Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
I’m skeptical of the present suicide media craze.
There were a couple of high-profile celebrity suicides. Nobody knows why. But the CDC used the occasion to rush out a study showing a massive rise in suicide rates, then used that study to justify demands for restrictions on “lethal means.” Since both celebrities hanged themselves in hotels, about which nobody proposes to do anything, the CDC is engaging in politicized research again. Its demand is just code for “gun control” based on a supposed crisis of suicide.
And is there actually a crisis? I question the data set. Notice that it ran from just before the real estate crash until the end of the Obama administration. Everybody bought real estate to hop on the escalator of wealth – we were all going to get rich. Then it crashed and millions of families lost their life savings.
Who commits suicide? People who have lost hope. People engulfed in despair. And during those years, who were those people? Middle-class, middle-aged White men in flyover states. The people society insisted didn’t build anything, hadn’t earned any respect. The people mocked in every commercial and television show as bumblers when they weren’t portrayed as evil. The people society couldn’t wait to die so the world would be a better place.
Lost your home. Lost your job. Wife was unfulfilled in the marriage so she took the kids and family court stripped you of access to your own kids. The President scorns you as a bitter clinger. The queen-apparent thinks you’re deplorable. Immigrants are swarming into the country having more rights and benefits than you, who spent your entire life working to better this nation. What’s to live for?
But then, Trump.
The economy has flipped. The nation has jobs. People are daring to have hope. People are glimpsing a better world, one worth living in.
Do we still have a suicide crisis? Or was that a temporary problem caused by Obama and his Liberal allies? Maybe we’ve not only started to make America great again, maybe we’re making ourselves proud again, making life worth living again? Now THAT would be an astonishing Presidential legacy.
The timing is awfully convenient…