Selwyn Duke: Liberalism Created the WDBJ Killer

Over at, Selwyn Duke well describes the causality behind the formation of Vester Lee, that narcissistic professional victim that vented his rage at innocent people through the muzzle of a Glock.

Liberals will call for laws and government programs to fix this, not realizing that their favorite cures (legislation, technology, expensive Nanny-State programs, etc.) do not fix moral problems, which is what we have here in spades — and which is causing the death-spiral our culture is in. (Gary Potter makes this point well in “Suicide.”) And those problems, while of our own making (all of us, mutatis mutandis), are justified and enabled by the institutionalized moral turpitude of liberalism.

The article should be read by parents, as should this comment that was left there by one Tom Sheehan:

After graduating college in 1961, I enlisted in the Coast Guard. The boot camp was 12 weeks of hell, but I was able to endure because I was schooled for 8 years by nuns, who’d knock you silly and humiliate you just for what you were thinking, and 8 more years of (pre-60s) Jesuits who carried on the tradition. I don’t resent one second of the drubbing they gave me. After the CG got through with me, I figured I could stand up to just about anything.

Here are three worthy paragraphs from Mr. Duke’s piece, which deserves to be read in its entirety:

Barack Obama won’t be saying, “If I had a psycho son, he’d look like Vester Lee.” But he might as well. Because Vester Lee Flanagan II, the bigoted maniac who murdered the WDBJ reporter and cameraman Wednesday on live TV, was a philosophical offspring of the Left.

There have been many articles in recent years about how college graduates today enter the workforce with unrealistic expectations about their economic self-worth and starting salary. We hear about how so many of them can’t tolerate criticism and rejection; act as if their own feelings are inordinately important and should command respect; and how they lack a sense of propriety, a grasp of their place in a workplace’s hierarchy. As a consequence, they may barge into an office to vent their feelings, even if it’s neither the time nor the place.

This is all the result of liberal parenting, of the psychobabble disgorged by the likes of Dr. Benjamin Spock. It’s no wonder many young people today have little sense of just hierarchies – their permissive liberal parents didn’t establish a just hierarchy in the home. Instead, they acted as if their family was a dysfunctional democracy and junior a special-interest group that political correctness dictated must be coddled and catered to. Junior seldom heard the word “No!” uttered in exclamatory fashion; junior seldom had to delay gratification; junior got participation trophies just for showing up. He was treated as a little prince around whom the world revolved. He was marinated in “self-esteem” pap in schools, telling him how great and special he was. The result? Junior and many of his peers (not that he imagined he had any peers) grew up to be narcissists.

  • M.

    Without wanting to feed anyone’s opinion of himself, this is an EXCELLENT post, Br. André. I particularly liked Mr. Duke’s point, “Barack Obama won’t be saying, “If I had a psycho son, he’d look like Vester Lee.’ ” I got a chuckle out of that, because what I thought last week was, would the POTUS proclaim with a sad voice, “If I had a son, he’d look like Vester Lee.” Thank you for this post and God bless.

  • Thanks M. I’ll try not to let it go to my head.

    By the way, I’ve been meaning to type out these passages from Saint Maximos the Confessor on self-love and self-esteem, and your comment has served as a reminder, so here goes:

    “He who drives out self-love, the mother of the passions, will with God’s help easily rid himself of the rest, such as anger, irritation, rancour and so on. But he who is dominated by self-love is overpowered by the other passions, even against his will. Self-love is the passion of attachment to the body.” (From the “Four Centuries on Love,” Second Century, no. 8, as collected in The Philokalia, Vol. II.)

    “Guard yourself from that mother of vices, self-love, which is mindless love for the body. For it gives birth with specious justification to the three first and most general of the impassioned thoughts. I mean those of gluttony, avarice, and self-esteem, which take as their pretext some so-called need of the body. All further vices are generated by these three. You must therefore be on your guard, as we have already said, and fight against self-love with great vigilance. For when this vice is eradicated, all the others are eradicated too.” (Ibid., no. 59)

    “Just as night follows day and winter summer, so distress and pain follow self-esteem and sensual pleasure, either in this life or after death.” (Ibid., no. 65)

  • Alyosha Karamazov

    And now here comes this budding professional victim:

    150 Students Walk Out in Protest of Cross-Dressing Boy Using Girls’ Locker Room

    150 students Hillsboro High School students in Missouri walked out of school today in protest over a cross-dressing boy using the girls’ locker room, KMOV-TV reports.

    30-40 students also protested in support of the boy who goes by the name Lila Perry.
    Perry, who wore a brown wig and feminine attire, spoke with KNOV News outside the school.
    “There’s a lot of ignorance, they are claiming that they’re uncomfortable. I don’t believe for a second that they are,” he said, arrogantly.

    He added: “I think this is pure and simple bigotry.”

    But one of the protestors disagreed.

    “Boys needs to have their own locker room. Girls need to have their own locker room and if somebody has mixed feelings where they are, they need to have their own also,” said Jeff Childs, who held up a sign that read “Girl’s Rights Matter”.

    Many of the parents suspect Perry is pretending to be transgender so he can invade female spaces.

    Texas is one of the states that allows drag queens and cross-dressers to use the restroom and gym locker rooms of the sex they identify with.

    Perry refused the school’s offer to use a Title IX-compliant gender neutral locker room. He dropped the gym class altogether, but he said he will continue to use the girls’ bathroom.
    “I wasn’t hurting anyone and I didn’t want to feel segregated out. I didn’t want to be in the gender neutral bathroom,” he said. “I am girl, I shouldn’t be pushed off to another bathroom.”

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