The New York Analysis of Policy and Government concludes its two part look at the hidden motives surrounding the protests over Confederate statues.
The American progressive-left movement loudly, and justifiably, talks about the horrors of racism and slavery, but only when it fits their larger motives. They ignore the horrors of the holocaust, the repression of human rights in many current governments throughout the globe, and the suppression of religious freedom throughout many nations (the existence of faith doesn’t fit into their worldview.) They say nothing of substance about the massive rates of murder in left-wing led cities such as Chicago, where the chances of a young black man being killed by violence are greater than a combat soldier in Afghanistan. They ignore and even condone the repression of Communist and socialist regimes, because that is the form of government they aspire to.
But heroes of the left are exempt from criticism. Left wing policies, following the end of segregation, have been more of a roadblock than an aide to blacks moving into the economic mainstream—but don’t expect to hear about that. As the left embraces anti-Semitism, including the elevation of noted anti-Semite Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) to the position of vice-chair of the Democrat Party, don’t expect to be reminded of the very long and very current practice of slavery that is condoned and even encouraged by radical Islam.
Rod Dreher, writing in the American Conservative describes how Jonathan Brown, a tenured Georgetown professor and holder of the Al-Waleed bin Talal Chair in Islamic Civilization at Georgetown University, has delivered a lecture defending slavery and non-consensual sex. Umar Lee, a Muslim who heard the lecture and was offended by it, posted about it here. He wrote: “While the lecture was supposed to be about slavery in Islam Brown spent the majority of the lecture talking about slavery in the United States, the United Kingdom and China. When discussing slavery in these societies Brown painted slavery as brutal and violent (which it certainly was). When the conversation would briefly flip to historic slavery in the Arab and Turkish world slavery was described by Brown in glowing terms.”
To bring about their collectivist dystopia, however, the American left must first sweep away roadblocks such as freedom of speech, (even for those one disagrees with) honest and unbiased journalism, education as opposed to indoctrination of students, and the recognition of the results of free elections (The hysteria with which they continue to react to the election of Trump is no different than the machinations of Venezuela’s Maduro government’s schemes to eliminate the power of its political opposition, or Putin’s assassination of rivals, or the imprisonment of Chinese dissidents.)
It doesn’t take a great deal of courage to protest against the existence of slavery on U.S. soil, which was abolished over a century and a half ago, or even segregation, outlawed 50 years ago, particularly when dealing with a media that is all too willing to turn a blind eye to hidden motives.
The real targets of the current protests are both the U.S. Constitution, and western concepts of human rights.
David Harsanyil, writing in the Federalist, reports: “Not long ago, I met up with a progressive writer from a well-known liberal outlet to discuss democracy. At one point, he told me that while the Constitution contained some superb ideas, it was an impractical and antiquated document unworthy of 21st century America. The Second Amendment, he argued, was a violent relic, and the Constitution’s penchant for diffusing direct democracy an affront to equality. I don’t think we’re far away from this being a common view on the Left. It might already be so. It’s not exactly surprising that Democrats and the media have transformed an Islamic terror attack into another finger-wagging national conversation about Christian ‘homophobia’ and the NRA. Gotta keep the focus on the real enemy, after all. What is surprising is how boldly illiberal many Democrats have become in trying to achieve their objectives. It’s not just some Rolling Stone writer calling for gun confiscation or Vox calling on the president to discard the Constitution unilaterally; it’s West Virginia’s Joe Manchin openly arguing that due process is what’s really ‘killing us.’ A senator, sworn to uphold the Constitution, actually said this.
Just as Barack Obama ran roughshod over religious conscience rights, the current leadership of those seeking to eliminate key figures from America’s past will also attempt—have already attempted– to denigrate the foundational figures of western civilization’s great religions. After all, Jesus didn’t lead an anti-slavery movement; he just pointedly noted that all people are God’s children. Moses led the Jewish slaves out of Egypt, but didn’t abolish the actual practice of slavery. Neither had the practical ability to do so—just as Jefferson, despite his opposition to slavery, couldn’t get the southern delegates to outlaw slavery in the new nation.
But Jefferson, Washington, Madison, Lincoln, Jesus and Moses did provide the framework for the greatest advances in human liberty. Those advances are anathema to the collectivist left, which believes that individual rights are roadblocks to communal advancement.