“And he said unto them: ‘it is righteous and good to criticize Republicans and to speak all manner of evil against them, for they are Nazis, haters and white supremacists. Thou shalt not, however, speak evil against Democrats, which is different, because shut up.”
The Holy Book Of Leftism, Hillary, 3:18-20
The events of the last week have confirmed that leftism is akin to a religion, and a particularly militant one. Leftism has some eternal doctrines: the First and Second Amendments must be banned, or at least ignored when it’s useful; any other part of the Constitution should be banned or ignored, big government is holy, as are the confiscatory taxes necessary to support it. Political correctness is of utmost importance, as is victim culture. So too are the notions of eternal oppression, and the open borders necessary to replace Americans not congenial to leftism with those that will be. Apart from these holy doctrines, there are lesser doctrines, known as “narratives,” which are infinitely changeable depending on transitory political necessity. No Leftist political doctrine or narrative can possibly be wrong, and if you think it’s wrong or failing you’re a racist, misogynist, nativist, white supremacist, ist, ist, ist, because shut up, and because Trump.
One current narrative is President Trump is responsible for all evil in the world because he has committed the unspeakable blasphemy of fighting back against the Left and the Media, which is the Left.
Therefore, when a vicious anti-Semite maniac murdered eleven and wounded six ,including four police officers, at a Pittsburg synagogue on 10-27-18, it was President Trump’s fault. And the NRA’s, and all Americans that support President Trump and believe the Second Amendment says what it means and means what it says, like the Supreme Court did in Heller and McDonald. Fuzzy Slippers at Legal Insurrection explains:
We definitely live in interesting times. Not too long ago, HuffPo was churning out articles defending violence as a ‘logical response to Trump’ and publishing op-eds about how Trump supporters ‘deserve to die more than I do’ and insisting that Trump and all of his enablers should be executed for treason (the latter post even HuffPo recognized as over-the-line and pulled).
And it wasn’t just HuffPo promoting violence against Trump and his supporters or rationalizing the violence of antifa fascists and other leftists against the GOP and Trump supporters. In fact, as we’ve covered here at LI, a number of Congressional Democrats have embraced ‘getting in the faces of” and actively stalking and harassing the GOP . . . and this was all well after the attempted assassination of a number of GOP Congressional members at a charity baseball practice. That shooting, of course, was carried out by an anti-Trump Democrat. But hey, that was understandable because Trump [and shut up].
And as we saw in the days following the Gabby Gifford shooting when the media piled on Sarah Palin while completely ignoring violence and violent rhetoric/imagery in their own camp, we are now seeing the media attempt to blame political violence on Trump while turning a blind eye to leftist violence.
Here’s a sampling of some headlines from the past few days:
From GQ: There Aren’t Two Sides: Trump’s Violent Rhetoric Is What Got Us Here
From the San Fransisco Gate: Trump Allies Reject Link of Rhetoric to Increased Violence
From the New York Daily News: The tide of hate and the man in the White House
From the Atlantic: Trump’s Caravan Hysteria Led to This
From the New York Daily News: Yelling fire in a heavily armed theater: That’s what Donald Trump has been doing for three years now.
These are the same people supporting the BDS movement, and opposing Israel. Their Messiah—Barack Obama—entered into a deal giving Iran and its openly genocidal terrorist proxies some two billion dollars, delivered in cash bundles on pallets in the night in the manner of illicit transactions between drug kingpins. Obama’s Democrat acolytes are the people who booed God and Israel at their convention.
This insane, genocidal hatred—it is nothing less than evil–including support for the Palestinians and other terrorist organizations whose reason for being is to complete Hitler’s work in exterminating all Jews—oh yes, they are not shy about saying it or writing it down—is righteous and good because the Left categorizes these terrorist monsters as oppressed victim groups. Because the Left hates America and every American that does not profess their ideology, they hate America’s allies, which includes a double dose of hate for Israel and Jews, because they are not only allied with America, they embrace normal American values.
They are particularly angry with Israel because Israel will not compromise with those that want to obliterate it. Israel’s terrorist enemies want to murder every Jew. The Jews—Trump lovers one and all–don’t want to be murdered, and are selfishly unwilling to meet the terrorists halfway.
An armed citizen shot and killed a shooter in an Alabama McDonald’s. Do not expect to hear of this anywhere else. This may be the only news involving violence in recent days that even the Left can’t blame on Donald Trump, and of course, using a gun for good is counter to cherished Leftist doctrine, which holds that guns, and those that own them, are evil.
And now to actual evil, courtesy of Heavy.com:
[The killer who would want his name mentioned here] allegedly said ‘all these Jews need to die’ prior to his arrest following a massacre at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Pittsburgh. The horror unfolded on the morning of October 27 in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of the city. There were close to 100 people inside of the synagogue at the time of the attack. [The killer] is a 46-year-old resident of Pittsburgh.
The killer wrote unabashedly anti-semitic commentary on social media, and after the shooting, his Gab account was deleted. He also hated President Trump for his support of Israel:
‘Trump is a globalist, not a nationalist. There is no #MAGA as long as there is a k*** [kike] infestation. #Qanon is here to get patriots that were against martial law in the 90’s to be ones begging for it now to drain muh swamp. But go ahead and keep saying you are #Winning.’ and ‘For the record, I did not vote for him nor have I owned, worn or even touched a maga hat.
Obviously, President Trump is responsible. As always after such murderous violence, politicians immediately leapt on the anti-liberty/gun bandwagon:
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has described the shooting as an ‘absolute tragedy.’ Gov. Wolf added, ‘We must all pray and hope for no more loss of life. But we have been saying ‘this one is too many’ for too long. Dangerous weapons are putting citizens in harm’s way.
The killer is reported to have used an AR-15 and three handguns. John Podhoretz writes in Commentary:
Based on the early evidence, the shooter was not only consumed with a hatred of Jews but possessed a kind of sneering contempt for Trump on the grounds that Trump was basically a Jewish agent or a Jew-lover himself. Trump can only be blamed for the murderous Jew-killing actions of someone who thought of him that way by people who are so consumed by hatred of him that there is nothing they won’t blame him for.
Take the insta-response on Twitter of those listening to Trump say an armed guard inside the shul might have been able to do something about the shooter. Granted, it was an indelicate and crass thing to say as the first response to this horror. But the disgust at the very idea of armed men inside a synagogue was beyond deranged. How dare he! Why should anyone have to pray with armed guards around them?
To which the only logical response is: Are you people insane? There are armed guards inside and around synagogues and Jewish institutions all over the place. Jewish day schools have armed guards. Besides which, many of us go to work in buildings with armed guards.
Podhoretz criticizes Mr. Trump for stating the obvious, and only rational, response to anti-Semitic terror, but he gets to rationality eventually. David Harsanyi responds at The Federalist, in an article titled “The Left’s Response to the Mass Shooting of Jews is an Act of Bad Faith”:
It was ironic to see many of the same liberals, who recently fought to prop up the world’s most powerful Jew-hating terror state, lecturing us on the importance of combating anti-Semitism. But there they were yesterday.
The same Voxers who had long rationalized, romanticized, and excused the Jew-killing terror organization of the Middle East were now blaming the existence of the evil, anti-Semitic Pittsburgh shooter on Republicans. The same Pod bros whose echo chamber deployed anti-Semitic dual-loyalty tropes to smear critics of the Iran deal were now incredibly concerned about the Jewish community.
There were many others, and that was bad enough. But others decided to dip into a little victim blaming, as well. Hadn’t American Jews been little too Jew-centric and pro-Israelfor their own good? [skip]
There is little Leftist Jews hate more than Jews that do not remain in their ideological/political fold.
It was Trump who cut more than $200 million in aid to a Palestinian government that was not only inciting terrorists (including the murder of a Jewish-American citizen named Ari Fuld; but since he never wrote for The Washington Post, you might not have heard of him) but also rewarded the killers’ families.
It was his administration that kicked the Palestine Liberation Organization, the most successful Jewish-civilian murdering organization of the past 60 years, out of DC. It was the Trump administration that cut funding to the anti-Semitic U.N. Relief and Works Agency. It was also the Trump administration that turned around the unique Obama-era legacy of standing against Israel at the United Nations. And it is his administration that cracked down on anti-Semitism on college campuses and that deported one of the last real-life Nazis.
Yeah, but none of that matters because Jews, Israel, and most of all, Trump.
We speak of the same Donald Trump who has done every aforementioned good and supportive thing for Israel,who has three Jewish grandchildren, whose son-in-law is a Jew, and whose daughter has converted to Judaism. What better evidence that he is responsible for the attack on the synagogue? And if Leftist cries of blame are so, what evidence could there be that one is supportive of Jews or Israel?
In any such attack, the responsibility, always, falls on the attacker, and anyone that directly aided or abetted him.
More experienced and hard-used readers will recall, I’m sure, The Meese Commission, which attempted to proclaim a direct link between pornography, including such soft-core literature as the Playboy of the time, to all manner of evil. Leftist feminists, who generally hate Republicans and men, even joined in, proclaiming “pornography is the theory, rape is the practice,” even as a leading feminist involved wrote her own porn, but claimed it was different because she did it so well.
The problem remains how one explains the 99+% of people who, “exposed” to pornography, suffer no ill effects and commit no crimes? One can build a convincing moral case against porn, but it is ridiculously simplistic to claim it a cause of violence. The same is true of political rhetoric.
It seems reasonable to think violent political rhetoric, particularly that directly encouraging violence, which is common on the contemporary Left, causes actual violence. But calmer thinking suggests those prone to violence for a political cause need no encouragement. However, where they believe the authorities will not act against them, as in Portland, they are more likely to commit crimes. Do we ban speech for all because of the possibility it might encourage the most hateful and deranged among us?
President Trump does occasionally say intemperate things, but that kind of figurative language is a long way from the blatant, specific exhortations to terrorism and violence of contemporary Democrats.
But what of guns? Aren’t houses of worship sanctuaries of peace? Do guns have any place there? Consider what Roger Simon, a Jew, at PJ Media has to say:
When I heard Donald Trump recommend to the congregation of the Tree of Life synagogue that they have armed guards, I could but nod. Actually, I was surprised they didn’t already. Many, if not most, temples and other Jewish institutions I know in New York and Los Angeles are at high levels of readiness, often with police and/or security personnel standing by. In France, all Jewish organizations, synagogues, schools, etc. are constantly guarded by gendarmes with highly visible automatic weapons. It’s an accepted part of the landscape Given what has occurred there, they have no choice. Israel’s security measures are legendary.
I am not angry at the people — some are friends of mine — who are adamant about gun control, just frustrated with them. I understand the idealistic impulse. I had it myself for many years. But the world is not a John Lennon song. Pittsburgh showed us that yet again. It’s time to grow up.
I’m not Jewish, but I carry a handgun wherever I can. I do this because I have absorbed the lessons in human nature the Bible teaches. We are all fallen; all sin; evil exists, and delights in destroying the good. As far as I know, no one is after me because of my belief. The same is not true for Jews, even in America. Any synagogue that does not have an armed security team is depending on others, or the mercy of maniacs, to protect those within its walls.
Government has no conscience. Individual politicians may claim to be the champions of various groups, but to them, those groups—and all individuals within—are abstractions. They have no intention of protecting them, and know individuals cannot sue them for failing to protect them. The same is true of their employees, the police.
“We’ll hire armed security!” Why? Are your lives of so little value you’re unwilling to preserve them yourself? Do you care so little for the lives of your loved ones? Will armed security follow you wherever you go, 24/7/365? Or perhaps, in your religious studies, you missed the part about evil? If you’re Jewish, they really are out to get you; they always have been.
It is horrible—but entirely clear-eyed–to note no denomination, no congregation is safe from evil, as The First Baptist Church congregation of Sutherland Springs, TX can attest. It is interesting to note, however, that attack was ended by a NRA affiliated instructor with an AR-15 who lived nearby.
I’ll be kind and note that not all Leftists/Democrats are anti-Semitic, but their ideology is, and their party is, and their actions are, and they are not acting in the best interests of Jews, as individuals, as a people and as a nation. Blaming President Trump is nothing more than an attempt to distract Jews from reality while trying to keep them on the plantation. It’s an expression of irrational, spittle-flinging hatred. Jews are free to choose the plantation, but the consequences, as the members of that Pittsburg synagogue now know, can be final.
There is one American political ideology that stands for freedom of religion and defends Jews and Israel. Choose carefully.
Pre-Posting Update: For a brilliant take on the state of American Jewry, go here, where my pal Bookworm, who is Jewish, explains a very great deal in her usual rational, fluent manner. You won’t find anything this good anywhere else. If she’s not on your daily “to read” list, put her there. You can thank me later.