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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Governor Snyder of Michigan: The Holocaust Years

Against the proliferation of guns and weapons of violence in Michigan and elsewhere.

PHOENIX (AP) — The mother of a 19-year-old man fatally shot in the back by a U.S. Border Patrol agent has sued the federal government and the agent himself, claiming it was "an appalling use of excessive force" because her son was unarmed, had his back to the agent and posed no threat.
Guadalupe Guerrero said Monday that the Border Patrol had no right to take her son's life, even if he had marijuana in his truck as they say — though she disputed the allegation.
A Border Patrol agent identified by police as Lucas Tidwell shot Carlos La Madrid three times — twice in the back and once in the thigh — as he climbed a ladder on the U.S.-Mexico border fence in southeastern Arizona on March 21, 2011.
The Arizona man, who did not have a weapon, fell to the ground and died about five hours later at a hospital.
"Why did they kill him? Who are they to play God?" Guerrero said in Spanish on what would have been her son's 21st birthday.
This story is not about the increase in guns being carried, but it is about a relaxation of standards about when to use violent force; this relaxation is similar to vague "stand your ground" laws which dilute restraint. We are now in a society where weapons of violence are becoming more and more common, while the standards controlling their usage are weakened, resulting in probable chaos: the absurd notion that people bearing rifles wandering around downtown Birmingham, Michigan is somehow a social "good" is the belief of the truly insane.

Shades of the film Prometheus: who are we to play God, and throw the dice to determine who shall live and who shall die? Who are we to change the odds and increase the likelihood of Death and decrease the probability of Life?

Guns and tasers... what will be next? As if to emphasize their distrust of society, Gov. Snyder and his ilk seek to weaponize their interaction with it. The logical step is then to destroy those whom you perceive as threatening; if they are so threatening that you need to pack heat at skate parks and art fairs, it is logical that a Holocaust of one's enemies is a logical outcome, a fine and future Holocaust.

To oppose the ending of new life, yet to endanger the continuance of established life is the mark of those souls like Don Quixote who worship Dulcinea, yet  drive the Jews from Spain: they worship Life while they hate Life.


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