The most extreme elements of the statist/progressive movement together with national media pundits have trumpeted the concept of “dog whistles”. They argue that their political opponents, most notably President Trump, often speak in a code only understandable by supporters. They assert that this otherwise indecipherable code-speak always implicates their political opponents in imagined hate and narrow-mindedness and reveals them to be racists, misogynists, xenophobes, homophobes or some other category of bad people.
Liberals don’t have to worry about being accused of blowing dog whistles to communicate secret messages to their supporters. They have no fear in stirring trouble openly, presumably because they know their media partners won’t call them out for it. Hillary Clinton’s recent statements regarding incivility demonstrate a good case in point.
Leftists’ acts of incivility are becoming more commonplace by the day. They block traffic. They obstruct commerce. They interfere with classes. They shout down opponents. They harass people in public to the point of forcing them to leave restaurants and other establishments. They harass people at their homes. Despite all of this, Hillary Clinton chose to echo Maxine Waters by not so subtly threatening continued incivility when she said in a recent CNN interview, “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about. That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and/or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again.”
It’s impossible to miss the goose/gander argument suggested by her comments which could be employed by her detractors as easily as her supporters. Her political opponents may choose to take her advice to heart, and act uncivilly toward liberals who clearly want to destroy everything they care about in the way of the Constitution and America’s first principles.
It’s also impossible to miss the tyrannical implications of her comments. “Fall in line or pay the price. You can have peace again once you appease us.”
Other than the fact that he was ultimately confirmed, it’s hard to find a positive perspective on the Kavanaugh confirmation debacle. But one fortunate aspect may be that it occurred so close in time to the upcoming election. It provided a timely reminder of the shameless tactics and behavior of so many elected Democrats and the Democrat Party generally at an opportune time.
Voters who might need even more motivation to get out and vote against liberals should consider Clinton’s comments in the same context as the effort to torpedo Kavanaugh’s nomination. If their threat is to hold societal harmony hostage until they’re satisfied, then when will that really be? The answer of course is never. Once they establish that obstructing society, inflaming public discord or maligning the reputation of an opponent is an effective tool to get what they want, it will forever be a favorite arrow in their quiver.
Clinton, Waters and those behind the effort to undercut Kavanaugh have sent a clear message to voters before the mid-term elections. They’ll do anything, and they’ll approve their supporters doing anything, to win. When it comes to priorities, peace and civility in society and in government run a distant second to them getting their way. If Americans don’t make it clear to them now that these tactics are unacceptable and won’t be rewarded, there’s every reason to believe their efforts at societal disruption and poisoning governmental processes will only get worse and more widespread.