Derangement on parade

J.J. Sefton: How Can There Be “Right Wing Extremists” If the Right Believes in Individual Liberty and Freedom, OR Why the Left-Center-Right Paradigm Is a Myth – “Because we are human beings, we are all prone to the usual foibles, failings, sins and idiosyncrasies that have plagued us since time immemorial. But that doesn’t mean that the concepts of good and evil don’t exist.”

In order for its weltanschauung to make any sense at all to its adherents, as well as to justify its actions in a broader context, the Institutional Left (and I already have a problem with that monicker considering the subject of this essay, but more on that later) is constantly propagandizing in every forum and classroom the concept of “multiple perspectives.” In essence, as the Buffalo Springfield crooned 50 years ago “nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong.” It’s a neat pseudo-intellectual parlor trick— and it’s totally disingenuous.

So, if this is the case how can there be extremists on both sides? It makes no sense. There is no moral equivalency between the two sides. THERE IS NO LEFT/RIGHT PARADIGM. There are only those who believe in freedom and liberty and those who do not; or more precisely, those who are willing to take advantage of the good nature and gullibility of all too many to seize control and to tear down America as founded, Judeo-Christianity, the Scottish Enlightenment, free market capitalism and every other aspect of real human progress the aforementioned have fostered over the past 2,000 years of history.

It is way past time we took back the language and set the record straight and reject this blood-libeling. Make them face up to their history…. Before they rewrite ours.

Joseph Curl: USA Today runs by the fake news story playbook – “ USA Today “broke” it in a huge scoop on Monday: “Exclusive: Secret Service depletes funds to pay agents because of Trump’s frequent travel, large family.”

And here’s the really interesting part: It doesn’t matter — now — that the story was shot down. Trump and his family didn’t cause the problem, it’s existed for a decade. But the story — the fake report that Trump and his family are to blame — is out there now, alive on the interwebs. And that story feeds the half of America that voted against Trump. “Did you hear? All of Trump’s travel is bankrupting the Secret Service!” will be heard ‘round the water cooler this week.

So it doesn’t matter if it’s true — it’s out there. And it doesn’t matter that the USSS director later added context. Nor does it matter that when Obama and his wife took separate planes to Hawaii, one day apart — costing taxpayers an extra million dollars — that liberals and the MSM defended them. Because (and here’s the real point here) EVERYTHING TRUMP DOES IS WRONG.

There. You got it? Good. Remember — everything, wrong.

And that’s how fake news works.

S.A. Miller and Dave Boyer: Trump blames ‘dishonest media’ for misreporting of his Charlottesville comments at Phoenix rally – “President Trump called Tuesday for an end to the racial divisiveness roiling the country and blasted the news media for misreporting his reaction to the deadly violence at a white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia.”

The president, who has suffered ongoing criticism of his response to Charlottesville and been blamed for stoking racial tensions, said the “dishonest media” was misreporting his response and trying to tar his administration with racial hatred.

“It’s time to expose the crooked media deceptions and to challenge the media for their role in fomenting division,” Mr. Trump told a crowd of thousands in the Phoenix Convention Center. “And yes, by the way, they are trying to take away our history and our heritage. You see that.”

Dana Perino got caught up in this when she asserted that Trump left a “haven” for the extremists in his comments. Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, a sponsor of NASCAR, also fell for the fake news and insulted many of his customers. The New Americana Staff has the story about What really happened with Camping World CEO and Mark Martin – “Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, made some untimely comments on CNBC that exploded onto social media.”

The press made the connection between the tiki brigade and Trump, because that’s what they think. They used this CEO just to keep their own narrative. I disagree with how the president handled Charlottesville, but I don’t think he instigated it like the media wants us to believe. Whatever Lemonis really believes, he’s entitled to clarify (and he should have been asked to).

“I’m quite frankly very sad and scared, living in this country were we are so aggressive with each other that it’s taken out the spirit of what this country stands for,” Lemonis said in the video. “I’ll continue to take the damaging tweets, I’ll continue to take the damaging Facebook posts, I continue to take the death threats.”

But all of that could have been avoided if he was not propped up as a tool of #Resist. Lemonis really should have blamed the media. This was totally their fault.

It is interesting that a bunch of folks carrying TIKI torches looking like they were headed to a back yard party are equated with a bus load of folks in masks carrying baseball bats and pepper spray cans. It appears this media fantasy may have done damage to the TIKI brand as well as to Camping World … and that is only the most visible damage.

Cheryl K. Chumley: CNN’s Don Lemon dares to pin Trump as liar – “That’s kind of the pot calling the kettle black, yes?

Well, now comes Lemon, bringing up the rear with an outright attack on Trump’s Phoenix rally.

“I’m just going to speak from the heart here,” Lemon said, The Hill reported. “What we witnessed is a total eclipse of the facts. Someone who came out on stage and lied directly to the American people and left things out that he said in an attempt to rewrite history, especially when it comes to Charlottesville.”

Wait; there’s more.

Well, here’s a thought: It’s the left and its whole “Resistance Summer” mindset, impeach-Trump mantra, that’s been busy tearing apart the country with riots in the streets, burnings on college campuses, antifa-inspired attacks on innocents. But it’s Trump’s who’s now expected to step in and bridge the gap between the anarchists from the left and the law and order crowd on the right?

Doesn’t make sense.

But then again, neither does the left’s entire way of thinking.

For more on the media lash-out, see Peter Barry Chowka: CNN Viciously Attacks POTUS for Phoenix Speech and Suggests He’s a National Security Threat and Nicholas Fondacaro: MSNBC Cuts Away from Trump Rally to Smear Him and Supporters. Also featured in headlines is a Clinton judgment that Trump is a creep and made her “skin crawl” when he stood behind her. Then there’s James Clapper asserting that Trump is “unfit” and how disturbed he is. This level of hostility grates on people, especially when they compare and contrast to what they actually see.

WeirdDave: I Need to Find a Dark Room – “Washington Post: When ‘free speech’ becomes a political weapon … First of all, I’d like to point out one tiny detail: THAT’S THE ENTIRE POINT OF FREE SPEECH.”

The problem is that ” the internationalist, secular, cosmopolitan, multicultural liberalism that marks the thinking of educated elites of both parties” is poison. It’s wrong. It’s EVIL. So yeah, maybe using free speech to attack and destroy it is a pretty good idea. It’s the entire reason the 1st Amendment was created in the first place.

“We had to destroy the village in order to save it” logic at it’s finest. So CPUSA needed to be opposed because it was interfering with the sacred leftist agenda, never mind that it was interfering by advocating for taking it to it’s logical conclusion, which was anathema to most Americans and might make them resist the sacred cows of the left.

There’s more, but it’s all just unhinged lunacy. Read the whole thing, but I warn you, your brain will be reeling afterwards.

Democracy Dies in Delusion.

Jazz Shaw: We’d like a word with your woke 8 year old if that’s okay – “This is a phenomenon I’ve been noticing in more liberal media outlets (and particularly on Twitter) for a while now, but it involves some rather “delicate” questions.

David Rutz at the Washington Free Beacon finally rips off the bandage this week and says what I’m guessing many of you were already thinking. Yeah.. right. Your “woke elementary schooler” is really upset over all of this, we’re sure. And they came up with such ideas all on their own. Pull the other one, guys… it’s got bells on it.

But a kid in third grade? I’m calling BS unless you’d care to back it up. There are two obvious answers, neither of them particularly attractive for the claimant. The first (and worse) is that you’re making the story up out of whole cloth to either make your point with extra emotional punch or to simply make yourself look like a better parent. (As David suggests above.) The second is that your kid may have actually said something along those lines, but only because you’ve been inundating them with talking points they probably don’t even grasp and coaching them to say such things. Whether you’re doing it to indoctrinate them in “approved thinking” for later or simply to get a good story out of it makes little difference.

Obviously nobody would want to volunteer to put their child through something like that and in the real world we shouldn’t demand it. But we can at least ask the people making these claims if they’re really comfortable with what they’re doing to their kid’s mind at an age when they should be outside skipping rope or riding a bike.

Neo-neocon: Reversals – Jacobson: “the denial of the truth that both sides were violent seems to go beyond mere criticism, into a reversal of reality.” … “The phrase “reversal of reality” made me think of this from Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four

The Heckler’s Veto is a growing concern. Andrea Noble: Gun rights groups concerned over protestors carrying firearms at rallies – “They’ve represented gun owners in some of the highest-profile cases to hit the courts in recent years, but the Second Amendment Foundation won’t defend groups that hold public armed protests, saying that crosses a line.” Never mind that it is an unrealized, irrational fear. There must be a line when it comes to the right of self defense. The symbol of that right, even though enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, must be restricted on a symbolic basis, just because.

“There are many in the gun community who believe the open carriers pose a big threat to gun rights because they are so aggressive and so in the face of other people in controversial settings that it could lead to a backlash,” said Adam Winkler, a gun rights scholar and constitutional law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.

In fact, the backlash has already begun.

The issue gets even more complicated when groups of firearms owners show up en masse carrying their weapons.

That happened in Charlottesville, where a contingent of armed demonstrators attended the event, and in some cases were described as having done a better job than police at breaking up skirmishes between rallygoers and protesters.

Despite the violent clashes, no shots were fired at the event.

As happened in Berkeley and at Charlottesville, the police were instructed to stand down. That leaves a gap and the danger is not by those who fill that gap but those who made it.

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