If a Trump Supporter Had Shot a Democratic Congressman

Dennis Prager writes:

What would have happened if a Trump supporter had shot a Democratic congressman and other Democratic Washington officials?
The answer is obvious.
The New York Times, the rest of the left-wing media and the Democratic Party would have made the shootings the dominant issue in American life. It is not possible to understand the left — and, therefore, the media and the current state of American life — without understanding how the left uses and relies on hysteria. Hysteria is to the left as oxygen is to biological life.
From the moment Donald Trump was elected president, America has been drowning in left-wing hysteria, all fomented by the media and the Democratic Party.
The charge of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign is hysteria. The claim that the president engaged in obstruction of justice is hysteria. As I have pointed out, the charge of Trump’s election unleashing hate and anti-Semitism, which dominated American media for months, was hysteria.
If Democrats had been shot by a Trump supporter, all you would be hearing and reading about is how much hate the Trump election has unleashed in America, how his election is threatening our democracy and how he is unleashing fascism.
But it was a not a Trump supporter who attempted to murder a Democratic congressman, Capitol Police officers, a House GOP aide and a lobbyist; it was a Trump-hating leftist who attempted to murder a Republican congressman and other Republican officials. And, for that reason, what would have been the dominant issue in America today is already a nonissue. The shooting took place on Wednesday. On Friday, the only article about it on The New York Times front page was about the “harmony” engulfing Democrats and Republicans in the wake of the shooting. By Saturday, there was nothing about the shooting on the front page.
The “harmony” issue is worth noting. As sure as the sun rises in the east, had a Trump-supporting fanatic shot Democratic officials, the Democrats would not have said a word about the need for “harmony,” or the need to lower the temperature in American political discourse. On the contrary, they would have greatly raised the temperature of their already blistering rhetoric. They would have attributed the shooting entirely to Trump’s “hateful” rhetoric having permeated conservative and Republican America.
But it was a leftist who attempted to slaughter Republicans, so it was Republicans who had to respond. And they did so by calling for harmony and lowering the temperature of political differences.

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The Mildewed Teaching Chair

On Friday, I left some wet cloths on my wooden stool that I use for teaching Alexander Technique. When I removed the now-dry cloths this evening, I saw they had left horrible mildew splotches.

So I scrubbed away and the mildew was scarcely reduced. Then I Googled the problem, ignored the advice about always using gloves, and poured some bleach on paper towels and scrubbed the top of the stool.

The smell was so strong, I left the stool outside. Then I washed my hands and lay down to watch the last episode of this third season of Better Call Saul.

My hands started to feel funny, and as my anxiety built so that I couldn’t enjoy the show, I Googled “bleach on bare hands” and saw that was a terrible thing. I followed the advice and washed my hands more thoroughly and went back to the show.

As the program reached its crescendo, my horror built. Not only would I need to throw away my stool and spend $40 on another one because of my stupid mistake, I’ve probably done myself some harm with my use of the bleach. So I paused the show right before the end and washed my hands more thoroughly and made sure not to touch my eyes.

When I finally finished Saul, my feeling of dread was so intense that I tried to dilute it by watching the latest episode of Silicon Valley, but found I couldn’t fully get into it because I had this fear that my eyes were stinging, so I took a long shower paying particular attention to dousing my eyes (I normally prefer to wash in the morning as I hate to start the day anything less than fully clean and invigorated by a cold shower).

It’s an hour later now and nothing seems terribly wrong. Yeah, I can’t sleep. I am scared and humbled by how easily I can ignore instructions and careen off course, putting myself and others in danger through my carelessness.

The wet towels were my instincts (fine in their place), the mildew stains were the repercussions from allowing my instincts to go awry, my bare-handed scrubbing with bleach was my best thinking about how to solve my problem, Google was my sponsor, and the cleansing water that took away my sins flowed from the well of Torah.

God, I offer myself to Thee–to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life.

May I do Thy will always!

My mouthguard tastes funny. I think I rinsed it right after I cleaned with bleach.

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Who Are The Good Guys?

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* The trouble with objective principles for determining winners and losers is that there will be losers, and losing in the status competition game is serious business.

And since we are inevitably a mix of individual and group interests, both equally valid, it will always be in the interests of the losers to gain strength of numbers by embracing whatever group affiliations are not available to the winners, and using them to try to overturn the objective verdict by the only realistic means of victory ever available to losers – a fist in the face.

Of course, being losers, the odds tend to be against them, but every now and then, history has a way of disrupting the stability of the status quo – often exogenously – and the loser-groups may indeed succeed, at least for a while, in ‘decapitating’ the society.

See – the Bolsheviks, the Khmer Rouge, the Red Guards, the Jacobins, etc.

This is why a fixed, unwavering devotion to objective principles is not only naive, it will, with some predictability, at some point become deadly.

It must stem from the aforementioned fact that, in the eyes of natural selection, we are not merely independent and principled individuals, we are members of groups, and while there may be no group selection, there most certainly is a major group contribution to individual reproductive fitness.

* As if there were no correlation between group cohesion and shared devotion to objective principle. It’s not the only source of such cohesion, but it’s the dominant one in the long run.

* Thomas Macaulay: “The doctrine which, from the very first origin of religious dissensions, has been held by bigots of all sects, when condensed into a few words and stripped of rhetorical disguise, is simply this: I am in the right, and you are in the wrong. When you are the stronger, you ought to tolerate me, for it is your duty to tolerate truth; but when I am the stronger, I shall persecute you, for it is my duty to persecute error.”

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Jews & Germany

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* Today, we look at the relationship Jews had with Germany through the prism of the Holocaust, and believe it was nothing but painful and acrimonious. But up until the Third Reich, Jews had a fairly good relationship with Germany, certainly when compared to Russia and even France. (In fact, the Dreyfuss Affair was sparked by the charge Dreyfuss, a Jew, had given military intelligence to the German army.)

Throughout the German Empire, Jews were integrated into German life and most Jews were proud to be part of Germany. They fought in WWI bravely on behalf of the German army.

The British, from around 1917 onward, believed that Jews were loyal to the German Empire, and that Bolshevism was just a Germanic ideological weapon to destabilize and overthrow their opponents, with German support for Lenin being a case in point. They also thought the Young Turks were agents of Jewish influence (another iSteve topic!), hence the wartime alliance between Germany and the Ottoman Empire.

Part of the reason why Britain supported Zionism was to try to entice Jews to support Britain.

* We cannot today easily imagine France before WWII, which was one of the most openly anti-Semitic countries in Europe. A Holocaust historian (I know but bear with me) said that if you talked to a Jewish ghost from before WWII and was telling him about the Holocaust, the first time he’d heard about it, and had not yet mentioned who did it, he would instantly assume it had been France.

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