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The Right Isn't Always Right, but the Left Is Way Off Base

Brett Davis

Posted on June 23, 2020 07:31

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The woke mob – with its increasingly all-encompassing, hypocritical and strident demands – is, quite simply, impossible to comprehend.

Perfection, though unobtainable, is something to strive for. Republicans, conservatives and those who adhere to the political right are certainly not beyond reproach in all they say and do. In other words, not perfect. Not by a long shot. But the folks on the other side o' the political aisle have gone so far left recently – off the proverbial deep end, as it were – rendering the GOP and its allies at least sane, if not perfect, by comparison.

Exhibit No. 1: The progressive push to excise any and all minorities from brand packaging and marketing. It's been a rough go of late for Aunt Jemima, Mrs. Butterworth's, Uncle Ben's, Cream of Wheat, Eskimo Pies, Land O' Lakes and who knows how many other brands by the time you read this. The companies behind these brands have indicated they are going to change the names and/or logos of those products because they are now deemed racist by the high priests of the church of identity politics.

Actual facts and the evolution of product imagery over time matter not, as the racial grievance-industrial complex has made its feelings known on a matter now considered closed. In other words, we should just accept the fact food packaging will soon be as bland as Jeremy Irons for fear of offending someone. Still unclear is how simply doing away with all minority names, logos and mascots isn't racist per se.

Exhibit No. 2: Selective outrage when it comes to crowds and coronavirus. Democrats, liberals and leftists were all too happy to ignore coronavirus social-distancing guidelines when it came to protests (and worse) against police brutality and racism in the aftermath of George Floyd's death during a botched arrest by Minneapolis police. But they were sticklers for social distancing when right-leaning folks were protesting to have coronavirus-related lockdowns lifted.

Of course, coronavirus doesn't have agency; it's not a sentient being capable of making moral choices on whom to infect or not infect based on political ideology. The left, for reasons of political convenience, is attempting to reconcile the irreconcilable: being simultaneously pro-lockdown because of coronavirus while being pro-protest – but only certain protests – in spite of coronavirus.

Exhibit No. 3: The celebration of "dirty tricks" as a virtue. Speaking of crowds, lefties were at least partially responsible for a smaller-than-anticipated crowd for President Trump's recent Tulsa, Oklahoma, rally – the first since the coronavirus pandemic – a result achieved by phony ticket requests and blocking access to metal detectors to enter the arena and threatening by anti-Trump radicals.

The left is celebrating the short-term victory of embarrassing Trump, seemingly oblivious to the long-term message it's sending: rather than straight-up fight the president's re-election bid by promoting the Democratic Party's platform and policy prescriptions, progressives instead felt the need to resort to Nixonian tactics and then brag about doing so. Perfectly petty politics.

Brett Davis

Posted on June 23, 2020 07:31

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