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It’s hard to believe that it was only a couple of weeks ago that Jeb Bush called the Trump presidency “exhausting”, thus confirming the “low energy” moniker given him by Trump during the Republican primaries. He continued: “…it feels like the whole world has been turned upside down,” comments reminiscent of the ponderous deficit spending implemented by President George W. Bush in the face of the financial crisis.
But in terms of today’s news cycle Bush’s comments occurred back in the Precambrian era. The week that was featured deadly protests in Charlottesville, a war on
history Confederate memorials and to cleanse the palate, a solar eclipse. The Washington Post, where Democracy Dies in Darkness or something, was curiously pro-eclipse. Personally I was unimpressed: it reminded me, if anything, of when my phone transitions to power-saving mode.
At Charlottesville, racist David Duke managed to hold a Unite The Right rally and, judging from those in attendance, most of his supporters are reporters and media photographers. The events of the week, like the election of Trump, only seemed to reinforce to the Left that the U.S. is on the brink of another violent civil war, without pausing to consider that the outcome of such a war between potheads and gun nuts is a foregone conclusion.
Meanwhile, the Resistance (starring Hillary Clinton!) pondered whether their eclipse-safe goggles might protect them from viewing statues they find offensive. This historical revisionism, aided and abetted by the political establishment of both parties, would have Robert E. Lee turning over in his grave. (Assuming that Antifa radicals haven’t already exhumed his remains). The latest iteration of left-wing hysteria qualifies a “Not The Onion” disclaimer: ESPN has pulled broadcaster Robert Lee from broadcasting University of Virginia football games. And you thought only universities turned back well-qualified Asian Americans.
Whether it’s the snowflake culture that prevails in the world of high-tech (most recently at Google) or the poisonous identity politics of Antifa radicals, Academia serves as a conduit for Leftism, which then proceeds to poison everything it touches.