Quote of the day—TeeJaw

There is no way to understand the mentality of people who want to disarm decent citizens while criminals keep all their guns. It’s a sickness that defies description or comprehension.

TeeJaw
December 14, 2014
Comment to #IWillNotComply rally in Olympia
[I have nothing to add.—Joe]

3 thoughts on “Quote of the day—TeeJaw

  1. This is a tough one. It brings up an important point in that it acknowledges the fact that we have an insane enemy. Because it is insane, that enemy cannot be dissuaded by arguments favoring liberty, human rights, the security of a free state, or any other rational argument.

    But I disagree with the quote entirely. There are ways to understand it, and it can be described and comprehended. In any war (and this is a war, though some people haven’t figured it out yet) it is important to understand the enemy, at least to the extent necessary to defeat it. To say that you have absolutely no understanding or comprehension of the enemy is to say that you’re powerless to do anything about it. It is therefor free to go on with its recruitment and strategic programs, and metastasize all throughout society because its masking and cloaking programs have been totally successful.

    Insanity has been actively promoted by the left, and the purpose is very simple. Insanity is a powerful weapon when wielded properly. It’s power lies in the fact that IT WILL STOP AT NOTHING.

    If you or I were behaving irrationally, we could be stopped in several ways. For the most part, if someone could get to us with a rational explanation of what we were doing wrong, that would be enough right there. In the most extreme, a threat of death would get our attention. Those are weaknesses in the eyes of the enemy. Guiding principles are a weakness in the eyes of our enemy, because they not only limit our options, they make us predictable to some extent. The insane, the jihadist, doesn’t have that weakness. Once fully radicalized, nothing can stop them short of physical disablement or death.

    That’s one aspect of it. The other “strength” in promoting blind hate, or insanity for the sake of insanity, lies in its ability to exasperate us, thus distracting us and knocking us off our rails, so to speak. In that it has been working very well, and it always will.

    And so, to the extent that you are confused, cannot understand or comprehend, or that you are otherwise put off your game, or to the extent that you are unable to predict the enemy’s next move because it is so irrational, the enemy has been successful. Your publicly expressed confusion is doing the enemy’s damage assessment work for him. It shows him that he’s been successful.

    “What’s puzzling you is the nature of my game
    Pleased to meet you
    Hope you guess my name”

    • You don’t need to understand virus replication, physiological changes, and the mechanisms of behavioral change to know how to defeat a rabid dog.

      I find it difficult, if not impossible, to understand how people cannot see the similarities and necessity of protecting the Second Amendment just like we do the First Amendment. That doesn’t mean I can’t defeat them in public debate or support court cases which strike down their irrational laws.

      Understanding such people may be possible and perhaps someday be much more important, particularly for prevention. But for now we have tools that work in both protecting our rights and in reducing the proportion of these sick individuals in our society. We should not divert many resources from our winning campaigns to understanding them when we can defeat them now.

      • Fair enough, but I would assert that the “rabid dog” in this case is us, i.e. America. Maybe a better analogy is cancer. To successfully defeat or prevent cancer you must know something about what causes it and how it operates in the body. You don’t just shoot the patient.

        Anyway I’m not talking about diverting resources at all. Simply seeing and understanding what we’re up against takes no resources, and in fact it may save some resources, for once the enemy is better understood our resources can be used more effectively.

        People repeatedly express frustration and exasperation at things that I see as commonplace, repeating throughout human history, and therefore fairly predictable. Frustration and exasperation help NO ONE but the enemy. I wish we could all get over the angst, because only then can we make the best, most rational decisions.

        We may be talking across purposes. You may be more focused on battlefield tactics, while I’m focused on the health and morale of the soldiers. Once the soldier understands the enemy better, he can see it for the pathetic, sniveling weakling it is, and not be as intimidated, angered, or frustrated by it..

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