Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Arapahoe High School gunman was a right-wing Tea Party conservative

You've probably heard about the latest school shooting, this time at Arapahoe High in Colorado. A kid that everyone describes as totally normal walked into his school and shot two students. 

The shooter, Karl Pierson was a friendly, average kid who ran track and was on the debate team.  He did have some "extreme" political views (extreme economic conservatism) but no one dreamed he would ever open fire in a high school. 

This kid has done extreme harm to the cause of liberty and freedom. 

Here's the Denver Post:

In one Facebook post, Pierson viciously attacks the philosophies of economist Karl Marx, who through his condemnation of Capitalism pushed the notion that the Capitalist system would eventually implode and be replaced by Socialism.  In another post, Pierson describes his economic philosophy as "Free Market Libertarian."

"I'm wanting to ask all the Democrats and Leftists, why hasn't the Stimulus Package improved the economy?" he wrote. "If Keynesianism works so well, why aren't we seeing increased employment?"

Pierson also appears to mock Democrats on another Facebook post, writing "you Democrats are so cute" and posting an image that reads: "The Democrat Party: Health Care: Give us money, Climate Change: Give us power, Gun Violence: Give us power, Women's Rights: Give us control, More War: Give us spending. Is this really the side you want to be on?"

And since young Karl Pierson's economic conservatism is against everything that the mainstream media stands for, that's how the Denver Post chose to begin their story. 


Sorry folks.  I screwed up. 

Karl Pierson was a full blown Keynesian tax-and-spend advocate.  Had he been the type of kid that shows up at Tea Party rallies wearing a Ron Paul t-shirt, that's all you would be hearing about today.  I shouldn't be politicizing this tragedy, and he was probably too young to know stimulus from strawberries, but you can bet your ass that the boy's political leanings would be all over the media had he been a right-wing economic conservative. 

Here's the legit Denver Post excerpt.  You have to read most of the article to get to these little nuggets.  

In one Facebook post, Pierson attacks the philosophies of economist Adam Smith, who through his invisible-hand theory pushed the notion that the free market was self-regulating. In another post, he describes himself as "Keynesian."

"I was wondering to all the neoclassicals and neoliberals, why isn't the market correcting itself?" he wrote. "If the invisible hand is so strong, shouldn't it be able to overpower regulations?"

Pierson also appears to mock Republicans on another Facebook post, writing "you republicans are so cute" and posting an image that reads: "The Republican Party: Health Care: Let 'em Die, Climate Change: Let 'em Die, Gun Violence: Let 'em Die, Women's Rights: Let 'em Die, More War: Let 'em Die. Is this really the side you want to be on?"

We'll never really know what caused the Karl Pierson tragedy.  But had he been on the other side of the political spectrum, you know what they would've blamed.   

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