The left in America claims to occupy the moral high ground on bigotry and xenophobia. They claim that they uniquely possess an open-mindedness, tolerance, and welcoming spirit. That’s their narrative.
It’s sadly wrong, and proven so every day.
The chairman of the Vermont Democratic Party–home of Sen. Bernie Sanders–is named Faisal Gill. A 48-year-old man named Christopher Hayden was arrested for sending threatening, anti-Muslim, e-mails to Gill, who is Muslim. Hayden is a Democrat. Quite inconvenient.
To be sure, there are many open-minded, intellectual, tolerant, and truly wonderful people who happen to hold leftist political views. I’d love to sit down and have coffee with Rep. Seth Moulton from Massachusetts’ north shore, for instance–a former Marine and great guy. I’ve heard Anderson Cooper will give you the shirt off his back, and George Clooney will wash it for you.
The most inconvenient fact for the left is that bigotry isn’t tied to political orientation. It’s much more tied to mental health, education, emotional stability, and upbringing. College and post-graduates tend to lean more Democrat, and church-going Christians lean Republican. The sight of Berkeley students rioting is quite inconvenient to the narrative that education is the hallmark of non-violence.
However, the left refuses to accept the facts. They continue to press a false narrative.
Gill, who Vermont Democratic Party officials say is the first Muslim in the nation to be a state-level party chair, attributes the increased frequency of race- and religion-based harassment to the presidential campaign of now-President Donald Trump.
Gill would really have us believe that Trump incited a Democrat to send threatening emails to his own party chair because the man is a Muslim.
“I want to terminate my registration as a Democrat,” Hayden allegedly wrote on May 24. “You make me sick. I want you out of my state you freak.”
In philosophy, this fallacy is called “no true Scotsman,” because no true Democrat would be an xenophobic anti-Muslim bigot. Therefore he must be a closet Republican.
They also offer the converse argument that anyone who supports or voted for Donald Trump must be a bigoted, closed-minded fool, prone to violence. They’d have us believe that 62 million Americans are potentially dangerous bigots.
This argument in itself is dangerous, and creates the conditions for violence. Any educated person who repeats it has to realize that Democrats can also be pushed to political violence. James T. Hodgkinson proved that.
Floyd Lee Corkins, who in 2013 tried to massacre the Family Research Council’s office staff, “kill as many people as possible and smear Chick-fil-a sandwiches in their faces as a political statement,” also proved it. And that was when Barack Obama was president.
Jared Loughner, who shot Rep. Gabby Giffords in 2011, was never a Republican. But the New York Times still (shamefully) tried to trot out the discredited conspiracy theory that Sarah Palin was somehow responsible for inciting the shooting, in an editorial published after Hodgkinson’s attempted massacre in June.
The truth that Democrats and the left like to ignore, cover their ears and yell “LA LA LA” when told to them, is that violence is not confined to the set of people identified as “not liberal.” Hate is not a result of conservative thought, or Donald Trump.
Until the left, which controls most of the press, can accept this fact and stop advancing false “no true Scotsman” arguments, it’s going to be very hard to combat real bigotry and violence.
For this reason, the left truly occupies the low moral ground.
This post cross-posted from The New Americana.