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Remember the good old days when we rolled our eyes and protested with annoyance at the exaggerations that the Left repeatedly spewed? We assumed they did it to demonize those of us on the Right, to upset us, and cause us to react defensively at their hyperbole and distortions. And of course, to some degree that was precisely what they were doing. And eventually, we reached a point where we grew accustomed to their misrepresentations because no one was in a position to stop them. Yes, some of us protested their statements—some of the politicians, the few journalists on the political Right, and those of us on Ricochet. But for the most part, the media repeated these attacks, happy to be in the ranks of the Left.
Terms like Nazis, concentration camps, cruelty to children, bigotry, the influence of the rich were all terms used to discount and discredit the people on the Right. Their contrived reputation of us as racists, the enemy, fascists, white supremacists, and the like were often used to condemn our criticisms of the strategies of the Left. When we called out “fake news,” we were called enemies of the state and destroyers of democracy. The attacks have become a normal part of the rhetoric of the Left. The word “hyperbole” has no place in their vocabulary, and they continue to try to destroy those who do not buy into their ideology or accept their lies and distortions.
The irony of their words and actions is that hyperbole has been transformed into today’s political reality. Only the attacks of the Left on the Right to defame and demonize us have emerged as definitions of the Left: they have become everything they accuse us of.
And the truth of that transformation is frightening.
In an article in American Thinker by Steve McCann, he re-visited the attacks he’d received after an earlier article likening the actions and rhetoric of the Left to the Nazis in Germany. Of course, he received blowback for his analysis, so he wrote an article providing specific information to support his charges. His conclusions were alarming, and although they were not all perfect analogies, the resemblances were apparent and obvious. I’d like to describe some of his best comparisons, and the most frightening for our own country.
The first example he gave was the Nazi obsession with race. Hitler blamed the “inferior races” for trying to destroy Germany. McCann compares the Democrats in this way:
First, racial division was a central component of Nazi political strategy and philosophy. The Nazi Party was, without doubt, the most racially obsessed political party in human history. Today’s Democrat party is second only to the Nazi Party in their racial obsession. Every piece of legislation, every accusation against their opponents, every aspect of American society, even weather and climate is framed in racism.
We only need to follow the attacks on white, heterosexual Christians to see this assessment clearly.
The next clear analogy is the censorship of the Nazis:
Second, the Nazi Party was fixated on censorship and eliminating any cultural institution, publication or speech that did not fully support them. In other words, their version of today’s “cancel culture.” The Nazis were notorious for book-burning rituals in order to intimidate and send the message that they would shut down anyone and anything that did not align with their ideology.
We aren’t burning books—yet—but we are censoring individuals, corporations, and conservative groups who refuse to follow the ideology of the Left. Social media is a dangerous place to voice one’s views if one doesn’t follow the ideology of the Left. They will attack you, call for your banishment, and demand that you are fired from your job.
Let us not forget the riots in the street, our very own Kristallnacht repeated over and over again, which the Left ignored or discounted.
Although there were other examples comparing the Left with the Nazis, one of the clearest is the collusion between the Left and corporations:
In an extraordinary juxtaposition the Nazis were able to vilify the wealthy and the industrialists while the subjects of their vitriol voluntarily financed the Nazi Party and its political campaigns. Hitler assured the German corporate titans that, despite their rhetoric, the Nazis would leave them alone and award them lucrative contracts if they supported the Party through massive financial support and favorable newspaper coverage.
We’re looking at you—Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, Home Depot, New York Times, Washington Post–and the myriad other organizations who are blindly and foolishly supporting the Left to stay on the Left’s good side. These companies have no idea how they will eventually be taken down by the ignorant and blatant lies they have spoken, to gain the praise of the Left.
Is it too late to turn back?
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I think we need, first, to call these actions by the Left what they are: Evil. Nazi-like. Scapegoating. Fascistic. Marginalizing. Censoring. Outrageous.
We need to encourage every governor to get behind Governor Kemp in Georgia, publicly and loudly, to honor his courage and his cause.
We need governors to back up Governor DeSantis, even if they don’t fully agree with him, because they support his right to make the decisions for his own state.
Republicans in Congress need to organize and form a group with a specific agenda to call out every despicable action of their colleagues on the Left. It must be coordinated and publicized in every imaginable way, even through radio and TV ads. These condemnations must be done on social media, and every time they take the videos down, we must put them back up through other accounts. We must use alternative social media sites, no matter how limited their exposure is.
If someone is banned by a social media site, members who support them must speak out vociferously. Eventually, the supporters may be banned, but we must be ready to take that risk.
And for those of us individually: we must let everyone know that the Left behaviors mimic those of the Nazi regime. No equivocation, no excuses. And for those who need evidence, the McMann article, as well as others, are your backup. We are now in the political fight of our lives. We can no longer make excuses.
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