As a general rule, you should never enter the arena of ideas unarmed.
But the Left always does.
Instead of being armed with facts and a reasonable argument, Leftists instead choose to march into the arena of ideas unarmed but hiding behind human shields.
They’ve been doing it for years.
There’s an episode of “Ugly Betty” where Betty is recounting a traumatic event from junior high gym class. The class was choosing teams for dodge ball. And only two girls had yet to be chosen – Betty and a rather chubby, pasty girl. Kimmy — the bossy mean girl (played by Lindsey Lohan) — calls Betty to join her team, which surprises Betty. And as she goes to join the mean girl’s team, she actually thanks Kimmy for choosing her.
Then, as the whistle blows to start the game, Kimmy hollers, “Get behind the human shield!”
Naturally, Betty is the one who gets targeted.
But see, when Leftists choose human shields, they really do believe that means nobody will – in keeping with the story – throw a single dodge ball at them at all.
Call it Cindy Sheehan effect.
Though I’m sure there are examples from before 2004, Cindy Sheehan is a textbook example of Leftists use of human shields.
They really believed she was bulletproof.
She was a grieving mother who lost her son in Iraq. And, yes, she was angry – very angry.
So naturally Leftists glommed on to her and shoved her in front of them to inoculate themselves from criticism.
After all, who wants to be critical of a grieving Gold Star mother?
Sheehan was the perfect human shield. And they squeezed every ounce of opportunity out of her that they could.
Well, until Barack Obama became President and poor Cindy wouldn’t stop hollering about the war. Leftists didn’t want anything to do with her when the object of her wrath was Obama.
So with no ceremony, they jettisoned her as if she never mattered.
Because the truth is, Cindy never did – not to the Left.
But the objective here is not to genuinely care about the person’s plight. Not at all. The objective is to avoid actual debate and discussion by hiding behind someone you deem “untouchable.”
Like Khizr Khan.
The Democrats chose this Gold Star father to attack Donald Trump for one reason.
His Gold Star status could be used to inoculate him from criticism no matter how unfounded or incendiary his rhetoric might become. Plus, he’s Muslim!
In fact, as I said back during the Democrat Convention, Khizr Khan was 2016’s Cindy Sheehan.
“This is how the Left operates. One only has to consider every single Obama press event where he was surrounded by human props. Newtown parents. Mothers whose kids were killed by “gun violence.” Obama took this ham-handed propaganda tool and turned it into a high art.
“All of this reminds me of the Elian Gonzalez incident from 2000. After the Clinton Administration caved to Cuban pressure, rounded Elian up at gunpoint and sent him back to that island prison, Fidel Castro made the most of the little boy. He and his father were paraded in front of crowds like prized pigs.
“The Nazis and Italians pulled the same kind of shit during World War Two. They made full use of American or British ex-pats who opposed the war — giving them opportunities to give radio addresses or write pamphlets attacking Churchill or FDR while praising Hitler. The poet Ezra Pound springs to mind.
“The reason I am loathe to be sympathetic to Khizr Khan is because I can see through this. I know what they’re doing; I know how they’re using him.
“And trust me. The Democrats and Enslaved Press will continue to use this man and use this man and use this man.
“Until they use him up.”
And this is exactly what the Left is doing once again with these Parkland teens.
They are human shields.
You are not allowed to criticize them. And woe unto you if you think you can point out their ignorance, their inflammatory and slanderous rhetoric or their lack of critical thinking.
Instead of arming themselves with actual facts, Leftists simply load their nonsensical rhetoric into these untouchable human shields, then step back and let them be the ones to open fire.
It’s cynical and craven.
But it’s also pretty outlandish.
In fact, when I was reading through the comments left on one of Wesley Crusher’s many tweets, one woman actually claimed that the reason we’re standing up to the nonsense he’s peddling is because we’re “scared of him.”
No, honey. We’re not scared of him.
You just want us to be scared – scared to fight back against his lies. That’s precisely why you’re using him.
But we’re not falling for it anymore.
I read a really good column from Charles C. W. Cooke over at National Review Online titled [Wesley Crusher] is Fair Game for Critics (only he used the kid’s real name; which I never do).
Cooke closed his column with this:
“Even worse has been [Wesley Crusher]’s attitude toward those who have had the temerity to disagree with him. Here, one suspects, he has been let down by those around him, the loudest of whom have evidently led him to believe that our complex political discourse can be circumvented by the blunt issuing of demands. The gun debate in America remains intractable, consisting not only of difficult legislative questions, but of elaborate constitutional, sociopolitical, historical, and criminal inquiries, too. For some reason, [Wesley Crusher] has come to suppose that he can slice through this reality by issuing threats: Give me what I want, or I’ll stop using FedEx; give me what I want, or I won’t go back to school; give me what I want, or Florida’s economy gets it. And, by the way, I’m going to outlive you…
“This, suffice it to say, is not how republics work, and whether he likes it or not, [Wesley Crusher] lives in a republic. There is no Angry Victim clause in our constitutional text.
“[Wesley Crusher] is an American, and he should speak as often and as loudly as he wishes. Moreover, if CNN believes that its present monomania will serve it well in the long run, it should continue to give him a platform. But there must be no inoculation for either party, nor must those who agree with the gun-control agenda attempt to shield its purveyors from rebuttal. [Wesley Crusher] did not choose to be involved in a school shooting; that, sadly, was beyond his control. But he has now chosen to play pundit on a topic of import to millions. And, in a free and robust nation, once that line is crossed, all bets are bound to be off.”
The fact is, though Leftists believe that these people must always be off limits, they have no problem attacking anyone who disagrees with them – no matter how much of a tragic backstory they might have.
Last year when President Trump recounted the life of fallen Navy SEAL Ryan Owens and recognized his widow sitting in the gallery with the First Lady, Leftists wasted no time attacking this woman.
And she was not being pushed into the spotlight to advocate for any political agenda. She was just there being recognized by President Trump as he honored the sacrifice of her husband. But still they went after her like hyenas.
There were no calls by these Leftists that she shouldn’t be dragged over hot coals. They didn’t care.
And see, that is the very heart of the modern-day Left.
They demand we play by the rules they make for us while at the same time demanding that those rules not apply to them.
And when we turn their stupid rules back on them, they are not happy with the results – something Kurt Schlitcher has been pointing out for over a year:
The left is gonna hate the new rules
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) February 23, 2018
Should these children be off limits because they are children whose school just got shot up by a mass murderer?
If we all still played by the old rules, I’d say yes.
But it is the Left that has shoved these children into the arena and used them as human shields.
It’s the Left that is attacking anybody who disagrees with these kids – even if that includes a rape survivor.
We didn’t make these rules; they did.
And the fact is, it doesn’t make their agenda any less repugnant just because it is being parroted by a bunch of kids.
And it doesn’t make our unalienable right to self-defense any less sacrosanct.
My Liberty is not trumped by human shields.
And it never will be.
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