The New York Times published an op-ed by Michelle Goldberg Monday night that supports the public abuse Republicans and Trump administration officials have been subjected to this past week. Goldberg’s op-ed is titled, “We Have a Crisis of Democracy, Not Manners“.
A sample of liberal violence against conservatives in recent years: A Republican Congressman shot, a Trump supporter attacked, a limo set ablaze at Trump’s inauguration.
The central premise is incorrect as the U.S. is a republic, not a democracy. Democracy is straight majority rule–mob rule, as has been witnessed this past week in mob actions against woman GOP government officials Sarah Huckabee, Pam Bondi and Kirstjen Nielsen.
Goldberg’s article is intellectually dishonest as it falsely paints liberals as peaceful, unarmed saints, who have reached the limit of their saintliness, confronting evil Republicans.
Goldberg opens talking about white racist Richard Spencer, whom the media has elevated from a nobody to use as a cudgel against the Trump administration. Curiously though, Goldberg writes about Spencer being kicked out of a membership gym rather than the infamous “punch a Nazi” attack on him last year seen in a viral video cheered by liberals. As many conservatives who loathe Spencer and his racism warned, liberals call all conservatives Nazis and were therefore justifying attacks on conservatives.
Sure enough a few months after liberals proclaimed “punch a Nazi” was acceptable, a Democrat tried to mass assassinate a group of Republican Congressman and Senators, grievously wounding Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and several others.
That mass assassination attempt by a Democrat on Republicans just last year goes unmentioned in Goldberg’s article, even as Goldberg rightly calls out the murder of abortion providers.
Goldberg does not mention riotous attacks on Trump supporters by liberals at President Trump’s inauguration last year.
Also not mentioned by Goldberg are the many violent attacks by liberals on Trump supporters attending Trump campaign rallies in 2016.
Goldberg chastises Trump for his intemperate comments encouraging violence against protesters repeatedly disrupting his rallies, but does not put them in the context that he was reacting to the continuous incivility of liberals at his rallies and their violent attacks on his supporters.
Unmentioned by Goldberg is that a protester attempted to assassinate candidate Trump at a rally by trying to grab a gun off a law enforcement officer to shoot Trump. At another rally a deranged protester charged the stage as Trump was speaking, jumping over a barricade and reaching the edge of the stage before being stopped.
Nor does Goldberg talk about Antifa, the violent organized wing of liberalism that riots and attacks conservatives in public. Goldberg falsely states that liberals have not protested Trump and conservatives while carrying “assault weapons” when that has occurred many times in states that allow open carry.
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Liberals are cheering Goldberg’s column because of passages like these:
It’s a little more complicated when the professional racist is the president of the United States. The norms of our political life require a degree of bipartisan forbearance. But treating members of Donald Trump’s administration as ordinary public officials rather than pariahs does more to normalize bigotry than exercising alongside a white separatist.
…Whether or not you think public shaming should be happening, it’s important to understand why it’s happening. It’s less a result of a breakdown in civility than a breakdown of democracy. Though it’s tiresome to repeat it, Donald Trump eked out his minority victory with help from a hostile foreign power. He has ruled exclusively for his vengeful supporters, who love the way he terrifies, outrages and humiliates their fellow citizens. Trump installed the right-wing Neil Gorsuch in the Supreme Court seat that Republicans stole from Barack Obama. Gorsuch, in turn, has been the fifth vote in decisions on voter roll purges and, on Monday, racial gerrymandering that will further entrench minority rule.
All over the country, Republican members of Congress have consistently refused to so much as meet with many of the scared, furious citizens they ostensibly represent. A great many of these citizens are working tirelessly to take at least one house of Congress in the midterms — which will require substantially more than 50 percent of total votes, given structural Republican advantages — so that the country’s anti-Trump majority will have some voice in the federal government.
But unless and until that happens, millions and millions of Americans watch helplessly as the president cages children, dehumanizes immigrants, spurns other democracies, guts health care protections, uses his office to enrich himself and turns public life into a deranged phantasmagoria with his incontinent flood of lies. The civility police might point out that many conservatives hated Obama just as much, but that only demonstrates the limits of content-neutral analysis. The right’s revulsion against a black president targeted by birther conspiracy theories is not the same as the left’s revulsion against a racist president who spread birther conspiracy theories.
…Faced with the unceasing cruelty and degradation of the Trump presidency, liberals have not taken to marching around in public with assault weapons and threatening civil war.
…Instead, some progressive celebrities have said some bad words, and some people have treated administration officials with the sort of public opprobrium due members of any other white nationalist organization. Liberals are using their cultural power against the right because it’s the only power they have left, and people have a desperate need to say, and to hear others say, that what is happening in this country is intolerable.
Sometimes, their strategies may be poorly conceived. But there’s an abusive sort of victim-blaming in demanding that progressives single-handedly uphold civility, lest the right become even more uncivil in response. As long as our rulers wage war on cosmopolitan culture, they shouldn’t feel entitled to its fruits. If they don’t want to hear from the angry citizens they’re supposed to serve, let them eat at Trump Grill.”
A sample of liberal and Blue Checkmark reaction:
“… there’s an abusive sort of victim-blaming in demanding that progressives single-handedly uphold civility, lest the right become even more uncivil in response.” https://t.co/PANXix5DO5
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) June 26, 2018
This is so good. 💯🏆🎯 https://t.co/4bg4pXoizR
— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) June 26, 2018
We went high for too long… Time to get in the mud and take our country back! https://t.co/9fscdYYQwM
— Tom D'Angora (@TomDangora) June 26, 2018
“most people tacitly agree that it’s OK to shun professional racists.
It’s a little more complicated when the professional racist is the president. Treating members of Trump’s admin as ordinary public officials rather than pariahs” normalizes bigotry https://t.co/XVtlcLbfIy
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) June 26, 2018
"We Have a Crisis of Democracy", just like @michelleinbklyn says.
The only way to end it is to publicly protest against those in office responsible for this mess, and by voting in November!
Sarah Sanders deserves to be kicked from every restaurant until this is fixed!
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) June 26, 2018
Last word goes to the spot-on Chuck Woolery:
No we have a "ConstitutionalRepublicCrisis", Democrats and the Elites in both parties are to blame. "We Have a Crisis of Democracy"
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) June 26, 2018