Instapundit notes the trend towards leftists advocating or at least thinking of violence in response to their electoral failures. Professor Leiter:
At some point these acts of brazen viciousness are going to lead to a renewed philosophical interest in the question of when acts of political violence are morally justified, an issue that has, oddly, not been widely addressed in political philosophy since Locke.
But this raises a serious question in my mind: What kind of violence could those incompetent wimps get up to anyway?
After all, leftists don’t join the military anymore and have no military training, they don’t own guns and they get an attack of the vapors over the mere thought of fireworks. Meanwhile, non-leftists do join the military and are highly trained, do own guns and love to shoot off fireworks. If it did come down to a violent conflict who do you think will win?
Pick any nationally prominent lefty you can think of. Now, imagine that they physically attack Sarah Palin. Who do think is going to win? My money is on the one who shoots caribou.
What is the good professor quoted above going to do if he starts a brawl with a Texan Tea Party member? Will his erudite and devastating bon mots deflect a punch to the face?
Frankly, that whole, “the pen is mightier than the sword,” bit presupposed that the guy holding the sword will read and agree with what the guy holding the pen wrote. If that was the actual case now, the good professor wouldn’t have to be thinking about resorting to violence because he wouldn’t have lost the election in the first place.
I think leftists are, as with everything, trapped in their fantasy narrative of America as it was before the ’60s. It’s always 1959 for them. In their minds, middle-aged leftists still have all the nerve and skill they used to defeat the Nazis in the bloody battles of WWII. The majority of middle-class people belong to unions and all the union members are all big burly men hardened from years of painful and wearing physical toil and quick to show up and bust heads. In their fantasy, the American Left is a large and effective force of people perfectly willing to fight but held back only by their devotion to no violent change.
Well, it’s 2011 and we can pop that delusional bubble. Leftists are preening proud not only of their lack of military service but also their complete lack of knowledge about military affairs. Modern leftists are not the warriors of the Greatest Generation. And the unions? Hah! Only 15% of Americans belong to unions and 70% of them work in offices. Frankly, threats of violence from out-of-shape desk jockeys so ignorant of the tools of violence that they don’t know which end of a gun the bullet comes out of…
…well, those threats just don’t carry much weight.
Besides, leftists are having to contemplate violence precisely because their ideological blinders have rendered them completely ineffective. Armed conflict is about getting things done and if they could get things done, they wouldn’t be losing elections. People who can’t balance a city budget or get the snow off the streets aren’t going to be winning any wars.
Ever since the ’60s, leftists have proven themselves utterly craven. They mock those who they know will not hurt them, like American Christians, but cower obsequiously before those that will such as Muslim extremists. They don’t have the strength of character to win a fight. They need to crawl back in their little holes and whine about how no one appreciates how infallible they are. They can feel all morally superior and the rest of us won’t have to hurt them for being stupid.
If leftists want to drop the mask and reveal themselves to the world as the violent, authoritarian, anti-democracy elitists they truly are in their hearts, I’m actually fine with that. Better to lance a boil and drain the pus than let it fester and grow into a fatal infection. We might as well get this over with now if that’s the road they’re determined to go down. I know firmly what side most Americans who aren’t leftwing college professors will take and I know who will win.
My cowboy grandfather gave some sage advice as child. He said, “Never throw the first punch but always make sure you throw the last,” and “we don’t start fights, we end them.”
Bring it on, Lefty. You start it and we will end it.