For an interesting thought exercise, imagine there are two buttons. Push the first, and your political opponents, people whose actions you believe have been hurting the country, become “enlightened,” embrace all your views, and support your agenda. There is unity and all discord ends.
Push the second button, and your opponents’ don’t change at all. But they’re rendered powerless, and you’re able to punish them harshly so that they suffer intensely. Which button would you push?
If the first, you’re perhaps driven by love. If the second, your passion drives from hatred.
“Perhaps” is in the second-to-last sentence because there’s nuance here. If you have a strong visceral desire to push button one, love is in your heart; if you’re torn or on an emotional level desire to push the second but nonetheless choose the first, love is lacking or wholly absent but you at least have an intellectual understanding that it’s an imperative — and you’re disciplined enough to be ruled by your head and not your heart.
If you have neither the love nor the understanding, you’re, well, where much of the Democratic Party is today.
Minus the philosophy, Fox News host Tucker Carlson noted this last night in a segment titled “Democratic Party is planning a war on half of America” — the people Hillary Clinton called the “deplorables.”
Carlson mentioned something that had struck me, too: The Democrats should (theoretically) be ecstatic. They not only defeated the hated Orange Man, but seized control of the federal government’s entire legislative branch the last election. And having long controlled Washington’s permanent bureaucracy (the Deep State) as well, the Democrats have close to free rein.
But they’re not happy. Angry as ever, they’re “plotting revenge” against the vanquished, “thinking of new ways to injure, humiliate and degrade their political opponents, make it impossible for them to work again, throw them in jail, and destroy their lives,” as Carlson puts it. They should be “taking victory laps,” he says — instead, they want to take a victory lap over their opponents’ ground bones.
“The leaders of the Democratic Party have now decided that 74 million Trump voters … are, in fact, terrorists,” Carlson explains, “and must be dealt with in the way that you deal with threats like that.”
Supporting his assertion, the host quoted retired general Stanley McChrystal, who led the U.S. forces in Afghanistan. “I did see a similar dynamic in the evolution of Al Qaeda in Iraq,” McChrystal said, “where a whole generation of angry Arab youth with very poor prospects followed a powerful leader who promised to take them back in time to a better place, and he led them to embrace an ideology that justified their violence. This is now happening in America.”
Next is “Andy McCabe, the former high-level FBI official who was canned for lying and corruption,” Carlson stated. Likening Trump voters to ISIS terrorists — you know, the people who burned innocent victims alive in cages — he said that when “we looked at those Americans who traveled to Syria for the purpose of joining the Islamic State, when you put all those faces and names down in one place, you had doctors, lawyers…”
“Some people are very vulnerable to and drawn into that, that core lie of any extremist movement,” McCabe continued. “And that is exactly what we’re seeing now with these, this particular group of Trump supporters.”
Then, playing on a convenient Capitol-violence-related lie, Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) warned that the “threat of White supremacy looms large, and it is tragic that it took this insurrection and this attempt to interrupt the peaceful transfer of power and, moreover, injury and loss of life for many to appreciate just how formidable the threat of White supremacy is.”
Of course, how she, a black woman, is in power — and how it is that 85 to 90 percent of our post-1967 immigrants have come from the Third World — in a “white supremacist” nation was not explained.
What was explained, says Carlson, is what needs to be done with all these white supremacists: You “reeducate” and “deprogram” them. Enter Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
“We had a program addressing white supremacists,” she could be seen saying in another video clip Carlson played. “We had programs, federal programs, that went towards funding organizations like these that deradicalize people, and President Trump pulled the plug on federal funding for some of these programs. And so one thing that we know is that we have to get that funding right back up and we probably need to double, triple, quadruple or increase funding for these deradicalization programs.”
Summarizing the Left’s totalitarian, hatred-driven goals, Carlson then explained, “First, you strip people of their right to speak out loud honestly; then you prevent them from defending themselves and their families. And then, because you now can, you force them at gunpoint to read your catechism and accept your orthodoxy.”