Thursday, November 14, 2019

Hanson on the Orwellian Jacobins

Victor Davis Hanson, one of many dudes I used to deride, at American Greatness, one of many publications I used to deride:
  We are also well beyond even the stark choices of 1972 and 1984 that remained within the parameters of the two parties. In contrast, the Democratic Party as we have known it, is extinct for now. It has been replaced since 2016 by a radical progressive revolutionary movement that serves as a touchstone for a variety of auxiliary extremist causes, agendas, and cliques—almost all of them radically leftwing and nihilistic, and largely without majority popular support.
   When Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and a number of Democratic presidential candidates sympathize with the New York subway jumpers who openly threaten the police, then what or who exactly is the alternative to such chaos?
   When the media proves 90 percent partisan according to its own liberal watchdog institutions, or reports things as true that cannot be true but “should” be true, what are the forces behind that?
   When the violence of Antifa is quietly—or sometimes loudly—condoned, who are those who empower it and excuse it?
   If a late-term abortion results in a live baby exiting the birth canal only to be liquidated, who exactly would say that is amoral?
   If the leading Democratic presidential candidates openly embrace the Green New Deal, reparations, abolishing the Electoral College, welfare for illegal aliens, open borders, amnesties, wealth taxes, a 70-90 percent income tax code, Medicare for all, and legal infanticide—what is the alternative vision and who stands between all that and a targeted traditional America? [my emphasis in bold]
Someday, I expect them to get back between the ditches. But as for now, they're a crazy, hard-left, Orwellian, antirational cult that advocates policies that will wreck the nation. You've gotta be absolutely batshit crazy to make Donald Trump, narcissist and reality-show con man, into the least catastrophic of the available options.
   Davis nails the terminology: they're Orwellian Jacobins.


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