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Re: What They’re Telling Us



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Thrilled to see my old colleague on a certain British beat, Mark Steyn, make the point that my character, “David Kahane,” has been making at tiresome length for some time now, including on Election Night last fall. (“This is an unlovely party filled with unlovely people, as America’s about to find out once the Obama pixie dust wears off.”)  Once you penetrate the modern Left’s increasingly threadbare and risible disguise as the Party of Compassion, you can see it for what it is: a truly vicious collection of red-diaper babies, too-young-to-know-any-better Marxists manque, and the unholy spawn of the big-city Gangster/Democrat Machine of Tammany et al. At the risk of setting off the Corner’s Star Trek meter, think of liberals as Gorgan in the episode “And the Children Shall Lead,” starring (of all people) Melvin Belli as the “friendly angel.” This malevolent being, clothed in radiance, is actually sheer evil, and the children are able to free themselves of his spell only when Kirk forces them to see him as he really is. As he melts away into a figure of eldritch horror, Gorgan curses them: “Death to you all.”

So far, so familiar. Confronted with proof of its own mendacity, the Left can only resort to what it knows best: street-fighting. Like Monk Eastman, the sheriff of the New Brighton saloon in Tammany’s heyday, they come at us with broken beer bottles, paving stones, and baseball bats, secure in the knowledge that the cops — in this case, the New York Times – are on their side. Luckily for us, they’re no angels, and they can’t help but reveal themselves when threatened. I got two viral columns plus a book deal out of my “I Hate You, Sarah Palin” essays on NRO, a sizable chunk of which consisted of obscene diatribes against the former governor. Forget “the personal is political” — that’s what they want you think. It really should be: “the political is personal,” which is why their rage is steeped, as Mark notes, in the crudest and most vicious personal, racial, and sexual slurs. And this is why Sarah continues to enrage them, since she refuses to take them seriously. As Marther Luther famously said, “The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture” — and they’re way too far gone for that — “is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn.”

– David Kahane is the nom de cyber of a writer in Hollywood.



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