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Anyone familiar with the behavior of abusive husbands recognizes the signature characteristic of the breed, which is an ability to make the victim feel that she, and not her husband, is the one in the wrong — that the abuse is her fault, that she deserves it.
The nation is taking a beating today. Property, public and private, is being destroyed by a self-righteous mob that assures us that this beat-down is the fault of America — of everyone who isn’t as woke as the smashing, looting mob. People are being fired, their careers ruined, for decades-old and trivial “offenses,” fired by employers who are terrified that the mob will turn on their companies next if they don’t instantly vouchsafe their obeisance.
You wore blackface to a party back in 1987? You gave money to Prop 8 in California? You invited a conservative speaker to campus? You refuse to endorse Black Lives Matter? You said a woman and a man-who-thinks-he’s-a-woman are somehow different? You let us run out of beer? Okay, get over here. You know you asked for this….
Eventually, the victims start believing it. They feel ashamed, guilty, inadequate. They lose touch with reality, increasingly unable to recognize ever more unreasonable mistreatment and abuse.
The twisted genius of the abusive personality is its gift for turning normal people into self-loathing victims.
That’s the identity movement in America. Specifically, that’s the aspect of the identity movement that casts itself as the victim and America as the oppressor. And that, after all, is the whole point of identity movements: to create a thousand crucibles of burning resentment in which the culture can be melted and transformed.
I’m neither an oppressor nor a victim, and I have no respect for the rioting ersatz victims of this, the most tolerant and humane culture in history. So Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and other leftists thugs of all stripes, if you want to sit down and talk, I’ll talk. But I’m not going to let you knock me around, and I’ll laugh in your face if you tell me I deserve it.Published in