Thursday, March 24, 2011

A lesson from 'Casey the Punisher' ~ By Phil Elmore

Don't kid yourself that incidents like these can't or don't happen in the United States every day. "Casey the Punisher" became "Casey the Punished" simply because he refused to lie down and be beaten. His school sees him and his assailant as morally equivalent. Leftist ideologues are no different where your own right to self-defense, from childhood to adult, is concerned. The platform that such people are building, board by ideological board beneath our children, is the gallows on which the formerly free will be hanged as adults. When we refuse to acknowledge the moral right to self-defense, we join hands with the hangman.

Casey Heynes isn't simply a young boy who was bullied and fought back. He's a warning. If such injustices are not challenged for our children, we will never stand up for our rights as adults. We simply won't know how.

Video provided by TheREALjohnny2k

Oh, for sure, I can always count on Phil Elmore to write a greatly relevant column that intrigue me. Of course, many of the great opinion columnists that I read on a regular basis always find current issues that are worthy of extensive commentary. Phil, however, always has the unique ability to find subjects to expound on, issues that may not have made the front page or opinion pages of mainstream media, and probably may not have been exposed by Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh (yet). And yet, what Phil writes is usually an amazing reflection on issues that have ended up being the actual catalyst of many of the current crises.

This column is as excellent sample of showing us something that goes on now that will end up having terrible consequences for America down the road. In other words, as you are putting together the big picture of the puzzle, Phil provides the piece of the puzzle that you may not come across the adjacent pieces that connect everything together for quite a while.

Let me ask: Can you imagine an America where victims, or potential victims, don't have the right to defend themselves, their families, or even a stranger, much less, their own property? Or, let me ask it this way: Do you have a problem with how "Casey the Punisher" handled the tormentor? Was it because "excessive force" was used? Well, as you read Phil's great column, keep that question in mind. Claims of "excessive force" is usually the liberals' reasoning for persecuting the "victim" of an assault on life or property, which is exactly why I was able to quickly come up with the title for the video above when I posted it a few days ago: "Bully for the Victim" (pun intended). And yet, it seems to fit the subject of Phil's column. I'm just sayin'...

A lesson from 'Casey the Punisher'

By Phil Elmore

March 24, 2011 ~ 1:00 am Eastern

© 2011

His name is Casey Heynes. Thanks to pervasive technology like the video sharing site YouTube, Casey, at just 16 years old, is now famous.

Nicknamed "Casey the Punisher" by those who've viewed the viral video depicting him body-slamming a smaller tormentor, the young Australian has become a meme – the sort of online personality whose image is used and reused in humorous homages, parodies and even a video game. The bully, one Ritchard Gale, isn't sorry and somehow manages to blame Casey for bringing Ritchard's bullying on himself. A website named for Casey terms him, instead, "a gentle giant who had enough," and even suggests nominating him for the Australian Cross of Valour. The story has made television and Casey's 15 minutes of Internet celebrity is upon him, for good or for ill.

The video was shared quickly and eagerly because it touches a raw nerve in our increasingly coarse society. We crave justice because it is so often denied us. We cheer when we see bullies beaten down, because we yearn for the right to defend ourselves. Paradoxically, we as modern people have become increasingly passive, ever more willing to sit and absorb abuse from those around us, as we become – collectively – ever more obnoxious. The result is an unjust world in which those who abuse us, infringe on our natural rights and lower the quality of our day-to-day lives cannot be confronted or punished lest we, the victims, be punished by our byzantine legal system.

Any man, no matter how well-armed, no matter how big, no matter how strong, and no matter how well trained, has experienced the helplessness that is having the soul of a warrior in a politically correct environment. Talk to a man whose wife or girlfriend has been threatened by an ex or a stalker, for example: Such a man will describe to you how incredibly frustrating it is to know that he possesses the skill and the means to defend his loved one, but he can't do anything or he'll go to prison. The most extreme scenario of which I'm aware is that of John Foreman, who vowed to kill the cannibal monster who murdered and ate Foreman's son, Jason. He was unambiguous, too. News reports quote him as saying, "I do intend, if this man is released anywhere in my vicinity, or if I can find him after the fact, I do intend to kill this man."

I know of no sane world in which John Foreman would be convicted of a crime for slaying the inhuman filth who killed Foreman's son and consumed parts of the boy's corpse. I know of no sane world in which such a creature as Michael Woodmansee, the murderer, would ever breathe air not filtered through the dank walls of a prison. But we don't live in a sane world. We live in an irrational, self-destructive world corrupted by the fascism of the "liberals," in whose moral relativism and false moral equivalency all aggressors are equated with their victims. The socio-politics of political correctness erase the distinction between unjust, initiated force and morally justified retaliatory (or credibly preemptive) force.


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1 comment:

  1. My friend, Al Peasland, a leading self defence and personal safety expert was bullied throughout his school years too.

    He has written a number of well received articles and produced a short video about the Casey Heynes incident.

    Perhaps when you get a moment you'd check them out. take care.