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If crazy were dynamite, Alex Jones could single-handedly destroy most of the civilized world. To quote a recent and wildly popular screenplay, his brain is a bag of cats. You can smell the crazy on him. He’s nuts. He’s barking mad. Looney-tunes. Several fries short of a Happy Meal. Not firing on all cylinders. Riding the first-class car on the Nutball Express. He’s madder than Mad Jock MacMad, the winner of last year’s all-Scotland Madman contest – and that puts him up against some pretty stiff competition.
So, what’s the latest in the Alex Jones parade of crazy? Simply this: He was invited to represent the American gun-owning public on the Piers Morgan show, for the benefit of both of Morgan’s viewers. Excerpt:
Crazy is not a political philosophy, and neither is anger. So, naturally, when anti-gun fanatic Piers Morgan wants a “typical” spokesman for Second Amendment rights, he brings on the permanently angry Alex Jones, who begins his rant with some signifying jive:
“[W]e did it to point out that this is globalism, and the mega banks that control the planet and brag they have taken over — in Bloomberg, AP, Reuters, you name it — brag that they’re going to get our guns as well. They’ve taken everybody’s guns, but the Swiss and the American people and when they get our guns, they can have their world tyranny while the government buys 1.6 billion bullets, armored vehicles, tanks, helicopters, predator drones, armed now in U.S. skies, being used to arrest people in North Dakota.”
Your key phrase there is “mega banks that control the planet.” This is classic kook-talk, the kind of paranoid stuff like Zeitgeist that inspired Jared Loughner. Recall that Zeitgeist not only demonized bankers, but also suggested that 9/11 was a hoax.
These are the ideas that circulate on the kook fringe, and Alex Jones first became notorious as a promoter of 9/11 Truther craziness.
His appetite for kook-fringe conspiracy theories discredits Alex Jones, as does his implacable raging anger. The only reason Piers Morgan had Jones on CNN was in order to discredit the Second Amendment by saying, “See how dangerously crazy these gun nuts are?”
It’s an interesting pass Piers Morgan has come to when one speculates that he might have offered a more sane, articulate and thoughtful advocate for gun owners by bringing in Ted Nugent. There are plenty of serious people Morgan could have brought in who have studied this topic to a fare-thee-well – John Lott springs immediately to mind – but instead, that pathetic excuse for a “journalist” brought in the certifiable Alex Jones.
This says much, much more about Piers Morgan than it does about Alex Jones. Jones is a looney. Morgan should know better. Instead, he has not destroyed whatever was left of his credibility.