The Right Fights Evil —- The Left Fights the ‘Redskins’

1383873869000-AP-Redskins-ProtestA news item this past week made this point with glaring clarity. It reported a meeting that the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights had on Friday.

Before revealing the subject of that meeting, let’s review for a moment what is happening in the world regarding human rights.

North Korea continues to be an affront to the human species. That North Korea, whether or not it had nuclear weapons, is not a central concern is an indictment of humanity.

That the West, with the noble exception of Canada under Stephen Harper, is appeasing the dictators of Iran, is an indictment of the West.

Add to this list the U.N.’s and the world’s ignoring of the Chinese government’s continuing suppression of all dissent and its decades-long violent eradication of Tibet’s unique and ancient culture.

Then add the slaughter of millions in Congo over the last decade, the 100,000-plus killed in Syria just last year, most of them civilians killed by their own government, and the blowing up, burning alive, and throat-cutting of untold numbers of innocent people by violent Islamists on a daily basis.

In other words, if what bothers you most is evil — the deliberate infliction of cruelty on people by people — North Korea, Congo, China, Syria and radical Islam will bother you more than anything else on the world scene.

So, then, what was the subject of the meeting convened Friday by the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights?

The alleged racism of the name of the National Football League’s Washington team, the Redskins.

That’s right. All these horrific evils are happening as you read this, and the second-ranking official in charge of human rights at the United Nations had a meeting about the name Washington Redskins.

The U.N. is not alone in paying undue attention to the Redskins’ name.

This left-wing obsession with a non-evil exemplifies the left’s moral universe. That universe is preoccupied with lesser evils while nearly always ignoring the greatest evils. The left in the United States is nearly obsessed with it. President Barack Obama has spoken out against it. The Washington Post editorial board has demanded that the team drop the name. In the herd-like way that governs media, innumerable columnists and sports writers have written passionate columns against the name, and increasing numbers of sports writers have vowed to never again write or speak the name.

Preoccupation with real evil is the greatest difference between right and left. The right was preoccupied with fighting Communism while the left (not liberals such as JFK, but the left) was preoccupied with fighting anti-Communists.

The right today is preoccupied with fighting Islamism; the left is preoccupied with fighting “Islamophobia.”

One way of putting it is that the right is preoccupied with fighting evil and the left is preoccupied with fighting those who fight evil.

The right is preoccupied with defending Israel against those who wish to annihilate it. The left is preoccupied with Israeli apartments on the West Bank.

This difference was made manifest last week in the address given by the one world leader to exemplify the right’s preoccupation with evil, Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper. Talking about all the condemnations of Israel, Harper said:

“Think about the twisted logic and outright malice behind that: a state, based on freedom, democracy and the rule of law, that was founded so Jews can flourish as Jews, and seek shelter from the shadow of the worst racist experiment in history, that is condemned, and that condemnation is masked in the language of anti-racism. It is nothing short of sickening.”

Only a conservative leader would have the moral courage to say that. Because while the right fights evil, the left fights the Redskins.

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  • Mark McDonald

    A leader of the Navajo Code Talkers who appeared at a Washington Redskins home football game said Wednesday the team name is a symbol of loyalty and courage — not a slur as asserted by critics who want it changed.

    • Race_Dissident

      Get real. Who gives a dam’ what actual Indians think.

      • Mark McDonald

        good point, but keep in mind that even CAIR feels that America is racist

  • Softly Bob

    Excellent post.

  • cxt

    Great article!
    The Left is full of non-serious people with inane goals. They fear the great big world and so focus on little things that are largely harmless.
    The other Lefties are more interested in power and control over their fellow citizens and bad things going on oversea won’t help them get it. So they find something “local” to leverage.

  • nhtom

    Some people just thrive on moral outrage.

  • Omar

    Great article, Mr. Prager. The left clearly has a twisted worldview. Rather than focus on important issues, they are complaining about a sports team’s name. Conservatives need to fight back against the left and its twisted world view.

  • charles chapman

    so, the right fights evil while the left is evil

  • uptownsteve

    Rightwingers are such hypocrites. Dennis Prager would be the first one screaming about a team called the “Kansas City K!kes” or the “Houston Hebes”.

    • Habbgun

      Really. If the Redskins want to become the Maccabees or the Fighting Zionists no one would be upset (except jihadists and socialists). The Redskins were named after the fact the early team had a lot of indians as early players.How much more proof do you need its not racist that indians (and indians who experienced real racism) were glad to support the team. The Navajo codetalkers were proud to be soldiers because they knew they were fighting real evil. They are a fascinating story. The left fights for the Palestinians the Nazis loyal allies. Who are the left to judge what is racist?

    • truebearing

      No, leftists are. “Redskin” isn’t a pejorative slur. Stupid false equivalency.

      Looks like “uptownsteve” is wrong on all counts.

    • JackyTreehorn

      Of course he would because the word ‘Kike’ or ‘Hebe” as you know is always said in the pejorative. What a ridiculous analogy, is that the best you can think of?

      • uptownsteve

        Native Americans are offended by the term Redskins. Why not respect that?

        • JackyTreehorn

          Really? or is it just the left who are offended on behalf of the native Indians. Only the left would take a term of endearment and pride and turn it into a racial slur because the left want conflict between people, it’s easier to manipulate and control.

    • Cymbaline

      This just shows your ignorance. Prager himself has stated he’d get a kick out of a team called the “Jews”. How awesome would that be, to have giant crowds of people in stadiums chanting “Go Jews! Go Jews!”

  • uptownsteve

    This is one of the stupidest articles I ever read. False analogies, red herrings and astounding leaps in logic. Rightwingers are idiots.

    • Ziggy Stardust

      Try being specific with your charges. Which analogy was false?

  • Ziggy Stardust

    The Left fights those who fight evil because the god of the Left is equality, not goodness. Therefore a Westerner who calls anything but Western Civilization evil is guilty of the sin of “judging” and must be fought and destroyed.

  • truebearing

    The Right fights evil, the Left is evil.

  • tickletik

    I just realized something. These people are utterly gutless.

  • Fritz Kohlhaas

    If Justin Trudeau is elected Prime Minister in the next election he will stop
    supporting Israel. Trudeau will be the Canadian Obama, he will drag Canada
    down!