July 11, 2020
Apple pie, farms, local movie theaters, pickup baseball games, swimming holes, volunteer firemen, and small libraries with very old lady librarians: an America soon to be gone with the wind. I just read a piece by Scott McConnell in The American Conservative, a magazine we cofounded eighteen years ago, that mentions unfairness in the historical sense. He writes about the victims of communism being less commemorated than the victims of fascism. The death toll of communism was 100 million. (See: The Black Book of Communism.) While the mass murders were going on, your Cambridge Joseph Needhams and his fellow apologists insisted that Maoism represented mankind’s best hope. Maoism never received the moral obloquy that Nazism did. The Holocaust Memorial Museum has had 40 million visitors in D.C. since 1993, whereas the victims of communism get only a ten-foot statue in a tiny park near Union Station, tended by private donations. Feeling a bit hard done by? Bernie Sanders can praise the Bolsheviks and come close to being president, as can the rest of the motley crew that has excused the red holocaust, starting with the intellectuals and the newspapers that knowingly covered up the truth until they no longer could, like The New York Times.
Now America itself is being challenged—as is Britain—by Orwellian methods of truth reversals. A nation is made up of social groups with a powerful sense of solidarity. It has sacred borders, a sense of shared history and the pride that goes along with it, a distinct culture, and a common language. The nation, needless to say, precedes an individual’s identity. Not so, says The New York Times. Everything Uncle Sam has achieved has been based on slavery. The Times no longer publishes crime news of the city because it involves black people and only features black entertainers.
Never mind, America and Britain are under attack by anarchists and thugs, while media pimps and opportunistic politicians are excusing the mobs. Worse, the media is in cahoots with those who say that words are a form of violence that has to be regulated. Who would have thought it would come to this? Our First Amendment, our most precious freedom of speech, challenged by smear artists who lust for power and control. Unlike what Hollywood depicts as wartime Berlin, Germans bitched to high heaven over the bombing and lack of food, as did Russians during Stalin’s time. But just try to not kneel nowadays and watch your career fly out the window quicker than you can say “BLM.” Is this why we fought the wars, to not to be able to say out loud what we believe? To be silenced by unelected street thugs, dandruff-covered academics, and spittle-flecked media leftists? (And the Meghan Markles?)
Big foundations, tech behemoths, media giants, prestigious universities, and embedded elites are all united in transforming a nation that has always meant well, but has gone wrong whenever those mentioned above were involved. And I, of course, agree with last week’s Power putsch in The Spectator’s pages by Sohrab Ahmari that what is taking place is not a revolution but a counterrevolution against Trump. Except that it had begun before him when PC became obligatory among elites. PC was substituted as a weapon to dominate the culture by the left once the Bolshies had gone down the drain in 1990.
Then, when social networks became the gout de jour, fear, hate, disinformation, threats, and vengeance were meted out in order to ruin the lives of those not PC enough. Lefty elites were sitting pretty, even after the chaos and bloodshed of Uncle Sam’s venture into Iraq. The neocons who were behind the Iraq disaster managed to avoid responsibility by adhering to a strict PC line.
And the elites are getting away with murder all over again as I write. “No whites in the Bronx,” screams an intimidating 6-foot-6 black BLM leader by the name of Hawk Newsome. “We don’t want white people in the Bronx, otherwise we’ll burn the place down.” This on a Fox TV interview ignored by the Times, of course, which also ignores the 25% rise in murders and 205 shootings last weekend in New York alone. In response, Mayor de Blasio cuts the police budget by a billion and a half to appease the mob. Mostly white thugs scream, spit, and insult the police in downtown New York while TV networks give them the publicity they crave. Note the deferential assumptions of our days. To witness this America is wholly un-American.