“Everything that is happening between now and November 3 is about November 3. But the fundamental choice is not really Donald Trump or Joe Biden. It is civilization and America on one side, anarchy and woke tyranny on the other.”
Critic and New Criterion publisher Roger Kimball
I detest the habit of so many of my Facebook friends, posting daily the published opinions of pundits–Paul Krugman, Eugene Robinson, George Conway, et al.—in an unending appeal to authority. Usually they have barely thought about the topic at hand at all (often, neither have the authors of the pieces they are circulating); literally, the process saves them the trouble of thinking at all. When I challenge these opinions by proxy, what comes back more often than not is an attack on an imaginary authority that I must be channeling rather than the substance of my argument. They do this because they can only relay the opinions of others which can be used as passports to a position of favor on their bubble-dwelling “team.” That’s not what I do.
Occasionally, however, an analyst independently comes so close to cloning my conclusions on a topic and does such a superb job expressing them that I cannot do better than pointing readers his way.
Roger Kimball’s article in American Thinker contains many powerful statements. Here’s another:
Voters whose voices you don’t hear in the pages of the New York Times and whose rigged Google searches and Facebook hot spots somehow leave out of account. They’re sitting at home watching their cities burn, watching monuments to Columbus, to Washington and Thomas Jefferson be defaced or toppled. They see that, and they hear a nonstop litany telling them how racist they are and how evil America is.
And just about now, a great chasm is opening up. The choice, they see, is not so much between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. It is between the America they love—that Donald Trump celebrates—and the out-of-control forces of anti-American hatred that, though he does not understand them, Joe Biden manages to blink and nod and gibber around.
Do read it; Kimball’s an excellent writer. I only object to a single characterization in his essay, in this sentence: ” How is it that celebrities, major corporations, and tony schools and colleges experienced simultaneous multiple paroxysms of woke self-abasement because a lowlife career criminal with serious cardiac problems died in police custody?”
That’s dishonest. As I have written more than once here, the fact that Floyd was a career criminal is as irrelevant to the episode as the manipulative claims that he was a wonderful human being. It is deliberately misleading to describe what happened to George Floyd as dying “in police custody.” He died as the result, direct or indirect, of a dead-eyed and merciless cop deliberately kneeling on his neck for nine minutes, as Floyd pleaded, fellow officers objected, and cell phones recorded it all. The knee on the neck of a black man placed there by the white representative of the government could not have been a more vivid metaphor if it had been devised by Melville. Of course it was used to launch an attack on whites, police and America. It was perfect.
The rest of his essay shows that Kimball is too smart not to understand this.