Fifth rate comedienne grabs some cheap publicity by holding up a mock bloody head of Donald Trump. Ho Hum, the deranged left always acts this way, and that is precisely the problem.
Mark Shea is his born again leftist mode had this post on his blog today:
So good white Christian Greg Gianforte assaulted a reporter (a fact confirmed by dangerous Marxist network FOX)…
and the Party of Brownshirt Lovers of Threats and Violence loved it, which is why Mona Charen had the unenviable task of trying to tell this party of neutronium-skulled thugs that they must stop denying, excusing and defending it. They are not listening, of course, because they are violent thugs and enemies of America. But worst of all, it is Christian thought leaders who are now orgasmic for this crude thuggery and Steven Greydanus calls them out:
I write today neither to accuse Greg Gianforte nor the voters of Montanta, neither of whom I have much to do with.
I write to accuse those who excuse, dismiss or enable intolerable behavior like Gianforte’s, or who give ear and support to those who do.
I’m talking to you, Dinesh D’Souza. I’m talking to you, Laura Ingraham.
Most of all, I’m talking to you, all my friends who still regard D’Souza and Ingraham as voices worth listening to.
It pains me to say this, because the fact is that I not only liked Ingraham and D’Souza, I *respected* them. I feel betrayed by what the American Christian conservatism I once identified with has become. I feel like a fool for not having seen it sooner.
In this words of this article, “None of this is a gray area. You either uphold certain basic standards of decency or you don’t.”
And the answer is: We don’t. Obviously. Read what Ingraham and D’Souza had to say about a now-elected official body-slamming a journalist, and realize the truth of the world we live in: The Tribe Right or Wrong; The Tribe Über Alles.
With the appropriate incantatory words (depending on your sub-tribe and the situation, they may be “But Hillary,” “The Babies,” “Obamacare,” “Immigration,” etc.), people who pride themselves on decency and traditional values will not only look the other way, but actively *defend* bad behavior and harm as long as the right people are being defended or harmed.
That’s what most horrifies me: not simply that someone might say “Unprovoked assault is obviously terrible and unacceptable but what’s on offer on the other side is even worse,” but that people will say “It was our guy hitting their guy? Eh. He had it coming. He’s a crybaby. He’s a sissy for not hitting back.” (This is paraphrase but scarcely exaggeration. Read the piece.)
I shouldn’t have to say this, but experience shows that I do: If your first reaction to this scolding is to bring up punching Nazis or what happened to Charles Murray at Middlebury, YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG.
Tu quoque won’t help you here. First of all, because *I’m* making the accusation, and *I* neither punched Richard Spencer, nor joined in the Middlebury mob, nor have I defended those who did.
I’m against punching Nazis and mobbing out-of-favor academics on college campuses, and *I’m* telling you that if you listen to people like Ingraham and D’Souza who defend blatant thuggishness as long as the violence goes the right way, *you’re* the one being harmed. Tu quoque is no defense when both sides are sipping arsenic.
Some might be tempted to modify the tu quoque and ask me why I’m actively calling out defenders of Gianforte when I haven’t gone out of my way to call out defenders left-wing violence. There are many answers to that, but the simplest is that I USED TO LIKE AND RESPECT INGRAHAM AND D’SOUZA.
The people I’m talking to are still, in spite of my alienation from the conservative machine, very much my peeps. We agree on many of the things that matter most.
What it seems to me we haven’t yet managed to agree on is the spiritual danger of embracing The Tribe Über Alles.
To be sure, not all Republicans endorse this filth. Some of them, known by the goons and thugs who now constitute the bulk of the Party of Trump as “fake conservative” and “wusses” still speak out on behalf of civilization and are shouted down by Real Christians and Real Conservatives:
Go here to read the rest. In regard to Gianforte he is new to the political game and he hasn’t yet learned one fact of life for Republicans and conservatives: almost all the media hate and despise you. They might as well be press agents for your opponent. Any fault of yours they will scream to the rafters while they will underplay or spike any story that paints a liberal or a Democrat in a bad light. You have to treat these adversaries as if they were what they purport to be: seekers after the facts. I doubt if Gianforte will repeat his assault on another reporter, and if the does it will get national coverage again as only Democrats can engage in such conduct, and much, much worse, and receive a yawn from the media. Mary Jo Kopechne was unavailable for comment.
In regard to the larger question of violence, Mr. Greydanus says that bringing up Democrat and leftist violence is tu quoque. This is correct if one is using it to justify violence. It is another matter if it is brought up to explain violence. For half a century the Democrats and leftists have felt free to engage in violence to obtain their political ends. Conservative speakers cannot be heard at almost all campuses without being, at best, shouted down, and at worst, being physically assaulted. Street violence by leftist thugs is not an uncommon occurrence. Last year we saw on video Democrat operatives boasting of sending people to spark violence at Trump rallies. What the Democrats and the leftists don’t understand is that, in their own thuggish way, they have been teaching conservatives and Republicans. Kurt Schlichter, a conservative commentator and retired Army Colonel, nails it:
We all know it was wrong for Greg Gianforte to beat up Ben Jacobs. But we also know the general attitude of the media is that when we conservatives get beat-up by leftists it’s perfectly excusable – even laudable – and thanks to the fact that Twitter is forever, we now know that Ben Jacobs himself specifically thinks it’s A-OK to slug conservative kids. So can someone tell me why anyone should be shocked that we conservatives refuse to devote one iota of caring to poor Ben’s wedgie?
This isn’t a good thing. This is nothing to be proud of. We should not be happy that our society is heading toward the lowest common denominator, which itself is in freefall. But the alternative is worse. Should we allow ourselves to continue to be figuratively and literally beaten up while smiling at our own purity, secure in the knowledge that even though our dignity and freedom are stripped from us, we have not fought back? Not happening. Letting these bastards play by their own rules, and thereby crush us, seems a pretty high price to pay just to gain the approval of the smug and sanctimonious David Frums and John Kasichs of the world.
We conservatives have been warning for a long time that liberals are not going to like it when everyone plays by the new rules, and – surprise! – they don’t. But guess what? Most of us don’t like the new rules either. Yet it’s ridiculous to expect human beings to remain in perpetual denial about the situation they face, and to forever live under a double standard that results in their faces getting pressed into the dirt.
The hypocrisy has become intolerable, and we have stopped tolerating it. This is just the beginning of the reaction, and – make no mistake – this entire situation is a bad thing. Our society is making choices that can lead only to ruin (and my new novel describing the consequences just dropped).
Lincoln mentioned “the better angels of our nature” – also at a time when Democrats were rejecting the rule of law in order to promote their subjugation of those they considered lesser beings – and the important thing to note is that “angels” is plural. You need two angels, not one angel and one demon. But that’s what we have, and if it doesn’t change we’ll have two demons, and everyone should care about that.
Go here to read the rest. The calendar may read 2017, but sometimes when I see it, it seems to read 1858 or 1859. May God help us all.