Tennessee Soviet tries and fails to bury inconvenient facts about Nashville shooter
This really is bizarre
I’ve already written about the manifesto from spree killer Audrey Hale. Earlier this year, Hale shot several teachers and students at a Nashville Christian school. Although Hale left a manifesto (and apparently a video) detailing her motivations for the killings, the authorities maintained that the manifesto was largely apolitical. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David Rausch stated that “the killer did not write about specific political, religious or social issues.”
It turns out that Rausch and the authorities were lying. Someone leaked at least three pages of the lengthy manifesto to conservative commentator Stephen Crowder and the writing stated plainly that Hale planned to massacre blonde “crackers” who had “white privilege.”
When the story first broke the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation refused to confirm the authenticity of the leaked pages. Rather than address the fact that the authorities had been lying about the incident for months, and apparently were withholding release of the manifesto to conceal that lie, ominous threats were directed at the whistleblower who leaked the images. Nashville Mayor Freddie O’Connell directed Metro Nashville Law Director Wally Dietz “to initiate an investigation into how these images could have been released.”
I’ll be honest, I was taken aback by the latest developments in this story. I assumed that the manifesto was being withheld because it blamed the victims in some serious way that they would not be able to defend themselves from. It’s possible that that’s still the case, we’ve only gotten part of the manifesto, though the few pages we have seen so far are obviously full of the anti-white ideology that is currently taught in schools and pushed in mass media. This is a relevant detail that was intentionally buried by federal and state authorities.
It really is bizarre to see these issues pop up in a Deep Red state like Tennessee. In a remarkable development, after the shooting leftists actually staged aggressive and illegal protests to demand gun control and an end to trans discrimination (Hale apparently had fallen prey to the gender confusion fad in recent years). Although the Tennessee legislature initially offered a strong response, they quickly shit their pants with the follow-through and no one was punished for these really outrageous actions.
The entire incident is very revealing about the larger issues facing America. Although many commentators today offer lazy platitudes about how the conflict facing us is really between “The People” and “The Elite,” in reality the situation is that a large and growing proportion of the American public is just completely deranged. It reminds me of the “Soviets” that popped up at the start of the troubles that eventually became the Russian Revolution. They’d get these mobs and they’d grow and grow and then start making unreasonable demand/proclamations because they could. Although superficially these Soviets acted as a council or local government, their behavior was bizarre and antisocial. Rather than serve the public, they wanted to tear down society in an official capacity. They’re not going to stop unless someone stopped them.
At the end of the day, these people need to go in order for society to operate normally. They should not be involved in the decision-making process. They should not be allowed to impact policy for everyone else. They should not be allowed to carry out “low level” crimes with impunity. It’s very important for every state to set up immediate and severe consequences for political violence and other misbehavior. It’s clear that this segment of the populace has not been brought down to reality for quite some time. Deranged thinking is contagious. Violence is contagious. If officials approach these important issues with passivity, the consequences are going to be disastrous.
Honestly the situation is so bizarre that if Tennessee Republicans do not respond harshly they deserve whatever happens to them. Someone like TBI Director David Rausch, who was willing to lie to the public to conceal the politically-inconvenient motive of a terrorist, should be fired and subjected to months of humiliating hearings. They should cancel his pension and throw him in jail if they can. Have him escorted out of the building and dump his personal effects in the street. If you don’t do this to these people, they will not stop. Obviously the morality of lying to cover up an attack like this doesn’t enter into the equation for them. Everyone involved in this decision needs to go. They need to be blacklisted and everyone around them needs to know that this sort of behavior is not going to fly.
As for Nashville and other rogue districts. They’re obviously already a blight on the Tennessee political scene. When two legislators were expelled for assisting leftist protestors in breaching Capitol security after Hale’s shooting rampage, their districts immediately re-nominated them and sent them back to the State House. If that’s how these districts want to behave, then the districts should not exist in their current form.
Break them up, restructure them, starve them of state funding. Does Nashville need a police force under local control if they’re going to use it investigate whistleblowers like this? I don’t think so. Maybe there should be separate East and West and North and South Nashvilles with more amenable political balances if a mayor like that can win an election. This behavior just cannot be allowed to continue uninterrupted.
If these people are allowed to consolidate, the threat they pose to everyone inside or outside of cities gets worse. Cities have always existed. They’re places where money and good jobs and human capital accumulates. Red states should ignore their major cities being hijacked by leftist radicalism at their own peril. The lesson of Austin, TX is instructive. Supposedly one of the most conservative states in the country now has a state capitol city with an openly socialist prosecutor who’s willing to arrest people for obvious self defense and local juries are willing to go along with this inertia. It’s crazy, but it’s everywhere now.
It’s honestly creepy to think about just how many of these people are out there. They’re not going to stop on their own. You’re not going to be able to appeal to their good graces or come up with a private response. Either state authorities find the will to live and preserve themselves or these guys are going to take over and do even more horrible stuff.
The incident reminded me of a quote attributed to Soviet dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn about the totalitarian regime that Russians fell under for roughly 70 years: “We know they are lying, they know they are lying, they know we know they are lying, we know they know we know they are lying, but they are still lying.”
These people do not care, and if you encounter someone like that who just doesn’t care then you should never engage with them in good faith. There’s not a debate occurring, it’s just a power struggle and the consequence for losing is more terrible than most people today can imagine. All you can do to protect yourself is make the impact they have on your life as small as possible.
It remains to be seen how Tennessee Republicans will respond. I try to stay optimistic. There are a lot of good people out there. But one thing is for certain, if they don’t nip this problem in the bud, then even having a Republican supermajority right now is not going to stop their state from becoming unrecognizable in just a few years. This is a problem that demands a response. It’s not going to go away on its own.
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