First we were deplorable. Then we were dangerous. Now the Leftists call us conservatives downright evil. Their anger is growing, and the reactions escalate.
When facts go against their narrative, Leftists amp up their language.
A few facts they refuse to accept: Brett Kavanaugh is basically a Boy Scout; the Mueller Report showed no Russia collusion with the Trump campaign; there really IS a crisis at the border; abortion kills tiny human beings.
And, yes, Donald J. Trump is OUR President.
Instead of acquiescing to the facts, Leftists haul out their handy list of pejoratives — you know, racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic, etc. The “proof”of your wickedness can be a single word that offends someone. Or less. If what you say isn’t recognizable as hateful, they can still classify it as a “dog whistle,” some silent code for intolerance.
In the latest incarnation of Leftist lunacy, freshman New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez identified cauliflower as oppressive to communities of color. Evidently, the nutritious white crucifer is a “colonialist” vegetable.
“When you really think about it,” she blathered, in a selfie-style video posted last month, “when someone says that it’s ‘too hard’ to do a green space that grows yucca instead of, I don’t know, cauliflower or something — what you’re doing is you’re taking a colonial approach to environmentalism.”
This ecological wisdom spews forth from a woman who hasn’t even figured out how to say no to plastic bags (https://bit.ly/AOC-plastic).
Someone give her an education, please, on vegetation that might actually grow in the climate of a Bronx community garden.
How Leftists think remains a mystery to rational people. How they behave, on the other hand, should be worrisome to all.
Some years ago, I attended a Thanksgiving event in which attendees shared what they were thankful for. My clearest memory of that experience was a comment from Fred (not his real name), who expressed, “I’m thankful for my anger.”
Yeah, a real fun guy.
A died-in-the-wool liberal, Fred was always agitated about some sociopolitical cause. As unpleasant as he was to be around, however, at least he wasn’t dangerous.
The number of “Freds” seems to be growing these days, but they’re taking their hostility to a new level. Debate and disagreement have given way to harassment, intimidation, censorship and physical violence.
Remember Rep. Maxine Waters encouraging her supporters to publicly harass Trump administration officials? “And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd,” she barked. “And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
An open incitement to violence. Why is this woman still in Congress?
Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims brazenly posted video of himself harassing pro-life activists who were peacefully praying outside Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia. Sims not only verbally accosted three minors, but he also attempted to doxx them simply for exercising their First Amendment rights.
Despite public uproar, Sims remains in office.
At UC Berkeley last February, Hayden Williams, representing the conservative group Turning Point USA, was brutally attacked. A viral video clearly showed the face and actions of his assailant, Zachary Greenburg. (The criminal case is pending.)
The victim penned an editorial for USA Today.
“Increasingly, leftists believe they are justified to respond to ideas disagreeable to them with open hostility and even force,” Williams wrote. “Students are commonly told that words are literally violent and can be responded to with physical force.”
When words and thoughts are classified as violent or simply offensive, they can then be proclaimed evil. Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, commented during a Conservative Political Action Conference that he intends to raise his granddaughter as a girl.
Imagine that radical notion!
Activists publicly protested, essentially calling Falwell evil because he ascribes to traditional gender classifications!
Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.”
When illusions are shattered, people feel vulnerable –hurt, humiliated, afraid, rejected. To hide that vulnerability and protect themselves, they often resort to anger, a secondary emotion.
Well, emotion is one thing. Violence is quite another. It’s time to stand firm against these bullies and brandish the best weapon we have – truth.
“Truth, crushed to earth, shall rise again.”
– William Cullen Bryant, American journalist
Patricia Suzanne is a professional writer, retired small business owner, and conservative Republican activist. She lives in a modest Newhall home, where the money required for annual property taxes could pay a full year’s rent on a two-bedroom house in Arkansas.