Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Against Anti-Racism and the Hemeneutics of Hatred


Fighting racism requires knowing what it is – not an easy task….  [R]acism is a Schimfort: a term with pejorative connotations, whose very use inevitably tends to be more instrumental than descriptive. To call someone a racist, even if the charge is intellectually dishonest, can be a useful tactic, either in successfully paralyzing or in casting enough suspicion as to curtail credibility.  
                                            Alain de Benoist, “What is Racism?”

A proposal: to make the charge of “racism” an automatic criminal offense if made by a private citizen, an impeachable act with the loss of government pension if made by a public official.  Punishment falls on the accuser unless the charge could be substantiated and confirmed by empirically verifiable evidence based on a single, legally promulgated definition of “racism” with clear, operational terms. What about free speech, you counter? Well, what about it?  Free speech has done a disappearing act in Canada where the Canadian Senate recently passed Bill C-16 which puts yet another hate crime on the books, this one making it a hate crime, are you ready? -- to refer to a transgendered person who has become a “he” as a “she” and vice versa. “Transphobia” is born joining its morally defective cousins, homophobia and Islamophobia, phobias that will put the possessor in the cross hairs of the local prosecutor.  Also, free speech in western Europe has given way to government regulated speech where any criticism of a member of a designated protected class is prosecutable, again, as hate speech. Here in the U.S.? Try going to any university and college campus and see how far free speech takes you before some social justice warrior throws a plastic bag of feces at you because you are deemed a “hateful” person, or some self-designated “anti-fascist” starts punching you because disagreeing with him makes you a fascist.

Essentially, the governments in the western world have clearly shifted away from the long-held high priority of liberal, democratic polities for freedom of expression to the suppression of “hatred” selectively and arbitrarily interpreted and enforced by high placed ideologues who get to determine whose hatred gets punished and whose is justified. This turns the business of legislating, of making readily understandable rules that everyone is expected to follow, into a contorted hermeneutics of hatred where the subjectivity of moralizing displaces the objectivity of law and the intended universality of its application. The ideologues who operate the abstruse moral machinery that is designed to suppress hatred have theorized individuals into distinct groups, the oppressed and the oppressors, the later who exploit and, of course, hate the former. The social world the ideologues envision is a deeply morally fractured one populated by helpless, blameless victims who need protection from the malevolent, menacing bigots who fail to recognize the humanity of those they oppress. The moral and legal order of such a world then must be structured to protect the oppressed and punish the oppressors, and so the moral and legal standards and expectations necessarily differ depending on whether you are an oppressor or one of the oppressed.  The mad scramble then commences. You join, if you can, the community of the oppressed, articulate your grievances, agitate for revenge, and demand the assistance and protection of the state.  Failing that, retreat, submit, be quiet and hope the political police will leave you in peace.  Whatever one might wish to call this kind of social-political order, a “democracy” is not what firsts jumps to mind.

But a swift and resolute implementation of the above proposal would have many immediate and enormously salubrious effects. Below are just a few. To begin with, it would liberate public discourse from the fetters imposed by the preening moralists and scolds in so many places who wait to pounce on any and every deviation from the script of political correctness.  Some of the scolds are even highly paid to do so. In the workplace, at cocktail parties, in schools, churches, labor unions, political assemblies, and, even as unimaginable as it might now seem, university classrooms, people could speak their minds, express their concerns without the threatening, censorious race commissars launching protests and coercing apologies, Chinese Cultural Revolution style.  Fewer lobotomized college students would be assaulting campus speakers who might hurt their feelings. No more time wasted on deciphering “racist dog whistles.” No longer would we have to endure the hypocritical, disingenuous calls from the likes of Barack Obama, fresh from consorting with a scurrilous race-hustler like Al Sharpton, for a “national conversation about race” because it would actually be possible to have real one, or rather, many, without a threat to your career, reputation, even your physical safety.

The enacted proposal would reduce the current mass hysteria most recently manifest with the election of Donald Trump, christened during his campaign by Hillary Clinton and the MSM as an “unredeemable” racist along with the sixty-two million people that voted for him. There would be fewer reincarnated Hilters and Mussolinis, Bull Connors and George Wallaces to fear, agonize over and scare small children.  The Ku Klux Klan would be the laughable fringe-guys in pointy hats numbering of a couple of thousand nationwide, not, once again, all the Trump voters from Hillary’s “basket of deplorables.”  It would be less likely that another disillusioned Democrat like James Hodgkinson would take target practice at Republican congressmen.  The Southern Poverty Law Center, unable to smear any conservative individual or organization it took a fancy to, would have to close up shop.

This proposal enacted would also mute the multitudes of charlatans and extortionists who populate the “diversity” industry.  Unable to affix “racist” to every conceivable thought, gesture, word, and institution that strikes their fancy, the vast “victim” community under their care, one which they now relentlessly endeavor to expand, would begin to shrink.  The elaborate taxonomy of racism, now in a growth mode – “overt racism,” “covert racism,” economic “racism,” “systemic racism,” “institutional racism,” “environmental racism,” “legacy racism,” and many more – would be duly recognized as mysterious and incomprehensible mumbo jumbo and thus sink happily into oblivion, a subject matter for anthropologists sometime in the far future to ponder as a practice of post-modern superstition or witchcraft.  With many fewer individuals and institutions certified as “racist,” there would be a substantial decline in micro-aggressions which, like a reduction in crime, would make everyone happy. Especially pleased would be university presidents who could relax a bit and not worry about whether they must grovel and apologize every time they hear of one on campus and whether they will be fired for being too lenient on the micro-aggressors.
 
Many “professors” of English and sundry area studies programs would have to seek actual, useful employment. There would be little demand for professors of Post-Colonial Studies, even less for literature courses that are all about the racism in Shakespeare, Milton and Faulkner and every other dead white male in the literary canon. African American studies programs would wither since they are premised on discovery of “racism” as the core of the American experience.

Calling or labelling a person now a “racist” is an excellent way to do accomplish several things that enhance your self-esteem and elevate your status as a superior person.  Firsts, it shows how deeply you care about the disadvantaged, the magnanimous dimensions of your personality and your sensitivity to the suffering of others. As well it immediately separates you from that “racist” you have identified, who, of course, is your complete opposite. Thus the contrast dramatically demonstrates your vast moral superiority and justifies your self-righteous disdain.  It also bolsters your standing among friends and colleagues as a truth-to-power speaker even if that “racist’ you have called out is an unemployed mechanic from down the street whose house is in foreclosure. Best of all, you don’t have to do anything else to bolster your virtue credentials, like send your child to that rundown inner city school full of, well, you get the picture.  Sometimes it is even fun, especially when that “racist” gets really angry and flustered after you have outed him and you get to relish his discomfort as he stumbles through all of those futile protests to convince you otherwise.
 
However, this proposal if enacted would constitute a bold step toward making people more accountable and responsible for the language they use to assert their superior virtue, and it would impose a cost to what is now, cost-free moral preening.  Taking “racism” out of the compendium of popularly permissible slurs would mean that “racist,” as an accusation with all of its invidious comparisons would have to give way to an honest, “I don’t like you,” which is fine. No one is required to like anyone. But not liking someone only means just that, with no implications for your moral stature, no put-downs that testify to your own goodness. So, if you accuse someone of an offense that relegates them to, as Hillary Clinton so elegantly put it, “a basket of deplorables,” as “irredeemable,” you should be able to prove it and suffer some penalty if you cannot.

Most importantly, this proposal enacted would also greatly advance the possibility of making an honest consideration of what the implications are for the mass migrations from the third world that are currently assaulting the countries of the west.  In much of western Europe, native Europeans who question the inundation of refugees from Africa, the Middle East and Asia are shamed by the politicians, in collusion with the media moguls, as bigots and xenophobes.

Immigration is an enormously complex issue with incalculable cultural, political, economic and security implications. Millions of immigrants, many destitute and low-skilled, carry an enormous financial burden that falls mainly on the middle and working class natives. Many of those entering Europe are unable to speak the language of the host country.  Many come from societies with very different cultures, whose values are in conflict with those of western secular society. Not surprising then is that some of new comers are resentful of their hosts and inimical to their norms.  This means that cultural conflict is inevitable and that the sheer number of new-comers threatens the long-enjoyed stability of the host countries.  All of these concerns are real, pressing and legitimate, but the elites who have opened the gates remain crudely reductivist in their own defense, seemingly blind to the coming catastrophe and resolutely self-righteous in their condemnation of those who question them.  Those native, French, Germans, Swedes and Dutch who doubt the wisdom of the inundation and fear the destruction of their own culture get the reductio ad racista treatment so long successful in beating down legitimate dissent.  First, you de-moralize dissent and make it into bigotry; then you make into criminals those citizens you have turned into bigots, unable now in any way to participate in the decisions that affect their lives and those of their children.  That the likes of Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron and Stefan Löfven continue to call their soft tyrannies run by unelected bureaucrats who punish their citizens for speaking the truth “democracies” is one more expression of their treachery and dishonesty.
 
If the above proposal were enacted the social and political elites would have to begin to argue their case and relinquish the smear that has served so well for so long.

Friday, July 21, 2017

When Hillary met Donald, or, how HRC got Rope-a-Doped


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 You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic -- you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that....  Now, some of those folks -- they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America.  Hillary Clinton, New York City, September 9, 2016



For one unfortunate enough having to cull through the last thirty years or so the reams of Hillary Clinton’s tedious, mostly pre-programmed verbiage – the speeches, interviews, press conferences, campaign stumps -- the challenge is to find anything that is not (a) pandering and grievance mongering (b) self-servingly invented or false (c) a projection of her own hostility and paranoia (d) malicious and rancorous slander of her numerous “enemies,” that is, anyone who had the temerity to remind the public of her frequent detours around the truth.  At some point when Hillary Clinton no longer remains a threat to the American people and some hapless biographer must, out of the “sow’s ear” of her long, sordid career attempt to produce a readable “silk purse,” a starting point might likely be the most memorable and enduring of her many slurs, the one above, the “basket of deplorables,” combining all the elements of ‘a’ through ‘d’ above, made during her abysmal 2016 Presidential campaign.

To grasp the true “Hillaryness” of this moment one must not just read the words but watch her actual delivery captured on the You Tube video, where she does a passable impersonation of Joseph Goebbels.  She is speaking in New York City to an LGBT group, people with whom she, perhaps, feels the most at home, real Americans, as she suggests to her enthusiastic followers, not the Untermenschen she is complaining about. When she gets to this point, her demeanor changes. The frantic, screechy voice slows down a bit and lowers. She takes deeper breaths and her gestures are more rhythmic and forceful. This is not the routine, robotic pandering one typical sees with HRC. There is a slight weariness about her, the kind she must frequently experience that comes from having to pretend to tolerate so many stupid people on the campaign trail, like those who can’t quite get the hang of transgendered pronoun assignment.  She is more deliberate and calm, off script, speaking from her heart.

Unfortunately, what comes from the heart of Hillary Clinton, whatever its rare composition might be, unintendedly reveals how politically simple minded, ideologically primitive, and power grasping she is, sort of a severe, undeviating national schoolmarm, singling out and shaming those rowdy, naughty kids so that the nice, well-behaved ones can feel rightly and proudly superior and understand just how well favored and special they will remain by constantly sucking up to the teacher, affirming her wisdom, benevolence and authority. Hillary has never risen above being a cold moralist on the hunter’s prowl, a maniacal, unselfconscious ideologue driven by the need to make those multitudes of nasty, unworthy people out there do what they they are supposed to do, or, to make them face the consequences. What the consequences she had in mind for the designated “unredeemables” can only now be a matter of grim speculation. This malignant moralism tainted as well by avarice, perhaps, helps to explain the single largest flaw of her campaign that likely scuttled her election, one that frustrated even her acolytes, her inability to create a rationale for her presidency beyond the heights of her own ambition.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and even more so, the aftermath of the election has brought us to the nadir of identity politics, American-style, always a churning, roiling miasma of grievances, always the drive to recruit more victims, stoke the raw resentment higher.  A first in American post-election politics for expressing disappointment and frustration over the result was when a disaffected, resentment laden Democrat tried to gun down a bunch of congressmen because they were Republicans. Afterwards, Phil Montag, a Nebraska Democrat Party official, was recorded saying of the wounded  Congressman, Steve Scalise. “I’m glad he got shot.” Scalise must have been one of the irredeemables Hillary had in mind.  Montag was just saying out loud, what many Democrats, I suspect, were thinking.  

Identity politics did work out better eight years ago for Obama, but Obama was young, fresh and black, adept at working the levers of white guilt, whereas Hillary even by then was, well, none of the above, and with the warmth and personality of cobra (ironically and cruelly noted by fellow candidate Obama, “you’re likeable enough Hillary” in her failed 2008 primary campaign).  She was trying to be Obama II in the 2016 Presidential election, but there was only one Obama, and Hillary was carrying a lot of baggage.

There is so much irony to relish in the retrospect of the 2016 campaign: the Clintonistas plus the MSM early in the primaries salivating at the thought, improbable as it was at the time, of a Republican Donald Trump facing Hillary in the general election.  Given HRC’s well known, shall we politely say, “limitations,” who could possible have been a more magnificent target?  Here was the raging bull in America’s china shop of politics, a tailor-made, larger than life caricature of all those horrible things the Democrats had long taught the American voters to believe compose a typical Republican candidate. The only voters both Democrats and establishment Republicans could predict to turn out for this rude, ineloquent braggadocio with the orange comb over would be a couple of unemployed coal miners fresh off their bar stools, the knuckle-dragging bigots from the sticks who cling to their religion and their guns, and the remnants of the Klan. Everyone else was going to be “Ready for Hillary!”  However, they failed to realize, if this declaration were reformulated as a question, “Ready for Hillary?” it would resonate more like a promo in a trailer for a horror movie.

The irony throughout this most bizarre election in American history persisted up to the end.  As the election season moved toward completion, reality for Hillary and most of the Democrats never seemed to dent their fantasy of a landslide and coronation, never intruded enough to make them realize that Hillary, with all her material advantages and full alignment with the organs of mainstream culture, plus Trumps numerous blunders, was just not going to be able to seal the deal. 

Late on last November 8th reality came crashing down on the aspiring national schoolmarm and the entire establishment. The country, it seems, was not quite ready for Hillary. Given over as she as always been to the delusion of her self-perfection and given, as always, no inclination for self-introspection, her defeat, she bitterly complained, was the fault of Jim Comey, Vald Putin, and too many, “you know, to just be grossly generalistic,” deplorables -- racist, sexist white guys, one and all, who once again took away what was rightfully hers.  Not enough “progressives” out there, too little progress.

Perhaps, but consider another possible explanation, one best illustrated with reference to the outcome of different contest, a sports one, billed as “The Rumble in the Jungle”, a huge upset that shocked the world -- a boxing match staged in Kinhasa, Zaire, October 30, 1974.  The massively hyped matchup featured World Champion, George Forman battling former champ, Muhammed Ali.  Forman, 25 years old, bigger and stronger, at the peak of his career, was heavily favored to defeat Ali, at 32 his dazzling skills fading, a step or so, slower than in his prime, seemingly unprepared to withstand the onslaught of Forman’s herculean power.  Under the blazing African sun that day George Forman, too late, came to understand what “rope-a-dope” meant and to taste defeat bitterly seasoned by overconfidence. Laying on the ropes for the first seven rounds, arms up to protect his head from a knockout blow, Ali let Forman pound away at his mid section draining his energy and exhausting his huge, powerful punching arms.  In the eighth round Ali danced into the center of the ring and knocked out the man everyone expected to win the fight.

In the 2016 election Donald Trump, a novice, underdog political pugilist, did to Hillary Clinton what Ali did to George Forman.  He rope-a-doped her. Massively funded and staffed, arrogant and overconfident, buying the hype from the MSM and the happy-talk from the retinue of sycophants she kept in tow, Hillary apparently came to believe that she was going to be President simply because she thought she should be President. Trump was a loathsome, sexist slob: all she had to do was to keep repeating it.  Throughout the most of general election, like George Forman flailing away at Ali, Hillary was daily pounding Donald Trump. Vague and unclear to the electorate as to why she should be President, other than the fact that she was not Donald Trump, all she needed to do to put him on the mat was to keep throwing the usual Democrat punches: Trump was a racist, sexist, xenophobe, Islamophobe who would wear a pointy hat and white robes in the White House, a Hitler here, a Mussolini there, everywhere a Trump Brown Shirt.  From the vernacular of identity politics she extracted and threw every sock of PC feculence at him imaginable hoping to make him so politically and morally toxic only the troglodytes would want to vote for him.  Trump, however, laid on the ropes and let the insults rain down, treating them as being just that, pure insults, not the substantive, irrevocable moral stains intended by the Democrats to stick to him and destroy his character and sink his election.  Unlike conventional Republicans, Trump seemed unphased, offered no apologies, used the insults to energize his base, and did not walk back his own controversial, sometimes outrageous cuts at Hillary and her crew.  Like the effects of Forman’s shots to Ali’s ribs, Hillary’s “racist” jabs and “sexist’ roundhouses at Trump failed to put him away. Hillary’s strategy of PC name calling found her “preaching to the choir” and the choir in the swing states like Ohio and Michigan couldn’t quite find the right tune.  Late on November 8th the cable news anchors (CNN, MSNBC, FOX, CBS) in stunned disbelief and unable to disguise their horror, began to grasp that the Orange Man was going to be President. Trump had weathered Hillary’s best shots, come off the ropes and turned her “inevitability” upside down.


“More than anything else, Hillary’s “basket of deplorables” was her defining and damning moment. Her comments reveal the corrosive core of identity politics, its cultural Marxist premise that affirms that the most fundamental feature of social reality is the domination and exploitation of the weak by those who are privileged. Hillary’s politics is a North American Peronism, making needy, “have-not” voters into grateful clients by punishing those reluctant and selfish “haves.”  It is also, as noted above, a malignant moralism, a quest for victims who fall under her protection and patronage, and the “outing” of the victimizers, very bad people who deserve to have no power, influence, or opportunities to participate in civil society. These people, as she noted are “not America”, and presumably, should not be allowed to be a part of America.  The ominous and threatening implications of her remarks reek of the persecution and purges in the last hundred years coming out of movements that represented progress and promised equality for everyone.  That they barely stirred a comment suggests how deeply embedded Hillary-style Peronism is in mainstream American culture. There is no doubt that she truly believed what she said, and though she lost the election, the party that nominated her will continue to promote the same kinds rising from the ranks, even more open and aggressive in their antagonism for the imaginary haves.


After his defeat George Forman went on to become a charming sort of guy, a minister and well known TV pitchman for his grills. Also he regained his heavyweight crown at age 45, the oldest man to hold the title. Hillary?  Hopes are not so high.

  

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Trump's would be Assassins



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But we – Communists, the party – will not divide power with anyone.”

Thus spoke Anatoly Lukyanov, Secretary of the Central Committee, Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1987four years before the Soviet workers’ paradise collapsed.  Lukyanov’s chest thumping boast suitably edited composes the “Vision Statement” of todays’ Democrat party hacks. They have long channeled Vladimir Lenin, who had only one rule, which is: there are no rules.  Whatever puts you in power – lying, suborning, cheating, character assassination, pay-to-play – stays in the playbook. You gotta do what you gotta do”, as Bill Clinton quipped to an aggrieved Bob Dole after he whipped him in 1996. Or, as President Obama put it more recently, “If they bring a knife, we bring a gun.”  Democrats have dropped any pretense to their aim for a one party state where they completely own all of the power.  No competition allowed.  We are almost there.

After eight years of Obama bloviating about such things as “the racism in our DNA,” hob knobbing with the likes of Al Sharpton, siccing the IRS on his critics, and entertaining Black Lives Matter thugs in the White House, his party decided to ramp up his 2008 promise to fundamentally transform the United States of America. To move even closer to what in retrospect appears to be his goal of making America more like Venezuela, the Democrats in 2016 with no shame or conscience surrendered completely to Obama II, Obama, minus the charm, but with more testosterone, Hillary Rodham Clinton. A soulless grifter, a Brezhnev-like mummy, minus the general’s jacket and forty pounds of fake medals, she could have come straight out of a dark political satire, perhaps, Erich Honecker in drag. She was cheered on by the propaganda organs of the media syndicates, Wall Street and the Hollywood idiots. At the time of her nomination she was a target of a federal criminal investigation. No matter. This talentless, humorless kleptocrat, waddled, and on occasion, staggered, through her uninspired campaign, struggling, and then finally giving up on coming up with a rationale of why she should be President other than being President (“I get to boss everyone around and manage their lives”) is what she always wanted to be. 

The Republicans, a pretend party of loyal opposition, could no longer cover the stench of their faithlessness, or rather their faithful devotion to their own sinecured backsides.  During the eight years of the Obama administration, in spite of rolling over for him like pet poodles hoping he would scratch their tummies, the bearer of Hope and Change called Congressional Republicans his “enemies” and treated them with the contempt they so richly deserved. Obama, completely normalized the Bolshevik-inspired Alinsky approach to politics employing his favorite Alinsky rule, number five: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.”

Republicans were nothing if not the consummate patsies, concessionists, Pavlovian in taking the bait of the Democrats and their propagandists and loudly howling: “No, we’re not the mean-spirited, ignorant bigots and racists that you Democrats unrelentingly ridicule us for being. Please, we’re not racists!  We celebrate MLK day. We’re nice. How can we show you?” Donald Trump, unlike the Republican Grandees and previous candidates, Romney and McCain, refused to play game of MSM bootlicker and court stooge.  The 15 or so 2016 Presidential primary Republican stiffs who huffed and puffed about how unfit Trump was to be President got the backhand from the rank and file who finally had a candidate who didn’t wilt and start vomiting apologies when some airbrushed CNN nobody or a New York Times Clinton bum kisser like Nicholas Kristof called him a “racist.”

In Trump’s improbable path to the Presidency from his entry into the race one can look back and see how his opposition (MSM, the entertainment moguls, the Democrats, the neoconservatives) upped the ferocity of attack at each step of his ascent. He started out, of course, as a joke – Trump as President?  Followed by derisive laughter.  It was inconceivable.  Once, however, Trump’s rude disdain for the PC manacles that bound both parties helped to lift him into a position of serious contender for the GOP nomination, the derisive laughter gave way to Alinsky rule number five, ridicule.  Never before has a national candidate been bombarded with such a massive, combined, sustained barrage of ridicule and insult from all the major powerful interest groups.  The Republican establishment, now completely in (номенклату́ра) nomenklatura mode, threw in with Hillary peddling the howler that their party would survive a Clinton presidency.  But beyond a gaggle  of well-heeled Washington DC insiders, who would care, one way or another?  

Once Trump had secured the nomination and moved into a head-on collision course with the Lady-Brezhnev of Chappaqua, the Democrats moved into the realm of reincarnation – Trump now became sometimes Hitler, sometimes Mussolini. Presto! Parachuted into USA 2016 fresh right out of the 1930s Fascist Europe. Or, was he the KKK Grand Kleagle from the 1920s America?  Of course, the Democrat party was heavily invested in the Klan at that time, and Hillary had bragged about being mentored by the recently deceased Democrat bigwig Senator Robert Byrd, a Grand Kleagle himself in his earlier days, but none of this fit the narratives peddled by the Washington Post or the cognitively challenged talking heads at the cable networks. Trump was now, above all, a virulent racist, impossible to conceive as a legitimate contender for power, the tool of brutal atavistic political chauvinism. 

As the election pushed into the fall, in spite of the 24/7 proclamations by the MSM and the pundits of Trump’s utter loathsomeness and Hillary’s electoral invincibility and inevitability, there was some unease. On September 21st, speaking to the Laborer’s International Union of North America, Hillary let it slip with her characteristic whine, “Why aren’t I fifty points ahead”? Excellent question, Madam Goldman ca-ching-ca-ching Sachs, given the conventional wisdom of the impending electoral doom for the Orange Man.  Fortunately for Hillary and her vast retinue the answer was obvious.  When you embody the politics of goodness, wisdom and perfection the doubters and naysayers have to be defective, that is, seriously, morally defective, and thus, the moment of truth.  No longer did she need to mince words: Trump’s momentum and support came from that “basket of deplorables” the “racist,” “sexist,” “you name it” bigots. These were the folks, apparently, who refused to relish a future of unemployment, failed to grasp the intricacies of transgenderism and its pronoun assignations, and remained convinced that “Black Lives Matter” was just a euphemism for a bunch of cop-hating, white-people-bashing, riot fomenting bullies.     

In the Soviet Union, the GDR, Casto’s Cuba, any of the socialist paradises, any and all shadows cast on how the “progress” engineered by the party bosses was working out was dismissed as the work of those pesky fascists, who were, of course, “irredeemable” and thus completely outside the pale.  “Racism” has become the American, go-to version of fascism for the Democrats.  If you oppose them, you are a fascist, generic for racist, and racists are not legitimate competitors, they are enemies, “haters of people not like themselves.” They are as Hillary so graciously put it “thankfully, not America.”  “Racism” is the ultimate “Orwellianism” of our time, invoked wherever and whenever needed by the ideologues to smear the opposition and keep the rabble on a slow boil.

Hillary’s campaign reduced Trump and his supporters to Klansmen, neo-Nazis and white supremacists.  You don’t do business or share power with people like this. You don’t become the loyal opposition to Nazis: you resist, then eliminate them. The elimination envisioned before November 8th was a massive electoral triumph for Hillary. That “basket of deplorables” would then no longer have been much of a problem.  With a Hillary-packed Supreme Court, an Al Sharpton guest room in the White House, some hefty, no nonsense “hate-speech” laws like the kind they have in Europe, and a few million more third world immigrant dependents to import and turn the remaining red states blue, the “bitter clingers” Obama complained about in 2008 would, indeed, no longer be, at least much of a part of America.  Poof! Goodbye red state America.  Welcome to Hillary-Land where boys who want to can be girls, where only good intentions are allowed and where no suspected racist, sexist, homophobe, Islamophobe will go unpunished.

With Trump’s astonishing, upset election incredulity gave way to derangement and then desperation.  “Elimination” now became de-legitimation – massive protests featuring vagina-ware, failed, baseless recount stunts, attempted electoral college subversion, immediate impeachment chatter and invoking the 25th amendment, Russian collusion.  The “Trump as Nazi” motif by the left transitioned into “the Resistance,” America under occupation.

Finally, “elimination” for the Democrats has become, well, elimination, as in sporting a mock severed head of President Trump, his nightly murder as Trump-Caesar in the Delacorte stage in Central Park, NYC to cheering crowds and raving critics, a rapper in a new music video assassinating a clown dressed like Trump, a well known celebrity talking about “blowing up the White House.”  No leaders in the Democrat party have pushed back, even slightly, on the rhetoric of violence and hatred coming from every direction of the culture.  The violence of the language and imagery at some point crosses a line, which it did when James Hodgkinson the Bernie Sanders supporter attempted to kill a couple of dozen Republican congressmen. Because?  Well, they were Republicans, racists who are thankfully, not America.   

All of this reveals a familiar trajectory of violence on the part of the left in quest for power, for ultimately the elimination of all political opposition. Power is exclusively the possession of the (self-declared) virtuous and must never be shared with the irredeemables.  Lenin, Stalin, and Mao began with the use of language, making their opponents into sub-humans, “irredeemable”, so to speak.  For Lenin, the opposition were “bourgeoise scum” “insects,” “cockroaches” and “blood suckers.”  For Stalin, “fascist hirlings,” and Mao, “running dog capitalists,” “monsters and demons.” For Hillary, “racists” “sexists” “homophobes,” “you name it. Yes,  “you name it, as she said, a blank page for creating even more enemies of the people. Removing the “scum”, or the “facists” by violence becomes not just defensible, but required:  immoral, irredeemable people must not be in power nor should they even be close to power. 

The branding of Trump running up through and after the election by the mainstream Left as a Nazi, a fascist, a Klansman essentially removed any moral obstacle, in the view of so many, to his physical removal, which is why “assassination” has become a chic popular culture trope, indulged in not by the fringe but the establishment.  The late-night comedians, the Hollywood glitterati, the Congressional Black Caucus, none of them would ever initiate a physical attack, but were Trump to get in the way of another James Hodgkinson who was a better shot, make no mistake, there would be no limit to their cheers and celebration.  Hic semper tyrannis.

The left will cry, tu quoque, but the fallacy aside, Obama in 2009 faced no massive counter inaugural demonstrations, no recount demands, no wide spread celebrity “joking” about and mimicking his assassination, no critically acclaimed theater featuring his tyrannicide.  George W. Bush’s outgoing Attorney General, did not, like Obama’s Loretta Lynch call for the Trump opposition to take to the streets, to “march, bleed and die.”  Ironically, the legitimacy “birther” question supposedly raised by Obama-hostile Republicans after his election now appears likely to have been an invention of Hillary liegeman, and smear artist, Sidney Blumenthal who was trying to bring Obama down during the 2008 Democrat primary campaign.

For the Democrats, Trump will never be a legitimate President because only Democrats possess the requisite wisdom, virtue and purity of intention to rule over the American people.  They will never rest until they have put an end to Trump’s “usurped” power – by any means necessary.