It’s getting crazy. We’ve seen the cycle of rhetorical escalation for years. It felt like it was coming to a head in 2016. Now, we know that we were only seeing the beginning. This year, the left has accused innocent kids of being evil racists, fabricated countless hate crimes to push a false narrative, and pushed the entire Democratic platform off the edge of insane leftist policy.
If you don’t support extreme gun control, you’re evil. If you don’t hate President Trump, you’re evil. If you think that terrorists shouldn’t be running Middle Eastern countries, you’re evil. If you dare to have white skin or be a gender-binary male, you’re extra evil.
History tells us that when a group of fundamentalists gets riled up enough and starts to believe demonizing propaganda, they do truly horrific things. Anyone who thinks this can’t happen in America is sorely mistaken. Liberals in the Midwest just crossed a line that shows exactly how ready they are to tear this country apart.
Boycotts have been used by a lot of people for a lot of reasons throughout history. People who dislike Hobby Lobby’s health insurance policies choose to do business elsewhere. Likewise, many conservatives stopped purchasing Gillette in response to their recent ‘woke’ ad campaign.
We’ll skip the nuance in these two boycotts (there are big differences between them) and simply say that it’s fairly reasonable to try to shop with companies with which you philosophically agree. That’s all fine.
Boycotts have a darker side to them. A few classic examples of malicious boycotts can be found in the U.S. during the peak of McCarthyism or Germany in the 1930s and 40s.
The fundamental difference between these kinds of boycotts is the goal. If you boycotted Gillette, it’s probably because you don’t want to give money to a company that vilifies masculinity as evil. When the Germans boycotted Jewish businesses, it was to drive them to poverty. It wasn’t about principle. The goal was for the Jews, packed into ghettos, to starve to death. Keep that distinction in mind.
Meanwhile in Pittsburgh
You probably already heard about actors Debra Messing and Eric McCormack asking for a blacklist for Hollywood Trump supporters. That’s already pretty bad, but what’s happening in Pittsburgh right now takes that extra step.
Left-wing activists have taken to social media to publish lists of every local business that has any association or tie with President Trump. The association could be in the form of a campaign donation, vocalizing their support for the President, or just being baselessly accused of sympathizing with Trump supporters. If someone in a shop wears a red hat, that’s enough to go on these black lists.
You can see how that’s flirting with the darker form of boycotts. The malice doesn’t wait for confirmation, and it’s aimed at someone for simply having a different politician opinion.
The problem is that it doesn’t stop here. The left-wing nut jobs in Pittsburgh aren’t satisfied with simply spending their money elsewhere. They have vandalized these shops and protested in front of storefronts. These boycotts are designed to intimidate customers into joining the boycott. They aren’t expressing an ideological difference with their wallets. They’re trying to destroy every local business that they affiliate with President Trump.
You understand the historical connection. You see why this is dangerous, wrong and illegal. Unfortunately, the rabid left can’t make those connections.
If you explain to them the history of Jewish boycotts, they’ll argue that it’s why they’re doing these boycotts. If only people had been as aggressive with Nazi businesses as Antifa, there wouldn’t have been a Holocaust. They’re actually that delusional, and that’s what you really need to take away from all of this.
Not a single member of the SS believed that they were the bad guys. You can see historical pictures. They smiled at Auschwitz because they believed they were ridding the world of evil. That’s how extremism works, and that’s exactly what we’re seeing today.
The left doesn’t want to convert you. To them, you are an infidel, a dirty Jew, an expendable, lower life form. They’ve spent years building this narrative, and it’s all so they can justify whatever means they decide are necessary to get rid of you.
They will come after your business and your livelihood, and whether that works or not, they’ll try to round you up. This is the unifying theme in all of their policy proposals, and it’s plainly evident in the actions of every leftist “protester.”
They’re trying to silence and divide you. Don’t let them. They are trying to bully and intimidate you. Stand strong. History is full of extremists vying for power. The difference between their success or failure in that endeavor is you.