Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Nazi-Hunting Fantasies Have Unhinged The Left

After Charlottesville, the Left's tendency to smear anyone who disagrees with them as a Nazi is spiraling to the point of paranoid insanity.
I’m worried that the Charlottesville riots are making the Left psychologically unhinged in the same way that they have been unhinged by the election of Donald Trump, only more so.
The problem with their reaction to Donald Trump is that he seems to so totally vindicate all of their political prejudices that he justifies an even more vicious vilification of anyone who opposes their agenda. Everyone who supports free market capitalism is a rich jerk who looks down on poor people? Check. Anyone who complains about political correctness just wants to be a sexist boor? Check. Anyone who talks hawkishly about Islamic terrorism must be driven by a neurotic need to prove his masculinity? Check. Anyone who doesn’t sign up for the latest iteration of the “diversity” agenda must harbor some kind of implicit sympathy for white nationalists? Yeah, well, check.
These things are not true of the overwhelming majority of people who hold those views. As applied to Trump, they are a bit exaggerated, but close enough to be plausible. So the Left is seduced by the temptation to take this as final proof that everyone who opposes them is just as irredeemably awful as they always suspected. And if that’s true, then there’s no point in making any effort to reach out to the rest of the country, to find out what people really think, to attempt to persuade them, or, God forbid, to learn anything from what they have to say.
The events in Charlottesville have accomplished the same thing, with less justification and 100 times the intensity. One of the Left’s greatest weaknesses has always been their tendency to brand anyone who disagrees with them on public policy as a secret racist and possibly a Nazi. To anyone on the Left who scoffs at this, I’ll furnish a few examples in a moment. I promise you that no one on the Right is scoffing at it. This kind of ignorant vilification has been a daily reality for our entire adult lives.
Read the rest from The Federalist HERE.

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