They attack with deadly weapons pro-administration demonstrators or mace them in the face.
They stab police horses in the neck.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”