The Full Deck Progressives Aren’t Playing With
When you’re living in a fantasy world, everything is in a constant state of flux.
“Delusional” is usually defined as “a withdrawal from reality.” The condition is said to be characterized by “holding idiosyncratic beliefs that are contradicted by reality or rational argument, typically a symptom of (a) mental disorder.”
For the left, delusional is business as usual. Its principal enemy isn’t cops, capitalists, white supremacists or Trump, but a reality that challenges everything progressives believe.
Delusional can be a man who thinks he’s Napoleon, or man who thinks he’s a woman, or someone who thinks the Palestinians want peace, despite a steady stream of anti-Semitic agitation coming from the Palestinian Authority and payments of pensions to the families of terrorists.
It could be someone who believes the 1969 moon landing was faked, or someone who thinks socialism leads to prosperity. It could be someone who believes the First Amendment provides a right to abortion, but the Second Amendment says nothing about a right to private gun ownership.
The left’s forays into Neverland grow increasingly bizarre.
On July 2, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio (who is Neverland’s CEO) announced that the city council’s move to cut $1 billion from the police department’s budget for the coming year (17% of the total) will make New York safer.
In the first half of 2020, murder was up 21% in the Big Apple, and shootings up 40% over the same period last year. The thin blue line keeps getting thinner. In the same period, 272 cops announced plans to retire, compared to 183 in the first 6 months of 2019.
On the July 4th weekend, at least 41 were shot, 7 of them fatally. Think of how much safer New York would be if police were issued straightjackets instead of body armor.
On the other coast, after a 24-day occupation, Seattle police were finally allowed to clear out the so-called Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), where anarchists occupied 6 city blocks, set up barricades, and patrolled the area with armed militias. All it took for the city to bring down the curtain on CHAZ was two murders, four additional shooting victims, and gunfire every night.
When the Occupation started on June 8, Mayor Jenny Durkan said it could be the beginning of a “Summer of Love” and noted the open-air asylum had the festive air of a “block party.” And the guillotine gave enemies of the Republic free haircuts.
For Mayor Jenny, it finally got to be too much when CHAZ supporters marched on her home and an openly Marxist city council member went to war with Her Honor.
Earlier in June, a St. Louis prosecutor announced she would investigate a couple who defended their home and lives with guns, after they were threatened by an Antifa mob.
St. Louis City Attorney Kimberly Gardiner called the goons who’d broken into the family’s gated community (and were shouting obscenities and death threats) “peaceful protestors,” but she was outraged by the couple trying to defend themselves from these gentle souls, who were only exercising their First Amendment right, she asserted.
Earlier, Gardiner refused to prosecute rioters who were arrested for throwing rocks at cops and breaking the windows of a deputy sheriff’s van -- more peaceful protestors doing their First Amendment thing. In the warped world of typical urban Democrat Gardiner, rioting is protest and self-defense is aggression.
The Minneapolis City Council just voted unanimously to abolish the city’s police department (perhaps they’ll replace it with an elite force of social workers and shrinks) and the House that Nancy built passed legislation to make policing harder by allowing cops to be subjected to civil suits – apparently, risking their lives isn’t enough. This was after Democrats knelt for eight minutes and 46 seconds for George Floyd. The thousands of blacks killed each year by other blacks got nothing.
President Trump calls it crazy. Yes, but it’s a particular kind of lunacy. Making urban areas safer by tying the hands of police is like boosting productivity by raising taxes and fighting crime by disarming honest gunowners.
Last year, when Joe Biden said of his party, “We choose truth over facts,” most thought it was just another nonsensical Bidenism -- like “I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now.”
Most would say truth is based on facts. But Democrats have their own reality driven by ideology. Because they want the type of abortion that even they used to call infanticide, the consider it clearly part of a woman’s right to choose. Mobs without face masks are a danger to life and health -- unless it’s in a sacred cause, like “racial justice.”
The U.S. Supreme Court is infallible when it mistakes the Constitution for the Democratic Party’s platform, but a threat to democracy when it reads the Constitution as it’s actually written.
There’s no way of knowing how far Democrats will take this. When you’re living in a dream world, everything is in a constant state of flux. You might say they’re not playing with a full deck -- or playing with a deck that’s full of wild cards.