The guy was out celebrating his birthday. He was wearing a red hat his wife gave him as a gift that said: “Make Fifty Great Again.” A woman came up and sucker-punched him.
The only thing that makes this story unusual is the fact that it wasn’t an actual MAGA hat. Attacks on people wearing MAGA hats have become commonplace. The reason they have become commonplace is that Democrats are afraid. As Yoda said, “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”
Bruce Thornton at Frontpage Mag:
“Fear Society” is Natan Sharansky’s term for a socio-political order that flunks the “town square” test: People are too frightened to speak their mind in public spaces because they fear retribution. A victim of Soviet tyranny before emigrating to Israel, for Sharansky the consequences of free expression could be arrest, imprisonment, torture, and death. For us, the regime of political correctness, “cancel culture,” “microaggressions,” and “woke” commissars reinforces a similar repression, a “softer” one, as Tocqueville called it, but effective nonetheless in silencing dissent and promoting an illiberal progressive ideology.
Sharansky goes on to describe the consequences of living in a fear society, which typically comprises three groups: “true believers,” those who sincerely believe in the regime’s ideology; “dissidents,” those who oppose the regime and speak out against it; and “doublethinkers,” the majority who oppose the regime yet do not publicly express their opposition, particularly to outsiders.
Donald Trump’s political success has emboldened the conservative and Republican “doublethinkers” to express their opinions in the “town square” and challenge the domination that for several decades the progressives have enjoyed over political speech.
As we have often noted in the last few years, the Democrats are becoming more and more hysterical. The reason for that is they are being told to be afraid. And it is the Democrat leaders who are responsible for it.
“Be afraid of global
warming climate change.” “Be afraid of Russia.” “Be afraid of Nazis, Republicans, and other fascist white supremacists.” “All men are rapists or rapist enablers.” “All white people are racists.”
The recent attacks on Trump supporters reminded me of something but I couldn’t remember what it was, I was pondering ponderously about this stuff when it hit me. The way that Democrats are acting now reminds me of the way Southern Democrats acted during the Civil Rights Movement.
As the Civil Rights Movement gained momentum and strength there was an increase in racial violence in the South. It reached a peak around 1963 when a black church was bombed, killing four little girls. People across the nation were horrified, and support for segregation evaporated.
1963 was a tipping point in America’s history. The pressure for change had been building for decades, then suddenly in a short span of years change happened. But some people don’t like change. They don’t like it because they are afraid of it. They feel threatened by change. Some of them will react violently.
In the 1950s and 1960s, unscrupulous Democrat politicians whipped up fear to win elections. Over half a century later they are still doing it. Alas, I fear that it will get worse before it gets better, and I have a sense of foreboding telling me that 2020 will be the year it gets a lot worse.