SJWs target their own
I’m sure you know the famous quote about the Nazis from German Lutheran Pastor Martin Niemoller that starts, “First, they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist.” By the time they get around to coming for the speaker, there’s nobody left to defend him. It was meant as a commentary on German intellectuals who were too afraid for their own skins to stand up against the bullies.
I couldn’t help thinking of that poem (although in a much less serious context, of course, and from the opposite end of the political spectrum) when I saw that the probably-socialist “social justice warriors” must feel that they have either driven out or intimidated into silence all the conservatives on Twitter, so now, they’re coming for liberals who aren’t far enough to the left.
This story involves Meghan Murphy, a radical feminist with a master’s degree in sex, gender and women’s studies. You'd think that would make her "woke" enough, but no. She was hit with several temporary Twitter bans until she deleted tweets on transgenderism due to complaints that they allegedly violated Twitter’s policy against “hateful conduct.” (Many feminists believe that transgender activists are undermining women’s rights by claiming that being a woman isn’t a biological state but a state of mind – hence all the “former men” who claim to feel like women and are now winning women’s sporting events.)
In one tweet, Murphy controversially stated, “Men aren’t women.” In another, she asked, “How are transwomen not men? What is the difference between a man and a transwoman?” She also criticized a sex worker and sex industry activist who is a “trans-identified male” for promoting the boycott and defunding of Vancouver Rape Relief. Even though those tweets are, respectively, Biology 101, honest questions related to a major current debate, and statements of fact, she was accused of hate speech. Apparently, criticizing any “trans person” is now hate speech, even if you criticize them for something that has nothing to do with their sexual identity.
When Murphy responded to Twitter by tweeting, “I’m not allowed to say that men aren’t women or ask questions about the notion of transgenderism at all anymore? That a multi-billion dollar company is censoring basic facts and silencing people who ask questions about this dogma is insane.” After that tweet went viral, Twitter banned her permanently.
Just as politics makes strange bedfellows, so do censorious leftist social media outlets that posture as free speech platforms. Murphy’s treatment at the hands of the leftist thought police seems to have opened her eyes to the legitimacy of all those complaints about bias and social media censorship from conservatives that liberals have been mocking. Murphy, a leftist feminist activist, actually wrote this:
“I no longer believe leftist positions are necessarily most right or most ethical. I no longer believe everyone on the right is wrong about everything. I do not believe all those on the right necessarily have ill intentions, and suspect that many, like those on the left, believe they are working towards a better world.”
Maybe it took being a victim of the growing intolerance of the left to help her realize that she was getting a completely distorted view of what conservatives really believe or are like. That tends to happen when you live in a bubble and never talk to anyone with even slightly different views. You become one of those horrible, humorless people who screams, “Off with his/her/zir head!” when anyone says anything that deviates one iota from your own views. I disagree with most things liberals say, but I don’t assume they’re evil or bad people. I just think that they often put wishful thinking, preconceived notions and a misguided faith in government ahead of reality. They might be persuadable in an honest, polite, open debate. And that’s why so many on the left are desperately trying to stamp out honest, polite, open debates.
I for one welcome Ms. Murphy to the land of the Red-Pilled People. I hope her experience will convince other liberals to speak up for free speech on social media for all opinions before the Twitter mobs turn and come for them, and they discover there’s no one left to speak up for them.
Of course, in Twitter’s case, that will mean there’s no one left using their platform but angry far-left nutjobs, so they might want to consider that as well while they’re censoring any political views to the right of Lenin. When the twitter mob turns on Twitter itself, they won’t be able to count on conservatives speaking up for them, since all of them will have been banned or abandoned Twitter entirely. Some already have, like Prof. Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit, who explained:
“I’ve never liked Twitter even though I’ve used it. I was a late adopter, and with good reason. It’s the crystal meth of social media — addictive and destructive, yet simultaneously unsatisfying. When I’m off it, I’m happier than when I’m on it. That it’s also being run by crappy SJW types who break their promises, to users, shareholders, and the government, of free speech is just the final reason. Why should I provide free content to people I don’t like, who hate me? I’m currently working on a book on social media, and I keep coming back to the point that Twitter is far and away the most socially destructive of the various platforms. So I decided to suspend them, as they are suspending others. At least I’m giving my reasons, which is more than they’ve done usually.”
I have to warn you that watching this video of two interviewers trying to get some cogent, well-informed comments on illegal immigration and border security out of some California college students might cause an unpleasant sense of deja vu if you just suffered through some liberal relatives curdling the cranberry sauce with their political tirades over Thanksgiving dinner. But if you need even more evidence to refute the claim that the left is the home of facts and reason and conservatives rely on fake news and prejudice, then gird your loins and click.
Dangerous toys list
As you’re frantically shopping for the toys on your kids’ Christmas lists, you might want to check out the Annual Safe Shopping Guide, a report by the Illinois Attorney General’s office listing the most dangerous toys and those that have been recalled. Granted, some of these don’t sound all that dangerous (I guess you can put your eye out with a balloon, but if that’s what they consider dangerous, I wonder how those of us who grew up with BB guns, Black Cat firecrackers, metal toy trucks and fishing hooks ever survived to our ripe ages.)
But I do concur with them including Internet-connected toys that can spy on your home on the “dangerous” list. And I agree with their claim that excessively loud toys can be dangerous. Not for the reason they cite (they might harm children’s hearing), but because they might hurt grandpa’s foot when he stomps them.
NO, NO, NO
I’ve poked gentle fun at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s staggering ignorance of history and economics. I’ve even cut her some slack on occasion, allowing that maybe some of her statements were slips of the tongue and not outright stupidity. But here’s where I draw the line:
No, the rock-throwing migrants trying to illegally storm our border for economic opportunities are NOT comparable to the Jews who fled the Holocaust for their lives. If she knew anything about history, she would understand how offensive that comparison is. She would also know that not as many Jews were allowed to flee to America as we should have welcomed because they obeyed the law, and strict limits on Jewish refugees were imposed by Democratic icon, President Franklin D. Roosevelt. You know, the guy who gave us Japanese internment camps. Sorry, I forgot: she probably doesn’t know that.
Great Moments In Selective Outrage:
Aggressive migrants try to storm the border near Tijuana, and Border Patrol agents drive them back with pepper spray, tear gas and other non-lethal weapons…and the media yawn and go on with their knitting instead of launching into outrage mode. Oh, did I forget to mention this happened in 2013 when Obama was President?
U.S Navy to the rescue
Here’s a story so unusual, you’d think it would be making bigger news: Horribly racist nation whose leader doesn’t care about suffering people in Central and South America (according to leftists) sends a Navy ship as a floating hospital to treat the victims of Venezuela’s crumbling socialist health care system.
It makes one wonder why so many liberals think the solution to this problem is not only to import the entire population of Venezuela to America, but also to import their failed economic and health care systems. Then again, they flee failed blue states for prosperous red states, then vote for the same policies they just fled – and they saw Rudy Giuliani perform a miracle in New York City, then elected Bill DeBlasio to undo it – so spotting “cause and effect” doesn’t appear to be their strong suit.