All the loose talk about civility is now useless. Someone has developed a video game in which players murder Tea Party figures and allies.
Details of the Tea Party murder game
The name of this game is: Tea Party Zombies Must Die. The curious may see it here. One plays it on-line, from any desktop or tablet computer. The object of the game: to kill several figures that the game describes as zombies. The game has two classes of targets:
- Generic targets, that represent types of people whom liberals have given up trying to reach. They include anyone who doubts Barack Obama’s bona fides as a natural-born citizen. They also include anyone who doubts “global warming.”
- Specific targets, including Presidential candidates and prominent media figures. Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann figure early in the game. So do Brit Hume, Sean Hannity, and Bill O’Reilly.
Game play is from the player’s point of view. A player may choose blunt-force weapons or, ironically, firearms. The targets all look as if they have several skin diseases at once. Likewise, the scenery looks like a war zone from the Terminator franchise, with dark lighting and shadows to match.
The larger context
This brief review of the game suggests that as a game, it is terrible. Game play is painfully slow, crude, and unbalanced (meaning ridiculously easy to “win”). Still, someone reserved a domain name for it, and used a common retouch program to produce the images of the villains, scenery, and player’s weapons. Your editor estimates the cost at less than a thousand dollars.
But two Members of Congress seem to want to start a race war. A union boss sees every Tea Party activist as no better than a strikebreaker. So some very prominent people feel the same way about the Tea Party as this game developer does—or worse.
After Jared Lee Loughner shot Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ-28) last spring, the man now holding office as President, Barack H. Obama, sanctimoniously told Americans to be civil to one another. The Tea Party murder game is anything but civil. It suggests that at least some liberal rank and file people share the attitudes of liberal leaders. And the fault for that can lie in only one place: an educational system that has forgotten how to teach people proper moral values.
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Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.
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