No Kings to Behead

It's hardly surprising that lone gunmen are coming out of the Left. Their usual penchant for violent mobs can only go so far in what is quickly becoming a police-state west. The usual societal  tensions that were once freed up and granted full expression in revolution don't have a world stage beyond social media. The days of large gestures are over since we've reconfigured sovereignty to sources which don't act as powerful of symbols; there is no king to behead. It seems that the natural eventuation of the Left would be to create its own symbols; maniacs as heroes fighting the avatars of an idea. I don't suspect that this behavior will be wholly accepted by the Left, but the Left dwindles and dries without martyrs. Its heroes are always Neros redressed as Christs.

'Representative Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, who left the practice just before the shooting, said afterward that he had encountered a man in the parking lot — later identified as the gunman — who “asked me if the team practicing was a Democrat or a Republican team.”

“I told him they were Republicans,” the lawmaker recalled. “He said, ‘O.K., thanks,’ turned around.”'

How long will this go on before the contradicting narratives implode? If the 'Trump is Hitler' crowd doesn't endorse the shooter's actions, it would only serve to show how lightly they take a Hitler. If they were to endorse it, it would show how lightly they take everything else. No canonization at this point would surprise me, nor does any amount of hypocrisy.