Two Minutes Hate

Photo courtesy Steve Rhodes, Flickr, Jan. 20, 2009

It took the left a week or so to crank up the outrage machine to a fever pitch following the church shooting in South Carolina last week. Target this time around, the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia, otherwise known as the Stars and Bars or the Confederate Flag. Completely forgotten have been both the dead and wounded.

Rationale given for casting the flag out of the public sphere is that it symbolizes slavery and racism. The words bigotry, intolerance and separatism have been also tossed around like so much popcorn.

As with most of these Two Minute Hate episodes, the left fueled by self-righteous indignation is exploiting the opening with gusto, going through it like a thousand freight trains. The rest of us are scratching our heads about how something that has been around in the South for half a century (most displays of the flag were adopted by Southern state legislatures and governors – all of them democrats – as a response to the civil rights movement of the late 1950s) was somehow responsible for the shooting.

Rather than defend the Confederacy, I would like to extend the logic of the left and go after the opening the left so graciously opens for us. Put on your Abbie Hoffman hat and come along as I try to maximize the contradictions.

First up will be the National Council of La Raza (formerly La Raza Unida). La Raza is Spanish for “The Race” and La Raza Unida is “The Race, United.” Among the things they demand is a return of the entire Southwest US to Mexico. They refer to it as reconquista. So we have a race based group, running around waving the flag of another nation, demanding part of this nation be seceded back to Mexico. And they are in part taxpayer funded. If the Confederate Flag is bad, why is La Raza good?

Next will be our old friends in the New Black Panther Party. These guys have been black separatists since they were murdering police officers in the Bay Area of California in the 1960s. They also have their own flag and symbol and regularly call for murder of whitey, kind of what the evil little shooter did in the South Carolina church to blacks. Outrage at these guys? Crickets.

How about the LGBT flag? It is something that has come to symbolize anti-Christian bigotry and intolerance. An attempt to burn one here in Anchorage earlier this week triggered the outrage machine nicely, which is puzzling, as I thought burning the flag, any flag was among the highest forms of protest. Finally, as it is physically impossible for gays to have their own children (something about biology), there is a growing marketplace in paying surrogate parents for conceived children. And once you start paying for children, aren’t you in the business of buying and selling people which is supposed to be a bad thing?

Last but certainly not least are our good friends the Muslims, you know, followers of a religion that believes in and still practices the buying and selling of people. That’s right, slavery. The odd thing is the number of American blacks who have adopted Muslim names and religion. Perhaps this slavery thing is not as bad as they pretend it is. With Islam, we get it all. We get slavery. We get intolerance for anyone who is not a Muslim. We get bigotry. The Muslims were the slavers a millennia ago and they are still at it.

So where are we today? On one hand, we are in the midst of a Two Minutes Hate against all things Southern with the rationale being racism, slavery, separatism, bigotry, intolerance, etc. Yet we allow, nay even celebrate Muslim, Black Panther, La Raza, LGBT separatism, bigotry, intolerance and slavery (most of it Muslim); much of it government supported and imported. Color me confused.