Let’s hypothetically say you’re a mafioso.
Sorry, that’s a nasty thing to call someone. We’ll say that you’re a waste-management entrepreneur with a sideline in protecting local businesses.
Either way, you believe yourself to be so good at protecting people that you tend to get a little bit violent when they refuse to be protected by you. It happens; professional frustration overcomes the best of us. But let’s say you tell that person that the only way they can ensure you don’t get violent with them is if they give in to your demands.
That’s called extortion, right?
I’m just asking because that’s basically what Hillary Clinton just did on a rhetorical level.
As regular readers are no doubt aware, liberals have been a bit testy of late, and that testiness is very, very close to violence. Whether it’s destroying cars and blocking intersections in Portland, Oregon, or former Attorney General Eric Holder saying that “’when they go low, we go high.’ No. When they go low, we kick ’em,” the mob has been very much en vogue these days.
Just don’t call it a “mob.” Leftists can be touchy about that.
Well done, as always, Leftist media https://t.co/JI3eZhLbjz
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) October 10, 2018
These sorts of things are so common that they now get lumped under the word “incivility,” which has become a sort of catch-all phrase for what the Democrats have been up to. Commentators have racked themselves over how we get back to “civility.”
My suggestion would be to start arresting people who break the law and to stop letting people claim the mantle of political “resistance” for mob actions.
Hillary Clinton has a different way to stop it: Just elect Democrats.
“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for,” Clinton said in an interview last week.
“I believe if we are fortunate enough to take back the House and or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again.”
It’s difficult for me to get mad because this doesn’t seem to be an uncommon opinion among the American left.
It’s a bit like Thomas Carlyle’s famous quote, “Let me have my own way in exactly everything and a sunnier and pleasanter creature does not exist.” Except that when modern Democrats aren’t sunny or pleasant, they screech at people in elevators and chase them out of restaurants.
And now, according to Hillary, disagreeing with the platform of the Democrats is classified as “destroying” what they stand for.
The implications of what she appears to be saying are mind-blowing here. At one level, she seems to be admitting that the Democrats can control this sort of mobocracy. And at another one, she seems to be saying that the only way it’ll be turned off is if Democratic demands for power are met.
Meanwhile, the “incivility” continues to escalate. Where does it end? We got a glimpse last year on a baseball field in Virginia.
It would be a shame if something like that would happen again, no?
So just give the Democrats power and you don’t have to worry about it. Hillary Clinton is certainly a quick learner at this mafioso gig.
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