As far as the Oregon shooting is concerned, Donald Trump’s comments are correct and on the money.
“You’re going to have these things happen and it’s a horrible thing to behold, horrible…It’s not politically correct to say that, but you’re going to have difficulty and that will be for the next million years, there’s going to be difficulty and people are going to slip through the cracks. What are you going to do, institutionalize everybody?”
This is the politics of pragmatism and reality. In fact, I would even call them the “anti-politics” for this viewpoint does not make grand, dramatic promises and fantastical allusions to fixing problems endemic to collective human culture. Essentially Trump is telling us one simple truth: people are shit. Live with it. We don’t need to react like nervous lemmings with speeches wailing about how things need to be changed every time something “bad” happens.
And on the other hand, Barack Obama, the quintessential politician, predictably chimed in with the same claptrap any politician is expected to use when confronted with a horror the likes of yesterday’s Oregon shooting.
“Somehow this has become routine. My response here, at this podium, is routine. We’ve become numb to this. It cannot be this easy for someone who wants to inflict pain on someone else to get their hands on guns…This [the Oregon shooting] is something we should politicize — [ie, gun control] it is relevant to our common life together.”
And Barack thus paved the path for a renewed round of dialogue whereby a do-gooder government official feels bound to create all sorts of “movement” in response an unfortunate event. This is what politicians do. They believe they are entrusted to “fix” all social maladies; it is a feminine approach to life. Remedy everything, control all outcomes. If reality dictates this is not realistic, so what? Do it anyways! And make an obligatory fuss about it so the public will think something is being done, anything, because they are needy and weak and need to believe Mother Government is tending to their fears. Elected officials are mired in that electoral feedback loop which informs them that since they have been elected by the people, they must display illusive action and promises of involvement even when such promises are doomed to implode.
All overextended governmental intrusion is based on commitments to change problems that ultimately will only change on their own timescale and of their own accord without human meddling or legislation, or which will never change
It is not PC, as Trump noted, to express fatalism in situations like this.
Fatalism is the antithesis to that culture of political control freaks who have overrun all levels of government with their inefficient, meddlesome ways.
Now if Trump’s pragmatic fatalism was consistently applied across all his opinions, I might trust the guy.