Saturday, February 4, 2017

"Genghis Hitler"

Michael Lumish

{Also published at the Elder of Ziyon and Jews Down Under.}

This is the most pathological moment in US political history since 1968.

I come out of the progressive-left, but the movement lost me when I started noticing Nazi Swastikas entwined with Stars of David at anti-war rallies in San Francisco.

Once it became clear that anti-Zionists were making homes for themselves within the Obama administration, I knew that it was time for me to leave the party. Asking Jews to sit across the Democratic Party table from anti-Semitic anti-Zionists, such as Linda Sarsour, is something akin to asking black Americans to sit across the Democratic Party table in political kinship with the Klan.

It is suggesting common-cause with an anti-Zionist seeking to bring Sharia into the United States under the cover of feminism. (Of feminism, for chrissake.) This is not a criticism of Muslims as people, but it is very definitely a criticism of Sharia. Whatever else Sharia may be, it is a theological-political ideology and thus open to public scrutiny and criticism. This is particularly true when the head-chopping of non-submissive women or the throwing of Gay people off of rooftops is seen
as a moral imperative for so many within the Islamic faith.

Jewish people need to draw the line at anti-Semitic anti-Zionism of the type represented by Sarsour who once twittered that "nothing is creepier than Zionism."

In the meantime the progressive-left, the Democratic Party, and Clinton Incorporated have turned Trump into the Devil, but what they fail to understand is that their intense and overblown hatred immunizes the guy from their own criticisms.

Whenever they lambaste Trump as a "fascist," or something akin to Hitler, he garners quiet sympathy while making his accusers look malicious, ignorant, and untrustworthy in their conclusions.

The Accelerating Ideological Drumbeat

The intense hatred for Donald Trump is, in part, a result of the accelerating ideological drumbeat around issues of race, gender, and class as derived from the New Left and the Vietnam War. During the 1960s we saw the rise of Second Wave Feminism, the anti-war movement, Gay rights, environmentalism, Black Power, Brown Power and on and on. This churning political chaos blended progressive-left identity politics with socialism eventually resulting in the remarkable challenge by Bernie Sanders to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 2016.

There are, quite obviously, very good historical reasons for all of this. Does anyone really need reminding of how long women in the United States were non-citizens? Or how long black people were slaves? Thus, the New Left take-over of the universities was a response to centuries of unjust marginalization and displacement of the allegedly inferior other.

The problem is not that in speaking up for women, or in opposition to war, or in favor of minority rights, that the Left had nothing to say. They clearly had plenty to say. The problem is that they refused to acknowledge their winnings on the table.

That is, the less racist and sexist the West became in recent decades the harder and faster the drumbeat of race, gender, and class became, eventually emerging, during the Obama administration, as the high-pitched shrill of identity politics that we know today.

And that really is the saddest part.

The faltering liberal West represents the most socially just and welcoming form of political organization in human history, yet it is lambasted by a significant portion of its own citizenry as among the very worst.

Instead of joining with the white American middle-class for the purpose of moving forward in relative harmony, the progressive-left demonized those people, particularly the conservatives among them, as precisely what is wrong with the West today.

One Reason Why Hillary Got Beat

In the months leading into the 2016 presidential election the tempo of progressive-left accusations of racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, disaster capitalism, homophobia, Islamophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and generalized badness, approached a crescendo.

One of my favorite examples was when transgender Inside Edition reporter Zoey Tur (née Robert Albert Tur) threatened violence against Brietbart-associated writer and radio talk show host, Ben Shapiro, because Ben referred to her as a "Sir" during a panel discussion on Caitlyn "Bruce" Jenner.

The rather burly Ms. Tur subsequently threatened Shapiro with a "curb stomping" which anyone who has ever seen the movie History X can tell you is a rather unpleasant form of getting one's ass kicked... if not, more likely, dead. Shortly thereafter Shapiro suggested that such brutality might be considered a tad "unladylike" thereby revealing that someone obviously needs to give him a good mansplaining.

Shortly after the election, the MTV "2017 Resolutions for White Guys" video nicely summed-up the progressive-left, politically-correct, coastal zeitgeist that nudged Trump into the winner's box.

While no one ever accused the people over at MTV of being big thinkers, the truth is that during the brief historical moment between World War II and the present the West actually made tremendous gains in social justice. Yet it is precisely at this moment that the cries of racism and sexism and fascism dramatically increased in direct proportion, ironically enough, to the diminishment of racism, sexism, and fascism.

Never before was a society so free and, yet, so despised by so many for its alleged lack of freedom.

In retrospect, therefore, it is not particularly surprising that as the Clinton campaign conjured the "alt-right" as an object of hatred with which to smear Donald Trump that many less partisan Americans refused to buy into that hatred.

The more the Clintonistas pointed the trembling finger of accusation toward all those politically-incorrect heinous "deplorables" - otherwise known as their fellow Americans - the more those people either adopted that attribution as a badge of honor or dismissed the Left as a bunch of anti-white racist, anti-American hate-mongering nit-wits.

In other words, each time progressives spit the notion that Americans from places like Lexington, Kentucky or Provo, Utah or Ottumwa, Iowa were essentially a bunch of bigoted, heteronormative, neanderthal, pig farmers another Republican-operative angel received its wings.


By turning Donald Trump into "Genghis Hitler," as my friend Trudy put it, the Left leaves no room for negotiation, discussion, or even thought. By accusing Trump of anything and everything - up to and including "golden showers" in Russian luxury hotelrooms - it immunizes the guy from genuine criticisms.

It means that people who seek some reasonable objectivity in their understanding of what is actually happening must slog through an endless miasma of bullshit to get at a kernel of truth.

And what this means is that the kind of key honest criticisms that could sway the general American citizenry back toward a left-leaning direction are lost in the political swamp, thereby freeing president Trump to do damn near anything he wants. After all, if almost everyone left-of-center is willing to string the guy up for putting his shoes on in the wrong order, why should he not just go forward and do whatever he wants, anyway?

An important question is, will this hatred topple the guy or will it feed his strength?


  1. There's nothing creepier than feminists lining up with Linda Sarsour, who as a Sharia pushing fake feminist is extremely creepy in the first place.

    " Whatever else Sharia may be, it is a theological-political ideology and thus open to public scrutiny and criticism. "
    Not at the women's march, UC Berkeley, the MSM of the Obama years, etc.

    "Whenever they lambaste Trump as a "fascist," or something akin to Hitler, he garners quiet sympathy while making his accusers look malicious, ignorant, and untrustworthy in their conclusions."
    Which is true about them to an all too great extent.

    The question is, do we want to push things back to the left as it now exists, or to a new center.
    It's a really good piece, Mike.

    OT/P.S. Were I doing interviews of the protesters at the airports my first question would be, "Is there anyone in the world of muslim background whom you wouldn't let into the country?"

    1. Jeff, the thing with Sarsour and the Women's March is that it represents a true nexus point in American Left ideological history. Sarsor, whatever her best intentions, is interesting because she represents a Sharia wedge into mainstream American politics.

      I used to shrug my shoulders when people like Robert Spencer would talk about "stealth jihad."

      I am still deeply skeptical of the notion, but there is nothing the least bit stealth about Sarsour.

      She is openly pro-Sharia and working directly within the liberal system that most of us support.

      In other words, she is advancing her agenda in the classic American manner.

      And, therefore, as challengers within that system we should call this thing out for what it is: the normalization of Sharia within American feminism.

  2. The ills of post-WW II globalism have festered because the rules that guide it are obsolete and subject to abuse by actors that have other designs than the good of all.

    Trump is up against it. This is more serious than 1968 because the "resistance" to the government is inflamed by Democrats in government. Long term harm is occurring from the political games and obsession over the minute. "Trending" is the bane of existence.

    Bill Clinton was right when he called identity politics poison. Intersectionality mandates solidarity, no matter the issue, and to oppose the excess turns one evil. Under it all, except for demanding power, do these people have any answers that work?

  3. Attended a friendship day march in my hometown yesterday to "stand," with local Muslims after the Quebec Mosque shooting. Typically Canadian, it was a very peaceful affair; about 300 people from a city of 90,000; no hateful signs or speeches from anyone and a stop at Tim Hortons for free coffee and Timbits. My partner, who fancies herself somewhat of an old radical yelled "right on," a few times during the speeches and got nasty looks from the quiet crowd. No one railed at Trump or Israel. All in all it was not unbearable. I don't care for protests anymore but this thing at least lived up to its name.

  4. Actually, y'know, this moment is MORE pathological than 1968.

    At least in 1968 there was an unjust war to fight against and black people and women were still second-class citizens.

    But Walter Cronkite was out there, representing a rational core.

    Now there is no rational core left.