That’s the other thing about hate – if you are exposed to it, you better wash it off really fast because it’ll start you rotting too.
I didn’t rise to be political, this is personal. A few years ago I was invited to speak at the U.N General Assembly Special session on anti-Semitism. I told the representatives from the assembled countries that anti-Semitism is the canary in the coal mine. That if there is anti-Semitism in your country there is hatred that will ultimately permeate throughout society if it is not checked. I never thought I would need to explain that to my colleagues. This is not political, no one should make it political.. The use of anti-Semitic language and images can never be tolerated.
But apparently my post, and others like it, and Rep. Deutch’s impassioned speech was too little too late. The permeation is real; the rot has begun. Some, rightly, have chosen to focus on the extreme double standard reflected in the resolution that eventually passed the House. I must comment that if there is anythig that makes obvious media bias it is this mess. That fucntioning party members circle the wagons around their own is distasteful in circumstances like this but somewhat understandable. That a supposedly unbiased media is not in full-throated condemnation of this anti-Semitism and its effective legitimization by the House is unconscionable.
But even that is minor compared to the evident rot inside the Democrat party.
Her experience, Clyburn argued, is much more empirical — and powerful — than that of people who are generations removed from the Holocaust, Japanese internment camps during World War II and the other violent episodes that have marked history.
“I’m serious about that. There are people who tell me, ‘Well, my parents are Holocaust survivors.’ ‘My parents did this.’ It’s more personal with her,” Clyburn said. “I’ve talked to her, and I can tell you she is living through a lot of pain.”
Now – I think, unsurprisingly, Twitter may have overreacted to those comments yesterday just a bit, but there is something about them that makes me think of how Jesse Jackson forever destroyed his political possibilities.
The game of “Who’s the biggest victim?’ is now afoot. That is a game with no winners – it is pure political battle. If you want to know where this ends, read “Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game Of Thrones.” This latest George R.R. Martin tome tells the story of the Targaryen’s as they first conquer and then rule Westeros. Eventually they end up feuding with each other, destroying all the dragons (the lynchpin to their power) and generally wreeking havoc. Brother, sisters, cousins and uncles go to war with each other and all that results is destruction. It’s not pretty.
It is pathetic that victimhood is now the key to power in the Democrat realm. We no longer aspire to do good, to be great, or to succeed in any fashion. Rather we aspire to victimization as the means to achieve power. Set aside for the moment that power is a tool, not an end, and just focus on the fact that it is acquired by being victimized. The more I think about it, it’s not pathetic – it’s shameful.
It should be easy to see how all of this allows hate to run rampant. No longer are we focused on what we can achieve – now we are focused beating the other to victim status. God save us from ourselves.
Hate is an evil and it must be fought at all costs. But this sort of stuff has eminently practical effects as well. Los Angeles City Hall, a place we would all have to admit is a bastion of left-leaning, victim-preening politics has a rat problem. A RAT PROBLEM! So caught up are they in racial quotas, equitable distribution of something, and sexual identity politcs that they cannot even properly manage the building they occupy.
Sadly, that is where all this ends. Not with the abolition of bigotry, not with fairness and equality for all, not with happy children leading productive lives, but with a rat problem.
ADDENDUM: Jonah Goldberg has a far more sophisticated take arguing the same thig I argue. Victimhood has become power.