Our wires and airwaves are bloated with the braying and trumpeting of self-important pundits, hoisting their own petards against the walls of fact and logic. It’s all harmless fun, really. No one is getting hurt because Rush said that Obama’s mother is a unicorn. Rachel Maddow isn’t spending her free time waterboarding Tea Party activists (not that I’m aware of, anyway). The bulk of the bandwidth is filled with rhetoric; while inflammatory, it certainly isn’t considered dangerous. There is, however, a small but growing contingent of writers and journalists whose offerings are so bizarre that they imply something deeper, darker. Case in point: CNN’s post Don’t be nosy about Fast and Furious . . .
The headline tells you that Writer L.Z. Granderson has jumped on board the Crazy Train, paying his fare to Conspiracyland.
Don’t question our government about Operation Fast and Furious, the ATF program that enabled the sale of some 2000 weapons to drug cartels, trace-free? Guns used them to intimidate, torture, rape and murder hundreds of Mexican civilians and end the life of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry?
Granderson’s “Pay No Attention to That Man Behind the Curtain” polemic is a long read. So let me save you some time. Here are LZ’s bullet points, in context:
* Americans are inherently nosy because we are “spoon fed other people’s private business”
* Because of this, we think that if someone withholds information, they are hiding something.
* When our government tells us, “That’s none of your business,” we should accept that they are not hiding anything incriminating.
* Fast and Furious is a Bad Thing, but we shouldn’t snoop in such sensitive matters of security and diplomacy.
* Fast and Furious is no different than previous gun-running schemes (in fact, Project Wide Receiver and Project Road Runner were earlier versions of Fast and Furious).
* Even though we know if these projects were ineffective, they kept America safe.
* The Iran-Contra scandal is similar to F&F; Ollie North “took one for the team” back then, and Holder will likely do the same. Holder will be made out to be the villain in all this.
* The “Team” is us, the US Americans, from Miss South Carolina to the Tupelo Flash, and we’re just hurting our freedom by investigating when “the federal government deems it necessary to get its hands a little dirty in the hopes of achieving something we generally accept as good for the country.” (Yes, he really said that.)
* Hey, we didn’t release all the gory details when we got Osama, so why should Holder release anything?
* What’s new about us giving guns to Mexican criminals? We’ve been doing it for years. Matter of fact, it’s “very American” to be “involved in killing innocent Mexicans.” (Yes, he said that, too.)
* We really really thought we could trace these guns to the head of the cartels, and those who died at the sharp end of these guns… “Collateral damage.”
* Don’t be nosy because you can’t handle the truth.
There are better men than I who have exposed the factual inaccuracies of Mr. Granderson’s editorial. The details and mechanics of this ill-conceived gun walking scandal are small beans compared to Granderson’s suggestion that Americans should trust their government, implicitly, without question.
In L.Z. Granderson’s world, everyone is secure and safe, thanks to our government. To question otherwise only makes things worse. So STFU. (Unless it’s a Republican at the helm.)
Granderson doesn’t get: if it’s a choice between freedom and security, most gun owning Americans will take freedom and responsibility for their own security. Which includes questioning their government to decide whether or not to replace it. That’s not being nosy. That’s being free.