“Mr. President, if we understand you correctly, you think that we of the Confederacy have committed treason; that we are traitors to your government, that we have forfeited our rights and are proper subjects for the hangman. Is that not about what your words imply?”
There was a pause while they waited for Lincoln’s answer, and presently he gave it.
“Yes” he said. “You have stated the proposition better than I did. That is about the size of it.”
Shelby Foote The Civil War a Narrative Red River to Appomattox Page 777
Yesterday’s news of mobs harassing a government official at home and of a business refusing to serve Trump supporters brought to mind a pair of last month’s pieces, one on Israel and one about the left’s comments on that NYT piece on the necessary of not treating conservatives like asses in order to win some votes, there is one that unpleasant fact needs to be said out loud.
The is a growing faction in the modern left would very much like to violently suppress us, they wish that the cultural revolution could happen here and voices that violate their safe spaces could be permanently silenced. I believe they would happily hold us responsible for our own extermination just as they blame Israelis for failing to allow themselves to be killed by the Arabs in Gaza and roundly blamed Pam Geller and Robert Spencer for the terror attack in Garland targeting them for death.
The only reason why they can’t and the reason they can’t is the 2nd Amendment. You can’t exterminate an armed populace unless you are willing to die and while the abandonment of Christianity and disbelief in hell makes justifying mass murder easier, the abandonment of the belief in an afterlife also disincentives being willing to die to kill an enemy.
A generation ago such member of the left were the fringe of the fringe, now they are an integral part of the Democrat party
Any conservative who willingly disarms himself is a fool.
The real Irony? Twelve Years ago before I was blogging here I wrote a long letter to Instapundit concerning Hadita that Glenn put up at a post, it concluded thus
The real danger is that we who support the war will reach the point that we say “we might as well be taken as wolves then as sheep”. At that point the left can celebrate that they have made our military and those who support it the people they claim we are. Once that happens however any compunction about respecting them will be gone, and remember one side is armed and one is not.
That is a fate that I don’t wish on any of us.
In twelve years the left has gone from demonizing our military and those who support it to demonizing conservatives, Christians and any person who has a different opinion, in short the average american. This is preciously what I warned against and is why I’ve gone from warning the left about the dangers of demonizing us to suggesting that we arm ourselves against them.
I foresee a day where a leftist mechanic “accidentally” fail to fix a conservative customer’s brake line, a leftist paramedic failing to give the proper treatment to a person in a Trump 2020 tee shirt and a leftist surgeon letting a Trump voter die on the operating table all on the grounds that they are “Nazi’s” and thus deserving of their fate, and once people on the right decide that this is a possibility then the glue that keeps this country from a violent confrontation will be wear away very quickly.
On the bright side not only is there still time to reverse this trend, but the Stacy McCain/ Amanda Marcotte Math suggests that the problem might solve itself in a generation or two, if we can last that long.
Update: That didn’t take long to prove my point:
Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 23, 2018
In one respect this was a better result than the folks at that place serving her. I for one would not trust them cooking food for me and mine.
Update 2: Does nobody get this point?
Because of Sarah Sanders https://t.co/PfBH7xvVwE is getting slammed. If you’re near there show your support for their outstanding taste in clientele and grab a meal.
— Ken Olin (@kenolin1) June 23, 2018