June 24, 2018
MY CORNER by Boyd Cathey
You’re A Nazi—or Worse—if You Voted for Donald Trump or Believe in Borders
Saturday is usually my day to go to the local Food Lion and shop for groceries for the week—I normally can pick up everything I need if I prepare a list and menu for meals in advance.
Yesterday, while deep in the produce section, I saw a friend who is on the MY CORNER email list, and after a little chit-chat and questions about family and school, the conversation turned to national politics. And my friend asked me, referring to the column I wrote this past Friday, “Those Leftist Crazies Are Wanting to Kill You” (June 22, 2018: http://boydcatheyreviewofbooks.blogspot.com/2018/06/june-22-2018-my-corner-by-boydcathey.html), “Boyd, do you really think it’s gotten that bad? Are we headed to violence and maybe real civil war?”
I shook my head and responded: “Yes, I do think that’s where things are tending. Just look at those news bits that manage to reach the national media—they are only the tip of an unhinged ice berg of violence, both real and verbal, being unleashed against folks like you and me. And it is reaching a crescendo, and, sadly, I think it’s only going to get worse, far worse, as we approach elections this fall.”
My friend, who owns his own small business, and who is a new grandfather, just shook his head.
“I don’t know many folks here in Wendell who resemble the folks you wrote about,” he added.
“But we live in a small town, still rural in many ways,” I responded. “I am sure that there are a few such types hereabouts, but they probably don’t go to your Baptist Church or belong to the American Legion, so you probably don’t come into contact with them. And your children go to East Wake Christian Academy, so they probably won’t come into contact with them, either.”
At that point my friend nodded his head, and simply added, “Well, it’s very sad. Seems like anyone who wants to live a Christian life and not go along with those crazy leftists and their ideas that you write about is just being attacked. I hate it.”
I agreed, and added: “The problem is that we have been attempting to live our lives like we always have—we inherited traditions and a heritage—we go to church and raise our families—we aren’t looking for controversy. It is not us who initiated this conflict. The fact is that when Donald Trump was elected to drain the swamp, no matter his personality or weaknesses, he tore the mask off these people. They thought they had clear sailing to transform this country. And they weren’t that worried about you or your family opposing them. Because they figured that by radically changing our institutions, our schools, our entertainment, our culture, you and yours would be forced eventually to go along, whether you wanted to or not.”
Then, I added: “Just like a young Leftist friend of my nephew once told me: ‘You older right wingers will eventually just die out in a few years; then we will take complete control.’”
Those words echoed in my thoughts yesterday, as they continue to echo from time to time in my mind.
We are in a full-blown culture war, and it is beyond the time that we recognized that, that we understood what we are in, what we are up against. I have listened to pastors and priests, all well-intentioned, talking about dialogue, about getting along, about peace—all certainly desirable. But, I think we have, in large part, passed that point. It’s like April 1861, and the clouds of open conflict are ready to burst. I pray that I am wrong, but I believe sincerely I am right.
And early this morning, bringing the dogs in from a long walk when the humidity was lower, I turned on the news and made a quick scan of my emails (169 since 11 o’clock last night!). The news of the dripping hate, of the vicious imprecations and foul words spewing forth, the harassment, the virtual calls to violence, all directed at people like my friend, but with a far higher national profile than he, stood out—and stood out like a sad but truthful confirmation of what I wrote this past Friday and what I said to my friend yesterday.
“ICE is a terrorist organization, and its egomaniacal leader is Donald Trump,” says Democratic governor candidate Cynthia Nixon. [https://nypost.com/2018/06/22/cynthia-nixon-labels-ice-as-a-terrorist-organization/]
General Michael Hayden, former Director of the National Security Agency [sic!], tweets a picture of the Auschwitz concentration camp with the caption “other governments have [also] separated mothers and children” [https://www.nationalreview.com/news/ex-cia-chief-defends-tweet-comparing-trump-border-policy-to-nazi-concentration-camps/]
"If you vote for Trump, then you, the voter, you, not Donald Trump, are standing at the border, like Nazis," says MSNBC commentator Donny Deutsch [https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/06/22/msnbcs_donny_deutsch_if_you_vote_for_trump_you_are_ripping_children_from_parents_arms.html]
White House Press Secretary is peremptorily told to leave a Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, by the manager, because she is associated with the president [https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/us-trump-press-secretary/2018/06/23/id/867905/?ns_mail_uid=61377180&ns_mail_job=1799233_06232018&s=al&dkt_nbr=010502om066c]
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is surrounded by demonstrators screaming profanities in a restaurant and then her home is surrounded by violence-inducing protesters [https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/20/politics/kirstjen-nielsen-mexican-restaurant-protest/index.html]
The list goes on and on, is potentially inexhaustible—and truly chilling.
We are in a civil war, a real one—and it is total war, without limits or conditions. The sooner we understand that and prepare for every eventuality, the better for us and our families.
Reading through the multiple messages I received this morning I found the following column by C. J. Hopkins, an award-winning playwright and novelist. And I pass it on as a kind of journalistic summary, laced with a bit of sarcasm but also very sobering, of what I am talking about.
Perhaps a third, maybe more, of our fellow citizens partake in this frenzied lunacy, this infectious sickness. Dialogue with them? Peace? Sometimes the only alternative in a situation, regretfully, is to turn our ploughshares into swords.
Happy Sunday. Read on.
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