Reality: I am going to tear down your safe space! Brick by brick, I shall smash it with glee!
Cartman: What? Who is that?
Reality: You cannot stop me from getting inside! I am cold and I am hard, and my name… is Reality.
South Park Safe space 2015
five minutes’ genuine toothache would reveal the romantic sorrows for the nonsense they were
C. S. Lewis The Screwtape Letters XIII
One of the great strengths and successes of the Democrat party has been the ability to peddle situations where the costs of their actions and inactions are not apparent.
From Ted Kennedy’s immigration bill in 1965, to the pull out from Iraq, to the scoring of Obamacare, to Global warming, to the current college protests the democrats have thrived on selling either faux crisis or ignoring the long-term consequences of their policies for short-term political gain.
In a country as rich as the United States were actual danger is rare, at least if you don’t live in a democrat inner city like Baltimore, it’s not as hard as it sound and has been highly effective for the party, but every now and then cold hard reality intrudes and throw a big wrench into this business.
Paris is such an event.
The Paris attack is everything the Democrat party hates, a deadly reality, taking place in front of the entire world that directly contradicts several of their most cherished memes:
Islam is not a threat
Pulling Troops out of Iraq ended a war
We don’t need troops to stop ISIS
Open borders are not a problem
Students attending expensive universities are oppressed
Climate change is the biggest threat to humanity
It’s even more deadly when your party base increasingly believes that there is nothing after this life. The idea that fanatics can permanently end your existence at a metal concert or a sporting event or a restaurant has to be doubly frightening for the unbeliever.
Now under normal circumstances given a few days the Democrats and their media allies would have had time to come up with a coordinated message to answer this threat (not the Islamists themselves but the reality breaking through their defenses) but alas the attack took place the day before the 2nd Democrat debate, a debate that had been specifically designed to keep people from viewing it.
And in that debate the Democrats found themselves confounded by the great contradiction. Even with the blood still on the streets do they appeal to their base or to the reality of the threat? What would Hillary Clinton do? Let’s go to the transcript:
DICKERSON: Secretary Clinton, you mentioned radical jihadists. Marco Rubio, also running for president, said that this attack showed and the attack in Paris showed that we are at war with radical Islam. Do you agree with that characterization, radical Islam?
CLINTON: I don’t think we’re at war with Islam. I don’t think we’re at war with all Muslims. I think we’re at war with jihadists who have —
DICKERSON: Just to interrupt. He didn’t say all Muslims. He just said radical Islam. Is that a phrase you don’t…
CLINTON: I think THAT you can talk about Islamists who clearly are also jihadists, but I think it’s not particularly helpful to make the case that Senator Sanders was just making that I agree with, that we’ve got to reach out to Muslim countries.
And the same problem came up for Sanders
DICKERSON: Just quickly, do either of you, radical Islam, do either of you use that phrase?
SANDERS: I don’t think the term is what’s important. What is important to understand is we have organizations, whether it is ISIS or Al Qaida, who do believe we should go back several thousand years. We should make women third-class citizens, that we should allow children to be sexually assaulted, that they are a danger to modern society.
And that this world, with American leadership, can and must come together to destroy them. We can do that. And it requires an entire world to come together, including in a very active way, the Muslim nations.
DICKERSON: Governor O’ Malley, you have been making the case when you talk about lack of forward vision, you’re essentially saying that Secretary Clinton lacks that vision and this critique matches up with this discussion of language. The critique is that the softness of language betrays a softness of approach. So if this language — if you don’t call it by what it is, how can your approach be effective to the cause? that’s the critique.
O’ MALLEY: I believe calling it what it is, is to say radical jihadis. That’s calling it what it is. But John, let’s not fall into the trap of thinking that all of our Muslim American neighbors in this country are somehow our enemies here. They are our first line of defense.
This unwillingness to say: “Radical Islam” was a topic of dry comment:
The three candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination had different ideas at Saturday night’s Iowa debate about what to call terrorists — but they wanted to leave “Islamist” out of any descriptor.
Hillary Clinton may have talked tough Saturday night about defeating terrorists, but her desire to avoid uttering one word immediately led Republicans to declare her weak.
That word? Islam.
“I say this as a liberal, I would be concerned as a Democrat about the entire terrorism part of this debate,” Beinart said.
and GOP snark:
Homosexuality used to be known as the love that dare not speak its name. When it comes to Islamic terrorism, Islam is the religion that dare not speak its name. On this the candidates were all agreed.
This reality is a toxic thing to the left and as long as it is front and center it will mean that there is a chance to actually address this problem and in the long run save lives.
But we on the right need to face reality as well. The Paris attack will only be toxic for a short time to the left’s worldview. Like any infection this dose of reality will eventually be beaten back by the antibodies of self indulgence, self delusion and self righteousness of people who presume that as frightening as the attacks in Paris are, it’s not a physical threat to them.
We don’t have long to use this moment, we need to do so now while our friends on the left are still willing to allow us to help save their lives and our own.
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