Denial ain't just a river

By Ken Frederic | May 11, 2017

I first heard Mark Twain’s quote from friends who work with alcoholics. Denial followed by explosive anger when deranged fantasies are confronted by reality are common, but destructive and unattractive, behavior.

It’s now been six months since Hillary Clinton lost and, while the ranting among her more infantile supporters has subsided a bit, there remains a collection of psychotics stuck in denial that the nation rejects their prescriptions for a "just" society, thought and speech control, and government-managed wealth distribution. Their anger has, if anything, grown and some of the tantrums of three months ago have been replaced by criminal violence and rioting. We can, I fear, look forward to this violence escalating until responsible people and their elected officials lose patience.

Just for clarity, I’m talking about multiple riots in Berkeley; the cancelled Avenue of Roses parade in Portland, Ore.; the May 1 riots in New York and other cities; and the revolting costumes, rhetoric and behavior at the "Women’s March" in D.C. Jan. 21.

Violence has long been the tool of extremists in other countries. It is a common characteristic of socialist regimes like Venezuela, North Korea, Cuba, China and Russia. It’s been embraced by both the left and right fringes here in America, including some elected officials. It is, however, the fringe left that is now in denial that it was their ideas that disenfranchised them and engaging in the anger and violence characteristic of addicts and failing authoritarian regimes.

Radical leftists argue that ideas they don’t like are "hate speech." Howard Dean tweeted that hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment. What he means by that is as big a puzzle to me as everything else he says, but it is reasonable to suspect he's of the view that it's acceptable to suppress speech and ideas that the gods of the left declare unacceptable.

But rioting is not protesting; it is patently illegitimate expression, and it’s surely not protected speech. Conversely, the speeches by Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter absolutely are protected, and failing to provide that protection was malfeasance. The Berkeley rioters didn’t simply stay away or peacefully express their disagreement. They used violence to stop anyone from hearing the speakers without having the vaguest idea what would be said.

Sadly, at Berkeley and so many other so-called universities, there is no marketplace of ideas. Instead there is an arrogant self-appointed elite (effete!) that arrogate to themselves the ability to divine what is right and just and then suborn violent enforcement of conformity. Consider, for instance, the unspeakable arrogance revealed by Chuck Schumer's saying that Democrats would cooperate when Donald Trump came to Schumer to get a list of "acceptable" Supreme Court nominees.

Perhaps the leftist rage arises because, for half their lives, the government has enabled their obsessions and now that has been rejected by us ignorant, selfish, Bible-clinging, gun-toting, racist deplorables who pay the bills. It’s not difficult to imagine the cognitive dissonance the last election must have created in these snowflakes.

Perhaps the Department of Justice is so busy "investigating" a Trump-Russia connection it has no resources to investigate the funding and leadership of the Antifa anarchists. Promoting anarchy is infinitely more characteristic of Russian meddling than "hacking" an election, but the legacy media seems anything but concerned enough to investigate and expose the leadership and funding of the Antifa.

But we don’t need to know who the leaders and financiers are to band together to deplore, denounce and stop the violence. Many from across the political spectrum including responsible media organizations, have, admirably, done so. But the organizations cited by Donald Trump as being the “enemy of the people” have been notably unconcerned, muted and even silent. This and their hair-on-fire reaction to his tweet should inform us just how valid his characterization was.

But it’s our job, not the media’s, to end the violence. We need not confront radicals, rioters or the mindless juveniles spewing obscenities. We aren’t required to change the minds of psychopaths. We are required to know the truth, reject the purveyors of fake news, ignore their absurd arguments supporting failed ideas, and chase from office the arrogant and effete who appoint themselves visionaries of utopia and enforcers of conformity.

If we act together, with determination, to deny them political and financial support, the violent left will either change what they think or be relegated to scribbling manifestos on the padded walls of their safe space.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Ronald Horvath | May 13, 2017 06:35

The "violent left?"  Blinders much, Ken?  Or maybe a purposeful distraction?

"He railed against Jews and, with a smile, quoted Nazi propaganda in the original German. America, he said, belonged to white people, whom he called the “children of the sun,” a race of conquerors and creators who had been marginalized but now, in the era of President-elect Donald J. Trump, were “awakening to their own identity.”

"It took three days for police to respond to a neighbor’s report about a bomb, which indicated that Richmond, California resident William Celli, 55, intended to harm the local Muslim community with a homemade explosive. The same day police received this tip, the New York Times released a report indicating that crimes against Muslims have tripled since the San Bernardino and Paris attacks.

Celli has frequently posted on his Facebook that he is a Trump supporter, claiming he will follow “this man to the end of the world.”

UNC Professor Charles Kurzman and David Schanzer of Duke University stated in the New York Times last June that terror attacks by Islamic groups only “accounted for 50 fatalities over the past 13 and a half years,” as compared to American right-wing extremists who have “averaged 337 attacks per year in the decade after 9/11, causing a total of 254 fatalities.”

“Kurzman and Schanzer also spoke with 382 law enforcement agencies, 74 percent of which “reported anti-government extremism as one of the top three terrorist threats in their jurisdiction.” A mere “39 percent listed extremism connected with Al Qaeda or like-minded terrorist organizations.”

"An anti-gay extremist who has pledged his support for Donald Trump denied that he was anything like Islamic State militants — and to prove it, he called for armed raids of yoga studios to “Christianize the land.”

Theodore Shoebat, a right-wing video blogger who appeared in an anti-LGBT film with Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee, fantasized in a recent post about the wrathful judgment he would unleash on the world’s Hindus should he somehow be declared dictator, reported Right Wing Watch.

“We need a Christian supremacist society or else these things are going to continue to happen,” Shoebat said of a Muslim judge sworn in on the Koran instead of a Bible. “God willing, if Donald Trump wins, and I think he will win, he will put a cap on things like this.”

"...  a South Dakota man was admitted to the hospital after allegedly stockpiling a cache of bombs meant for the Veteran’s Affair hospitals in either Hot Springs or Sioux Falls. Martin Rezac, 59, was charged with three felonies after his scheme suffered a series of setbacks culminating in his own serious injuries."

" In early December, a white supremacist was working on one of several homemade bombs in his family’s garage when he accidentally set it off. The man, in his attempt to maximize causalities, packed the bombs with nails and other forms of shrapnel. It ended up costing him his legs."

"The facts are seven of eight officers who've been killed this year in the United States have been killed by angry, armed white men."

Posted by: Harold Bryson Mosher | May 13, 2017 04:49

Didn't leave anything out did you?


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