Of Pinheads and Revolutionaries

By | 2017-06-02T18:30:05+00:00 November 14, 2016|
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Rape Melania” was trending on Twitter on Sunday afternoon. So much for “Love trumps hate,” eh? Oh, also, democracy has been declared a hate crime. What a time to be alive!

In all seriousness, the Left this week is experiencing a bit of what many of us felt for the past eight years: the sense that they live in a country they do no recognize under an occupation government. But they manifest those feelings differently because they have an entirely different moral outlook on the world. This is, among other things, the consequence of living in an age where half the country has nothing in common with the other half except geographic location.

What we’ve witnessed in the past week is the emergence of three types of revolutionaries.

The first, and most easily dismissed, are the safety pin snowflakes. In the wake of Trump’s victory, almost immediately we started hearing unverifiable reports of “hate crimes” against ethnic minorities and verified reports of attacks on Trump supporters. Again, most of the attacks on Trump supporters were violent and verifiable, whereas the stories told by minorities tended to follow the same story lines as the hate crime hoaxes that we’re used to hearing about. Some have already been debunked.

But in the age of the University of Virginia rape hoax, and in the wake of their embarrassment at having been wrong about just about everything for the past 18 months, journalists and activists are more than willing to spread these stories, and universities are more than willing to lift up the self-proclaimed victims as martyrs.

To cite one example, at my college, Baylor University, a black female student posted a short video telling the story of how a white male pushed her off the sidewalk and said “No n****** allowed on the sidewalk.” She is now a heroine on campus, with 300 students marching to class with her to display their virtue, and the university issuing statements about “safety,” “diversity,” and “reconciliation.” We’ll probably never know whether or not the story was true.

Most of these college students demanding safe spaces are harmless know-nothings. (Harmless in terms of violence, though not necessarily in terms of power.) They are the product of an education system that has taught them little more than to believe either that they are  victimized and oppressed or privileged and oppressive. They know how to file lawsuits and how to hate themselves. They were taught to believe in the progressive inevitable triumph of good over evil—and they’ve been told who the evil people are. On Tuesday night, those evil people won. And in the black and white, zero-sum world they inhabit, this is an emotional blow on a scale that normal, sane people cannot imagine.

What can be done about the snowflakes? In my view, the best medicine is mockery. I mean that in all sincerity and charity, though I realize I say it while still basking in the glow of victory. The Left has long understood that humor and comedy is an incredibly effective propaganda tool, because you can denigrate that which you hate without having to actually make an argument. You can make the great appear small, and the lesser argument the stronger.

When dealing with people who have no preparation for rational discourse, shame might be the best medicine. If you mock them, you can eventually break the conditioning. Consider it tough love. When it came to transforming culture and politics, the Left used this tool to great effect, but their power has drastically waned during the Obama years, largely because it’s not actually very edgy to make fun of white conservative Christians anymore.

Rather, the meme culture that has emerged over the past few years on the right-wing internet is far more clever than anything produced by Hollywood in a decade, and it has successfully converted hundreds of left-wing millennials, slowly by surely. Imagine what they could do if they had money!

So much for the snowflakes. They’re psychologically weak because they’ve been raised to value weakness and victim status. Appearing “vulnerable” is a stand-in for real strength. If the national culture moves away from that kind of mentality, so will they. The real problem is their professors, the ones who, I’m told, have canceled classes and sequestered themselves in their offices, weeping actual tears at the result of the election. On Friday, a friend of mine at a top 20 law school sent me this: “My professor keeps using‘speak to me like a voter from Wisconsin’ where before he said, ‘speak to me like an idiot.’” What to do about the universities is a topic for another column.

Then you have the militant members of the far Left, the ones who have been marching in the streets, assaulting Trump supporters, and getting arrested this week. Many of these are the professional riot squads, the illegal immigration activists, and the Black Lives matter protesters. I got to see some of them in action in the wee hours of Wednesday morning in Washington, D.C. in front of the White House, screaming at those of us wearing Trump hats that we were racist, sexist, etc. In response, we chanted “USA!” They replied with fists.

I don’t need to describe these professional agitators further; you know who they are. What’s interesting about them is that they now occupy a role that, if the results of the election had been different, we might have held: enemies of the state. Of course, we wouldn’t be rioting in the streets. We’d probably be sitting at our computers writing think-pieces. But we shouldn’t kid ourselves: we’d be, as we were during the Obama years, the enemies of the establishment. But now the professional Left understands something that we need to understand as well: a week ago, they were the shock-troops of the system. Now they face an existential threat. The people they hate the most rose up in righteous anger and elected the one man who has threatened to destroy that very system. That’s why the street fighters are getting arrested and the suits are in tears.

And that brings us to the third group of revolutionaries: us. I know, we’re “conservatives.” We don’t believe in revolution. We like to read books and discourse about how the American Revolution wasn’t really a revolution after all. We certainly don’t like to get our hands dirty by even thinking about the wielding of power. But we have to, now.

If Decius was right about this being the Flight 93 election, and I think he was, then we have one shot at this. We certainly can’t afford to make the mistakes of the past, put the same people in positions of authority, and let them try the same failed strategies and policy. It’s my suspicion that Trump understands that, and that he’ll continue to rely on the visionary renegades that got him this far: Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, Jeff Sessions, and others like them. And they know that they’ll be fighting an administrative state and revanchist conservatives that hate them.

The battle for Helms Deep is over. The battle for the administration is about to begin.

This is why it is imperative that the NeverTrumpers be kept as far away from power as possible: not merely out of pride or resentment, but for the good of the country. Imagine it this way: Henry V gives his Crispin’s Day speech at Agincourt, and some of the army leaves. Not only do they desert openly, but they mock King Henry and his troops for staying, vilifying their cause as unjust and calling him a tyrant. Then, after you miraculously defeat the enemy, these deserters return and demand to be made generals. Forget their dishonor, forget that that they hold their manhoods cheap: these are not loyal people. They do not serve the common good. They have only ever served themselves.

What we have is an opportunity to actually do a great deal to mend our broken country. I expect the most energetic first 100 days imaginable.

Winning the election was the easy part. The real work lies ahead.

About the Author:

Marjorie Jeffrey
Marjorie Jeffrey is a PhD Candidate in Political Theory and International Relations and a veteran of Conservative, Inc. You can connect with her on Twitter @MarjJeffrey.
  • Peter63

    Perfect commentary – and counsel.

    Very hearty thanks.

  • Trinity Waters

    Fully agree, and thanks for writing this. The good news is that the number of severe whackos is much smaller that you’d guess by judging TV coverage.

  • Monsieur Voltaire✓ᴰᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

    Great column. Great site. Thank you all for this–I hope you help bury NRO and the undead ideas it represents.

    • jack dobson

      NRO’s ideas actually are dead, but this a tremendous site and great column.

  • jack dobson

    The professional rioters understand brute force and, as a result, present less of a threat even though they are violent now. The ones who bear watching are the snowflakes, because if history teaches us anything it is the emotional, uninformed and ignorant (not necessarily stupid, mind you) can be manipulated by authority figures to commit grave crimes. The paid hooligans will protect their lives and property and can be thwarted because they are mercenaries, but the snowflakes can be whipped into a frenzy–perhaps with threats of being called “racist”–and are expendable pawns for their manipulators and therefore are the more dangerous..
    As for “#NeverTrump,” it is permanently discredited and as you suggest must never be allowed near the levers of power again, even as observers. Court their votes and reject any and all offers of assistance. Otherwise mostly ignore these types, as treacherous and treasonous as they are and were, because they irrelevant now. We have work to do, and those of us with skills needs to be willing to put them to work if asked.

  • And How to Get It

    “Not only do they desert openly, but they mock King Henry and his troops for staying, vilifying their cause as unjust and calling him a tyrant. Then, after you miraculously defeat the enemy, these deserters return and demand to be made generals. Forget their dishonor, forget that that they hold their manhoods cheap: these are not loyal people. They do not serve the common good. They have only ever served themselves.”
    The traitorous poltroons at National Review are Exhibit A. I have been a subscriber and reader since 1982. No more. They showed they are bought and paid for by Bill Kristol and his Insidious Minions. National Review Delenda Est.

  • Uncle Max

    Hold Fast. Sanity has prevailed in America. There will be no going back for the Progs. They hit their high water mark. All that is left now is gnashing of teeth, lashing out, and finally, a long walk in the desert.

  • BD Sixsmith

    “Rape Melania” was trending because people were complaining about one sign, which, grotesque as it was, does not appear to have been “verified” as being from an earnest anti-Trump campaigner. How ironic that the victimology of the left is now being appropriated to #maga.

    • Severn

      Yes, I’m sure it was a sign from Trump supporter.

      • BD Sixsmith

        This piece argues at length that progressives commit hate crime hoaxes (which, indeed, they do) and you’re unwilling to believe that conservatives would? It probably wasn’t. It’s not too important either way. But my point was that we’ve had years of progressives smearing the right on the basis of manufactured outrages and I’d like right wingers to be better.

        You’re completely right that signing up to disqus to make that point was a waste of time. As was saying this. As is commenting on articles on the Internet. But what can I say? I’m an addict.

  • Stick

    What we are witnessing isn’t the collapse of a political party, but rather, the collapse of a faith system. I liken it to the Aztec’s or Incan’s total collapse before a handful of Conquistadors reinforced by native volunteers previously preyed on by these GodKings. The next step is to literally dismantle their pyramids and places of worship. The ugly fact is the Left are snake handling fundamentalists and the Government is their Church. Manhattan Media is nothing more than 24/7 Tele – evangelism in worship of the prophets of Manhattan Privilege. It is time to return to Modernity, Merit, and Results. We’ve had a bellyful of the postmodern Puritans and Quakers.

  • Sophroniscus

    A few core disagreements here:

    1) The broad brush strokes you use to say that all attacks on Trump supporter are real, and that all recent hate crimes are hoaxes is very bad partisan logic. This claim is no better than Hillary Clinton suggesting that women who accused Bill are opportunists, but that those who came forward to accuse Trump are heroes. Both you and Hillary make a mistake in distorting things this way–both of you advantageously distort complex problems into simple, divisive dichotomies.

    Why even mention the incident that occurred at Baylor when you have no evidence either way? Why cast doubt on a case that you are ignorant of the details of?

    2) What does this half of one of your paragraphs mean:

    “But now the professional Left understands something that we need to understand as well: a week ago, they were the shock-troops of the system. Now they face an existential threat. The people they hate the most rose up in righteous anger and elected the one man who has threatened to destroy that very system. That’s why the street fighters are getting arrested and the suits are in tears.”

    What does the Left understand that those concerned with American greatness are now supposed to understand?

    3) The tone you are taking with NeverTrumpers seems an awful lot like President Obama, when he stressed to the GOP “I won. elections have consequences.” Again, just as I suggested in point 1 above, you are taking a divisive stance, and you are doing so precisely at the same time that Trump is trying to bring unity to the nation, at least in speech. Perhaps you should follow his lead. Instead, you are antagonizing, and distorting your political opponents, and in doing so, are no better than they. Though, perhaps if I had spent more time with these unbelievably “clever” memes the Right has been producing, I would have ears more open to hear your arguments.

    –Sophroniscus
    Editor in Chief, The Make America Moderate Journal