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The picture to the right was the front page of the widely unread Irish magazine The Village this week. The left wing liberal magazine that generally focuses on current affairs and politics in Ireland, this week turned its attention to hypothesizing the wrongs and rights of murdering the President of the United States Donald John Trump. As an Irishman and a conservative I am deeply ashamed of the photo as are many of countrymen and women who know of it. Its an outrage that sane men or women could publish such nonsense. What’s worse however then the deafening silence of the usual suspects in the media to such distaste, or the quietness of many of Ireland’s political leaders and politicians is that an editorial panel actually approved of the text and the image. It is appalling.
Nevertheless the cover whilst disgusting also represents something far worse for liberals. It shows they are afraid. For nearly a generation liberals have believed that society is marching in their direction, it was becoming more inclined to how they saw the world. From gay rights to abortion, from entitlements to multiculturalism; the far left and liberals believed that they were directing through their political policies and “progressive” opinions society away from the right and into a new secular liberal dawn. They were on the right side of history – code for them winning most of the battles. Sure there were losses but these were temporary. Their victory was in sight.
The last few years however have deeply unnerved them. From Brexit to the ascendancy of Donald Trump to the American presidency and the end of liberal domination in American politics, from the rise of the populist right across the globe to the cultural victories of gamergate and the resistance of small down trodden conservatives to gender ideology, mass immigration and insufferable political correctness has awoken the left to the idea that they are in trouble. To many conservatives and libertarians the above might sound laughable. After all for them its obvious the left and the far left still have control over the arts, Hollywood, media, campuses and many other faculties. and their domination is not nearly threatened. But this is to ignore the central view of the new left. For the left politics is a bee and end all, the rest are simply a tool of it. Politics is everything. Politics is their god, and they are losing.
It is a god for them, period. Liberalism and its policies are its doctrines. Left wingers are its disciples. Left wing parties and its leaders are its apostles. And anyone who does not believe is either a heretic, uneducated, brainwashed or worse a fallen angel who must be opposed with every fibre of their being. These fallen, the rules do not apply to them. The law doesn’t apply to them. Decency doesnt apply to them. This is what the above photo represents. And its not just those left wing liberals in Ireland either.
In the USA this week we saw at Berkeley university what happened to Breitbart writer Milo when he tried to give a talk, not a campaign speech, on something many liberals and the far left consider blasphemous. They rioted not because of the topic but to stop a gay right wing Catholic (a heretic in their radical minds) from spouting the wrong opinions in an area they regard as sacred ground. It doesn’t get more religious than that. In Britain a far more secular and debased country, we saw grown men and women marching in protest at a fictional Muslim ban in another country that has nothing to do with them. The very same week when multiple Islamic men were convicted by a court of raping teenagers and children, the media and the left insisted on not covering this but the former. Talk about priorities. Finally we see a German magazine der Spiegel with an image of Trump with a knife holding a cut off head from the Statue of Liberty – the message being that Trump is a violent fascist who hates immigrants. Of course Germany has seen plenty of violent fascists in its past and some relatively new. Some who share such a passion for knives and heads too. Alas this the German media refuses to cover. Which is why hundreds of women were assaulted last year and nothing was written in same German papers for fear of reporting anything bad done by its Muslim “guests” and the charge of racism.
The left has been here before of course. In 1989 when communism fell many lefties lost the god of Marx. Somehow they managed to recover sadly. Yet this time feels different. This time the craziness of the left in the West seems much more powerful and worse like a wounded animal, it can be deadly and lash out. The next few years will only tell. God help us.