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Monday, August 14, 2017

Hate and Bigotry

Generalizations are always tricky, but it is fair to state that skinheads, white supremacists, and neo-nazis are low intelligence, low-achievement scum. They're angry at their lot in society and need scapegoats to blame. Blacks, Jews, gays and other immigrant groups have been their primary target. They trade in hate, bigotry, and racism. They are despicable, and are rightly shunned and roundly criticized by the vast majority of the population. When they commit crimes, they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and where appropriate indicted under RICO and terror statutes and other relevant legislation.

The events in Charlottesville, VA underline all of this.

But skinheads, white supremacists and neo-nazis are not alone in their hatred of "the other." They are not alone in their extreme and often hateful language, nor are they alone in perpetrating violence against those that become the focus of their hatred. A few groups come to mind immediately. Islamists espouse hatred toward Jews, gay people, members of virtually every other religion and even their own co-religionists who do not believe exactly as they do. They are not averse to extreme violence. So-called "antifa" (ironically, self-termed anti-facist) groups want to shut down any semblance of free speech, are often anti-Semitic, frequently conduct violent demonstrations in which cars are burned, property is damaged, and often, police are injured or even killed. Black Lives Matter protesters express outright hatred of police and white people and have acted out violently. In fact, a BLM activist murdered five cops in Dallas. My point is NOT to create a moral equivalence among these hate groups, but rather to note that there is plenty of hate and bigotry to go around.

The Left and their trained hamsters in the media are using the tragic events in Charlottesville to continue their long standing canard that Donald Trump has sympathies for white supremacists. Trump correctly condemned hate and bigotry on all sides immediately after the events at Charlottesville, but apparently, that was not enough. Looking for even the tiniest opening, the Left and #Nevertrump Republicans demanded that he be more explicit, calling out neo-Nazi and white-supremacist groups by name (he has since, done exactly that). He could have, and probably should have, been more explicit earlier, but Trump is Trump and his intent was to call out every hate group, not just the hate group du jour. 

But to infer from his comments that he has neo-Nazi sympathies is a major league stretch.

Let's use an example. When crazies on the right accused Barack Obama of being a closet Muslim, progressives and their trained hamsters in the media got the vapors. Even though progressives emphasize that Islam is the 'religion of peace' and warn us all against Islamophobia, they reacted to the 'Obama-is-a Muslim' canard as if the world was coming to an end. They suggested that anyone who made that charge was a racist, a bigot, and an Islamopobe to boot. Hmmm.

It's fascinating to note that progressives and their trained hamsters in the media have no such reservations about suggesting that this president has sympathies with or is a white supremacist. They have no worries about hurling reprehensible accusations that have no foundation in fact, except in their through-the-looking-glass world view. Donald Trump may be many things, but he is no more a white supremacist or a neo-Nazi than Barack Obama was a Jihadist manchurian candidate.

Progressives can't have it both ways (although they often do). They cannot and should not make crazy claims about a president they despise, yet condemn crazy claims about a president they adored.

There is plenty of hypocrisy to go around in our current contentious political climate, but that reality is not an excuse for alleging that the sitting president is somehow closet KKK sympathizer.