Pathetic. That's the only word to describe those, of every ideological stripe, who are using the Virginia Tech tragedy as an opportunity to beat their own political drums. Be it race, immigration, gun control or the war in Iraq, the atmosphere has become so hyper-politicized in recent years that you can't even be gunned down at school without your remains being strategically positioned into talking points.
That being said, some of the noises coming from stage right have been particularly shocking. From the appalling Debbie Schlussel who, in the midsts of all the initial confusion, could be heard shrieking about the shooter probably being a "Paki", to National Reviews John Derbyshire, who questioned the courage of the survivors, it's been an eye-opening couple of days.
"Where was the spirit of self-defense here? Setting aside the ludicrous campus ban on licensed conceals, why didn’t anyone rush the guy? It’s not like this was Rambo, hosing the place down with automatic weapons."-John Derbyshire
Ah yes, John Derbyshire, that square jawed paragon of red blooded American masculinity would not –– The Enemy repeats –– not have peed his pants and gone fetal like those pampered college kids, no Siree Bob!. John Derbyshire would have thrown his spectacles aside in rough manner, squeezed himself out from behind his desk and rushed at Cho Seung-Hui, swinging his keyboard thusly.
And this from Nathaniel Blake at Human Events
"College classrooms have scads of young men who are at their physical peak, and none of them seems to have done anything beyond ducking, running, and holding doors shut.... Something is clearly wrong with the men in our culture. Among the first rules of manliness are fighting bad guys and protecting others: in a word, courage."
Can we then expect Nathanial, who is himself a young man at his physical peak, to obey the first rules of manliness and, after moving out of his mother's basement, sign up to fight bad guys and protect others in Iraq? The Enemy advises you, dear reader, not to hold your sweet breath. The only posts Nathanial will be manning anytime soon will be on his blog.
One thing Derbyshire and Blake's comments do is highlight a peculiar phenomena manifesting of late in certain right-wing quarters. It appears to be a psychosis of sorts, a congealment of psychosexual anxieties around poles of gender and power. Bought to climax by a failed war and an impotent leader, with which many appear to have merged their own identities, resulting in a rage and frustration that erupts, often, in the most embarrassing and inappropriate ways.