What a week!
Until a minute ago, I had no idea what day this is, as is usual on Thanksgiving week, though it’s possible that fainting during Thanksgiving dinner and landing on my head has something to do with it. [Incidentally, before I get accused of an anti-Left bias (again), if the Right behaved half as bonkers this week as their ideological foes, I would have written about it.]
1. What does it say about our media that two websites and a TV network feature a guy that writes things like this? What does it say about our society that he has an audience?
We stand on the precipice of losing our American character to the forces of authoritarianism and bigotry. For many people, this holiday season will be the last face-to-face encounter with family members before the most consequential election of our lifetimes. And yet, many people are desperate to pass the potatoes without starting any uncomfortable conversations.
The holidays are when your resistance is needed. Some of you have the opportunity to talk to Trump voters and assorted conservatives this weekend. Some of you will have the opportunity to talk to people who live in an echo chamber of Fox News commentary and Russian troll farms. To waste that opportunity because of your own hang-ups and Mommy or Daddy issues is criminal….You might not like conflict, but if you choose to break bread with Trump supporters and climate change deniers because you happen to be related to them, then conflict is required. Anything less is appeasement, and we’ve had far too much of that these past few years. So stiffen your spine, rehearse your talking points, and get ready to fry some turkeys in your family with your righteousness…
Take a traditional Thanksgiving Day football game. This may seem like safe, nonpolitical ground—so long as everybody agrees to not talk about Colin Kaepernick. But it won’t take long for Trump supporters in your family to say something racist, sexist, or plain nutty while watching the game. They’ll say a white athlete is just a “hard worker” while praising a black athlete’s “natural gifts.” They’ll champion a slur against Native Americans, masquerading as a nickname, on a holiday that commemorates the prelude to a continental genocide. They’ll make fun of the “egghead statisticians,” which will sound like they’re making a comment on football strategy, but actually they’re making an attack on science and math that will later fuel their climate change denier sensibilities. Or maybe they’ll just sit like lumps on the couch while women: prepare dinner, set the table, take care of the kids, clean up after dinner, serve dessert, and fetch them a beer.
In those moments, I think of the children. I think of the behavior that is being modeled for them. I think of the cultural messages they are learning as they’re being exposed to these “traditional” structures….
Who IS this lunatic? Why, it’s Elie Mystal, the race-obsessed, U.S. hating crazy who made “Above the Law” so unbearable to read that I have to go elsewhere for my big law firm gossip. Because he detests whites and the U,S, and of course the President, Ellie is now turning up on MSNBC and, of course, on “The Nation’s” site, where America-bashing thrives.He really, really thinks that white Americans, men and supporters of President Trump (Ellie is a man, but he calls himself Elie, so he has an out) are as he portrays, racist, sexist morons who must be vanquished. An equivalent stereotype for blacks would have them eating watermelon and fried chicken while they listen to the Mills Brothers sing “De Camptown Races.” The man just oozes with hate; almost as much hate as disinformation and progressive propaganda.
2. Then there’s Colin Kaepernick. The self-aggrandizing Nike martyr tweeted out an “Unthanksgiving Day” message:
“Spent the morning at the Indigenous People’s Sunrise Ceremony on the 50 year anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz. The US government has “stolen over 1.5 billion acres of land from Indigenous people.” Thank you to my Indigenous family, I’m with you today and always.”
Oh, bite me. “Stolen over 1.5 billion acres of land from Indigenous people”—what simple-minded, historically, legally, sociologically ignorant crap. It’s unethical enough for celebrities to use social media to make the public dumber, but making them as dumb as Colin Kaepernick is unforgivable.
3. Of course, there are also professors who also spreading the anti-America, anti-white, anti-Thanksgiving propaganda. David J. Silverman, a professor of history at George Washington University, the author of the Howard Zinn-ish“This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving” provided an op-ed to the New York Times that they eagerly published. (De-bunking Thanksgiving is the obvious next step after marginalizing Christmas, and it is done for exactly the same reasons.)
For now, I want to focus on Kaepernick’s familiar trope, that the U.S. stole all that land from the Indians. The Bookworm Room piece neatly points out what anthropologists, sociologists, historians and scientists from Henrik Van Loon to Stephen Hawking have made clear for decades, and what should be obvious anyway:
First, American Indians’ limited run as wholly independent tribes was written by circumstance the moment they came into contact with Europeans. A stone age culture will simply not survive in daily contact with a far more technologically advanced culture. They will adopt technology and seek out goods that will make their life easier and that will inevitably change their societies. They will, over time, blend in with the more advanced culture, hopefully adding good things to what then becomes a shared culture.
Second, if they go to war with the more advanced society (a decision that may seem eminently reasonable at the time, for they are fighting for their survival), they will ultimately lose and pay the price for it, just as they would in their own inter-tribal wars. And that is a major part of the story of Indian and European relations in the 17th and 18th century.
I think this was well understood by me when I was about, oh, 10. And it’s still true, but the schools want children to believe the worst, and so they do.
4. “Hello. This is Martin. He suffers from uncontrollable Trump Derangement. Will you give to help Martin and and others like him? For pennies a day…” Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley—you may remember him as the wan, pathetically vague challenger of Hillary Clinton in the early Democratic candidate debates in 2015—saw former Virginia attorney general, now Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary, Ken Cuccinelli in a Capitol Hill bar called The Dubliner (I know it well!) and accosted him, screaming and cursing about the President and “whatever else he could think of.”
It’s bad enough when members of the public take cues from Angry Left crazies and feel they are entitled to harass Trump officials and anyone wearing a MAGA cap. Now actual leaders of the Democratic party are doing it. Wow.