Monday, August 22, 2022

The drumming-up of hatred against Republicans is escalating

The drumming-up of hatred against Republicans is escalating

The rhetoric from the left is becoming ever more dangerous and inflammatory. And it’s the left that says “words are violence” – if so, what shall we call this?:

Gen. Michael Hayden, the former head of the CIA and NSA, believes that you, dear readers, are more dangerous than ISIS, Communist China, and N. Korea — if you’re a Republican, that is. He said so explicitly in a retweet of a comment from Edward Luce, the blue-check assistant editor of the Financial Times, who wrote, “I’ve covered extremism and violent ideologies around the world over my career. Have never come across a political force more nihilistic, dangerous & contemptible than today’s Republicans. Nothing close.”

Let me add that Hayden and Luce are not the sort of people who used to be thought of as the far left – no radical long-haired hippies they, nor do they even resemble an old-fashioned Bernie Sanders type leftist, which makes them even more dangerous. Hayden is a 77-year-old retired 4-star US general who has the following resume:

…[F]ormer Director of the National Security Agency, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Hayden currently co-chairs the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Electric Grid Cyber Security Initiative. In 2017, Hayden became a national security analyst for CNN.

He was Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) from 1999 to 2005. During his tenure as director, he oversaw the controversial NSA surveillance of technological communications between persons in the United States and alleged foreign terrorist groups, which resulted in the NSA warrantless surveillance controversy.

On April 21, 2005, then Lt. Gen Hayden, was confirmed by the United States Senate as the first Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence and awarded his fourth star-making him “the highest-ranking military intelligence officer in the armed forces”…

On May 8, 2006, Hayden was nominated for the position of Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

A George Bush appointee who doesn’t seem to have been very concerned with protecting US citizens from federal surveillance, he backed Biden in 2020.

As for Luce, he’s a mere 54, a blue-blooded Brit who has been a journalist for his working career – for example, for the leftist Guardian – but whose family heritage is strongly conservative:

Luce is the son of Rose Helen (née Nicholson) and Richard Luce, Baron Luce. His father is the former Lord Chamberlain to the Queen (2000 to 2006), former Governor of Gibraltar, a Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) (1971 to 1992), government minister, and a crossbench member of the House of Lords. His paternal grandfather is Sir William Luce, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Aden, Political Resident in the Gulf and Special Representative to the Foreign Secretary (Lord Home) for Gulf Affairs. His great-uncle is admiral Sir David Luce, First Sea Lord (1963–1966). His maternal great-grandfather is vice-admiral Sir Trevylyan Napier, who was the Commander-in-Chief, America and West Indies Station (1919–1920).

And the now-venerable (aged 77) James Carville, who always had a big mouth, jumps right in:

“People that believe that the election was stolen and have a right to storm the Capitol, which is a substantial number of people in the Republican Party, are evil. Our people are kind of silly. Their people are actually evil. Racism is evil. Alright. Misogyny is evil…yet the media is addicted to both-sidesism.”

…The problem the Republican Party has is they got really stupid people that vote in their primaries. And when you have that, you’re going to get in – really stupid people demand to have really stupid leaders. And that’s where the Republican Party is now. It’s not, you know, not all of it. There’s obviously some very high quality, you know, smart, patriotic Republicans. But they’re not in the majority. And they will tell you that themselves.”

Like Liz Cheney, no doubt.

If I retained the capacity to be shocked by this sort of thing – and I’m not so sure that I do – this would be highly shocking. These people have traditional credentials and, like so many others, seem to have swallowed not only the “Republicans are evil” line, but have no hesitation to say it right out in the open. The sentiment is now mainstream and non-controversial. The Hayden/Luce statement was posted on Twitter, by the way, which seems to have zero trouble with “hate speech” of the anti-right variety.

When Trump said that “they’re not after me, they’re after you, I’m just in the way,” he was completely correct. And it appears to be moving at warp speed.

I think this is happening for three reasons. The first is that leftism recently reached critical mass, a result of the decades-long leftward drift of the media and the educational system, as well as of other major institutions. The second is the amplification and dissemination afforded by the internet and especially by social media. And the third is that the left senses the growing popularity of anti-left sentiment, and they believe the best way to combat it is to demonize it.

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