Not a Civil War! Just Some Righteous Leftie Speech!

They trash cars, break windows, light fires, loot stores.
They obstruct, assault, and hustle speakers off of college campuses.
They attack with deadly weapons pro-administration demonstrators or mace them in the face.
They block roads and insist it is their “free speech” right to detain citizens trying to go about their life.
They occupy the streets and shout “F**k the cops!”
They stab police horses in the neck.
They foam about the mouth about the violent overthrow of the government.
And now, they’ve started shooting. Their vultures are landing with claws. But, Nancy Pelosi is shocked, outraged, and offended that anyone thinks Democrats’ rhetoric might be a contributing factor to the mayhem.
Well, let’s see… [the rest of this post is not my composition, but a popular and mostly factual copy/paste going around social media.]
“This is an ugly list. It deserves to be seen following this morning’s dedicated shooting of “republicans.” All of the people in the list below need to be aware of the possible consequences of their actions. These people in the list reach out to MILLIONS of people and influence them. Thank you to Luciane Sergipe (I stole it) for originally posting it.
1) Tim Kaine asked for blood on the streets.
2) Loretta Lynch wanted bloodshed and violence against republicans.
3) Obama asked for his supporters to rise up.
4) CNN announced who would take over the government if all elected republicans were KILLED during Trump’s inauguration.
5) A NY play shows the killing of Trump.
6) Snoop Dog kills Trump in a video.
7) Kathy Griffin decapitates Trump in a photoshoot
8) Madonna – “I’ve thought a lot about blowing up the White House.”
9) Robert De Niro: “I’d Like to Punch Him (Trump) in the Face”.
10) Avengers director Joss Whedon: “I Want a Rhino to F*ck Paul Ryan to Death”.
11) The creater of the Wire, David Simon: “Pick Up a G*ddamn Brick” if Trump Fires Robert Mueller.
12) The Wrestler actor, Mickey Rourke Threatens to Beat Trump with Baseball Bat: “He Can Suck My F*cking D*ck”.
13) Actress Lea DeLaria Threatens to ‘Take Out’ Republicans and Independents with Baseball Bat after Trump Win.
14) Rapper YG Threatens Trump with “F*ck Donald Trump” Song.
15) Marilyn Manson Kills ‘Trump’ in Music Video.
16) Rapper Everlast Warns Trump: “I Will Punch You in Your F*cking Face”.
17) Larry Wilmore Jokes About Suffocating Trump with ‘Pillow They Used to Kill Scalia’.
18) Stephen Colbert’s Late Show Puts Stephen Miller’s Head on a Spike.
19) Sarah Silverman Suggests Military Could Help Overthrow Trump.
20) Kathy Griffin promised to beat up Baron Trump…
21) JUAN Thompson threatened to blow up a JCC.
22) The Portland killer Jeremy Christian, a Bernie Voter, killed two.
Bad apples or a rotten tree?”

Not Yet A Civil War

This country is not yet in a civil war simply because no one is yet shooting back.

If the violence from the Left does persist then people will get around to shooting back at the Leftist just as surely as night follows day.

That is how these things go.

There are Democrats all over the country working feverishly to make sure that it does not get to that point. However they are in quite the predicament in that it is hard to walk back the situation that they have created without at least implying, if not outright saying, “I am sorry I was wrong.”

Democrats have been resisting having to say ‘I was wrong’ for 190 years. Never having to say you are wrong is a hallmark of the Democrat Party.

The Democrats are in the unenviable position of having to choose between running a very real risk of an actual civil war of some kind – with actual violence and shooting aimed at Democrats – or alienating a significant portion of their base who seem to be fully on board with violence against Republicans – even eager for violence.

Either way they will not be making an electoral progress anytime soon. While this shooter yesterday intended to murder Republicans, what actually died was any hope of the Democrats being entrusted with power at any point in the foreseeable future.

The pro-shooter rants on Facebook and Twitter are merely emphasizing that reality. Even if the Democrats as a party decide to walk back the violence with a mea culpa there is no guarantee that the Progressives will follow.

Buckle up…

When People Believe Propaganda

It was just two weeks ago that, in the wake of President Trump withdrawing from the Paris Accord, politicians and celebrities and Leftist were claiming that Republicans were ‘killing our children’ and ‘murdering the earth’ and endless absurdities. The problem with propaganda such as this is that a segment of the population will not recognize it for absurdities and propaganda – but will think it is real and true. Of course if you really do believe that Republicans are going to kill your children and murder the earth you might decide it is important to stop that.

Tim Kaine, the Democrat nominee for Vice President in 2016, called for ‘blood in the streets.’ Yesterday he got his wish.

Just about twenty-four hours ago a fellow full of envy, jealousy, anger, resentment, disgust, and hate – in other words a Progressive – made his attempt to stop it by using a rifle to shoot at Republicans. He did indeed wound two Republicans including a congressman as well as two police officers. This fellow believed the propaganda – and extrapolated out the message he was being fed in order to execute action commensurate to what he had been told – “They are murderers and they must be stopped.”

This fellow left quite the trail of opinions in his wake in many different venues, including this recent gem on Facebook:

“Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.”

It would seem undeniably true that ‘Destroy Trump & Co.’ was his violent intent.

Are the politicians and action groups and celebrities who proliferate these absurdities going to stop proliferating the absurdities? Of course they won’t. We saw yesterday in the wake of the shooting that they automatically ran to their old reliable ‘gun control’ – no mention of having called Republicans murderers. This problem won’t be solved because the people proliferating the absurdities have no intention of stopping. I suspect that the folks spreading the lies are not all that bothered by the logical outcome being for people who believe that the absurdities are truth to use force against those they have been told are the sources of all their misery.

We will continue to see the unthinking people repeat the propaganda endlessly on Facebook and Twitter. In much the same manner that the exact same people cannot connect the dots that socialism always enriches the 1% and impoverishes the 90% they will not connect the dots that repeating the lies results in violence.

The heart of this problem is very simple – as a culture we now care very little for truth and very much for narratives that satiate our emotions and what we wish was true. This is not limited to the Leftist – or do you indeed think that Rafael Cruz was hanging out with Lee Harvey Oswald to plot killing JFK – but permeates the entire culture. That being said, the Progressives are unsurpassed in their creativeness at weaving hate and fiction into a narrative that thirst for blood. We hear it in the anti-white racism, in the calls to kill policeman, in the accusations that Republicans are murderers – on and on and on.

It is not difficult to guess where this goes. It will end up in something akin to a civil war. I have no idea why the Progressives are so determined to force that outcome but they apparently are convinced that a civil war will cure their ills.

Sometimes societies just collectively go insane.

Amid the Horror Shines Humanity.

Yesterday’s bloodshed reminds us that the ugliest deeds can sometimes reveal the best in other people. At the top of that list, of course are Capitol Police Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who selflessly and courageously engaged the gunman and prevented what all witnesses say would have been a massacre. They are heroes.
But I’m thinking too of moments of humanity and decency that we too rarely see in partisan politics. The tender image of players for the Democrats’ baseball team huddled together in prayer for their injured friends and colleagues may become an iconic symbol for remembering our common bonds.
Kenneth Grubbs, a friend who serves as Communications Director for Rep. Dana Rohrabacher R-CA, posted an article from The Hill about the moment and observed: “The partisan hostility so often portrayed in the media is not what it seems.” This prompted me to second guess Ken a little:
“You’re there and I’m not, so you would know better. But, I’m not sure that’s accurate. I think there is real enmity and willful treachery, but a traumatic event like this can briefly shake people into remembering their common humanity.”

Ken’s calm answer finished the exchange: “There is enmity. There is treachery. There is also camaraderie and bonhomie. Those virtues get far less coverage.”


Last night on the PBS News Hour, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, and Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa. made much the same point, discussing their solid and fond friendship across their political differences. Anchor Judy Woodruff seemed uncertain and asked about the partisan hostility that seems so prominent. Doyle responded that there are a lot of members of Congress who get along, but they aren’t the ones the media is as interested in talking to. The media likes to interview the ones who are throwing swords at each other.

That may be a fair generalization or not. But yesterday’s events remind us of the humanity that can and should unite us. It would be nice to see more of that.



Cold Civil War

There has never been anything quite like an ex-president trotting the globe trying to undermine his successor. Or the national media or federal bureaucrats doing their best to spread myths to un-elect the rascal the people elected. This is absolutely cold civil war. Elite America hates what common America voted for and will not let this threat to its privileges go unchallenged. The New York Times and CNN couldn’t be bigger hussies for the cause if they stood out on Pennsylvania Avenue and flashed their privies.

Morning Reading

Some worthwhile articles you may have missed this week that are worth your time –

Charles Hugh Smith posted “Debt Has No Consequences? Color Me Skeptical” destroying our most ubiquitous self-delusion.

James Kunstler wrote “Gimme Shelter” – “The whole thing has turned into some kind of nonstop Kardashian tranny monster truck shit-show of manufactured melodrama and lost causes, inducing a kind of global nausea that may ultimately prove more fatal than the rising surface temperature and melting icecaps” is just a taste.

Danielle DiMartino Booth provided a well written view of the UK election with “The U.K. Election: An Outsider Looking In.”

Nouriel Roubini observed “The Global Recovery’s Downside Risks.”

Jeffrey P. Snider provides great analysis with “Signs of Something, Just Not Wage Acceleration.”


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