I pose this open query to all progressives in the aftermath of the shootings in Washington today:
The shooter was a member of the “resist” movement and was definitely feeling the Bern. So let me ask this:
Suppose you are successful in “resisting” to the point of revolution and overthrow of an elected president. What happens when people find out your (and in turn, theirs) resistance was based on lies created to incite the very revolution in which they participated?
What do you do then?
Because most, if not all, of the “resistance” movement against President Trump is based on lies, half-truths, supposition, innuendo and rumor. It is also based on rage and anger that he can do the same things Obama did and use his acts as justification – the rage and anger was missing for the past 8 years.
But progressivism is an “outcome based” ideology, isn’t it? In the words of Vladimir I. Lenin, “If you want to make an omelet, you have to be willing to break a few eggs”, so the ends justify the means, right?
I know how frustrated you are when your party (and mine as well) runs on hope and change and after we give them our votes and they win, they don’t change anything because “things are worse than we knew”, ” the procedures won’t allow us to move that fast” or “we have too much opposition.” At least in these situations, we have the ability to rectify the mistakes – a real revolt has somewhat more permanent consequences.
I get it – but a revolution based on a lie is not a revolution, it is a crime against humanity. Fabricating reasons for anger may be satisfying but in the end, it destroys both the target and the fabricator.