Crying Wolf

I think this blog post deserves a share. I tend to agree:

This, I think, is the first level of crying wolf. What if, one day, there is a candidate who hates black people so much that he doesn’t go on a campaign stop to a traditionally black church in Detroit, talk about all of the contributions black people have made to America, promise to fight for black people, and say that his campaign is about opposing racism in all its forms? What if there’s a candidate who does something more like, say, go to a KKK meeting and say that black people are inferior and only whites are real Americans?

We might want to use words like “openly racist” or “openly white supremacist” to describe him. And at that point, nobody will listen, because we wasted “openly white supremacist” on the guy who tweets pictures of himself eating a taco on Cinco de Mayo while saying “I love Hispanics!”

When you spend years saying nearly everything is racist or sexist, then nothing is racist or sexist. Jonah Goldberg, a card carrying Never Trumper, also think this accusation is being taken too far. Charles C.W. Cooke, another NRO Never Trumper also speaks badly of all this hyperbole.

Take Trump giving Steve Bannon a place in his Administration as Chief Strategist, something I think people should rightly be concerned about. But from everything I hear from the left, he sounds like the reincarnation of Joseph Goebbels. I respect Ian Tuttle’s take on this. Also read Ben Shapiro’s take on Bannon, since he worked for him and quit under unfriendly circumstances. This should legitimately be very worrisome. But it’s hard to convince people. In a world where everyone who disagrees is Hitler, then no one is Hitler. I don’t think Trump is going to bring Nazism or Fascism to America. I think such claims are overwrought. But there are warning signs that things need to change in our rhetoric. Trump might not be Hitler, but continuing down the current path risks the rise of a real one, and if that day comes, the people warning about it will be ignored.

16 thoughts on “Crying Wolf”

  1. Interesting link.

    But I think the actual problem with false attacks of racism against Trump isn’t really about Trump so much, the real problem is the accusers. The Left, the Ruling Class News Media, and the Democratic Party (yes I repeat myself!), are addicted to false accusations of racism against their political opponents.

    Holy Moly, you should see the stuff they printed about Ted Cruz back when Cruz still had a chance at winning the Republican nomination. If anything the vitriol against Cruz was even worse than that against Trump.

    I’m afraid the public meltdowns, riots, and acts of political violence against the anti-Left we now see, were bound to happen no matter which Republican won the Presidential election.

    Since the election of Obama, the Leadership of the American Left has guided their followers to a very dark place. A course the Left has been following over a very long time, ever since the election of Reagan. A course that really descended into madness after the 2000 election of Bush. And after the election of Obama descended into naked racialist demagoguery.

  2. I don’t get the Bannon thing. I tried finding dirt on the guy but nothing except Ben Shapiro doesn’t like him, and his ex made some claims as they were divorcing. If he was a anti-semite, wouldn’t Shapiro (yarmulke-wearing Jew) have said something about, having worked for him for 4 years? Milo, being flamboyantly homosexual, also undermines the anti-gay stuff. Shapiro’s take: “Milo Yiannopoulos, the Trump-worshipping alt-right droog stooge.“ When someone sees everyone else as the problem, maybe they’re the problem.

    So where’s the red meat on Bannon? Because Breitbart posted an article about Bill Kristol calling him a “Renegade Jew”? Here’s what the author has to say:

    I was genuinely interested in the Bannon criticisms before, but it looks like they’re just going to call for his head, and if Trump gives in, just keep going down the list. It’s ridiculous, and if anything it makes my support for Trump even stronger because of more media bias and witch-huntery. Kinda like when they told me I was a racist bigot, to which I replied with a big @#$% You vote for Trump. These fools in the media still think they can drive the narrative, that we’re so damned stupid to believe anything they tell us. 4 years of this and Trump will be laughing his way into his second term.

    1. Here’s the thing about the crazed attacks against Trump. When you start digging down it becomes clear that the Left doesn’t hate and fear Trump so much (or any other Leader of the anti-Left), what they really hate and fear are the American public who voted for Trump.

      I makes a kind of sick sense when you consider the Kulture Kampf the Left has been waging for so long now. It isn’t about some guy at the top, it’s really about us, the American Public. We are the real object of their fear and hate. The “bible thumpers”, “rednecks”, “nativists”, “bitter clingers”, “ammosexuals”.

    2. Shapiro’s take is that Bannon himself is not any of the things he’s accused of, but he’s willing to enable and feed unsavory elements on the right and give them a seat at the table, which is a problem.

      1. I take what Shapiro says with a grain of salt, just like the ex-wife (and for similar reasons). But if Bannon was the architect of the messaging that got Trump elected, then Trump should stop listening at his own peril. Trump needs someone on the pulse of all those Joe Sixpacks, out there – and I could see that being truly scary to his enemies.

        It just seems like some of us are taking this Bannon stuff too seriously, from the same people who for months told us that Trump was any number of -ism’s, and also a child rapist, sexual predator, had 8% chance of winning, etc. Maybe we should remember who we’re dealing with before hurrying up to appease them. Or imagine what they’d do in a similar situation. How many on Hillary’s transition team/staff would she be in a hurry to replace if we freaked out? Remember who the enemy is, and maybe focus on them for a while.

        My $.02

        1. How many on Hillary’s transition team/staff would she be in a hurry to replace if we freaked out?

          More thoughts on this – Huma is a stone’s throw from the Muslim Brotherhood, actual terrorists, and an actual sex offender (but then so is Hillary, but I digress). Yet Hillary wasn’t in any hurry to distance herself from Huma. So yeah, F them if now they’re so delicate that they can’t stand to see someone working for Trump whose website published articles that weren’t PC enough.

  3. Yes, the lamestream media is pulling out all the stops and will have a week long expose on the Reichstag fire that Bannon will set, next week. Whether there is a fire or not. And the screaming socialists and media will demand his head.

  4. It’d be bad enough if Trump is a politician in the Jacksonian mold. No need to accuse him of anything worse.

  5. Poor Scott didn’t want this shared all over the internet, but it looks like it’s happening anyway.

    If you don’t mind, would you mind saying where you found it?

  6. So “…Trump might not be Hitler…” That statement from you is about the dumbest thing I have ever read on your blog. You wanna see a picture of a real National Socialist, I suggest you take a look at hillery’s photo.

      1. Playground insults are fun to throw around, aren’t they, though?

        When did it stop being enough for someone to be bad on their own merits? Why drag in historical figures?

      2. It would have been better if emfl had said “If you wanna see a picture of a real National Socialist, I suggest you take a look at Bernie’s photo”. At a minimum, he calls himself a Democratic Socialist; I think he even used the term “National Socialist” to describe himself.

        Hillary has been somewhat careful not to describe herself as such, though…

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