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"God spare my child the madness in that Loughner boy's eyes"

Tony Woodlief is giving voice to a fear that is perhaps being felt by many a parent these days:

jared_lee_loughner_mugshot.jpgPerhaps like some of you, I'm gripped with a fear that one day it will be my son leering at the world like that Loughner boy, his loveless eyes like a demon's, his smile divorced from joy.

I read that his mother has been in bed weeping since she heard what he did. His parents blame themselves. Perhaps they should. Perhaps they shouldn't. Neither will make their boy not a monster.

There is a soul-sickness in the human monster, but there is a soul-sickness in me, and maybe in you. Why does it swamp the storm-tossed hearts of some, but not of others? Will it claim my child one day? Will it claim yours?

It's easy to imagine this only happens to the bad, bad children of bad, bad parents. I had such a notion, back when I thought I knew how to be a good father. But most days, these days, I struggle to be a decent father. I snap at one of my sons, and I see his heart close up. I get caught up in work or distraction and a precious day is gone, another day I didn't knit up the ever-fraying bonds between father and sons. I want to believe a parent has to be utterly negligent to yield a boy gunning down people on street corners, but then I think of that woman weeping in her bed over her lost, monstrous son, and I don't know. I simply don't know.

I want to get it right. I'm terrified I'll get it more wrong than a father can bear. Does anyone know, before it's too late, that he's taken a wrong path? Can we retrace our steps?

Maybe it's madness, and nothing more. I don't sleep any easier at night, thinking on it that way. Why do some minds crumble? Will it happen to my child? Will it happen to yours?

I feel like I could pray all the days and nights I have left, and it still won't be enough. I could get all the father-son moments right, and it still won't save their lives, their hearts, their souls. God spare my child the madness in that Loughner boy's eyes.

God spare us all from that madness, that soul-sickness.


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Comments (8)

What it comes down to is a ... (Below threshold)

What it comes down to is a 'rational' mind trying to understand the workings of an 'irrational mind'.

I think the HONEST answer is that we are frightened because WE DON'T KNOW.

I've seen strict parents raise assholes. I've seen liberal parents do the same. And seen both types raise responsible adults.

Evil is in all of us is the... (Below threshold)

Evil is in all of us is the premise of the progressive movement. That is why they have been pushing us, they think we will revolt violently, they NEED US TO revolt violently.

Glenn Beck just had an outstanding episode explaining just that. Glenn puts pieces together that were always just out of reach of my conservative mind. The lingering question was why do the progressives hate us so much and why do they always call us names and say we are stupid. Glenn points out the arrogance that is the progressive mind. The episode zeros in on Edward Bernays and it is really worth watching.


Every time we name and pict... (Below threshold)

Every time we name and picture this individual we support his goal of notoriety/fame. We can certainly discuss this issue without giving him want he desires, can't we?

It's time to remember to al... (Below threshold)

It's time to remember to always keep in your prayers the lost souls, and the souls that have no one to pray for them.

JDL, I'm not sure how you c... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

JDL, I'm not sure how you can say that "zeroing on Bernay" points out "the arrogance of the progressive mind". If anything it might even point out the arrogance of the conservative mind for thinking Bernay who lived 103 years old is representive of the progessive mind.- I wonder if he had bacon and egges for breakfast evey morning, if he did that, it is quite an achievement. From wikipedia,

Bernays' most extreme political propaganda activities were said to be conducted on behalf of the multinational corporation United Fruit Company (today's Chiquita Brands International) and the U.S. government to facilitate the successful overthrow (see Operation PBSUCCESS) of the democratically elected president of Guatemala, Jacobo Arbenz Guzman. Bernays' propaganda (documented in the BBC documentary, The Century of the Self), branding Arbenz as communist, was published in major U.S. media. According to a book review by John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton of Larry Tye's biography, "The Father of Spin: Edward L. Bernays & The Birth of PR",

"the term 'banana republic' actually originated in reference to United Fruit's domination of corrupt governments in Guatemala and other Central American countries. The company brutally exploited virtual slave labor in order to produce cheap bananas for the lucrative U.S. market."

Apparently, his daughter said that he believed in an "enightened despotism" ideology of government, and the US politician he was most closely
identified with, was Calvin Coolidge.

The amusing Bernays Typescript on Public Relations Work and Politics, 1924: "Breakfast with Coolidge" shows that President Coolidge too was among his clients. Bernays was hired to improve Coolidge's image before the 1924 presidential election.

Okay, if paying for Bernay's sevices makes you an admirer of the progressive mind, I guess Coolidge and the United Fruit Comapany are progresssive too.

Crick, why do you need to m... (Below threshold)

Crick, why do you need to misrepresent what I said? I said nothing about “paying for Bernay's sevices makes you an admirer of the progressive mind” YOU did.

“Bernays believed that people were motivated by irrational, animal urges. It was a philosophy of the Progressive era, much different than that of the Founders. He believed people were motivated by self-preservation, security, aggression or sex. He shared many of the same theories as Freud.” Sounds like a progressive to me.

This is how they are using it today: Healthcare= Self Preservation! Banning talk radio= Safety.

Freud was Bernays uncle and they met often. That tells us a great deal right there. We all know that Freud was a big progressive.

Bernays’s own daughter said that her father was enthralled with the art of manipulation. She said he believed that people needed to be guided due to their innate irrationality. They were a herd that needed a shepherd. She also said that her father developed a view of people as “stupid,” sound kind of familiar? Sounds like an arrogant progressive to me.

Bernays also believed in an “Intelligent Minority” who would manipulate the masses, supposedly for their own good of course. Sound familiar? Sounds like an arrogant elitist progressive to me.

It is really simple. Do these quotes sound like a person who respects others or someone who looks down on others because they know what is best for them because they are too stupid?

The scary thing is that Cass Sunstein is the modern day “Bernays” and we all know that he will use the progressive “Nudge” propaganda for the betterment of society, “communist society” that is.

JDL, modern day progressive... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

JDL, modern day progressives don't want to demagogue. It is very rare that you find a communist in progressive circles. Sure in the the late 60's, the radical left the SDS had trosysikites, and leninists but these groups have almost disappeared.

Bernay in his time, and he had a long one, was more allied with the center if anything. If anyone advocates more a direct form of democrac, and less authoritarian now, it is often the so called progressives.

I presume you would like to see less government control, which normally means those have money or represent it, will be the power elite, rather than those in government or the ordinary people who don't. Follow the money!

He believed people were motivated by self-preservation, security, aggression or sex. He shared many of the same theories as Freud.” Sounds like a progressive to me.

It sounds more like Madison Aveunue or Tinsel Town to me.

Crick are you serious? ... (Below threshold)

Crick are you serious?

Crick said:
"modern day progressives don't want to demagogue".

LOL, that is just too funny there.

I noticed you just ignored the Cass Sunstein comment altogether. Bernays was an elitist that thought people were stupid sheep that needed to be told what to do for their own good, he said it in his own words.
You can ignore that fact, I do not care. Since you are obviously a progressive you are oblivious to the same actions by our president and his appointed administration. It's in their own words.






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