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The ‘Nationalist’ Kafkatrap

Posted on | February 1, 2021 | Comments Off on The ‘Nationalist’ Kafkatrap

Earlier today, I took note of how the “extremist” label is being used by the media to smear all opposition to the Biden administration, as a pretext for silencing all criticism of the Biden administration. And as I noted, this accusation of “extremism” is a Kafkatrap — a sort of circular argument, whereby denying guilt is taken as proof of guilt.

Liberals argue this way habitually, and never get called out for it. They will claim that a certain policy proposal is intended to help a certain category of (allegedly) oppressed people and, if you dare criticize or oppose their policy for any reason, you will be accused of Thoughtcrime, i.e., some sort of hate toward the oppressed victim group. Anyone who objects that such accusations are unfair — “I’ve known Tom for years, there’s not a prejudiced bone in his body” — will be accused of sympathizing with the haters. You are just like a “good German,” complicit in the Nazi murder six million Jews. No protest of innocence can save you, once you are so accused. If, for example, you think it’s a bad idea for the federal government to mandate that “transwomen” compete in women’s athletics, you will be accused of murderous hatred toward transgendered people. The next time a “transwoman of color” is murdered in Chicago, the blood is on your hands! Never mind the fact that you’ve never been to Chicago, a place where becoming a murder victim is notoriously easy. Because of (a) your policy disagreement with liberals, (b) you are a “hater,” and therefore (c) your opinion is invalid, and (d) you deserve to be “doxxed” and fired from your job.

All of that is a preamble to the way “nationalist” is now routinely deployed by liberals to discredit anyone who doesn’t vote Democrat.

It is obvious that “nationalist” has become a preferred epithet because liberals know that this word evokes ideas of Nazism. Any honest student of political science realizes that Nazism was a totalitarian ideology, and thus akin to Communism. The Nazis did not have a monopoly on hate, nor did they have a monopoly on genocide, which Communist regimes actually perpetrated on a much larger scale than Hitler ever did.

For American liberals, however, any opponent of the Democratic Party agenda is more or less automatically assumed to be a crypto-Nazi. During the Cold War, this smear was used against every Republican who gained any prominence or success as an opponent of Communism, including Richard Nixon, Joe McCarthy and Ronald Reagan. It may be observed that there were many conservative Democrats during that era — among them Pat McCarran and John F. Kennedy — who were as vehemently anti-Communist as any Republican, yet somehow only Republican anti-Communists were subjected to the Nazi smear. This is a clue about the partisan nature of such accusations, which are simply a tactic that Democrats have learned to exploit with the help of their media friends.

The way liberals have been slinging around accusations of “white nationalism” against Republicans lately, you might suppose that the GOP was controlled by dangerous racist Jew-haters. But no, Republicans are not the party of Ilhan Omar, and the people attacking Jews in New York don’t seem much like Republican voters, IYKWIMAITYD.

Well, here is a headline from USA Today:

Christian nationalism is a threat, and not
just from Capitol attackers invoking Jesus

You can examine that “argument” (the scare-quotes indicating it is not actually an argument, but merely a tendentious smear) for yourself.

The author spends a lot of time talking about Jacob Chansley, a/k/a “Jake Angelli,” a/k/a “The QAnon Shaman,” who is somehow converted into a symbol of . . . well what? Any Christian who didn’t vote for Joe Biden, would seem to be the implication of her non sequitur claim.

Examine her claim closely, and you can only conclude that, to this author, any sentiment which might predispose one to vote Republican is a dangerous form of hatred. “Christian nationalism” is merely the author’s way of smearing Christians who vote Republican. And let us consult the author’s thumbnail biographical blurb:

Rachel S. Mikva is the Herman Schaalman Professor in Jewish Studies and Senior Faculty Fellow of the InterReligious Institute at Chicago Theological Seminary.

Oh, Chicago? The place where “transwomen of color” are murdered?

Perhaps Professor Mikva can do something to stop all those murderers in Chicago. Pretty sure they’re not Republican voters, IYKWIMAITYD.



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