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

Monday, July 22, 2019

The Growing Whirlwind

It's reasonable to state that MSNBC commentator Chris Hayes is NOT representative of main stream Democrats, but his world view does represent a substantial minority of the party and a substantial percentage of the hard-Left base of the party. Here's what he said (h/t: Victor Davis Hansen) recently:
“[The Republican Party] must be peacefully, nonviolently, politically destroyed with love, compassion and determination, but utterly confronted and destroyed. That is the only way to break the coalition apart… Not by prying off this or that interest. They are in too deep. They have shamed themselves too much. The heart of the thing must be ripped out. The darkness must be banished.”
That's pretty strong language from a left-wing partisan who worries so, so much about language that might incite violence, who obsesses about every word uttered by prominent GOP members, looking for the slightest hint of "racism" or the faintest "dog whistle" to help prove that they are all "fascist, racist, misogynist bigots."

After all, "destroyed" has an entirely different and more ominous feel than "defeated." Suggesting that the "heart of the thing must be ripped out" has violent connotations, but I forget, ONLY Republicans can have violence in their hearts. The hearts of progressives like Hayes are pure. There is no "darkness" there .... never!

It appears that Hayes is fine with one party rule. If we can accept his words at face value, the country doesn't need opposing views when those views impede the Left's march toward dominance and power.

But things go far beyond calls for the destruction of your opponents in another political party. People of color, people of preferred religions, women, and LBGT people must never, ever express an opposing view, even if they are titularly members of your own political party. This from Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA):
“We don’t need black faces that don’t want to be a black voice. We don’t need Muslims that don’t want to be a Muslim voice. We don’t need queers that don’t want to be a queer voice.”
The "voice" that Pressley refers to is the voice that expresses her left-wing world view. She and her ideological allies "don't need" other voices, and views them as a threat to the cohesion of the movement. 1984, anyone?

With these two rather small events as a backdrop, Hansen comments:
... by all means his opponents can, if they so wish, ridicule, caricature, and blast Trump and hope he fails. But after trying for nearly three years to destroy the president and prematurely remove him by any means necessary before a scheduled election, please do not appeal to the better angels of our nature—while deploring the new “unpresidential” behavior of Donald J. Trump for lashing out at those who sought to reduce him to a common criminal, pervert, traitor, dunce, and Satanic figure.

Such invective was always characteristic of the new progressive agenda rather than specific to Donald J. Trump. After the 2008 dismantling of John McCain into a senile lecher and reducing Mitt Romney into a tax cheat, animal tormenter, high-school hazer, elevator owner, and enabler of an equestrian wife with MS, and after George W. Bush was reduced to Nazi thug worthy of death in progressive novels, op-eds and docudramas, Donald Trump sensed that half the country had had enough and he would return slur for slur—and so may the best brawler win.

After all, in 2019, this 243rd year of our illustrious nation, most Americans are not simply going to curl up in a fetal position, apologize for the greatest nation in the history of civilization, and say, “Ah, you’re right, Representatives Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley, and Tlaib. It is an awful country after all—and always was.”

While one may always wish that the president and his critics tone down their venom and play by silk-stocking Republican Marquis of Queensberry rules, it is hard for half the country to feel much sympathy for the Left that sowed the wind and are reaping an ever growing whirlwind.
Leftist politicians have been immune from criticism for decades as they dishonestly (and often viciously) slurred people like McCain, Romney, George W. Bush, and dozens of other prominent GOP men and women. Therefore, they continue to do so, knowing that their trained hamsters in the media won't call them on it, and expecting that prominent GOP politicians will just take it as they always have. But when vicious slurs come back at them, they don't like it one bit.

So when an angry crowd reacts to the anti-American rhetoric of Squad member Ilhan Omar and chants "Send her back ...," I'll defer to the words of Chris Rock, one of most insightful comedians of his generation, "I’m not sayin' I agree … but I understand."