A cue from Britain right on time

So the violence, the left says it abhors, is really just a matter of taste. And it is not even a matter of wolf whistles or code words. Boldness of speech is one of the lefts’ tactics.

Punch a Nazi, shoot a Republican — how far you want to take it is a matter of taste

Washington Examiner – Op-Ed
by Dan Hannan | Jul 3, 2017,

There’s a bellicose undertone in a lot of Leftist rhetoric these days. People who preach peace and tolerance, rainbows and unicorns, can switch to a very different wavelength the moment they start talking about conservatives.

Listen, for example, to the way even mainstream Democrats discuss Donald Trump’s healthcare reforms.

Here is Hillary Clinton: “Forget death panels. If Republicans pass this bill, they’re the death party.”

Here is Elizabeth Warren: “I’ve read the Republican ‘healthcare’ bill. This is blood money. They’re paying for tax cuts with American lives”.

And those are the leaders, for heaven’s sake. Gaze into the maelstrom of left-wing Twitter and Facebook activism, and you find an altogether less restrained tone. Republicans, you read, are monsters who have gone into politics for the express purpose of murdering the poor. They are not political opponents; they are enemies of humanity, vermin.

Here is a typical example from a Bernie Sanders supporter, who saw the healthcare reforms as proof that Republicans hated the working class:

“Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.”

Not long afterwards, the man who posted those words went to a congressional baseball practice session intent on shooting Republicans and left a GOP Rep. Steve Scalise in critical condition.

You can just about follow his logic. Even many moderate leftists now seem to agree that Republicans are murderers, intent on killing low-income Americans for some opaque reason of their own — possibly sheer sadism. And, if Republicans are murderers, then getting your shot in first is a form of self-defense, is it not?

For a brief moment, as happens in the aftermath of these atrocities, all sides came together and stressed the things they had in common and condemned violent rhetoric and yadda yadda. But, within less than a month, leading Dems were back to calling the GOP “the death party.”

Don’t get me wrong: The only person responsible for the Alexandria abomination was the perpetrator. Sure, it’s hypocritical to complain about the rhetoric of the NRA or about using a crosshair as a metaphor for targeting a seat and then to talk about Republican “blood money.” But hypocrisy is not the same thing as complicity.

Still, we should be clear about where the legitimation of political force can lead. In Britain, we have recently seen a sudden rise in violent protests, partly because a group of Trotskyists has taken over our Labor Party. The Labor leader, Jeremy Corbyn, refuses to accept the recent election result, possibly seeing Parliament as a bourgeois institution. His deputy, John McDonnell, called for a million people to take to the streets and “force Theresa May from office”. A “Day of Rage” was duly scheduled (the terminology borrowed directly from Hamas), but happened to fall during a heatwave – and, as you may have noticed, Brits are never much use in the heat.

Just as in the United States, the language of dehumanization – what Leftists call “othering” when rightists do it – is becoming commonplace. Following a recent tragedy, in which a tower block burned down, McDonnell accused the Conservatives of murder, as though they had somehow started the fire. Unsurprisingly, there have been violent demonstrations since the blaze: Why wouldn’t you hit back at politicians who – again, for vague and unspecified reasons – want to exterminate the poor?

You thought of Britain as a civil and courteous country? A country whose people say please and thank you, a country of orderly queues, a country whose police go unarmed? That’s what we thought, too. See how quickly thuggish rhetoric can debase a political culture.

Let me spell it out. Either physical force is legitimate in democratic politics, or it isn’t. If you allow it in any circumstances, then its exercise becomes a question of tactics, not principle.

If it’s okay to stop Milo Yiannopoulos or Ann Coulter from speaking on campus by rioting, then political violence is legitimate. If political violence is legitimate, then the question of who is an acceptable target becomes one of personal choice. For James T. Hodgkinson, the Alexandria shooter, it was Republicans. For Dylann Roof, the Charleston shooter, it was black people. For Micah Johnson, the Dallas shooter, it was white people. It’s all a matter of taste.

Every act of physical coercion – throwing paint over a politician, vandalizing the property of an arms manufacturer, preventing a speaker from reaching a podium – weakens the taboo against violence. The difference between “punch a Nazi” and “shoot a Republican” is merely one of degree.

Dan Hannan is a British Conservative MEP.

Originally posted at: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/punch-a-nazi-shoot-a-republican-mdash-how-far-you-want-to-take-it-is-a-matter-of-taste/article/2627594
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Prophetic echo from days ago

Just days ago in Townhall was an eerie premonition to the Alexandria shooting.

The Left Won’t Rest Until Someone Gets Killed

Townhall — Derek Hunter | Posted: Jun 04, 2017

I’m old enough to remember when “violent rhetoric” was the root of all our problems, and crosshairs on a website no one ever saw was the reason for mass murder.

Of course, those were different times, times in which the president had a (D) after his name, not an evil (R). Since that important change happened, everything flipped – over-the-top rhetoric is no longer the domain of the fringe; it’s the currency of the mainstream media. Worse, it’s turned from heated political disagreement to paranoia and pure hatred, and it’s going to get someone killed.

The people on the political left didn’t just lose an election last November, they lost their minds. And their leadership has been exploiting that for power and profit ever since.

Immediately after their loss, Democrats did not turn introspective and try to discover why, after eight years of a personally popular president, voters across the country had rejected them in record numbers at every level of government. No, they turned in anger at those who beat them, and no one has had more of that anger directed at them than President Trump.

Read at https://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2017/06/04/untitled-n2335936

And when someone does get hurt or killed, the Left will say what they usually say, “what difference at this point does it make anyway?” Then they will break all the laws of science and physics to blame others, us, their enemies.

Even Newsweek got right on the ball. An article implies Scalise’s close ties to Trump could have something to do with it. A sly way to blame Trump? Yeah, that’s the ticket. Tie him to Trump at the hip. I don’t know what Trump ties they could have had in mind for the Capitol police and other victims. Collateral fair game?

Who Is Steve Scalise? Republican House Whip Shot at Alexandria Baseball Game

Scalise was an early endorser of President Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, although he said that Trump should make a “direct apology” after a tape emerged of the candidate making lewd comments about women in October. The 51-year-old has also supported Trump’s travel ban and voted in favor of the Republican Obamacare replacement plan.

By evening, CNN’s Randi Kaye came out with their own mini-biography basically repeating the same thing, using a speech Scalise once gave over a decade ago to a controversial supremacist group. Not like he hadn’t apologized and regretted it. No, his bio was full of all kinds of damning things, to listen to Randi Kaye.

Scalise was so closely entwined with Trump as one of the earliest supporters that he recently had Trump make a tiny video wishing his daughter happy birthday. Terrible. Well, that was a scandalous thing to do. Open the door for blaming Trump for everything: the profanity on the left, their hatred, even for their violence.

A tweet posted earlier in the day posed the apologist question about the shooting asking: ‘if the Republicans are so intent on hurting people and their Obamacare, then is taking pot shots at a bunch of Republicans just self-defense?’ One thing about the Left, not only will they accept violence from their own, but they’ll make excuses for it.

Remember the lectures about accepting the results of the election?

Then there is Bernie Sanders, the idol candidate of the mass murder wannabe. After 18 months of campaigning for a revolution, and then pledging not to back down, he comes out now to say “violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society.” That myth was busted a long time ago. Can’t you feel that hypocritical Bern?

So then Terry McAuliffe comes out at the press conference to lecture us about gun control. No, this is all about control of power and libs lack of self-control or morality. McAuliffe, now there’s a voice of moderate reason… not. But they cannot whitewash this maggot’s evil fifteen minutes of fame. Who knows who the shooter was connected to? He had been staying at the nearby YMCA and even spoke to the local mayor there numerous times, while plotting out his attack. All in a days revision…or revolution, for the left.

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