Democrats loudly called Bush 41 “racist” for reusing Al Gore’s Willie Horton attack on Dukakis which had the net effect of telling an even wider audience that Dukakis was probably soft on crime. Calling Nixon “racist” for promoting measures to curtail epidemic rates of street crime helped him win twice. Calling Trump “racist” for saying what the vast majority of Americans actually think about the execrable ladies of the “Squad” is probably just as politically effective for Democrats as those past “racist” attacks.
For the record, I was not offended by Trump’s remarks. Like most Americans, I am now used to his stylings, bombast, excesses, and disregard for the linguistic rules of our oversensitive age (or any age, for that matter). And I admit I often rather enjoy his indifference to the faux outrage he generates. In this instance, I took him to mean that if you hate America that much, why not just leave? And in Omar’s case, rescued as she was from the hellhole that is Somalia and having received incalculable benefits from America, “how dare you, you vile ingrate?”
I think this issue resonated because there is much more going on than an issue of good manners. There is an overt campaign to silence, disempower, and destroy normal Americans; being more deferential to our attackers at moments and instances of their choosing is not a solution. I do not believe that if only the Jews had been even more polite to the SS there would have been no death camps. Those who claim the manufactured high ground of “sensitivity” don’t give a rat’s hind about the substance or the moral, political, and cultural antecedents of good manners, legal equality or tolerance and we should demand they stop pretending they do.
The recent chorus of liberal lemming MSM columnists who are just now noticing the ugly reality (and likely electoral downside) of hard leftism is amusing. They thought they could shame the likes of Romney, Bush, or McCain into abandoning conservative principles with measured misuse of “racist” or “insensitive” but did not realize that once those verbal demons were unleashed, less decorous, less well-intentioned persons could command them as well.
On a more personal note, the silly and promiscuous use of the term “racist” is an insult to those who endured that reality and who sacrificed to defeat actual racism. I remember my mother’s anxiety each time my father left to go back to work on desegregating rural counties Mississippi and Tennessee as an attorney with the USDOJ Civil Rights Division. I have had the privilege of knowing an African-American attorney who needed courage just to show up for the bar exam (that he knew would likely be rigged) in Montgomery, AL. I listened in person to Martin Luther King and to George Wallace a half-century ago. The idea that America is presently a racist hotbed is asinine and perverse.
Similarly, the abuse of the terms “Nazi” and “fascist” is intolerable.
Polite, substantive discourse, factual evidence, goodwill, tolerance, and equal protection under the law is precisely the state of affairs that the left seeks to destroy. Deference to the pretense that the Left conducts public discourse in a manner consonant with those values has to end. And the vitriolic spittle-fest that Trump has brought about on the left has provided unexpected but welcome clarity. The crudest President since perhaps Andrew Jackson has managed to get our enemies to reveal “racial sensitivity” for what it really is.Published in