We’ve been asked that question twice in the last year. First by Hillary Clinton then Secretary of State when she testified about the events preceding and including the Benghzi debacle. Now from one of the most vociferous mouthpieces of the current administration MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, other wise known to many as the Tingler (for the tingles running up and down his leg every time his messiah speaks). One wonders if these people work hard at ignoring reality or if they are just blessed to be completely removed from it.
What difference does it make Chrissy? What difference does the motive have to do with the action? Well first it speaks to intent, which even without a law degree I know impacts on what the law can charge one with. Without intent to harm the perpetrator will not normally be charged with 1st degree murder (in this case). If it were not intended, if for example it was a crime of passion or a belief of intended harm or to save the lives of others, there are many levels of crime one could be charged with, 2nd degree murder, manslaughter or death in self defense. Second it speaks to whether or not the person acted alone, were they a part of a plot or as in this case a terrorist organization.
Then there is the method of the crime? Was it done to kill just one person or was it designed to do a lot of damage and kill a lot of people and promote chaos? Were they planning to deprive Americans of their rights and privileges under the Constitution? It seems that even if they didn’t plan on that they succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. We had “body armor wearing, true automatic weapon bearing, special units” clearing people out of their houses at gun point (for their own protection). We had the Mayor and Governor of MA telling people to cower in place. Then amazingly they find the suspect in a neighborhood, hiding in a garage they’d already searched, lying in a boat waiting for the cover of darkness to get away. What would have happened to that family once the special units and their guns went away? Would the killer break into the home, kill the “Americans” and steal what money, jewelery they had and their car and drive off into the night to be protected and sheltered buy another group of anti-American traitors who have lived off the American dream all the while waiting for a chance to steal our wealth and turn us into just another 3rd world hell hole with slaves who appease, martyrs who refuse to accede and women (who meet both categories).
Why is their motive important? Why is the Tea Party’s motive important, why is the Koch brothers’ motive important, or Ran Paul’s or any other mainstream group on the right? We’re not supposed to look at the motives on the left or on any group the left feels free to protect. We are supposed to look at any group who oppose them however. The Tea Party folks are dangerous we’re told by the Matthews of the left. They’re radicals, they’re deranged, they’re Dangerous. However which group is it that has attached to it people who have already demonstrated their willingness to bomb, harm, destroy innocent people in order to make their point? Which party hosts those who think it appropriate to destroy private property, siphon off the profits of those who produce and give them to those who refuse to do so? Which party is the party that celebrates death, that thinks if someone disagrees with you that the appropriate response is to kill you or to slander you by saying you want to kill them?
Reasonable people don’t act this way. Reasonable people can discuss even disagree without coming to blows or slander or hyperbole or worse. We used to be a country of reasonable people until the “feelings” group got into power. They don’t govern by laws and common sense, they govern by “fairness” and “equality” as long as that equality diminishes their enemies. It’s like watching Middle Schoolers given any power whatsoever. Leave the classroom for more than a minute and rival countries will form, they’ll be wars and rumors of wars, alliances will be made and broken, bribery, larceny and anarchy will reign because these people have not yet learned to control themselves. Their world revolves around what they want, what they think, what they “need”.
Some of those in power never left middle school. They pose and preen and pout. They are naive but also sly. Throwing folks under the bus is nothing to these people and they have a single minded focus on “what they want” uninterested in the consequences unintended or intended. They have the power and they are going to use it to squash those who would stand in their way. While most actual middle schoolers do not understand the true uses of power the ones in government do know and are willing to do almost anything, some will do anything, to remain in power. If that means destroying the economy of the US, if that means allowing jihadist to create chaos and anarchy, if that means collateral damage, well can’t make an Omelette without braking eggs and those people wouldn’t have fit in with the new order anyway so it’s good they’re gone. That’s what life is like in your average Middle School. If you don’t remember you were probably on the side with the power-brokers and their cabal. Welcome then to the Middle School the rest of us endured.
It wasn’t fun then, it’s not fun now. Too bad we can’t leave our children and grandchildren better. They deserved better. But hey “free love, peace and rock and roll” are the all important memes of the day……oh yes, I forgot your cup of soul, rap and selfishness.” My bad.
And yes little Chrissy it does make a difference, intention makes all the difference in the world.