The attempted assassination of Steve Scalise means it's no longer fun and games.
Have you seen the video shot by a man walking his dog near Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia, of Wednesday morning’s ugly events? It’s soul-crushing.
The video captured only about two and a half minutes of the fusillade unleashed by a former Bernie Sanders campaign operative named James Hodgkinson, an out-of-work home inspector from Belleville, Illinois and a committed member of The Resistance. Hodgkinson’s shooting spree actually went on for some 10 minutes, according to eyewitnesses, before two agents of the Capitol Police — Krystal Griner and David Bailey — attached to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s security detail put him down. Griner, who suffered a wound to her lower leg, reportedly fired the shot that finished Hodgkinson’s blood-fantasy-come-to-life.
And in the video you can see Scalise, lying in the outfield where he’d dragged himself after being grievously wounded through both hips, the bullet shattering bones and threatening major consequences to his future ability to walk or proper digestion. The congressman from suburban New Orleans, who this writer considers a personal friend, went into a third surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital in DC Thursday morning; more surgeries are likely needed. As of this writing he’s in critical condition, clinging to life. Three others hit in Hodgkinson’s fusillade — Zach Barth, a staffer for Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas), Tyson Foods lobbyist and former congressional staffer Matt Mika, and Griner — should recover fully from their wounds.
A full recovery for the nation from this atrocity will also require some surgery. The root causes of the symptom Hodgkinson presented us with need to be addressed.
Let’s understand what would have happened if Hodgkinson wasn’t some keyboard-commando loser who thought he’d make himself a hero to the delusional Left. He attacked a practice of the Republican team in the annual congressional baseball game, where some 22 House members and Senators were on hand. But for Scalise’s security detail, which is attached to him because he’s a member of the leadership, those members of Congress would have been utterly defenseless against him, and he could have shot them down at his leisure.
Hodgkinson reportedly left Belleville weeks ago for Washington, living out of his truck and at the YMCA across the street. He stalked the Republican team for as much as a month, ostensibly researching his target. It has never been a secret that Scalise was a mainstay on that team or that as a member of the leadership he had security; any proper planning of that attack would have had to include dealing with the detail. But as evidence that the Left in this country is made up of people incapable of doing a proper job, Hodgkinson neglected to deal with the police officers first when he had the element of surprise on his side — thankfully, that mistake proved fatal to him rather than his intended victims.
But there will be more Hodgkinsons, because the rhetoric and the spirit which produced him is alive and well and celebrated on the Left. Furthermore, even after the attempted mass murder of nearly two dozen members of Congress and the near-assassination of the House Majority Whip, there is no admission that The Resistance, the moniker being bandied about in self-congratulatory fashion to describe those people incapable of accepting the results of the 2016 election, inspired this man.
Sanders, for whom Hodgkinson stumped in Iowa, took to the well of the Senate and declared himself “sickened” by the attack. He then made clear that violence is unacceptable. Which is all very well, but of course this is a man who spent an entire year barnstorming America demanding a “political revolution in this country.” A revolution necessitates assassinations, does it not? Or did Sanders mean something else? Did he want a nonviolent revolution? What history is there of that?
At minimum this should be the end of Sanders’ political career. Just four days before Hodgkinson’s attempt at a Franz Ferdinand-style kickoff to the revolution he suspected Sanders was asking for, the wild-haired semi-reformed Soviet sympathizer appeared at something called the People’s Summit in Chicago, delivering a broadside of calumnies and bromides so vicious as to sit right at home at a microphone in Caracas or Pyongyang or Havana. This came after Sanders had assaulted the faith of a Christian, Russell Vought, who is up for a position at the Office of Management and Budget, and declared him unfit for federal office because he believes in Christ as the central path to salvation.
Then, when one of his devotees acted on his inflammatory and vicious rhetoric the best he could offer was a “you’re doing it wrong” admonition to the movement he’s touched off.
The Resistance likes to demonize Donald Trump, whose election they refuse to accept as legitimate, as Hitler. One doesn’t need to hold any particular brief for the Donald to recognize the stupidity of that analogy. If any modern American political figure is Hitler it’s quite obviously Sanders, regardless of the Jewish ancestry he so faithlessly possesses. Like the Nazi dictator Sanders was an utter failure in private life, failing to earn a regular paycheck until his 40s much like Hitler, trying his hand at the arts like Hitler (Sanders styled himself a revolutionary poet for a time, but lacked talent much like Hitler failed as a painter), having been on the losing side of a major world conflict like Hitler (the latter fighting for Germany in World War I, the former for the Soviet side in the Cold War) and finally finding himself as a socialist demagogue whose primary rhetorical device is the Otherization of those he dislikes; in Hitler’s case it was the Jews, while for Sanders it’s bankers and other capitalists. That Sanders failed in his attempt to seize political power at the ballot box as Hitler was able to in Deutschland can be attributed to American political institutions being stronger than those in the Weimar Republic.
Or maybe it’s that the Left in America is a movement by and for people who can’t do a proper job, as Sanders and Hodgkinson cannot.
Nevertheless, Hodgkinson’s atrocity will have consequences, and not good ones. The abyss beckons. There will be retaliation for it; the Right in America are not the monsters the Left incessantly claims — but neither are they Eloi ripe for the harvest. Someone, somewhere, will decide The Resistance must pay, and take matters into his own hands.
And then Sanders’ revolution will begin in earnest, with the future of the nation hanging in the balance.
Now would be an excellent time for Trump to lead. Not with words, but with deeds. He needs to use this attempted massacre as an impetus to put his administration in order. He needs to appoint U.S. Attorneys for all 94 districts within the federal justice system and put those people to work. Investigations, and cases under RICO laws and other statues, need to be commenced and built. Those who abused our system for political means under the previous administration must be punished — most of the evidence one needs in order to prosecute Loretta Lynch, Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, Lois Lerner and many others is already in the public record. Trump ran on draining the swamp; well, go drain it. And fast.
The Resistance has shown its colors. Put it down legally, or watch us devolve into something we don’t want to be.