Fear of Things No One Is Afraid Of

 

Ok.  So President Biden, the Democrat Party, and major media outlets all agree that the greatest threat of domestic terrorism comes from right-wing militias and white supremacists.  That’s what they say.  Well, ok.

As the Rittenhouse jury deliberates, the National Guard has moved several hundred troops nearby, to handle possibly violent riots after the verdict is released.  Well, ok.

So I presume that the leaders of the National Guard are thinking, “Ok, if Rittenhouse is found innocent, Black Lives Matter and Antifa will be upset, but they’ll use peaceful and legitimate means to air their grievances.  No problem.  But if he’s found guilty, the right-wing whackos out there are going to start burning down fast food joints and attacking bystanders.  We’d better be ready.”

Ok.  Maybe.  But I really, really, really doubt that.

It’s amazing that leftists in general, and the Biden administration in particular, can maintain such an obvious absurdity as a central thesis to their worldview.

Nobody, and I mean nobody, is more scared of right-wing militias than they are the organizations that burned American cities on the nightly news all across this country for several months last year.  The head of Black Lives Matter bought mansions in white neighborhoods – she obviously understands which groups are dangerous.  And I’ll guarantee you that the National Guard in Wisconsin does as well.  Regardless of their politics, I’m sure they know where the real threats are.

But then we have the daily drumbeat of fear coming from the left and the media.  Fear of something that no one is afraid of.

When the success of a political movement is dependent on convincing everyone to be afraid of something that no one is afraid of, you would think that that political movement would have very serious problems.

On the other hand, this worked well for Stalin (no one was afraid of the Kulaks), Hitler (no one was afraid of the Jews), and Mao (no one was afraid of farmers or teachers).  So, I suppose that distracting from real problems by stoking paranoia about a straw man is not a new technique in the field of politics.  Particularly the politics of leftists and tyrants.

So, ok, it often works.

But geez – it looks ridiculous.  Everybody knows why the National Guard is there.  But the real threat is something else – something just out of sight.  Really.

Right.  Ok.  Got it.

No wonder fear of COVID was such an effective tool for the left to gain power.  Fear sells.

I love people.  I really do.

But human nature has real downsides…

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  1. kedavis Member
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    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    Vance Richards (View Comment):

    And Rittenhouse became the face of white-supremacy by shooting . . . white people?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  2. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge
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    WiesbadenJake (View Comment):

    I saw on Twitter yesterday a brief video from the courthouse steps in Kenosha where a white, supposedly pro-Rittenhouse protester, appeared to be trying to provoke a confrontation with a BLM protester. The other pro-Rittenhouse protesters began calling the person trying to provoke the confrontation a fed–I think after the Jan. 6 and Michigan governor kidnapping scenarios, people are catching on that if someone is agitating violence from the conservative side, it is likely an undercover FBI agent.

    This has been happening everywhere there’s a protest or disturbance.  There’s video from Jan. 6 of people calling out a guy egging people into the Capitol a Fed, saying “Noooo!” to him when he called on people to enter the building.

    I know it’s tinfoil hat time, but it’s not like it hasn’t happened before.  Since the politicians have been stoking the white boogeyman theme for some time, I’m quite sure the message has gone down the FBI chain:  Go get me some white supremacists, even if you have to create some in your FBI Easy-Bake-White-Supremacist-Oven.

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  3. Henry Castaigne Member
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    Gazpacho Grande' (View Comment):
    I’m quite sure the message has gone down the FBI chain:  Go get me some white supremacists, even if you have to create some in your FBI Easy-Bake-White-Supremacist-Oven.

    Reminds me of a joke that I can’t say anymore. 

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  4. Jules PA Inactive
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    W Bob (View Comment):

    This is why it’s ironic some on the right were trying blame Pelosi for not securing the Capitol for the electoral count session. It’s missing the point. No one…absolutely no one…expected Republican voters to act like BLM.

    they didnt. 

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  5. Roderic Reagan
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    Dr. Bastiat:

    I love people.  I really do.

    But human nature has real downsides…

    A physician once told me that docs make the big bucks not for skill in surgery or knowledge of disease but in having to face the dark, ugly side of human nature all the time.

    Unfortunately, there are physicians who have never learned to do this, and as a result they are poor physicians who confuse their naivety with compassion.

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  6. The Reticulator Member
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    Dr. Bastiat: It’s amazing that leftists in general, and the Biden administration in particular, can maintain such an obvious absurdity as a central thesis to their worldview.

    If they have guilty consciences about what they’d like to do to their oppressees, it’s possible for them to think that way.

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  7. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
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    jonb60173 (View Comment):

    The truth of the matter is the average liberal lives in absolute fear of Trump = conservatives, thanks to leftist and constant media alarm. A Trump rally is cause to panic, and it should be stopped at all costs because it’s basically Hitler and his cohorts working up their lather. So, in reality the media controls the message and we can just look on in disbelief.

    The sad thing is, any Trump rally that he held in Southern states was immediately labelled as a White Supremacist event.

    I see the label “white supremacist” as hate speech. It is what enflamed the Left to support Antifa and BLM riots across the nation.

    In actuality, if anyone on the Left ever took the time to watch and listen to the live stream of  any of Trump’s rallies, anywhere in the nation, they would find this “racist” to be a man whose speeches were on point about returning jobs to America’s rust belt, solving the No Korea problem, altering the tax code so it was less of a game the rich could play at and made better for those in the 20K to 95K bracket, etc.

    But due to inherent laziness, or the idea it is not virtuous to even listen, just once, to a White Supremacist, most Leftists never realize the lies Wolf Blitzer or Rachel Maddow were telling as they talked over whatever Trump was saying, in the backdrop of the big screen TV that these Talking Heads stand in front of.

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  8. RansomReed Inactive
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    MarciN (View Comment):

    I wish Rush Limbaugh were around this week. He made fun of these people. That took the power away from them. 

    Rush Limbaugh was one in a million. There’s no one with his sense of humor to take his place. Making fun of your oppressors is the best defense there could ever be. That’s what Reagan did that endeared him to so many people. He put them in their place by making fun of them. 

    Amen. Man I miss El Rushbo. 

     

     

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  9. EHerring Coolidge
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    It is reasonable for communists to fear us. If they attempt to oppress a free people, their fears will he realized.

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