Mark Tapson is the Shillman Fellow on Popular Culture for the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
Over the last week, thousands of frustrated Americans gathered at state capitols in Michigan, Ohio, California, Minnesota, and other states to protest stay-at-home orders from totalitarian progressive leaders such as Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, who argue that the lockdowns are crucial to containing the coronavirus. But with literally tens of millions of Americans losing their jobs and their businesses, and the economy collapsing with the worst possibly to come, Americans are legitimately complaining that the draconian cure is shaping up to be worse than the disease.
Speaker of the House and nepotism-enthusiast Nancy Pelosi decried the protesters, of course: “What they’re doing is really unfortunate,” she condescended. “What we have to do is, is, is shelter in place.” That’s easy for her to say. While Pelosi (who as of last year has a net worth of over $120 million) “shelters in place” in her San Francisco mansion that features a $24,000 refrigerator stocked with gourmet ice cream, her constituents are losing their livelihoods and life savings. Her nephew-by-marriage Gov. Gavin Newsom, California’s answer to Justin Trudeau, said he will not be swayed by public protests in deciding when he will reopen the state: “We are going to do the right thing: not judge by politics, not judge by protests, but by science.” Of course, what the left means by “science” is “science that conforms to our political agenda,” because progressives reject any scientific conclusions that present them with inconvenient truths.
President Trump has encouraged the demonstrations, calling last Friday for the citizens of Minnesota, Michigan and Virginia, specifically, to be “liberated.” This kind of language didn’t sit well with the totalitarian left; race-mongering MSNBC propagandist Joy Reid, for example, called it “faux-Confederate.”
Saturday on MSNBC’s AM Joy, host Reid discussed the nationwide protests with fellow Victimhood Propagandist, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who also compared the protesters to the Confederacy and claimed hyperbolically that President Trump is “literally willing to sacrifice the lives of Americans for personal gain.”
Reid asked Ellison, “When you hear Donald Trump talking in this sort of faux-Confederate language about these lockdown orders – which are meant to save lives – and you see people with these insta-protests, paid for by activists for the super-rich, egging on this kind of activity that could get violent, what does that say to you?”
So, all in a single sentence, Reid managed to liken Trump and the protesters to the slave-owning Confederacy, defend the totalitarian lockdown orders, delegitimize the protests as inauthentic and “AstroTurfed,” and smear the protesters as potentially violent. Let’s deconstruct that, in reverse order.
First, none of the protests did turn violent, because it is not right-wing protesters who riot and wreak havoc, but leftists; conservative protesters don’t even leave behind litter. Second, the protests were not “insta-protests” funded by the super-rich (Reid offered no evidence for her claim). They were genuine expressions of outrage by working class American citizens fed up with having their constitutional freedoms infringed upon by petty totalitarians in office who leapt at the opportunity not to save lives, but to impose their power over the lives of others. Third, trying to connect the word “liberate” to the Confederacy is just ludicrous (and in any case, the Southern slave-owners were Democrat). Reid’s question wasn’t actually a question at all, but an ugly condemnation of the protesters as violent racists.
“It says to me that the President is willing to risk the lives of people who believe in him so that he can have advantages like re-election and things like that,” Ellison replied inarticulately. “He’s literally willing to sacrifice the lives of Americans for personal gain and that’s deeply disturbing to me. It’s not new. How many people who fell on the Confederate side owned massive plantations? Not that many. They bought themselves out of having to fight for their slavocracy, that poor whites died for them and so, you know, it’s not a new story, right?”
Again with the Confederacy comparisons. You have to admire the left’s unrelenting ability to bypass logic and facts and connect everything to their Victimhood Narrative. The stay-at-home order protests have nothing to do with racism or oppressing anyone; indeed, it is oppression they are fighting. The only lives being sacrificed are those of Americans who are having their livelihoods gutted not so much by the coronavirus itself as by the totalitarian overreach of progressive leaders who are seizing upon this crisis to cut the legs out of what had been President Trump’s booming economy, until the pandemic hit.
“It’s disturbing. It’s sad. And I pray for those people because, even though I disagree absolutely with these protests, I think they’re completely and entirely inappropriate, I know that they and their loved ones will pay an awful price.” I find it hard to believe that Ellison, a Muslim who supports Muslim Brotherhood legacy groups in America like the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Islamic Society of North America, and who has defended the Occupy Wall Street anarchists, anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, and murdering leftist icons like Mumia Abu Jamal and Assata Shakur, is praying for Trump-supporting protesters against leftist tyranny.
Progressives are fine with their shock troops of Antifa rampaging through city streets, causing tens of thousands of dollars of property damage and assaulting innocents. Media enablers like CNN blowhard Chris Cuomo publicly defend those thugs but scorned the peaceful Tea Party movement as scary racists. Leftists are fine with the Communist Chinese regime brutally shutting down the pro-American, pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. They’re fine with protesters using threats, disruption, and intimidation to shut down conservative speakers on campus. They’re fine with screeching, chanting protesters disrupting Supreme Court nominee confirmation hearings or Black Lives Matter protesters chanting “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon!” They’re fine with open borders activists and illegal aliens smashing police cars and demanding the abolishment of ICE. But if law-abiding protesters gather in public to call for an end to big government clamping down on their constitutional rights, then the left swiftly unites to dismiss them as racist.
That’s because progressives prioritize power above all else – unlike conservatives, who prioritize freedom and the rights of all. And with all due respect to those Americans suffering from the coronavirus itself, it is our freedom and rights that are ultimately at stake in this pandemic.
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