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Thursday, July 09, 2020

Tik Tok Girl

Over the past month, the main stream media has insisted that the protests occurring in major cities across the U.S. have been largely "peaceful." The image they want to create is one where quiet discussions, a few hand-printed signs, and other non-disruptive behavior reigns. The same main stream media folks have worked hard to avoid showing any of the hundreds of on-line videos that depict less-than-peaceful behavior—things like protestors screaming epithets at African American police officers or calling them "Uncle Toms" or "slaves to the white establishment." 

Talking heads correctly tell us that the protestors have the constitutional right to be obnoxious, as long as they don't break the law.  But those same protesters, who I'm certain, view themselves as heroic figures speaking 'truth to power,' must understand that actions and even words do have consequences.  Victor Davis Hansen relates one instance:
A TikTok video that recently went viral on social media showed a recent Harvard graduate threatening to stab anyone who said “all lives matter.” In her melodrama, she tried to sound intimidating with her histrionics.

She won a huge audience as she intended. But her video also came to the attention of the company that was going to give her an internship later this summer, Deloitte, which decided it didn’t want to add an intern who threatened to kill strangers who said something she didn’t like.

This wouldn’t have been much of a story. But then the narcissistic Harvard alum posted a very different video — one that showed her weeping in a near-fetal position.

She fought back tears while complaining about how unfair the world had been to her. Her initial TikTok post had earned cruel pushback from the social media jungle she had courted. Deloitte, she sobbed, was mean and hurtful. And she wanted the world to share her pain.

The Harvard grad instantly became an unwitting poster girl for the current protest movement and the violence that has accompanied it. What turns off millions of Americans about the statue toppling, the looting, the threats and the screaming in the faces of police is the schizophrenic behavior of so many of the would-be revolutionaries.

On one hand, those toppling statues or canceling their own careers on the internet pose as vicious Maoists — the hard-core shock troops of the revolution. Their brand is vile profanity, taunts to police, firebombs and spray paint ...

When police march against the antifa crowd and their appendages in order to clear the streets, they often scream like preteens, objecting to mean officers who dare to cross them.
It's comic irony that the same Leftist SJWs who scream that Trump is a "dictator" and that police are "fascists" are so historically ignorant that they have no clue what a real dictator (say, Nicholas Maduro in Venezuela or the Ayatola Ali Khamenei in Iran) might do if confronted with the behavior we have witnessed in New York, or Portland, or Minneapolis. 

I have to wonder how those who wail when pepper spray is used to disperse unruly crowds might react when real bullets were used instead. I wonder how heroic they might be when police (in a dictatorship) opt to "disappear them" as has happened in the social paradise of Cuba. I wonder how they might respond if government controlled media lambasted them as "criminals," rather than do what our media does and characterize them as "peaceful" heroes. I wonder how they might respond when due process is thrown out the window and courts sentence them to years or decades in prison as "threats to the regime."

So as the Harvard Tik Tok girl dries her tears, she might spend a moment reflecting. Her only loss was an internship. Real protestors who oppose socialist dictatorships (the Hong Kong protests come to mind) can and sometimes do suffer significantly greater loss. They're the true heroes. The SJWs like Tik Tok girl are nothing more than pathetic wannabes.