MONDAY, MAY 16, 2022
Tucker's replacement theory: Horrifically, mass shootings by deranged teenagers are part of our culture now.
Some of these shootings involve racial motives. Some of these shootings don't.
We can't meaningfully discuss the types of (extreme) mental illness which play into such impulses and such horrific behavior. Here, as elsewhere, we'll offer this thought:
We'd have a more useful public discourse if (carefully selected) mental health professionals were more commonly involved.
How might we understand the forces which lead certain teens to engage in such behavior? We'd like to see such questions posed to (carefully selected) medical / psychiatric specialists.
In the current case, the horrific shooting in Buffalo has generated a great deal of discussion of so-called "replacement theory." Tucker Carlson is often mentioned. We have a confession to make:
By happenstance, we were watching Carlson's program in April 2021 when he offered his fullest discussion of this general topic. For today, we can only bring ourselves to tell you this:
We think the transcript and the videotape are actually worth reviewing. To do so, just click here.
In our view, Carlson is basically lost to the world, morally and intellectually. As we noted a few weeks ago, he sometimes starts his show, at 9 P.M. Eastern, with a fairly reasonable premise—but, by 9:02 P.M., his wild embellishments and his ugly, unfounded ascriptions of motive make his braindead pseudo-discussions extremely hard to watch.
(And of course, his gratuitous insults.)
Regarding his discussion that night, we're only going to say today that we thought it was worth watching. In fact, we're going to make an awful confession:
We came away thinking that we'd rarely seen a cable news monologue which contained as much information as his monologue did that night.
Stating the obvious, changes in the demographics of a jurisdiction can produce changes in that jurisdiction's politics. Carlson sketched several examples that night. Some of his examples involved matters of ethnicity and / or race. At least one of his examples did not.
We happened to be watching Carlson's program that night. Concerning the idea that Democratic motives are always pure and non-political, we can only borrow this question from Michael Corleone:
Who's being naive now, Kay?
As our nation's tribal warfare unfolds, we live in a badly fallen world. Leaders our own blue tribe may sometimes be compromised, or at least so we sometimes are prepared to imagine here.