The Phantom Pain of the Left

As the president of the Senate called for a sufficient second to move to a vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a . . . noise . . . erupted from the Senate gallery.

It was as though the gates of Hell had been opened and a demonic voice shrieked, “Where is my representation?” As the sergeant-at-arms restored order in the gallery, the voice cried out “I do not consent! Where is my representation?” The scream continued as the protester was dragged out by Capitol police.

Her voice reverberated through the halls of the Capitol as she was removed from the chamber, eerily calling to mind the sounds that might emerge from a torture room in a Soviet prison.

Can we blame her? She had been told for months that Judge Brett Kavanaugh was evil incarnate. For weeks she had heard how he tried to rape a 15-year-old in high school. That he indecently exposed himself at a college party. That he repeatedly drugged young women and raped them. That if he were appointed to the Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade would be overturned and women across the country would not be able to get abortions. That he would reinstate racial segregation. That he was a shill for corporate America. That he hated homosexuals, women, and minorities.

If we had watched only CNN and MSNBC for the past two years (you know, to get both objective news and commentary), we would believe that a Russian puppet had nominated a rapist to the Supreme Court and that a Senate wholly owned by Big Business was about to approve him to the highest court in the land. Was about to approve him to make law and be the ultimate arbiter of right and wrong. We would believe this is not normal and that any action or force was appropriate to ensure that tyranny did not govern and to abate fascism.

If we read only the New York Times, we would view President Trump as a deranged narcissist, determined to start World War III. We would view his business prowess as the product of shady and corrupt business practices mixed generously with outright lies and falsehoods. His presidency and cabinet as a Frankensteinian hodgepodge of what happens when capitalist greed mixes with idiotic governance. His domestic and foreign policy as an ad hoc collection of lunacy with the sole purpose of enriching Trump’s own bank account.

If we only consumed mainstream media, we would know that civil war was imminent. That the only solution was violence writ large on a national scale. That violence was necessary to abate the rise of racism, xenophobia, totalitarianism, and treason.

We would believe all of this at the same time that national unemployment hit its lowest point since the Vietnam War. At the same time that obsolete and harmful trade deals were being renegotiated. At the same time that order was being restored to our country and our deeply flawed and unfair immigration system was being slowly, but surely, repaired, even without a wall.

We must have compassion for the poor souls enraptured by the constant sirens’ scream of leftist media and apocalyptic rhetoric. We must understand that many of our fellow citizens don’t understand just how good things are. We must understand that a large cohort of our country has been hijacked by absent-minded nihilism, moral relativism, and cultural Marxism. We must minister to the lost and harrowed souls of the Left.

We must forgive them, for they know not what they do.

When presented with a patient in abject pain, a doctor should not simply drug her with morphine. The first question he should ask is, “Where does it hurt?” He should try to determine the cause of the agony and treat the cause, not the symptom.

Our politics needs a doctor right now. A doctor who will empathetically, but rationally, treat the cause of the torment that afflicts so many of the members of our society. We must be firm—after all, surgery and treatment can be painful, but we must not let the constant screams deter us from removing the tumor that corrupts the minds of so many. The medicine may be bitter; but we must administer it faithfully to help the agonized souls in our midst.

We, as a country, must win. But we, as a country, must not leave the many who currently feel abject misery in the dust. We must be strong and try to explain to those beguiled by the enchantments of leftism exactly why the world is the way it is and why we must work with reality, and not against it.

Take a moment. Talk to a liberal friend. Try to explain why the current administration is making this country great again. In the face of hatred, we must show firm love. That is our civic duty.

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About Karl Notturno

Karl Notturno is a Mount Vernon Fellow of the Center for American Greatness in addition to being an entrepreneur, musician, and writer. He recently graduated from Yale University with degrees in philosophy and history. He can be found on Twitter @karlnotturno.