James J. Lee, the Interwebs, and the Erosion Personal Responsibility
A good friend of mine works at the Discovery Channel in Silver Spring. As soon as I heard news that gun wielding James J. Lee entered the Discovery building with bombs strapped to his body, I freaked the fuck out and called her. Fortunately, she was safely evacuated along with the majority of the employees. Only three were actually taken hostage and they made it out safe and sound after Lee was shot dead.
As more details emerged about James J. Lee, the internet exploded with liberals and conservatives blaming each other’s “extreme” philosophies as the motivating force behind his act of violence. Gun laws this. Tree-hugging radical that. Maybe he’s a Muslim. Maybe he follow some radical Asian religion. All this hateful, pedantic, straw man back and forth trying to blame the other side completely ignored the simple fact that James J. Lee was bat shit mother fucking crazy. It’s appalling to think that we’re so afraid of personal responsibility these days that we’re more than willing to blame a religion or political affiliation for the acts of a crazy man rather than the crazy man himself.
James J. Lee might have been a liberal tree-hugger. He may have believed in the living earth, Gaia. He may have listened to the Spice Girls (the Spice album, not that sellout Spiceworld crap). He was also crazy. It’s the crazy that made him do it, not the tree-hugging, not the Jesus, and certainly not the Spice Girls (I have no actual idea if he listened to the Spice Girls. But who knows). He was crazy. His crazy self had a choice to stay home and sit on his ass or strap on a bomb and a gun and go to the Discovery building. He made his choice. He is responsible for his actions. Liberalism isn’t responsible. Mother Gaia isn’t responsible. The Spice Girls aren’t responsible. James J. Lee is responsible.
What happened to personal responsibility? Are we so afraid to take ownership of our own mistakes that we’re readily willing to blame politics for this crazy fucker? If we must restore anything in this country, it’s personal responsibility. You are ultimately responsible for your own actions. You can choose to be influenced by politics or religion or music. But ultimately, it’s your choice, your fault, your responsibility.
James J. Lee should be blamed for his actions. Not politics. Not religion. Not music. Just him.