Here is the article that inspired this piece. It got me thinking of the lies liberals tell, the violence that they engage in, and the negative effect on society. It is rhetoric like this that creates groups like Antifa not just in the modern day but also in the past. It is a rhetoric the Democratic Party has always relied on. In the past, it was Blacks and Republicans, then Asians and eventually Jews. The only difference between then and now is that Democrats have removed race or creed from the rhetoric and brought it down to a simple formula of, “Everybody who disagrees with me must be hated and treated with violence and contempt”. What is equally alarming isn’t just that individuals who don’t agree with this ideology sadly get sucked into it, it is that the Liberals are surprised when their venomous hatred is reciprocated.
Now I cannot stress how extremely hard this is for me personally. I am a person who tries to judge people fairly and be tolerant of others beliefs, and on top of this, I have many family members who I love dearly that subscribe to varying extremes of the left wing ideology. Yet very often when I read the news or sit down to write I find myself harboring a nearly violent hatred for people who hold the left wing ideology myself. I don’t mean typical hatred either. For example, today I read an article about a far left policy just passed in Ontario, and my first thought (which I expressed in a comment on Facebook) was that we needed a worldwide violent revolution to tear these freaks out of power and that after that since Democracy has clearly failed that we needed a feudalist government to ensure only the strong can rule and prevent weakling freaks like this who hold these ideas from ever having a voice in society again. In that moment the last thing on my mind was that some of these “Freaks” could possibly be members of my own family who I care for. This isn’t simply a matter though of being afraid of “sinking to their level”, what truly scares me is how I can allow these things to arouse that amount of anger in me that I lose my rational faculties.
Now if you want to know why this happens, the article answers it clearly. After facing so much abuse, people can naturally form resentment for the abuser. And make no mistake, even I have faced abuse from far leftists, so much so that I have grown susceptible to thinking the way they do and dehumanizing people who disagree with me and associate their opinions with this same hostility. You can only be called “Racist” or “Faggot” or “Self-Hating” gay so many times by these kinds of people before you begin to react like a bitten dog. I feel like if liberals understood this then the majority of them might change their attitudes. Honestly, a simple apology from the left and a gesture showing an interest in civil dialogue would go a long way in fixing societies issue with civil discourse. Sadly at this point, there seems to be a huge issue on the left with accepting responsibility.
Now I hate the blame game but honestly, the party responsible needs to be identified and that party is the Democrats. Their claims that Trump is responsible for divisiveness are total crap, the divisive culture is a result of the Obama Administration and to a much lesser degree the Bush Administration, and if you are open to the truth then you should consider and accept that Trump is the result and not the cause of this. I cannot speak for the times before I was a self-aware young adult, but in my time I have seen all of this animosity created and encouraged by the Left for years, the worst example of this having been when a kid I went to school with accused Bush of being responsible for Hurricane Katrina because “He has a button on his desk that creates Hurricanes”. This vitriol came to an utter peak during the last 4 years of the Obama Administration with scandals like the Lois Lerner IRS Scandal at the top of the chain and the at the very bottom the practice of labeling anybody who criticized the president or the left wing agenda a racist. This message that Democrats sent, the message that if you are on their side you are above the law and you don’t need to defend your beliefs because anybody who disagrees’s is (Insert Hostile Label), this is the one reason we are at the place we are today.
To really highlight the difference between how we right wingers behave and the left wingers you need look no further than the news. Conservatives, we mostly keep our criticism confined to appropriate areas such as the internet, the public square, the university campus and the state house when it is possible. Recently, however, liberals have taken their fights to more personal places they do not belong. Like for example the front yard of Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), where his 11-year-old daughter discovered a vulgar sign trashing her father and his political affiliation. It is unacceptable when vicious political criticism and backlash not only leaves the realm of a constructive verbal argument but also is taken to somebody’s home or work. (with the exception of a statehouse.)
Along with taking their issues to unacceptable places, there is also the huge issue of Democrats attempts to use violence against a person’s body or livelihood to censor opposing opinions now that the ad hominem claims of racism have lost all effectiveness. Of course, there is the issue of Antifa whose efforts to censor opposing speech using violence or attempts at intimidation. They are stoked on by the aforementioned mentality of being above the law (and they most often act out in jurisdictions where the officials are less likely to aggressively pursue them) and the delusion that not only is anybody who disagrees with them a Nazi, that they have no obligation to engage in discourse with them or respect the rights of others to engage in discourse with people holding a view opposing their worldview. But more insidious is the current culture of firing or refusing to employ people with opposing views at so-called journalistic institutions on college campuses. Take for example the case of Andy Ngo who was fired from his newspaper for being “Islamaphobic” because he posted a video on social media of a Muslim student characterizing her own religion at a speaking event on religion. Another campus issue since we are on this track is the habit of teachers like Greg Thatcher to enlist students in helping him censor students opinions that he does not approve of, ignoring the rules of the college and the ruling of college administrators.
Now I am by no means biased. Conservatives have been guilty of being similarly shitty towards liberals. However, we have been pretty quick to condemn this kind of behavior. Liberals, however, encourage this kind of hatred and discrimination. The current liberal ideology which is pushed by the liberal elite feeds upon this adversarial “us or them” mentality, to the point where they show special viciousness towards those they claim to advocate for but who deviate from their beliefs. And as the article that inspired this piece indicates, we are reaching a societal breaking point.
Despite all these bad signs though, some part of me is still optimistic of course, probably because I got to grow up in the 90’s. The 90’s were by no means perfect, but I still remember the years leading up to and after the year 2000 very well. We were at the turn of not just another century but another millennium, and people were so full of hope and optimism for the future. That lasted for a year and a half sadly, but it was a time when we had gotten past most of our prejudices and looked forward to something better. Those years leading up to the new millennia were full of talk about hotels among the stars and other heady ideas. Instead of human progress however, we have spent 17 years focusing on what divides us ideologically. In fact, some of us just created new things to divide us or brought back the specter of things we have gotten past or were nearly resolved, and now because of this every day we inch closer to another Civil War.
Is there any way we can pull ourselves back from this brink? I think there is and it starts with understanding. The first thing we need to do is pull the bugs out of our asses, when we are about to lash out unreasonably at someone with opposing political beliefs we need to take a second and think of our loved ones who share those opposing beliefs whether they are conservative or liberal. The second is that we need to reject extremism, from the right or left. Part of that is opening dialogue and trying to understand where the other person is coming from, we may not ever agree even then but it is better than dehumanizing someone who disagrees with you by accusing them of being hateful, because if we are being honest again we have to accept that most people are not, in reality, that hateful. And the third thing is to find the common ground that brings us all together. For some this is family and for others, this is patriotism in its varying forms and notwithstanding those, there are millions of other things in between that bring us all together. What all this adds up to in the end is a general tolerance for other people, people we need to live and work and exist beside.