So I’m watching an old Firefly episode (on DVD) . . . the one where River is about to be burned at the stake because some fanatics accused her of being a witch. “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live,” the zealots intoned, reminding me instantly and as intended by Joss Whedon of the mass hysteria that constituted the Salem witch trials (and more broadly, the witch hunts and burnings across Europe).
The point was that such zealotry, such inflamed mobs acting as their own justice system is not such a great thing. In fact, it’s pretty much a bad thing.
You know the story, a bunch of whiny, crazy (either with spite and maliciousness or from spoiled wheat(!?)) adolescent girls randomly accused various of their neighbors of being witches. The girls knew the accusation alone, with no proof at all, would lead to the accused being ostracized, unable to work or feed their families, and in some cases, even hanged, or in one horrific case, pressed to death. (Interesting aside: No one accused of being a witch was burned at the stake in Salem.)
These “witches,” the girls proclaimed, made them think bad thoughts and “see” bad things. The “witches” were an insult to good society, to the greater good, to all that is good, and so they must die, the goodly Puritans goodly proclaimed.
Of course it was more complicated than that and involved a lot of political and socio-cultural factors, but the idea that a society can be purged of its evil–including politically-concocted “evil” that fits a “narrative”–has a long tradition in the history of humankind. And, ironically perhaps, it never ends well for the perpetrators of these injustices; they are history’s “lessons,” the thing not to be, the thing history reviles and ridicules.
Yet it’s a history that is alive and well in the 21st century. Cancel culture, so far, is just another group of hysterical teenagers (in terms of emotional, psychological, and intellectual development) pointing at the heretics they perceive to be feeding them wrong thoughts and bad things and demanding the “witches” be purged from society.
Right now that means losing one’s job, social standing, home, but purging “witches” for the greater good really means literally killing them. We’re well-versed in the Black Panthers who urge the killing of white people, including white babies. This is their thing; kill the “witch.”
So far, the police and an armed-to-the-teeth public are standing between civilization and a barbaric, 1692-Salem style end to America. Naturally, then, the “witch”-purging left wants to abolish the police and disarm the people standing in the way of their literally dragging white people from their houses and lopping off their heads. Or simply shooting them in the head or beating them nearly to death in the streets . . . as they are already doing now.
CHAZ was renamed CHOP quite pointedly, the guillotine is the symbol of the pseudo-anarchist, pseudo-revolutionary left—i.e. the white part of the loosely-affiliated fringe freaks attempting to take down America and that still hopes to live long enough to make the streets run red with the blood of “witches” who say things like “MAGA,” “free market,” and “legal immigration, not illegal invasion.”
My guess is they won’t if this nightmare is allowed to unfold as it appears to be unfolding. The anarchist left is lily white, not sufficiently “woke” to the Marxist BLM black supremacy cause, and at this point, after their abject failure in CHAZ/CHOP, expendable to the big-picture struggle they barely registered in as dots.
People on both the left and right mocked President Trump when he warned that taking down Confederate statues would lead to the taking down of the Founding Fathers. I did not mock him, and in fact, I was vocal against supposed GOP “stars” like that disgrace Nikki Haley going along with it. I saw the writing on the wall because it’s the same writing on the wall of every totalitarian revolution.
Granted, I did not see, or even dream, that the next targets would be the Emancipation Memorial or Frederick Douglass, and that shift, to be honest, signals just how insane and unprincipled and lunatic these people are.
And they are freaking nuts. Who marches in a residential neighborhood chanting “Eat the rich”? It’s barbaric, it’s uncivilized, it’s freaking looney-toons crazy . . . and super gross. Yet they did it. When people show you who they are, believe them.
Do I think they’ll be chowing down on white Hollywood elite stir fry? Actually, no, but I can imagine these frenzied mobs literally biting into the living flesh of these heretics who defile their world.
Does the increasingly insane scold left really want people to die for wearing a MAGA hat or saying “All Lives Matter” or for being “rich”? I think we can safely say that if not all of them do, a sufficient number do to make it truly alarming. And their justification is exactly the same as that of the Puritans purging their society of “witches”: witches are evil and cannot be suffered to live.
Funny how actual Christians reject killing witches of any kind, real or imagined, but the radical leftist hordes have their new witches to destroy and do so without a single thought, moment of empathy or compassion, or regret.
Tell me who is evil: the person who willfully, even gleefully, condemns a member of their community to disgrace, homelessness, joblessness, and poverty, even death, or the person who is falsely accused and assailed by these perpetually adolescent cry-bullies? The person who willfully destroys the life and livelihood of a person for wearing a MAGA hat or for praising the president or the person who wears a MAGA hat and/or praises the president?
We all know the answer. Even the crazed adolescents of the Salem Witch Trials regretted their actions . . . after it was far too late for far too many.
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