Is Civil War on the Horizon?
If you're a hardcore leftist, stop reading right now.
Close out of this article, put down your phone, tablet, or computer, and go about doing whatever it is you do with your time... because what's coming next isn't for you.
If you keep reading and end up stomping on your iPhone Plus or short-circuiting your Macbook Air in a flood of tears, I'm not taking responsibility.
Now that that's been said... here I go.
Even within today's torrid political climate, the last several days have been eyebrow-raising to say the least, especially if you consider yourself a conservative on any level.
Stemming from a widely publicized immigration crisis on the U.S./Mexican border, conservative politicians and voters alike have become targets in a campaign of unabashed hostility.
The event that sparked this latest bout of fury was the ejection of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her family from a Virginia restaurant because of who she is and who she works for.
On it's face, this refusal of service is nothing spectacular.
Refusing service to anybody for any reason is the right of any business owner.
What the owner of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, did, however, went above and beyond her right to select her clientele.
She asked the party to leave — which they respectfully did — and then proceeded to follow them across the street, berating them as they sought an alternative restaurant.
Do as I Say, Not as I Do
Liberals supporting this action called angered conservatives hypocrites for backing a similar refusal of service to a gay couple by a Colorado baker back in 2012 — a case on which the Supreme Court reached a final decision earlier this month.
You probably know the story.
Except that refusal of service was not very similar at all to what happened to President Trump's Press Secretary.
The Colorado baker in question refused to create a made-to-order cake for religious reasons, leaving the option open for the couple to purchase a ready-made product.
There was no ejection from the place of business. There was no self-righteous harassment afterwards.
For the two incidents to have any sort of equivalency, the owner of the Red Hen would have had to refuse to serve Sarah Sanders a special request from off the menu... and that's it.
How following this family across a street came into the comparison, I have no idea.
And yet, that is the answer we are expected to swallow in response to the ensuing outrage.
Two days after this event once again reinvigorated tensions between the political factions, one of the left's most vocal leaders, Maxine Waters, a U.S. Representative from California, urged fans and followers to repeat the actions of the Red Hen restaurant towards all members of Trump's cabinet, going so far as stating, "They’re not welcome anymore, anywhere," and that liberals should "create crowds" and "push back."
Pushing the boundaries of absurdity even further, the very concept of "civility," at least as far as Waters's loudest supporters are concerned, has now been unilaterally redefined as a white supremacist tool to keep the masses underfoot.
Predictably, Hollywood was all too eager to follow along in the steps of their ideological counterparts in D.C.
Recently rebranded liberal activist Tom Arnold added to this fire when last week, he tweeted to his quarter-million followers:
Dude, we can protest at The White House too. Also Melania takes him to school. We want to have a word with her. If we see babies tomorrow we’re going to Kushners kids school. Don Jr’s kids are already working at Hooters so we’ll protest there for lunch.
Not to be outdone, Peter Fonda offered up the following piece of wisdom via Twitter:
We should rip Barron Trump from his mother's arms and put him in a cage with pedophiles and see if mother will stand up against the giant a--hole she is married to. 90 million people in the streets on the same weekend in the country.
Though he apologized 10 hours later, his sentiment managed to gain a good amount of popularity among less-famous Democrats before getting deleted.
It is important to note that neither actor faces professional censure by their respective studios.
These bizarre, threatening, deranged outbursts were echoed by dozens of other celebrities, including singer John Legend, producer Judd Apatow, comedians Chelsea Handler and Kathy Griffin, and actor Ron Perlman, to name just a few.
The public didn't have much time to forget that event because a couple days later, the SCOTUS's upholding of Trump's "Travel Ban," affecting a list of seven nations, added even more fuel to the fire.
Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison — himself a proud friend and supporter of the famously Jew-hating Louis Farrakhan — went on the record stating:
The US Supreme Court just ratified Donald Trump’s “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entry into the United States.
The fact that this travel restriction affected just five of the world's 50 Muslim-majority nations and included two non-Muslim nations, Venezuela and North Korea, and isn't even a "ban" to begin with, was conveniently overlooked.
And the even more relevant fact — that the list was first compiled in 2015, under the previous administration — was also swept aside by the popular media.
This storm of contrived outrage over immigration was finally silenced yesterday, when the leftist tear-factory switched focus yet again to its latest flavor of the nano-second: the retirement of SCOTUS Justice Kennedy and the subsequent reality that a Trump appointee might swing the balance of the nation's highest court even farther to the right.
That development has already spawned a whole new diatribe, complete with outrage, renewed calls for impeachment, imprisonment, rioting, and everything else we've come to associate with the not-so-silent minority of this nation's most entrenched leftists.
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When Hatred Becomes a Trademark
Listing and quoting all of the last several days' worth of potentially inciting remarks from famous liberals would take up 20 articles... and is unnecessary because their messages can all be summed up with a single phrase: If you're a conservative, you're a Nazi.
This rhetoric, aside from being completely nonsensical (I don't remember anything in my high school history class about Jews clamoring to illegally hop the border into Nazi Germany in the late ’30s/early ’40s), is nothing short of a call to arms by one side of the political spectrum against the other.
And everywhere you look these days, whether it's social media, the mainstream news, or, if you live in a major city, on the streets themselves, it's behavior that is slowly escalating towards mass physical confrontation.
Sadly, this is not an entirely new phenomenon.
It's been happening every week on college campuses since the week of the election, with attacks by the so-called Antifa movement, as well as less coordinated attacks by packs of activists, against conservative speakers and demonstrators, using everything from mace to broomsticks to bike locks.
Last year, a deranged gunman opened fire on a congressional charity baseball game, specifically targeting Republicans — an act many on the far left praised.
Mind you, this is the same group of people that wants to strip you of your Second Amendment rights, increase your taxes, and open the borders to an uncontrolled influx of unvetted immigrants, all the while telling you exactly what you can and cannot say.
Disagree with any of the above premises, and you're immediately a "Nazi" in their eyes.
All the while, the ranks of conservatives continue to swell at an unprecedented rate, with an increasingly diverse pool of members belonging to all races and creeds.
Their common bond is that they're tired of the single-issue, identity-obsessed antics of the current leftist establishment.
Don't believe me? There's a hashtag trending: #Walkaway.
Political Correctness: Radical Authoritarianism Passed Off as Social Justice
What this sort of anti-conservative derangement will look like tomorrow we will have to wait and see, but judging by the boldness the far left feels these days, anything is on the table.
I cannot in good conscience advocate using these same tactics in response.
Doing so would lead to actual, real-life Gestapo-esque results, as a collection of trigger-happy alt-right militias responds to open-handed slaps, broom handles, and bags of burning vegan feces with semi-automatic rifle fire.
As much as the former Russian in me revels in the mental imagery of wading into a crowd of anarcho-communists with a Gatling gun, I do not want to see that happen, as it would mean the end of this Republic and everything good that still exists here.
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True fascism, in its purest form, is taking root in this country today.
Unless it's brought to an end and we once again recommit ourselves as a nation to the ideals of free thought, free speech, and freedom of action, things will get worse, not better.
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