[Ed. – The author makes a solid point, but he states only half the problem. It’s not only Nazis but supporters of slavery that are haunting the dreams of liberals. So attuned are they to beating back the scourge of the ‘neo-Confederacy’ that anyone named Robert Lee is suspect, even if he is of Chinese extraction.]
I’m worried that the Charlottesville riots are making the Left psychologically unhinged in the same way that they have been unhinged by the election of Donald Trump, only more so.
The problem with their reaction to Donald Trump is that he seems to so totally vindicate all of their political prejudices that he justifies an even more vicious vilification of anyone who opposes their agenda. Everyone who supports free market capitalism is a rich jerk who looks down on poor people? Check. Anyone who complains about political correctness just wants to be a sexist boor? Check. Anyone who talks hawkishly about Islamic terrorism must be driven by a neurotic need to prove his masculinity? Check. Anyone who doesn’t sign up for the latest iteration of the “diversity” agenda must harbor some kind of implicit sympathy for white nationalists? Yeah, well, check.
These things are not true of the overwhelming majority of people who hold those views. As applied to Trump, they are a bit exaggerated, but close enough to be plausible. So the Left is seduced by the temptation to take this as final proof that everyone who opposes them is just as irredeemably awful as they always suspected.
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