There is an element of lunacy that is persistent just beyond the haze of most layered group associations. Once the veil of proper conduct and mannered conversation is pulled back elements of mild psychosis among the patrons are ever-present and those participants are not difficult to shove over the edge with just a little provocation from directions not directly connected. In my fiction I have dealt with this literally as a story device—such as in The Symposium of Justice where a water tower in the town of Fort Seven Mile broadcast a signal designed to stimulate the pituitary gland of innocent people so that they might drop from the edge of sanity on queue and conduct evil that could then be capitalized by those desiring control through legislation over all human kind. A wonderful purpose of fiction is to explore these possibilities from the safety of thought. However real life is often more treacherous—and complicated—as it was in Cincinnati recently as a number of major national stories struck the bastion of conservative value in a manner that seems a bit too organized to be incidental.
A close friend of Leelah Alcorn, the 17-year-old who took her own life after her parents refused her demand to live as a woman, was allegedly prevented from attending the teenager’s funeral.
The mother of Abby Jones, Ms Alcorn’s friend and the person who posted photographs of her after took her life, said the youngster had wanted to attend the funeral but was banned from doing so by Ms Alcorn’s parents.
“Her mom called and blamed Abby for everything that got posted online, even though Leelah’s page was public,” Ms Jones’ mother, Danielle Pieper-Jones, told the Daily Mail.
“My daughter just wanted to say goodbye to her best friend. They did not allow her to go to the funeral… had no right to call and harass my daughter.”
Ms Alcorn, who lived near Cincinnati, Ohio, took her life last month by stepping in front of a truck. Before doing so she posted a message on her Tumblr account. In it she explained that her parents, who are devout Christians, would not allow her to live as a woman.
Then there was the terrorist attempt—or one that was being planned by a 20-year-old kid named Christopher Lee Cornell as reported in the following story:
Tom Willingham didn’t know what to think when the FBI approached him about helping them arrest someone they suspected of wanting to commit a terrorist act on U.S. soil.
“Nobody knew enough to be scared,” said Willingham, president and CEO of Point Blank Range & Gun Shop. “We knew everyone (law enforcement) was in place.”
Willingham’s employees sold two semi-automatic rifles at about 11 a.m. Wednesday to Christopher Lee Cornell, also known as Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah, at the Colerain Township location.
“We did not know (Cornell). He came in for a purchase,” Willingham said.
After the gun store employees ran Cornell’s name through the national background check system to ensure he had no criminal record and was eligible to buy guns – “Not anyone can come in and buy a gun and walk out,” Willingham said – Cornell was sold what Willingham called “sporting rifles.” In addition to the M-15 rifles, Cornell also bought 600 rounds of ammunition.
When Cornell left the store and walked to the parking lot of the business in the 7200 block of Harrison Avenue, he was arrested by the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Cornell, 20, of Green Township, is accused of using cyberspace to plot to assassinate Congressional employees and attack the U.S. Capitol for his personal jihad. He was charged with attempted killing of U.S. government officers and possession of firearms in furtherance of an attempted crime of violence.
He’s being held in the Butler County Jail without bail.
Michael Hoyt, 44, who worked at Wetherington Golf & Country Club in West Chester, Ohio, was charged after admitting that he considered poisoning Speaker Boehner’s drinks in a loosely-planned assassination plot.
Hoyt said that voices in his head told him that Boehner was “evil” and that the Speaker was responsible for last year’s Ebola outbreak. He also felt that Boehner had mistreated him during visits to the club.
The crazy plot was discovered after Hoyt himself called authorities on October 29 saying that he was “Jesus Christ” and needed to kill the Speaker.
Conspiracy theory might speculate but there is no way of knowing how any of these stories might be connected, because the roots are deeply entangled in the static patters of our learned living. After all, most literature classes in college require a reading of the Koran, not the Holy Bible so to encourage students to “open up” to other religious influences. Public schools are intensely secular in regards to Christmas, or any other Biblical heritage, but go well out of their way if a student is a Muslim, a Hindu, or a Buddhist. And kids are taught that there is no fault so long as everyone arrives at a consensus. So long as a majority of people believe something, then a reality is born—at least that is what’s taught. So is it any bit of trivia that there are so many people on the precipice of emotional collapse. The answer is no. Put garbage into a mind, you get garbage out.
But further, what about those strange voices that haunt the wooly loner stuck in a man’s body, or struggling not to kill a powerful politician, or a copy cat who wants to do something meaningful with their life after the Paris attacks made heroes of other young boys looking for redemption against feminism under the battle flag of Allah. Do you believe in ghosts’ dear reader? I do, and they do work in strange ways. Sometimes they seem aligned to help the enemies against goodness in the most remote ways. I have put my own contemplations into some of my speculative fiction just for the sake of argument. After all science is always there for rational discussion—and there is an explanation for everything if all the facts are revealed. But in the case of these sudden Cincinnati stories—the heart bed of conservativism—it looks as if we don’t have all the facts. We have the results, but not the immediate causes. Isn’t it just a bit strange that so many people are going crazy in the same region all at once when history otherwise indicates? What’s different about this situation?
The answer is one that no one dare ask in the light of day for fear that they may follow Michael Hoyt into the mental ward. But science points toward that revelation. Cincinnati is becoming the symbol of the old Quit Riot song, “We’re All Crazy Now.” So what is making everyone crazy, and why? Perhaps it is the same root that wishes to wipe away the good traditional work of one of the last places on earth that is truly conservative. Maybe the target is the area that still has a large enough demographic footprint to push smaller communities over the edge. History may have something to say so to point us in the right direction. After all, wasn’t the whole IRS scandal against conservative groups started in Cincinnati? What type of weapons are available to the modern NSA data banks and the politicians collecting that data? We don’t know…..do we? But the facts do point in a direction, and the origin is not in Cincinnati. It’s in the whispers of change that come from groups hell-bent on imposing their vision on the innocent and conservative for aims that are not easily detected. Yet their imprint can be seen not by what they show, but by what they don’t.
Maybe we’re not all so crazy after all. We’ve just been told we are by the truly guilty parties. Something to contemplate.