Bigotry, murder and genocidal hatred are not left/right issues. They are the product of the fringes of our society, outliers to the civilized political process.
To perfectly illustrate how this type of bigotry is divorced from liberal vs conservative politics, earlier today, Politico reported some new crazytalk from Reverend Jeremiah Wright:
“Asked if he had spoken to the President, Wright said: ‘Them Jews aren’t going to let him talk to me. I told my baby daughter, that he’ll talk to me in five years when he’s a lame duck, or in eight years when he’s out of office…They will not let him to talk to somebody who calls a spade what it is. … I said from the beginning: He’s a politician; I’m a pastor. He’s got to do what politicians do.'”
Wright has the bad luck to have made his statement for today’s news cycle, and I’m sure the coincidence will be lost on no-one. What will be made of it, I can’t say, but I’m pretty sure it will be the wrong thing.
Also coincidentally, Melissa Clouthier advanced an extremely relevant hypothesis earlier today which illustrates how some will handle the Von Brunn/Wright coincidence. The subject was the Left’s “ownership” of David Letterman, et al, in response to something I wrote this morning:
I include them with the Left, Tommy, and for one simple reason: how they vote. They vote Democrat. Every. Single. Time. They are on the Left. Like the major media organizations, they like to pretend at “being above” or “transcending” party affiliation. Bull crap. They are Democrats. They vote Democrat. They’re the Left.
Now, where does that leave Wright and Von Brunn? While their actions are, by no means, equivalent, Wright’s comment betrays a bigotry toward Jews that would seem right at home in Von Brunn’s repertoire. But, put to Clouthier’s voting booth test, how do we divvy these two up?
The answer is, we don’t. If we do, we do so at our own peril. While we waste time playing “pin the tail on the ideology,” we distract from the real enemies of freedom, who reside neither on the Right nor the Left, but beneath them.