Cut the Cringe: Because It’s Appeasement All the Way Down
You all know what I mean by The Cringe. It’s the reflex of every conservative and Republican notable when the media catches them making a WrongThink statement. When Donald Trump raises the question of a Hispanic-American judge belonging to an organization with “Raza” in its name, Republican notables go into the Cringe. When Donald Trump raises a question about what’s going on with President Obama’s approach to Islam, Republican notables go into the Cringe.
When the usual liberal suspects blame Christians and conservatives and the NRA for the Orlando massacre, because hate, there doesn’t seem anyone, any notable, with the cojones to organize a fight-back. Sure, nobodies like me may object. Somebodies like Jonah Goldberg may object. But who cares about that? The problem is that nobody in the conservative/Republican establishment is prepared to take the risk, to go on offense, and make the Democrats pay for their lies.
I know it’s hard. CBS fugitive Sharyl Attkisson reckons that there has never been a period like the present for enforcing ruling class orthodoxy in the media, and almost everything that conservatives -- or I should say non-liberals -- want is off-limits to our ruling class and not to be endured. The likely result for any courageous fool contesting the ruling-class narrative is end of career or worse.
And yet, while liberals are the most repulsive bullies where straight white Christian American CEOs are concerned, they are the most cringing cowards where everything else is concerned. It seems eerily familiar to the appeasement of the 1930s where the British and French ruling classes were open in their desire not to upset Herr Hitler.
So, I ask myself, what was really going down in the appeasement of the Nazis? Why were Britain and France blind to the provocations of the Nazis and the roadmap laid out in Mein Kampf?
The answer is that doing something about Hitler meant that the ruling class would have to abandon the worldview that all good educated people had developed after World War I -- the idea of “never again” and collective security and arms limitation treaties and Peace. It is easy for us to sneer at the naivété of the ruling class in those times. But we all know how hard it is to admit we are wrong, even in the smallest things. Imagine how hard it is to deal with the fact that your whole worldview is collapsed upon the floor.
Like most ruling classes, our liberal friends have constructed their world view to paint a pretty picture of themselves as a caring compassionate lords of the manor. Their faith is that, without them, women and minorities would go to the wall, because racists, sexists, homophobes.
But their faith has a little problem. Magnificent as it is for establishing domestic political hegemony and domination for educated liberals and casting white Christian heterosexual gun-loving men into outer darkness, it has nothing to say about, say, radical Muslims that want to take over the world. On the liberal view, Muslims are helpless victims of capitalism and colonialism and maybe even the Crusades, and liberals are here to help them and end their marginalization and humiliation under the horror of Islamophobia. Why, if a U.S.-born Afghan-American decides to go out and shoot up a Hispanic gay bar, it must be that he was carefully taught to hate by homegrown gun-loving white Christian gay bashers.
Shout-out to Hispanics and gays and Hispanic gays: Liberals don’t care about people like you; they only care about your vote.
What do we do about it? Steve Sailer has a nice little piece about a previous terror panic in the U.S. It occurred a century ago during the last immigration surge, as “anarchists” ran around with bombs assassinating national politicians. Sacco and Vanzetti, innocent or guilty, were members of an anarchist group. It all got settled when the U.S. passed an immigration bill and deported about 556 anarchists (including the sainted Emma Goldman) in the 1920s.
I’d say it was the deportation thing that did the trick. Think of it as the flip side of the terrorist credo: “kill one innocent and frighten a million.” In this case it is “deport one terrorist and knock some sense into a thousand.” After all, no homegrown terrorist actually wants to go back “home;” they are just mad as hell at their pathetic life as a security guard and they are not going to take it anymore. Perhaps we could also improve a few attitudes by sending would-be ISIS fighters to Americanism boot camp. But leave off the terror, pal.
Don’t expect our liberal friends to figure this out any time soon. But we Neanderthals can at least demand that our conservative and Republicans notables Cut the Cringe.
As in lead, follow, or get out of the way!