The further to the left or the right you move, the more your lens on life distorts.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Turn the Volume Down

When James T. Hodgkinson, a deranged Bernie Sanders follower and rabid anti-Trump advocate opened fire on a team of GOP softball players in 2017, critically wounding Rep. Steve Scalise, the trained hamsters in the main stream media were forced to cover the story. They did so, but quickly buried Hodgkinson's party affilation, dropped any mention of politically motivated violence as soon as possible, deemphasized his anti-Trump bona fides, and changed the subject to gun control while the perpetrator quickly dropped from the news. No one blamed Bernie Sanders for Hodgkinson's actions nor should they have. The entire story dropped from the news rather quickly, given that a member of Congress was almost killed by a deranged member of the opposition party.

Yesterday, 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc, a deranged Donald Trump follower and rabid anti-Hillary Clinton advocate, not to mention a criminal with a long rap sheet, was arrested for mailing 12 inoperative pipe bombs to Democrat luminaries. No one was injured. No bombs went off. The trained hamsters in the media leaped on the story with glee while more than a few Democrats immediately blamed Donald Trump for the man's insanity. No one buried Sayoc's party affiliation, emphasizing his love of Trump and hatred of the Clinton as frequently as possible. Almost every media type emphasized Sayoc's political motivation and then extrapolated that to imply that the GOP—and surely not the Dems—advocated violence.

The current Democrat narrative is that Savoc's deranged actions are an indicator of the general "incivility" and "dangerous rhetoric" of Donald Trump, and by extension, every person who supports his policies and/or opposes the Left's attempt to institute their own.

That's rich, given progressive Democrat's often unhinged actions over the past two years, beginning the day after the election and continuing unabated. During that time Trump and his supporters have been continuously called "racists," "white supremacists," "Nazis," "Fascists," "Islamophobes," "misogynists," "Putin puppets," "traitors," anti-immigrant, destroyers of the planet, and selfish, greedy, rapacious capitalists.

The same Democrats who have suggested that "getting in their face" and kicking them while they're down is a viable strategy, now play innocent victims to the GOP oppressor—perfect!

The same Democrats whose leadership (think: Hillary Clinton) have intimated that civility can return only AFTER they are back in power;

The same Democrats who did figurative violence to the reputation of a man (think: Brett Kavanaugh) who was accused of a 36-year old, high school sexual assault without one shred of corroborating evidence;

The same Democrats who refused to condemn the outright violence and destruction perpetrated by Antifa and Black Lives Matter thugs;

The same Democrats who refused to question the assertion that women MUST be believed, no matter how thin their allegation of sexual harassment are and that anyone who questions that assertion is himself or herself anti-woman;

The same Democrats who accused past candidates (think: Mitt Romney) of pushing grandma off a cliff or starving little children (think: George W. Bush) or maliciously separating families (think: Donald Trump).

Those same Democrats now have the unmitigated gall to suggest that incivility has been driven solely by GOP actions that led to the deranged actions of Savoc or, just today, some neo-Nazi lunatic who tragically killed a number of worshippers in a Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Both Savoc and the Neo-Nazi are bad people and deserve righteous condemnation. They'll get it, but they no more exemplify the GOP than Antifa, BLM and #MeToo extremists exemplify the Democrats.

Time for both sides to turn the volume down. Betcha it doesn't happen.