Yes, I know this is Bari Weiss in Commentary.
As with Tucker Carlson, Weiss is saying all kinds of things that are true here. None of it is original. This is all understood by millions of people. She is describing “woke supremacy.”
“It begins by stipulating that the forces of justice and progress are in a war against backwardness and tyranny. And in a war, the normal rules of the game must be suspended. Indeed, this ideology would argue that those rules are not just obstacles to justice, but tools of oppression. They are the master’s tools. And the master’s tools cannot dismantle the master’s house.
So the tools themselves are not just replaced but repudiated. And in so doing, persuasion—the purpose of argument—is replaced with public shaming. Moral complexity is replaced with moral certainty. Facts are replaced with feelings.
Ideas are replaced with identity. Forgiveness is replaced with punishment. Debate is replaced with de-platforming. Diversity is replaced with homogeneity of thought. Inclusion, with exclusion.
In this ideology, speech is violence. But violence, when carried out by the right people in pursuit of a just cause, is not violence at all. In this ideology, bullying is wrong, unless you are bullying the right people, in which case it’s very, very good. In this ideology, education is not about teaching people how to think, it’s about reeducating them in what to think. In this ideology, the need to feel safe trumps the need to speak truthfully.
In this ideology, if you do not tweet the right tweet or share the right slogan, your whole life can be ruined. Just ask Tiffany Riley, a Vermont school principal who was fired—fired—because she said she supports black lives but not the organization Black Lives Matter.
In this ideology, the past cannot be understood on its own terms, but must be judged through the morals and mores of the present. It is why statues of Grant and Washington are being torn down. …”
I agree with all of this.
I know it is true from personal experience.
We saw this in Charlottesville when Antifa showed up and engaged in violence, a federal court order ceased to matter, the police stood aside and deliberately allowed chaos to erupt and the DOJ and FBI launched a witch hunt against the “far right.” The ACLU repudiated everything it claimed to believe in for nearly a century. In theory, all citizens have the same constitutional rights and civil liberties, but we saw the beginning of the end of that in Berkeley, Portland and Charlottesville in 2017.
If all this is true and we really are this divided and it has gotten this bad, then the conclusion that I have drawn from this is that we have irreconcilable differences which are growing by the day and that there will be an inevitable reckoning in which one side or the other will triumph. It is either that or the Union will be dissolved and there will be a parting of ways. The only question is how this divide will be resolved.
“We can still feel the pull of that electric cord Lincoln talked about 163 years ago—the one “in that Declaration that links the hearts of patriotic and liberty-loving men together, that will link those patriotic hearts as long as the love of freedom exists in the minds of men throughout the world.”
Then again, you know, maybe not.
Maybe you are left feeling cold as in you want to be rid of these people forever.