Provocateurs, protests, and mass arrests

It’s the oldest trick in the radical handbook:  Provoke your political opponents to violence as a way to discredit them.  Protesters associated with George Soros’s MoveOn.org have been showing up at Donald Trump rallies, taunting Trump supporters until some of them start throwing punches.  Then the news reports violence at Trump rallies, and the media and Trump’s opponents blame him for the violence.

MoveOn.org has promised to dog Trump’s appearances with mass protesters  in the general election.  (See this.)

Now the group has organized “Democracy Spring,” which it promises to be the “largest civil disobedience action of the century.”  It will start on April 2 in Philadelphia, whereupon activists will march all the way to Washington, D.C., a ten-day trek that will culminate with activists occupying the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.  MoveOn.org, which has been joined with other radical organizations, expects “thousands of arrests,” and is already putting into place legal representation for protesters who break the law.

This, whether or not Trump gets the nomination.  Things are going to get very, very ugly in this country. [Read more…]

Making America great again through vocation

Mark Hemingway excoriates the left’s denigration of work and says that the lack of respect for the working class is what drives Donald Trump’s popularity.  And then he offers his proposal for making America great again:  Recover Luther’s doctrine of vocation!

Read what he says after the jump.  This will kick off a special series of posts on vocation this week (while I’m away in Denmark).  As someone* wrote me recently, “vocation has messed with me for the past several years.”  Let it mess with you this week!

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Democrats too are voting with their middle fingers

Just as grassroots Republicans are voting for Donald Trump as a defiant protest against their own establishment, grassroots Democrats are voting for Bernie Sanders for much the same reasons.

Read the fiery anti-Clinton, anti-liberal establishment rhetoric of Camille Paglia, quoted and linked after the jump.  Note especially her devastating critique of how the Democratic party has become “the playground of white, upper-middle-class professionals with elite-school degrees and me-first values,” “liberal poseurs,” whose “projection of victimhood on those outside their privileged circle” is condescending and patronizing. [Read more…]

Unappeasable

In a column about whether the president should replace Antonin Scalia (worth reading on that topic alone), Peggy Noonan digresses on how the left today is unappeasable–pushing and pushing, allowing no compromise or dissenters, demanding everything.  And how the current political climate shows that the general public is starting to push back. [Read more…]

How socialism is working out

As socialism comes back in vogue in the United States, voters have overwhelmingly repudiated it in Venezuela. [Read more…]

Why the left doesn’t believe in free speech

Michael Barone has a fascinating column, excerpted after the jump, about how leftists, on campuses and elsewhere, are trying to silence anyone who disagrees with them.  But this should not be surprising.

The hard left, whether of the Marxist variety or the post-Marxist variety (which substitutes oppression of women, races, or other groups for the Marxist focus on economic oppression and class struggle) nearly always rejects free speech, as well as other civil liberties, whenever they get into power, as we have seen in communist regimes  If you reject individualism in favor of collectivism, believe that liberty is a bourgeois value designed to promote capitalism, and think that those in power always almost by definition suppress those who oppose them, then, yes, you will reject free speech.

The left certainly holds the power at most college campuses and in some other political and cultural circles, so of course they will impose speech codes and punish dissenters. [Read more…]