Right now, we are peak hysteria, with the Twitter mobs emboldened to bully anyone who dares voice an unapproved opinion and major corporations rushing to grovel to and shower money on the loudest and angriest voices, lest they be accused of being racist and not caring about black lives. But there is one thing you can always count on with the radical left: whenever they have an advantage, they try to push it way beyond the point of reason and spark a strong backlash. At the moment, many Americans are feeling too concerned about the threat of violence to speak up in public, but when they’re already thinking “This has gone way too far” and discussing it among themselves in private – and this includes black Americans and responsible citizens of all races -- then the radicals have already lost the argument, they just don’t know it yet.
Some ladies were being good citizens by cleaning riot graffiti off a federal building when a woman driving by – the type of smug “Karen” who, two weeks ago, was probably berating people in parks for not wearing masks – started to berate them as racists. Apparently, racism and “white privilege” (cleaning up other people’s messes is a privilege?) have now been redefined as “any thoughts or actions that angry white leftists disagree with.”
What’s encouraging about this is the reaction. I’m sure the person who attacked those women expected that putting it online would make her look like a hero and publicly shame them even more, with Twitter mobs agreeing they’re “RACISTS” for trying to clean up their neighborhood. Instead, the accuser found herself being slammed so hard that she deleted her social media accounts. That not only helps clean up the walls of social media just a tiny bit, but it also signals a welcome sea change: even online, people are getting fed up with the self-righteous crybullies.
As I’ve written many times before, I consider racism to be a repugnant sin against God, who created us all in His image. Therefore, abusing that word to call anyone you disagree with a racist is one of the worst of all possible slanders. And we are seeing it everywhere now. If washing graffiti off a wall makes you a racist or a white supremacist, then those words have lost all meaning. And they are such horrible words that people who devalue and defang them by throwing them around loosely for cheap political advantage are the ones who should feel ashamed of themselves.
BACKLASH AGAINST LEFTISTS
That attempt to brand some women as racists for cleaning graffiti off a monument and the ensuing fierce backlash is only one of many signs all around us of a big pushback brewing against the anti-police, pro-riot, black-lives-matter-except-black-cops-and-business-owners mentality. I warned yesterday that deep blue pockets of insanity like Minneapolis that are responding to rioting and looting by slashing or disbanding their police forces had better budget for some rent-a-cops to deal with the riots that will likely occur when Donald Trump is reelected. Matt Vespa at Townhall.com has compiled a handy list of other warning signs that we may be bracing for the biggest backfire since Wile E. Coyote purchased a fireworks factory. One is that even a reliably liberal reporter is starting to call them on their blatant hypocrisy.
Two weeks ago, people who were protesting that they should be allowed to attend church or open their businesses were threatened, arrested, called childish and irresponsible, and told they were going to cause a new deadly wave of coronavirus cases. Now, those same officials are not only condoning mass protests, they’re trying to justify them on health grounds (they haven’t been very healthy for the people who’ve been killed and injured, but as always with the left, human suffering that doesn’t advance the political narrative is irrelevant.)
Over 1200 alleged “health professional” even signed an open letter, declaring that the protesters shouldn’t be criticized for possibly creating huge super-spreader events because “opposition to racism (is) vital to the public health,” and racism is more dangerous than COVID-19.
As “health professionals,” maybe they could explain to us why a virus that was so deadly two weeks ago that stropping it trumped the rights of people to protest unconstitutional executive orders or to exercise their religious freedom has suddenly become less deadly when it's spread by protests of racism. Maybe we could exploit that sudden weakening to create a vaccine. Oh, wait: the virus didn’t weaken due to biology. They just decided that the First Amendment right to stage protests they agree with is more important than the First Amendment right to stage protests they disagree with – or to exercise your religious beliefs, even those of black people who want to attend black churches.
They try to finesse this staggering hypocrisy by saying it’s not dangerous as long as the protesters follow safety guidelines, like wearing masks or social distancing. Except news video shows many are not. The business owners and churches were being scrupulous about safety, but they didn’t care less. Blue city officials were ordering drive-in church services shut down and arresting people for surfing all alone. If only they’d known to hold a protest sign while singing hymns or hanging ten!
Once again, we see that to the “party of science,” the only science that really matters is political science. You may personally believe that protesting racism is more important than letting people go to church or to work to feed their families, and that’s fine: make that argument. But that’s a subjective value judgement. It’s not medical science, so stop trying to bamboozle us into thinking it is.
Everybody with a brain sees through it. I’ll bet even many people who support the protests see how self-serving and hypocritical that letter is, but won’t say so. You can intimidate people into silence, but you can’t keep them from seeing the hypocrisy that’s being papered over with passionate OUTRAGE and thinking the obvious about it...
Maybe that explains an allegedly shocking (but not to me) new Rasmussen poll. While Democrats, the media and radical activists are trying to blame President Trump for racism and race riots (even though the Ferguson and Baltimore riots happened under Obama) -- and for a bad cop murdering a black man in a city so solidly Democratic that the last Republican mayor left office 47 years ago, and in a state so solid blue that it was the only one that voted for Mondale over Reagan – black likely voter approval of Trump has surged to 41%, with 25% “strongly” approving. Even 15% of Democrats in general strongly approve of how Trump’s doing his job.
Perhaps the best explanation for Trump’s rising black support was unintentional: “Many of the businesses they looted were mom and pop shops in distressed communities that were struggling in the first place. In New York City, Rochester, many of these businesses were essential businesses for the poorest communities in those locales. They looted mom and pop stores that don’t have the resources to rebuild and reopen.” – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Analysts say black voters like the strong Trump economy and job/wage growth, his push for criminal justice reform, and the fact that he fights back when he’s unfairly attacked. I’d guess that a lot of them also appreciate that he’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep the people who claim they’re fighting racism from burning down black neighborhoods and killing black police officers. Maybe they prefer Trump’s promise to protect their safety over the Democrats’ promise to do away with policing in their neighborhoods.
Or maybe, like many of the rest of us, they just recognize when they’re being lied to and played. That might be the scariest electoral trend of all for the Democrats.
LIST OF DAMAGES
If you’d like to comprehend just how insane it is for leftist city officials to be cutting and eliminating police during the current civil unrest, take a look at this disturbing list of damages after just a week of “mostly peaceful protests.” It includes injuries, killings (including black victims), massive property damage and destruction of hundreds of businesses, many of them small businesses with black owners that served black neighborhoods.
These communities might want to tell the protesters what Oliver Hardy used to tell Stan Laurel: “Stop trying to HELP me!”
After a week like this, you need to relax and join me tonight for another new episode of “Huckabee” on TBN. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez will talk about how to successfully balance reopening businesses safely with keeping protests peaceful. Former NFL star, minister and Ambassador for Peace and Sport Jack Brewer shares some important thoughts about George Floyd and the violent reaction to his killing. You’ll meet a Huck’s Hero who’s helping former felons rejoin society and stay out of prison, and a couple who have some simple ways to help build a happy, lasting marriage. I’ll have some serious news commentary, and some silly news, “In Case You Missed It.” And we’ll have music from country superstar Steve Wariner.
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Ryan Bombarger is a mixed-race activist who truly believes that all lives matter, and he’s devoted his life to that principle. His birth mother was raped, but she refused an abortion. At the age of six weeks, he was adopted by a Christian family with 15 children, 10 of them adopted, of various races. He grew up in an atmosphere of racial diversity and respect for the sanctity of all lives. So he founded the Radiance Foundation to promote those principles and to fight the abortion industry that targets poor black mothers. He’s taken plenty of criticism from the left for defending the most vulnerable of black lives. And now, he’s written an op-ed about why he will not support Black Lives Matter.
It’s not that he doesn’t believe that black lives matter. He’s spent his entire life fighting for that principle. But he points out that BLM also stands for a lot more than that, and many of the people and corporations that are blindly rushing to embrace them probably don’t even know about all the other controversial positions that come with it.
If you’d like to know more about Ryan and contribute to the Radiance Foundation, here’s a link to an interview I did with him on “Huckabee,” posted to their website.
By the way, Black Lives Matter isn’t the only organization that claims to care about protecting black lives, but is extremely selective about which black lives it protects.