in the fade

  1. 60,000 people sign petition to get Piers Morgan deported for his views on gun control.

    Read that sentence again. And again. No matter how many times you read it, your mind still will not comprehend it, right?

    Listen, I’m not a Piers Morgan fan. I find him condescending, rude, obnoxious and several other adjectives all meaning wanker. But I find myself in the position of defending him this morning because 60,000 people are astoundingly stupid.

    The petition states that Morgan is “engaged in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment” and should be deported for that immediately. 

    Meanwhile there’s that little part in the constitution about free speech, which the signers of the petition appear to be, well,  attacking. They are attacking the constitution on the basis of their belief that someone is attacking the constitution. Wrap your mind around that.

    But never mind that. Because apparently some rights are more important than others? Because 60,000 people suffer from cognitive dissonance. Because the “national dialogue” that we are having about gun violence seems to have degraded to a “you are either with us or against us and if you’re against us, get out” argument.

    The gun nuts (and I mean gun nuts, not all gun owners) are getting louder and the louder they get the more tone deaf, disconnected and extreme they sound.

    This is probably a good thing.

    And while on the surface deporting Piers Morgan may seem like a good thing, it’s really a bad, bad thing.

    I know petitions don’t mean anything in the end. They are just people voicing an opinion. But in this case, it’s 60,000 people showing us they are too stupid to realize the irony of their outrage. 

    And they have guns.

    America, fuck yea.