Many of us on the political center-right have been tearing our hair out in recent years, trying to figure out how, despite our obvious evidence-based conclusion that modern leftism is little more than the public policy equivalent of spoiled pre-teen children tearing their own bedrooms apart in a tantrum, the left has managed to ascend in 2015 to a point of virtual dominance on the political and cultural scene.
There are many tricks to their trade, perfected through decades of practice and training. But until conservatives recognize their simplest, most obvious fallback trick, we are doomed to continue to fall into the traps set for us daily, and continue to lose influence. It’s called “Blame Righty” and it can be mighty effective. Here are some examples to illustrate.
The Confederate Flag has become an object of scorn in recent days, being tied in a non-evidence-based way to the motivations of the latest young white misfit video-game-and-drug-addled American male to snap and slaughter unarmed strangers – this time, peaceful worshippers in a legendary South Carolina African-American church. Through innuendo, the Confederate Flag is being tied around the neck of Republicans and conservatives in an attempt to Blame Righty for this incident.
Does it matter to the left that the Republican Party was born out of the Abolition movement in the North, with the specific goal of outlawing slavery? Do they care that the first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, fought the war to destroy the Confederacy, and brought emancipation to all the slaves?
Does it matter to them that Jim Crow laws and segregation were passed and enforced by Democrat-dominated institutions, or that the acknowledged turning point in the desegregation movement was performed by Republican President Dwight Eisenhower, who sent the 101st Airborne into Little Rock, Arkansas, to enforce Brown vs. Board of Education? Not when you can Blame Righty, and have a compliant media to play along with the “America’s conservative heartland is racist” meme.
Closer to home, we have Justin Trudeau’s bizarre accusation that Stephen Harper has spoiled Canada’s relationship with the United States. Does Justin not recall that Harper was first elected Prime Minister in early 2006, when Canada’s relationship with then-President George W. Bush was in tatters thanks to open Liberal Party hostility?
Did Trudeau note that, if indeed there is any souring of the relationship, perhaps it stems from leftist President Obama, who has harmed both Canada and his own country by shutting down the Keystone XL pipeline project to appease his environmentalist donors? That being said, I can’t think of any open hostility between Harper’s Canada and Obama’s America. Harper even took Omar back in the end.
Then there’s the endless blaming of the Islamist Jihad problem on Righty. Just do a Google News search for “ultraconservative mullahs” and you’ll see how the left tries to tie the head-choppers of ISIS to the word “conservative”. The head of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, said Republicans are like ISIS but worse, live on CNN. They also love to blame the problem of Islamic radicalism on Republican President Bush, as if we did not know that the Islamic push for worldwide conquest has been an evidence-based reality since the Umayyad conquest of North Africa, Andalusia, and beyond, in the year 1300 BB (Before Bush).
Of course there’s the ultimate Blame Righty catch-all, “Climate Change,” caused by the conspicuous consumption of evil suburban and exurban car-driving overbreeders, who not coincidentally, tend to vote conservative. Blame Righty for bad weather and natural disasters? Hell yeah. It’s the final stop on the road to declaring conservatism illegal – which, ultimately, is the only way leftism can succeed.
The anti-intellectual, evidence-free Blame Righty trick is a core tool in the left’s toolbox of deceit. If they can’t convince the masses to go along with their depraved agenda, they can at least try to neutralize the opposition by smearing it with everything evil that happens in the world. Conservatives need to recognize it, rebut it and push back against it, or continue to pay the price in the minds of the low-information voting masses.
And by the way – Hitler and the National Socialists of Germany? They weren’t “far-right”…
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