Yes, I’m sorry I started this.
The original piece was too long, so the process of debunking and exposing it is also too long. There are other issues to cover, and sock drawers to organize. Still: this kind of irresponsible, dishonest mind-poison is published in respectable places every day, and they are hardly ever challenged in print. Someone like Wajahat Ali will issue this junk and then get welcomed onto MSNBC, where Joy Reid or another one of the anti-America, anti-white racists who bloviate there will cheer him on. I know I can’t do anything about it, or him, or her. Still, I can’t do nothing either.
Let’s finish this…
If Republicans take control of the political leadership of Congress, which seems likely, they will be beholden to an increasingly radicalized and weaponized base that is fine using violence to “take back their country.”
A leftist wacko inflamed by pundits like Ali and the Jan. 6 show trial just tried to assassinate Justice Kavanaugh. I do not see how any Democrat can get away with calling Republican followers “radicalized” while their own allies convince pre-teens to change their gender, police are villified, cities like San Francisco are allowing thieves to run amuck, schools are being encouraged to teach that white America continues to oppress all minorities, children are being forced to grow up with half their faces covered, and the Democratic Party’s solution to students taking on more debt than they can afford is for the government to pay it off.
Meanwhile, Republicans refuse to move against white supremacist terrorism, which is the number domestic terror threat in the country. Instead their colleagues, Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar, openly attend conferences hosted by Nick Fuentes—a notorious antisemite and white nationalist. The hoods are off, and there’s no turning back for the GOP.
Shameless, don’t you think? This is an administration that called parents protesting anti-white propaganda in elementary schools “white supremacist terrorists.” Using two outlying, really bad, GOP House members as representative of the whole party is bold glass house stone-throwing for the supporter of a party where “The Squad”—speaking of anti-semites and wackos–has so much influence.
As a Muslim, I saw President Donald Trump openly say, “I think Islam hates us.” He ran on a promise to enact a “complete and total ban” on Muslims. He was not only elected as president in 2016, but he received 11 million more votes after spending four years doubling down on chaos, hate, xenophobia, and cruelty. History has taught us that when authoritarian movements see people as problems, they usually come up with gruesome and horrific solutions.
Well, let’s see… Saudis inflicted the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history; Iran still calls the U.S. “The Great Satan”—I don’t see how the conclusion that the Islamic world “hates us” is completely out of line. Islam hates anyone who isn’t Muslim. The Muslim author of this essay seems pretty hostile to the U.S. himself. Is it too much to ask for examples of “doubling down on chaos, hate, xenophobia, and cruelty”? I know the xenophobia part: enforcing our immigration laws is “hateful” and “cruel.” Is that it? Like the rest of this offal, Ali just throws out generalities without bothering with specifics or facts.
It’s tough to love a country that doesn’t love you back, and even tougher to fight for it as it’s trying to kill you.
This is such a fatuous, hyperbolic, counter-factual appeal to emotion it defies rebuttal.
Unfortunately, the last two years have revealed that the institutions that have the power to respond have repeatedly failed. Media organizations have chosen the path toward self-immolation by rehabilitating their sworn enemies for the sake of profit and ratings.
There it is: signature significance for so many things. No one could write that without committing to hiding his head under a bag for life unless he was immune to the siren call of reality. The news media—why would I have to even write this?—is wildly, destructively, inexcusably biased against all matters Republican and conservative, and will go to extreme lengths to support any minority who is properly progressive. Ali, however, sees them as insufficiently supportive.
CBS News’ co-president Neeraj Khemlani rationalized the hiring of former Trump chief of staff Mick Mulvaney as a contributor by citing the need for “access” to a likely Republican administration in the future. Most media outlets will fail us as they “both sides” our democracy towards fascism.
This is one of my favorite sections. Covering both sides of the political spectrum equally—which the news media largely does not—risks fascism. Pushing the agendas, personalities, leaders and positions of the side currently controlling the government is the essence of democracy.
War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength…
Corporations, historically, have always paved the road for fascist leaders, because it’s good for business—until it isn’t. Disney is learning this the hard way after enduring Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ wrath for balking at his hateful “don’t say gay” policy. That was a warning shot across the bow for all business leaders to get in line or face the GOP boot.
Again, the current Democratic government has used Big Tech and other corporations to censor its critics and adversaries. Ali’s description of the Disney-Florida conflict is so misleading as to qualify as gaslighting. There was and is nothing hateful about a Florida restriction on teachers explaining their sex lives to third-graders. It’s absurd that such a law was even needed.
Meanwhile, it’s apparent that most Democrats aren’t built for this challenge. They bring a pencil to a knife fight, while Republicans and Mitch McConnell bring an AR-15. President Biden still refers to Republicans who are committed to obstructing him every step of the way as “rational.” Members of the GOP voted against certifying the election hours after a mob threatening to hang the vice president sacked the Capitol. But some Democrats, especially obstructionists such as Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, still think we need the filibuster to preserve bipartisanship. Democracy dies, in part, thanks to white moderates who tend to the economic anxiety of “average” Americans while ignoring the lament and cries of the rest of us.
Do I have to do this one? It’s racist, to begin with. The Republicans aren’t obstructing “him,” they have been obstructing a series of irresponsible policy initiatives from a group of far-left extremists whose credibility is nil in an evenly divided Congress and nation. The filibuster isn’t there just to encourage bi-partisanship, but to discourage a momentary majority from steamrolling minority interests.
Here Ali just descends into blather about his father’s worries and other non-substantive matters. Ali’s father raised this hack: I really don’t care what Dad thinks about the U.S.
The author concludes:
The question is will my kids’ generation—who will be the first generation of Americans to have fewer rights than the previous one—have the ability to be the protagonist of a country that sees them as villains and invaders?
What an asshole. Virtually obody sees legal immigrant families as “villains and invaders.” This is straight up hate-mongering and seeding fear.
Over the weekend, I told my wife, “Listen, we should seriously think about the possibility of leaving. We have three kids, and they deserve a chance to be safe.” My wife thought about it, but decided that even though the future does indeed look bleak in America (especially for our democracy), we should stay and fight.
Perhaps because I’m a patriot or a masochist, or both, I agreed. In my heart, I know I’m never leaving. After all, those who have been rejected by America are usually always the ones who have fought and bled for it, still hoping the country will stretch and expand itself to accommodate the rest of us and rise up to its lofty ideals.
So the whole premise of the essay was a lie. Of course it was.
I still believe in that America. But, some days, it’s really tough. My wife and I agreed we’d revisit the conversation in two years—just to be safe.
I can’t wait.