Democrats loudly proclaim they want to see more ‘civility’ in American politics. But they’re the ones who are supporting violence against their foes.
Civility: In the run up to the recent midterms, Democrats and others on the left lamented that civility seemed to have all but disappeared from American political life. They were right. And they were largely to blame for its disappearance.
Twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in October explained why Democrats and the angry, violent left have a right to be uncivil to those they disagree with. Clinton’s remarks came during the hearings for Brett Kavanaugh to fill a vacant seat on the Supreme Court.
Recall that Kavanaugh was falsely vilified last summer by Democrats and the media for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman. They had no evidence at all. Even so, those on the left called Kavanaugh a “rapist”, “white nationalist,” “fascist,” and worse, and threw out all presumption of innocence until proven guilty.
“You cannot be civil with a political party,” Clinton said, “that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about.” Never mind that disagreement isn’t the same as “destroy.”
Or that Clinton’s remarks came during the hearings for Brett Kavanaugh to fill a vacant seat on the Supreme Court. Desperate congressional Democrats and the media dredged up false accusations against Kavanaugh for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman, despite having no evidence at all.
The Savaging Of Kavanaugh
Later, other false allegations emerged, only to be repeated uncritically by the media. Those allegations proved wholly false and made up.
That didn’t stop the left from calling Kavanaugh a “rapist”, “white nationalist,” “fascist,” and worse. They threw out all presumption of innocence until proven guilty.
So uncivil. But Clinton did say once Democrats regain control of part of Congress, “that’s when civility can start again.”
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said the same thing in a pre-midterm interview with CBS’ Stephen Colbert, who wondered about “lowering the temperature of political discourse.”
“Well, I think when we win, you will see evidence of that,” Pelosi said. But, again, only when they win.
Hawaiian Sen. Mazie Hirono, when asked about the mobs that had harassed Republicans in restaurants and other public places, said merely, “this is what happens.”
Yet, so far the Democrats and the left are failing the Clinton-Pelosi thesis that they’ll behave civilly once they win the election. Far from it.
Indeed, we’re not sure what they even mean when they say “civil.” Take the case of Fox TV host Tucker Carlson. His home was besieged Wednesday by violent thugs from a group called “Smash Racism D.C.”
Several news outlets referred to them as an “anti-fascist group.” That’s an error. They area fascist group.
Carlson wasn’t home when the group attacked, terrifying his wife by pounding on his door and chanting, “Tucker Carlson, we are outside your home.” Using a bullhorn, they accused Carlson of “promoting hate” and “an ideology that has led to thousands of people dying.” And the terrorist threats were fairly specific, as the group chanted, “Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night.”
The only fortunate part of the whole incident was that none of Carlson’s four children were home to experience the extremists’ hate.
Democrats Mainstream Extremism
You might say, sure, but they’re extremists. Not part of the Democratic Party.
But Democrats have condoned and excused the violence. Their supporters have financially supported it. Why? It serves their purpose.
If anyone prominent on the left has outright condemned what happened to Carlson and his family, we’ve not heard it.
Last year, Rep. Steve Scalise and other Republican congressmen were attacked by a Democratic gunman intent on killing one or more of them. The media and the Democrats mostly pretended it was an aberration.
When Sen. Rand Paul was physically attacked by a Democratic neighbor, sustaining three broken ribs, it was mostly shrugged off.
Imagine if the tables had been turned, and a Republican or conservative had attacked a group of Democratic congressmen with a gun. Or an angry GOP member had broken the ribs of a liberal senator.
Violence Against Republicans
How crazy would the media have been? Democrats might have even called for outlawing the Republican Party. It’s gotten that insane.
And this has been going on for some time. Republican politicians like Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Sen. Ted Cruz and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have been accosted while eating dinner. Less known, and with virtually no mainstream coverage, a number of average folks wearing MAGA hats or shirts have been physically assaulted.
What do you expect when one of the Democrats’ rising senators, Cory Booker of New Jersey, tells people to “get up in the face of some Congresspeople.”
And when former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says, “When they go low, we kick ’em. That’s what this new Democrat Party is about.”
Or when California Sen. Kamala Harris and Rep. Maxine Waters have both added their voices to those encouraging violence against Trump and his supporters.
Surely, you say, the anger will recede with the Democrats’ retaking of the House of Representatives. But that too is wrong.
Civility, Or Doubling Down On Rage
If anything, after winning they’re doubling down on the anti-Republican rage that has seized their party.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, was overheard on the Acela commuter train from New York to Washington pondering how to go about removing Kavanaugh from the Supreme Court, plotting strategy with an unnamed friend on a cell phone.
“The worst-case scenario — or best case, depending on your point of view — you prove he committed perjury, about a terrible subject and the Judicial Conference recommends you impeach him. So the president appoints someone just as bad.”
This is the man who will be heading the Judiciary Committee under the Democrats. Would you want his brand of justice?
Nadler also vowed to hold Trump “accountable,” which is fine, since all presidents should be held accountable. But for what? Phony Russian collusion, which has yet to be proved despite two years of FBI and special counsel investigation?
Again, guilty, until proven innocent. Rep. Maxine Waters, who will likely head the Financial Services Committee, has promised to get even with the banks for lending money to poor people that they couldn’t pay back — even though the federal government ordered the banks to do so.
The sad truth is, the Democrats have abandoned any and all pretenses of civility. As they veer farther left with each election cycle, they seem to care only about power — not constitutional principle.
The death of civility will have its costs. No doubt, tempers will flare. Laws will be broken, especially by those on the left who increasingly believe ends justify means. There will be more violence.
Look at the history of nations around the world. Once civility and mutual respect are lost, they’re hard to regain.
No, Democrats aren’t to blame for everything. But the left loudly proclaims it wants more civility. Strange, because their party is the one that most engages in incivility.
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