Yes, the hysterical antics of leftist women still make me embarrassed to be female. But now that embarrassment is mixed with pride.
The source of that pride is Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, my new hero. The speech she made before the Senate outlining her compelling reasons for supporting Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court was one of the most magnificent orations I’ve heard in my life. It was also one of the bravest, because she’s become the focus of obscene rants and fevered death threats that will likely continue for years.
Sadly, much of the vile abuse being heaped on her is coming from other women, who feel she has betrayed her gender simply by asserting key American principles like due process and presumption of innocence. Even before the accusations against Kavanaugh were made public, leftist women had a raging, stop-him-at-all-costs reaction to his nomination. I found the intensity of this reaction somewhat puzzling in that he is not by any stretch a right-wing idealogue, having voted pretty much the same way (93 percent) as the Obama nominee they so dearly wanted on the Court, Merrick Garland. Leftists showed us that, for them, it’s got to be 100 percent or nothing. They would have reacted with screams of horror to anyone President Trump had put forward.
On the day of Kavanaugh’s confirmation and swearing-in, a mob of crazed and, I have to assume, wildly misinformed protesters –- mostly female but joined by some of their militant male comrades (and, no doubt, some members of the other 55 genders) –- smashed through a police line and pushed their way to the locked door of the Court’s chamber, where they cried, screamed and literally pounded and clawed. Think I’m exaggerating?
It’s easy to go online and find freaked-out rants representing the fringes of every political persuasion, left and right, but today, mass quantities of left-wing bile have seeped far into what used to be called “mainstream” media. The New York Times ran an op-ed by Alexis Grenell that is such a piece of vile, racist, left-wing drivel that one would only hope most left-leaners would be put off by it and rush to order their #WalkAway t-shirts. After all, Grenell didn’t write this trash for some obscure, far-left wacko website. The Times’ decision to feature tripe like this leaves no doubt as to what they really are, and it is not pretty.
And it was some editor at the Times who wrote the headline: “White Women, Come Get Your People --- they will defend their privilege to the death.” Grenell, herself a white woman and (no surprise) Democratic strategist, fills her piece with violent imagery such as this: “After a confirmation process where women all but slit their wrists, letting their stories of sexual trauma run like rivers of blood through the Capitol...” She borrows a term from (ugh) The Handmaid’s Tale, “gender traitors,” and applies it to all the Republican women who “caved.” “They’ve made standing by the patriarchy a full-time job,” she expounds. “The women who support them show up at the Capitol wearing “Women For Kavanaugh” t-shirts, but also probably tell their daughters to put on less revealing clothes when they go out.”
Good lord, where to start? Here’s another gem: “But the people who scare me most are the mothers, sisters and wives of those young men, because my stupid uterus still holds out some insane hope of solidarity.”
I do think the word “stupid” applies here, but to her brain, not her uterus. Same for the word “insane.”
Read on, and it’s obvious that she, as a typical leftist, sees people primarily are representatives of their race and gender. She condemns white women (that way, she gets to congratulate her white-female self for not being typical), 53 percent of which “put their racial privilege ahead of their second-class gender status in 2016 by voting to uphold a system that values only their whiteness, just as they have for decades.”
“White women benefit from patriarchy by trading on their whiteness to monopolize resources for mutual gain,” she writes. She calls this “a blood pact between men and women,” adding that “game girls will defend their privilege to the death.”
Think this kind of bilge will go away? If you have a daughter –- or a son, come to think of it –- in college, this is what she or he is going to hear. I have friends whose daughters are being inundated with left-wing dogma like this even before college. The indoctrination starts early. It’s this new generation of women that I am most worried about.
As Rod Dreher says in his excellent piece in The American Conservative, “Alexis Grenell –- who earned her master’s degree in 2015 from an Ivy League School (Columbia) --- is the face and the voice of extreme liberalism. The Times editors read her savage essay and considered it within the mainstream of commentary whereas no responsible editor of any serious publication would have published the same kind of rhetoric wielded against people of color.” He calls this “the language of Tribalism...blessed by elite liberal gatekeepers, as long as it is wielded by the Righteous Tribe, against the Deplorable Tribe.”
He prefers to be part of the “American Tribe”...judging people not on their reproductive organs or the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. "That’s the America I want to live in. It’s the America that people like Alexis Grenell and the editors of The New York Times want to end.”
Even the restaurant that served Ted Cruz and his family in the face of loud protests –- the Cruzes were confronted and driven out before the owner led them back in and allowed them to continue their meal –- has reportedly faced death threats. Owner Fabio Trabocchi released a statement saying in part, “I am blessed to work with the staff who have handled the harassment and life-threatening messages we and our families have received in the wake of the event...The restaurant “welcomes all patrons, irrespective of creed, ideology or opinion." He offered reassurance that “security and privacy consultants and investigators have implemented additional safety and security measures...”
So, back to Sen. Collins and her bravery in this toxic environment. As she was writing her Senate speech, she had to be aware that she would be needing those “additional safety and security measures.” Indeed, she had already been targeted for weeks by lefty loons as the likely swing vote. (I have to wonder if these people were actually so crazy that they thought torrents of verbal abuse would win her to their side.) Now that she has voted for Kavanaugh, the Women’s March is tweeting that she's a “rape apologist.” Never mind that in Collins’ 21 years in the Senate, she has sponsored 28 bills addressing sexual violence.
Twitter is failing to police the violent tweets like “I won’t mourn your death,” “If only you were capable of shame, maybe you would kill your horrible self,” “I hope someone kills you,” and much worse. (I thought about including a link to this trash but decided the language was just too filthy to inflict upon you. You’re welcome.) I think about what Sen. Collins must be going through, knowing it would be hard for me to take even one day of this kind of abuse --- and danger.
Again, she is my hero. If anyone thought I was brave just for writing under my own name occasionally and “coming out” against the left, it’s she who is really exhibiting toughness and courage under fire. (I should also point out the bravery of Judge Kavanaugh, who could have withdrawn but didn’t.) I have written Collins’ office to thank her. Will you?
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