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

Thursday, April 11, 2019

"White Nationalist"

Virtually all hard-core leftists and a significant number of Democrats have literally worn out the impact of the word "racist." This ugly epithet is appropriate when a person or an organization advocates the canard that an entire ethnic group is somehow inferior to another group and that as a consequence they do not deserve the rights of the latter. That's wrong and should be condemned. But when the term is used as freely as the left uses it, it loses all meaning. When everyone is a "racist," then no one is a "racist."

In the fantasy world of leftist thinking, you're a "racist" if you criticize the policies or ideas espoused by a person of color (if and only if that person is on the left). You're a "racist" if you suggest that secure borders are a good idea. You're a "racist" if you suggest that policies that create government dependency for specific racial groups do more harm than good. You're a "racist" if you believe that all immigrants should make a genuine attempt to assimilate into our country's prevailing culture. You're a "racist" if you argue that not every member of the police is biased against people of color. You're a "racist" if you suggest that there are structural problems within some ethnic communities that have nothing to do with the actions of those outside the community. You're a "racist" if you note that all lives matter. And that's the short list.

I suspect that Dems and their smear machine have polled the term "racist" and found that because they have devalued the word, it no longer has the impact it once did. So they've rolled out a new pejorative—"white nationalist." Over the past few weeks, the term has been used by the talking heads at CNN, MSNBC, and the alphabet networks, by members of Congress (e.g., Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Ilhan Omar) and by dozens of other progressive commentators. It is intended to conjure images of the KKK, neo-Nazis and the like and has been used as part of the left's politics of personal destruction to sully the reputation of just about anyone who works in the Trump administration. It is dishonest, it is vicious, and it is wrong. But that never seems to stop the social justice crowd.

In recent testimony before congress, Candice Owens, a black, conservative woman, provided the nation with a Joseph Welch moment. She truly spoke truth to power and created an epic takedown of the Democrats new "white nationalist" claims. In addition, she provides the public with the political context for those claims and suggests that the Democrats are using race as a political tactic. She is correct. It's worth watching her testimony:

Shameless in their politics of personal destruction, some progressives have accused Owens, the granddaughter of a share cropper, of having "white nationalist" sympathies. To paraphrase Joseph Welch, "have they no shame?"