What Led Zep actually sang was "words have two meanings", which the Doug Anthony Allstars notably illustrated with the words 'hump', 'shag', 'root' and 'pork'.
What kind of whack job would say words had no meaning? Perhaps the sort of inadequate sociopath who'd shoot his congresswoman in the head and kill six other people, including a nine year old girl.
Jared Loughner believed all sorts of kooky things. He was an absolute soak for the sort of credulous, wide-eyed, drooling conspiracy theorising that most people with two brain cells to rub together would dismiss out of hand.
He believed in lucid dreaming, the state of being able to sustain and live in an alternate dream world. Well done numbnuts, you're there. It's called spending what's left of your disappointing and meaningless life wearing an orange jumpsuit. Whoop-de-do.
He also believed that language doesn't mean anything, which in turn means that words like law and government don't mean anything, so you don't have to obey them.
Happily the concepts continue, even if the words are in doubt, which is why he's probably on a one way ticket to an armful of horse death bought from some bloke with an office over a betting shop in Acton.
The question that Loughner asked Gabrielle Giffords back in 2007 was: "What is government if words have no meaning?"
It's a ridiculous question and she rightly ignored it. But Loughner resented the snub and came back years later to shoot her for it. Probably.
Anyway, my point is that America is currently tearing itself to bits over "violent rhetoric" as a trigger for the shooting.
He didn't have a political affiliation. He didn't believe in the power of language. Is it therefore likely he was inspired by political rhetoric, violent or otherwise. No.
Like JFK, everyone seems to want a rational explanation for the actions of a bad, stupid man with some very silly ideas. There isn't one. Stop looking. Put him away forever. Rebuild.
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