As a happy warrior in our partisan political skirmishes, I’m very much aware of the moral dangers that come from extreme partisanship. We all have a tendency to let our political (and other) allegiances cloud our judgment, and tempt us toward pride in our own correctness, and harsh condemnation of the other side’s error .
So soon after Easter, I’m especially mindful of Uncle Jesus, and his teaching about the logs in our own eyes and the motes in others’ eyes.
All of which is a long-winded way of saying that I recognize the slippery moral slope of believing that we’re really the good guys, and our political opponents are the real bad guys.
On the other hand, the last several years – and especially the last week – has forced me to make this observation: Deep down, I think that we’re really the good guys, and our leftist opponents are the real bad guys!
It’s not because of our own great virtue. We’re all – individually — fallen, and made of the crooked timber of humanity, and all the rest. And the national GOP is definitely no collective profile in courage or political fortitude, to say the least.
But Man o’ Manischewitz, has the left not lost its marbles and steered straight toward the twin poles of stupid and malicious?
Consider a quick spin through the howling voices on the left during the first 24 hours after the draft of the Roe ruling was leaked, first focusing on the stupid:
An army of national Democrats and lefty celebrity immediately took to Twitter, making their usual, reasoned arguments: lots of F-bombs, exclamation marks and all caps screaming that if Roe is overturned, abortion will be illegal in the US. (In reality, the issue will go back to the states, and leftist states will immediately reinforce their current laws, enshrining the right to abort your kid until the band starts playing Pomp and Circumstance at her 8th grade graduation.)
MSM talking heads screeched that this will be THE END OF DEMOCRACY! Because when 7 unelected men in robes dictated a new abortion policy for the nation, THAT was democratic. But when the citizens in all 50 states are allowed to vote on abortion policy, THAT is UN-democratic. Get it?
Peak Stupid may have been reached on Tuesday, May 3rd on the View, when the Dynamic Duo of Dumb — Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin – proposed the idea of a “sex strike,” which would involve women like them refusing males the benefit of their charms until abortions are ubiquitous as Starbucks.
They really thought this strategy would work!
There might be a more effective method of birth control than simply contemplating – and I’m shuddering as I write this — having sex with Joy Behar.
But I can’t think of what that might be. And I hope to never find out.
Grandma Squanto also got in on the action, throwing several theatrical tantrums in the last several days. When prompted by a sympathetic reporter, she wagged her finger and stomped her feet and expressed her outrage until she was red in the face.
Which was the first time her skin could ever be described with that particular adjective. (#wemustneverstopmockingher)
My favorite moment came (you’ll pardon the expression) when CNN trotted out Jeffrey Toobin to pontificate on the issue of abortion. I know: you’d think that with his PhD in Onanism, abortion would never be a concern of his.
But you’d be wrong. Because a few years back – and I’m not making this up – the married Toobin (I’m as shocked as you are) had an affair with the much-younger daughter of his CNN colleague Jeff Greenfield. When she became pregnant, he tried to bully and bribe her into aborting the child. When she had the baby, he denied being the father and had to be forced to take a paternity test, and then pay child support.
So, yeah. Let’s definitely wait for that creep to pull his pants up, get some make-up on, and put his earpiece in, so we can listen to his wisdom on abortion!
And of course we can’t forget the Big Guy himself, who went off-script for about 93 seconds, during which he un-did 50 years of leftist propaganda about abortion.
In the midst of a short — and yet still rambling! – slurred word salad, he inadvertently told a core truth, when he referred to the right “to abort a child.”
If you listened closely, you could almost hear a nationwide flurry of face-palming and spit-takes by thousands of Planned Parenthood ghouls, soul-less pollsters, MSM spinmeisters and White House spokesweasels.
I picture the entire elite left reacting with the kind of shock that jolted the newsroom in the movie Anchorman, when Will Ferrell unknowingly signed off with a hearty, “Go f*** yourself, San Diego!”
“Child? Abort a CHILD?!”
“It’s a ‘tissue mass,’ Joe! Or a ‘non-viable entity.’ Or a ‘blastula’ or a ‘zygote.’ Or just ‘a woman’s body.’ ANYTHING but a CHILD!’”
But it wasn’t all just stupid; there was plenty of malice, too.
As soon as the story leaked, leftist protestors started acting thuggishly, as is their perpetual wont. They physically attacked some cops in L.A. (and went tragically un-shot and un-arrested). They formed a mob outside the Supreme Court, forcing the capitol police to scramble to put up barriers to try to protect the building.
They threw gasoline on the smoldering fire by encouraging the mentally fragile among them to “take to the streets,” a la Maxine Melting-Face Waters’ infamous call to “get in their faces, and push back on them.” They published the home addresses of the originalist SC judges, requiring frantic efforts to provide security for them and their families.
In my more charitable moods, I might say that this is a straw man argument, and that we shouldn’t lump all of them in with their lunatic fringe. But what happens when that “fringe” looks to be a majority of their public figures?
After all, it’s not like the “mainstream” or “establishment” of their party is condemning the loons among them.
The White House can’t even bring itself to criticize the unprecedented ethical breach of leaking a draft decision, just as they didn’t condemn the sleazy activists who chased Dem Senator Sinema into a bathroom, or smeared Justice Kavanaugh with laughably false rape charges, or launched bigoted attacks on Justice Coney-Barrett’s Catholicism.
I hate to say it, but they are acting like very bad people.
And if, to paraphrase MLK, the arc of the mid-terms bends toward justice, this November will see Roe consigned to the dustbin of history, and the Dems are going to get their Durbins handed to them!
Avenatti/ Jeffrey ”Hands-on-the-Table” Toobin, 2024!