they connected to each other along some similar fault line? Or are they entirely unrelated?