YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO BE CONSERVATIVE, SAY THE PROGRESSIVE LIBERALS

 

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THE TRANSOM

16 JUNE 16

[  Emphasis and {commentary} in red type by Abyssum  }

ORLANDO AND THE SLOW DEATH OF LIBERAL SOCIETY:

One of the consequences of the success the American left has found in the culture wars is that they have become more illiberal in tendencies and views toward the toleration of opposing ideas within the public square. It is not enough to achieve within the country the kind of cultural reforms and shifting of norms thought impossible a decade ago – there can be no space allowed for those who disagree with these cultural pushes to continue to have a presence in polite society. Anderson Cooper’s questions to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi are a perfect example of this. http://vlt.tc/2fpl  Cooper’s worst comment is that he has gone through Bondi’s prior year on Twitter and found insufficient dedication to the cause of gay rights – as if Bondi tweeting something about gay pride month would in any way have prevented a terrorist massacre, any more than a law for more robust background checks would’ve prevented a man with no criminal history of buying a gun, or a ban on the AR-15 would’ve prevented the man buying a Sig Sauer MCX.

The implication advanced by many on the left today, particularly in the media, is that somehow, everyone they disagree with culturally is to blame for an act of Islamist terror. Thus, people who are members of the NRA, people who disagree with the Trans bathroom agenda, people who held the same opinion as Hillary Clinton four years ago on gay marriage, people who pray for victims of massacres, and people who don’t tweet about gay pride month all contributed to this awful attack. The New York Times editorial couldn’t be clearer in depicting this act, undertaken by an attacker who literally declared his allegiance and justification, as driven by Republican exploitation of prejudice. This is who does not want to wear the ribbonism taken to the level of utter absurdity. http://vlt.tc/2fpy 

Heather Wilhelm responds to the NYT: http://vlt.tc/2fq7  “This is strange, given that Omar Mateen, the now-infamous shooter at the Pulse nightclub, did not mention Republicans when called 911 to pledge allegiance to ISIS and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. According to the latest reports, he did not mention Paul Ryan or Mitch McConnell when he called a local television station and declared the following: “I did it for ISIS. I did it for the Islamic State.” He did not rain down curses upon America’s roiling bathroom wars or even the scourge of supply-side economics when, terrified eyewitnesses reported, he said “he wanted America to stop bombing his country.”

The implication that your fellow Americans have blood on their hands is a serious one. What makes this implication more damaging in the current context is that the American left has also come to hold the view, despite every fact to the contrary, that the rights protected by the First, Second, and Sixth Amendment are only in place because the politicians have been bought. http://vlt.tc/2fpg  The facts are that Americans are buying more guns than ever, and yet the nation has seen a dramatic decrease in gun violence. http://vlt.tc/2fpz   The NRA is an expression of popular will working on behalf of millions of dues paying gun owners. If wealthy and powerful interests were successful at manipulating the political process in spite of public opinion, we would have a nation that looked like what Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer wanted it to be. We don’t.

Last night The Daily Show’s Hassan Minhaj, speaking to a gathering of radio and TV journalists, went on an extended rant about Orlando which included the statement that Congress is bought by the NRA to the tune of 3.7 million dollars over the past decade, suggesting that if the journalists in the room could use Kickstarter to raise 4 million dollars that it would alter our national gun policy. Even given the normal assumptions regarding the accuracies of a fake journalist, this is a ludicrously inaccurate statistic, but in an amusing way: he has apparently conflated the dollars given with the fact that the NRA has 3.7 million members. http://vlt.tc/2fq0  (They actually have far more now, since the Obama presidency has led to a boom, but a search of 3.7 million turns that up frequently and is an awfully specific thing to get totally wrong). http://vlt.tc/2fq1   The NRA gives far more than 3.7 million dollars because they represent far more Americans than Minhaj recognizes.

The danger of illiberalism on the part of the American left increases when they believe, falsely in this case, that the will of the people is emphatically in one direction, and that it is only via the mechanism of big money pouring into our politics that prevents this will from being honored. Taken as a whole, this view delegitimizes not just the working out of complex issues via our political system, not just the decisions of the Supreme Court in cases like Heller and Citizens United and Hobby Lobby, but the basic value of self-government.
 
In keeping with the appropriate tenor of toleration and respect, Minhaj closed his rant with an expression of solidarity with the “F..k your thoughts and prayers” movement on social media. This is where an illiberal movement ends up – literally saying to people “F..k you for your prayers” – when it believes the only solution to every problem is more government, more rules, more ribbon-wearing… conveniently ignoring the hard truth that none of it, had it happened a week or a month ago, would have prevented this terrible attack. Seeing the world as it is is too hard. It is comforting to instead hold to the simplicity that if a roomful of media can raise 4 million dollars, all the bad things will go away.

RELATED: Senator Chris Murphy leads gun control filibuster. http://vlt.tc/2fp6   The terrorist watchlist, explained. http://vlt.tc/2fp0  Orlando probe intensifies as feds eye gunman’s wife, possible ties to international terror. http://vlt.tc/2fol  Orlando was not an act of hate. It was an act of war. http://vlt.tc/2fon  Open borders after Orlando. http://vlt.tc/2foi  Omar Mateen told police he’d strap bombs to hostages, Orlando mayor says. http://vlt.tc/2fov  Orlando gunman called friend, TV station during massacre, officials say. http://vlt.tc/2fo8  Don’t blame ‘self-loathing.’ Blame jihadism. http://vlt.tc/2foy  NRA statement on terror watchlists. http://vlt.tc/2foe   FBI director unsure attack could’ve been prevented. http://vlt.tc/2fpx

{  Here is a fact that the progressive liberals absolutely refuse to acknowledge:  all of the mass shootings that have occurred in the United States beginning with the school in Connecticut have OCCURRED IN JURISDICTIONS WHERE THERE IS STRICT GUN CONTROL, WHERE IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO BUY A GUN, WHERE IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO CARRRY A GUN, WHERE SECURITY GUARDS AT THE PLACES WHERE THE MASSACRES OCCURRED WERE NOT ALLOWED TO CARRY GUNS,  WITH THE RESULT THAT THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT OF SELF DEFENSE WAS TOTALLY, ILLEGALLY AND IMMORALLY DENIED TO THE AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO WERE MASSACRED.    THE TERRORISTS AND ALL CRIMINALS KNOW THAT THEY WILL BE MORE SUCCESSFUL IN KILLING AMERICANS IN JURISDICTIONS WHERE THER IS STRICT GUN CONTROL !!!   Abyssum  }

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2 Responses to YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO BE CONSERVATIVE, SAY THE PROGRESSIVE LIBERALS

  1. abyssum says:

    Dear Nance,
    You have my permission to publish my post in your local newspaper, or anywhere else you might choose.
    God bless your efforts to protect America’s children.
    We can expect more tragedies like:
    “The Beslan school siege (also referred to as the Beslan school hostage crisis or Beslan massacre)[2][3][4] started on 1 September 2004, lasted three days, involved the capture of over 1,100 people as hostages (including 777 children),[5] and ended with the death of at least 385 people. The crisis began when a group of armed Islamic terrorists, mostly Ingush and Chechen, occupied School Number One (SNO) in the town of Beslan, North Ossetia (an autonomous republic in the North Caucasus region of the Russian Federation) on 1 September 2004. The hostage-takers were the Riyadus-Salikhin Battalion, sent by the Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev, who demanded recognition of the independence of Chechnya, and UN and Russian withdrawal from Chechnya. On the third day of the standoff, Russian security forces stormed the building with the use of tanks, incendiary rockets and other heavy weapons.[6] At least 330 hostages were killed, including 186 children,[7][8] with a significant number of people injured and reported missing.” Wikipedia

  2. Nance Shaw says:

    may I send this to our local newspaper?

    Something to think about.

    Here in the Navasota ISD school entrances there are those ubiquitous signs against open and concealed carry.

    *Here is a fact that the progressive liberals absolutely refuse to acknowledge: all of the mass shootings that have occurred in the United States beginning with the school in Connecticut have OCCURRED IN JURISDICTIONS WHERE THERE IS STRICT GUN CONTROL, WHERE IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO BUY A GUN, WHERE IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO CARRY A GUN, WHERE SECURITY GUARDS AT THE PLACES WHERE THE MASSACRES OCCURRED WERE NOT ALLOWED TO CARRY GUNS, WITH THE RESULT THAT THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT OF SELF DEFENSE WAS TOTALLY, ILLEGALLY AND IMMORALLY DENIED TO THE AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO WERE MASSACRED. THE TERRORISTS AND ALL CRIMINALS KNOW THAT THEY WILL BE MORE SUCCESSFUL IN KILLING AMERICANS IN JURISDICTIONS WHERE THERE IS STRICT GUN CONTROL !!! ** (From Rene Henry Gracida, **Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Corpus Christi)*

    Are we looking to be a victim? Or will we protect our constitutional rights – AND our kids?

    How about a new sign. Come on, you scum. Our teachers are packing and we WILL PROTECT OUR KIDS.

    On Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 9:59 AM, ABYSSUS ABYSSUM INVOCAT / DEEP CALLS TO DEEP wrote:

    > abyssum posted: ” THE TRANSOM 16 JUNE 16 [ Emphasis and {commentary} in > red type by Abyssum } ORLANDO AND THE SLOW DEATH OF LIBERAL SOCIETY: One > of the consequences of the success the American left has found in the > culture wars is that they have become more i” >

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