Charlottesville again

  1. How long, O Lord?
  2. On calling out losers


Shouting “What about . . . ” and inserting some opposite evil does nothing to cure the original problem. One cannot solve one vice by rushing to the opposite extreme: the cure for the evils of the Red Shirts is never the equal evil of the Brown Shirts. To both groups, the Church of the Martyrs stands in the pure robes of the Lamb and says: “How long, O Lord, how long?” not “Which team is best for my present ministry?”

(John Mark N. Reynolds)


Think about the way Trump reacts to things. After the bombing of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, President Donald Trump called the perpetrators “evil losers.” It was a very Trumpian formulation, but one that seemed strangely appropriate, even insightful. “I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name,” Trump said. “I will call them from now on losers because that’s what they are” …

[T]he sight of hundreds of unmasked young men marching through Charlottesville with torches and chanting racist slogans inspires genuine fear in many Americans. Trump was given a chance to speak to that fear today, and to offer the same moral condemnation and deflation he’s given others. Instead he essentially repeated his disgraceful half-disavowal of Duke. He refused to call out these white supremacists by name, and condemn them. He merely condemned “all sides.” An energetic law and order president who had any sense of the divisions in his country would have announced today that he was instructing his Justice Department to look into the people in these groups, and zealously ferret out and prosecute any crimes they turned up.

This is a target-rich environment. Some of these scummy racists in Charlottesville wore chainmail, others went around shouting their devotion to Adolf Hitler. A president with Trump’s intuitive sense of depravity should be able to call them what they are: evil losers. More pathetic: evil cosplayers. Just as Spencer took Trump’s “I disavow” without a direct object to be a kind of wink in his direction, surely he’ll take today’s statement about “all sides” as another form of non-condemnation. With his performance today, Trump confirms the worst that has been said about him. He’s done damage to the peace of his country. What a revolting day in America.

(Michael Brendan Dougherty) National Review (for whom Michael Brendan Dougherty wrote this most-powerful-yet unmasking of Trump as a panderer to frank racists) was so fearful of being associated with antisemitism that it drove out the great Joseph Sobran. I thought and still think that was a bad call, though Sobran was often harsh about the excessive alignment of our foreign policy with the interests of Israel.

They’re consistently disavowing the alt-right now, which probably implies something about the brush with which the Left currently is prepared to tar all the Right if plausible.

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Fiat justitia ruat caelum

There is no epistemological Switzerland. (Via Mars Hill Audio Journal Volume 134)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.