Monday, September 4, 2017

Many, Many Sides

Liberals have a particular way of exalting their heroes but demeaning those they disagree with.

Look no further than the recent headlines where Donald Trump is their favorite target.

The latest round began right after the horrible violence at Charlottesville which Trump condemned this way. These are the exact words from which Trump was criticized so strongly and been labeled a racist.

(By the way, a lot of the criticism of Trump seems to have evolved from poor initial reporting by The New York Times who quoted Trump as blaming "all sides" at Charlottesville. This was mischaracterized by other media outlets to be "both sides". As you can see from the quote below, he said "many sides". The New York Times ultimately had to correct five quotes it falsely attributed to Trump about Charlottesville. Of course, as we have seen from the actions of Antifa in Boston, Berkeley and elsewhere in recent weeks, there is no doubt that hatred, bigotry and violence are not limited to any one side.)

"But we're closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Va.. We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides. It's been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America."
"I just got off the phone with the governor of Virginia, Terry Mcauliffe, and we agree that the hate and the division must stop, and must stop right now. We have to come together as Americans with love for our nation and true -- really, I say this so strongly, true affection for each other."
"Above all else, we must remember this truth, no matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are all Americans first. We love our country. We love our God. We love our flag. We're proud of our country. We're proud of who we are. So, we want to get the situation straightened out in Charlottesville, and we want to study it. And we want to see what we're doing wrong as a country where things like this can happen. 

Does that sound like a racist statement to you? You be the judge.

Let's compare that statement which many have argued proves that Trump is a racist or a fascist with a few others.

"I do not consider Hitler to be as bad as he is depicted. He is showing an ability that is amazing, and seems to be gaining his victories without much bloodshed.” 
 “Germans of future generations will honor Herr Hitler as a genius, as a brave man, a matchless organizer and much more.”

These statements were made by Mahatma Gandhi who has always been a hero of the liberal left for his teachings on peace and non-violence.

Gandhi also was known to have made racist statements about "Africans" to such an extent that the government of Ghana recently removed a statue of Gandhi from its main university campus.

How about this one?

“The black is indolent and a dreamer; spending his meager wage on frivolity or drink; the European has a tradition of work and saving, which has pursued him as far as this corner of America and drives him to advance himself, even independently of his own individual aspirations.”

Those are the words of Che Guevara who ironically has been embraced and elevated by countless liberals and celebrities for the revolutionary romanticism he seems to inspire in them.

Ironically, many of those who wear T-shirts with his image are African Americans.

Jay-Z wearing his Che shirt

Or how about this?

"They are…human weeds,’ ‘reckless breeders,’ ’spawning… human beings who never should have been born."
"Organized charity itself is the symptom of a malignant social disease…Instead of decreasing and aiming to eliminate the stocks [of people] that are most detrimental to the future of the race and the world, it tends to render them to a menacing degree dominant."

Those are the words of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, which liberal Democrats defend no matter the horrendous stories that we see about its internal operations.

By the way, Sanger also had much stricter views on immigration than Donald Trump ever thought about. This is what Sanger said in a speech in 1925 shortly after the Immigration Act of 1924 was enacted.

...the United States Government has become a pioneer by its immigration laws. It is really putting into effect today in it immigration laws, exactly what most Birth Controllers want. The only thing is, while it applies its laws in keeping out of this country the mentally defective and the physically weak and defective, the paupers and the other kind of so-called undesirables, we only wish it would extend its laws a little bit more and stop the multiplication of the same undesirable type within. 

There are many apologists in the media and among academics regarding the views of Gandhi, Che
Guevara and Margaret Sanger today. They argue that you need to consider the entire life and record of these people before you can judge them.

I don't disagree. I am not sure that anyone can judge any human being on a few sentences, a few months or even a few years of their life.

However, why is it that a 71-year old man who has been President of the United States for seven months is not afforded the same grace?

I think we know the answer. 

There are many, many sides to every story. Why do so many want to make every issue black and white?

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