On Wednesday, five people were injured when a gunman opened fire on multiple police officers, Senators and US congressmen at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. At first, social media reacted with shock over the news of a mass shooting. However, once the political affiliations were revealed about both the shooter and his victims, all that changed.

As soon as the establishment-conditioned-left got word that it was Republicans who were attacked, they took to social media to praise the shooting.

Aside from the ‘Republicans’ being shot, there were also innocent police officers hit in the attack whose party affiliations were unknown. However, this was of no consequence to those blinded by their own hatred.

No sooner did the establishment-conditioned-right find out about the shooter’s political label before taking to social media and grouping in all liberals with the mad man, James Hodgkinson, who cowardly took aim at unsuspecting defenseless human targets.

This should come as no surprise as the left and right in this country frequently use tragedies to push their political agenda. However, the mass praising of the shooting on social media seems rather unprecedented and is indicative of the power wielded by the mainstream media over the minds of the masses.

Below are just a few of the screen grabs of Twitter users outright celebrating the shooting of their fellow humans. Some of these people are high-profile individuals who unapologetically took to their large audiences and praised attempted murder as ‘karma.’

Technology writer WaltIsFrozen said the attack has a “silver lining” because the shooter targeted people with different political views than his.

Much of the hate was directed right at Steve Scalise over claims that he met with the KKK leader and former gubernatorial candidate of Louisiana, David Duke. It is true that Scalise admitted to attending a convention of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, or EURO — an organization founded by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

However, meeting with someone is hardly grounds for calling for their execution.

Others took this opportunity to claim gun rights advocates deserve this sort of thing because they want the right to defend themselves.

Sonia Gupta, a former prosecutor from Louisiana, noted that Scalia deserved to be shot because he went to the meeting mentioned above.

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Regardless of your political views, advocating for the extrajudicial assassination of your political foes is the tool of terrorists. It also serves to further undermine any relevance of your ostensible political stance.

Humanity’s interests are not served by praising death and destruction. And, on a deeper note, most people get that notion. However, when divide and conquer techniques like the left right paradigm come into play, people shed their humanity and wrap their brains with the flag — leaving them mentally blind and unable to empathize.

For the majority Americans, the United States political system is seen as a football game. Any time their party is in power, it’s as if they are ‘winning’ and the other party or team is ‘losing.’ But what most Americans fail to see is that both ‘teams’ have the same owner. That owner cares not about which one of their teams is ‘winning,’ just so long as its one of their teams in the game.

Americans are constantly bombarded by the mainstream media telling them to hate each for their choice of political puppet they support in the white house. All the while, those same talking heads, spouting out the hate-filled rhetoric, are all part of the same team — the establishment.

While stoking divide through their puppet politicians and their Praetorian Gaurd in the corporate media over issues of gay marriage, abortions, transgender bathrooms and gun rights, the masters in the establishment continue business as usual. That business is expanding war, enriching the elite, and growing the police state and empire.

The people come to blows over the scraps thrown to them from the table of the elite, all the while ignoring the entire reason they came to hate each other in the first place. Their TVs told them to.

The controlled politicians, the rigged system and the elite are not some vast conspiracy as much as they are a tendency of the State in general. As long as a system exists that allows government force to be bought and sold for the benefit and privilege of a few, these atrocities will continue.

The money shoved into the pockets of politicians on behalf of special interest groups — aka bribery — has become so mainstream and widely accepted that no one even bats an eye at the billions doled out to their elected officials on behalf of lobbyists.

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Donald Trump just went to Saudi Arabia and approved a weapons deal with the country who was found to be complicit in the support of the 9/11 terror attacks. The Saudis also gave Trump and his family lots of money.

If you are one of those people who sees Washington DC as the Don King boxing match that it is, then you are doing something right. You are likely a reader of the alternative media, you probably don’t watch massive amounts of television, and you likely have a thirst for a lesser ignorance. You also most likely know how futile violence is against the most well-armed army and police state in the history of the world.

As John Whitehead said, writing for the Rutherford Institute, there is no place in our nation for the kind of armed revolution our forefathers mounted against a tyrannical Great Britain. Such an act would be futile and tragic. We are no longer dealing with a distant, imperial king but with a tyrant of our own making: a militarized, technologized, heavily-financed bureaucratic machine that operates beyond the reach of the law.

Violently attacking the government creates victims out of the ones we are trying to expose as criminals.

Those who initiate and support such violence will be complicit in growing the hellish police state that will inevitably ensue as a consequence of their actions.

It will start a war in which the people are the enemy.

We can simply look back to 9/11 as an example of what is to come if this violence continues.

Prior to 9/11 the TSA did not exist, indefinite detention did not exist, the NSA did not spy on American citizens, the police weren’t given armored assault vehicles, and Americans could not be assassinated without trial.

If these acts of aggressive violence against the state continue, we can expect to see what little civil liberties are left to be whisked away in the name of protection from the ‘domestic terror threat.’

We can expect to see peaceful activists rounded up and detained indefinitely. We can expect to see homes raided of individuals who are speaking out against the state. We will see more and more checkpoints and less and less unmolested travel.

No, this battle will not be won with weaponry, as the US spends more annually on defense than the next 13 largest militaries in the world, combined.

That is why we must win the hearts and minds of the people within the state. We must expose as much of their violence and corruption as we can, for that is what garners support — not murder.

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We must show that those of us who stand against this state corruption are the good guys. We are not some violent group of terrorists who are quick to don the pitchforks and torches and beg for blood, like James Hodgkinson.

Removal of due process, the initiation of violence, and abuse of power — these are tools of the state, not of the peaceful revolution.

Those who would take an innocent life to incite change are no different than the mass murdering sociopaths within the government.

Our only means of changing this sick society is changing ourselves. We have to remove our dependency upon a group of people who use violent coercion to achieve what they refer to as “order.” When enough of us do this, the police state becomes irrelevant.

Taking an aspirin for a headache only masks the symptom of that headache, it does nothing to eliminate the cause.

One cannot eliminate future headaches by constantly taking aspirin, in the same manner that one cannot change a violent and corrupt state by acting within the rules of that state; violence will only be met with more violence and more support for the state.

We must show the world, through the creation of and implementation of solutions to the violent nature of the state, that there is an alternative to tyranny and violence. This new system is actually being built and is quickly showing the obsolescence of the old.

People have created their own money. Cryptocurrencies are freeing humanity from the shackles of central banks and government controlled inflation. We are beating back the drug war by showing the horrid nature of its enforcement. We are opening our fellow citizens’ eyes like never before through the free sharing of information on the internet.

There are organizations like LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) that are fighting the odds and standing up to their own peers and seeking peaceful change.

The list goes on.

We are winning and can beat these tyrants. But if people continue to stoop to the same level of senseless violence and removal of due process as them, we will not only lose, but guarantee that there will never be another opportunity to resist again.

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Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.