It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.” The way I read that statement, “foolish consistency” is basically clinging to your fallacies and presumptions in spite of facts and situations that should maybe change your mind.
You know, like climate alarmists who continue to shriek “THE SCIENCE IS SETTLED” while new climate data (and compounding evidence of data tampering) pile up against them. Or 9-11 conspiracists who keep blathering on about how fire can’t melt steel.
In the arena of political opinion, consistency is actually pretty important. It proves that you’re holding an opinion informed by actual, you know, facts.
For example, if you rail against the evil Koch brothers for allegedly dumping toxic waste into a river in Florida, but fail to even bat an eyelash when the EPA does the same thing in Colorado’s Animas River, you’re probably not being very consistent. You don’t really care about the environment, except as a weapon to use against your political enemies.
If you support the prosecution/persecution of peaceful ranchers as terrorists, while ignoring the actions of groups like #BlackLivesMatter and the New Black Panthers, you’re not just inconsistent. You’re delusional.
If you complain about a peaceful demonstration in Oregon—with zero deaths, zero businesses burned and looted—but supported the “peaceful demonstrations” in Ferguson and Baltimore, you’re not being very consistent.
Abuses and Usurpations
I’ve done quite a bit of research into the “long train of abuses and usurpations” perpetrated by federal despots from various agencies against the Hammond family. It’s pretty clear that the Hammond family has been singled out by bureaucrats at multiple levels of the federal government to be punished for the crime of … ranching.
Read up a little before you form an opinion:
- The Case for Civil Disobedience in Oregon
- The Absurdly Harsh Penalties That Sparked the Oregon Rancher Protest
- In Oregon, frustration over federal land rights has been building for years
That said, I have some issues with what’s happening in Oregon. The fact that not even the Hammond family supports the protest says a lot. But I want to address a different inconsistency—one that pits peaceful protestors against actual terrorists.
Islam and Terrorism
It’s always hilarious to watch the left blur the direct line between Islam and terrorism. When actual Islamic terrorists Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik attacked innnocents in San Bernadino in December 2015, Obama administration officials did everything in their power to delay releasing the names of the jihadis, because their obviously Middle-Eastern names clearly identified them as what they were … jihadis.
Actor Samuel Jackson (quoted in the Hollywood Reporter) pretty much typified the far left’s reaction to the California terror attack when he described his personal response:
“And I can’t even tell you how much that day the thing that happened in San Bernardino … how much I really wanted that to just be another, you know, crazy white dude, and not really some Muslims….”
Of course, it wasn’t crazy white dudes. It was a radical Muslim couple, who bravely abandoned their infant child to answer their prophet’s call to murder infidels. In the wake of the attack, the Obama strategy was to deny, deny, deny—while continuing to push his agenda of disarming law-abiding Americans. “We don’t yet know what the motives of the shooters are but what we do know is that there are steps we can take to make Americans safer,” the semi-retired president told America. “We should never think that this is just something that just happens in the ordinary course of events because it doesn’t happen with the same frequency in other countries.”
That’s a weird echo from his speech on December 1, the day before before the San Bernadino attack. “I say this every time we have one of these mass shootings,” said our Narcissist-in-Chief. “This just doesn’t happen in other countries.” he said during a press conference in Paris today.
By any realistic measurement, Islamic jihad has grown in a big way under Obama’s watch. Even the far-left Southern Povery Law Center can’t backpedal the numbers. But it’s clear that this administration and its sycophantic media will continue to try to blame right-wing Americans every time a Muslim murders (or tries to murder) more innocents.
Remember that time those two guys wearing white shirts and ties wore suicide vests into the Eugene O’Neill Theater in downtown Manhattan, blowing up audience members and cast members alike for the crime of laughing at the prophet Joseph Smith?
Oh, and remember that time the Relief Society sisters shot up the gay bar in Denver, after someone set fire to a Book of Mormon at an Arapahoe County LDS church, presumably to protest the church’s support for California Proposition 8?
No? That’s because Mormons—and the Mormon church—do not advocate terror on behalf of their faith. Of course, you wouldn’t know that by listening to the leftist media. It’s already an article of faith in liberal circles that the “Occupy Maiheur” protest is domestic terrorism:
- Face it, Oregon building takeover is terrorism (CNN)
- The Armed Domestic Terrorists in Oregon Should Be Treated Just as ISIS Terrorists Would Be (Washington Monthly)
- Armed White Terrorists In Oregon Are Stealing Sacred Native American Land (Politics USA)
- Domestic Terrorists In Oregon Using Children As Human Shields (Patheos.com)
And of course, everyone knows that it’s right-wing “terorrists” who are the biggest threat to our national security. They know this because of a $12-million study paid for by taxpayers, commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security, and conducted by the University of Maryland’s far-left National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). Mostly ignoring the jihadi “workplace violence” that has proliferated since 9/11, START found right-wing terrorists to be the “top concern of law enforcement.” The study doubled down by claiming that the worst terrorists of all include Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority,” and “reverent of individual liberty.”
By that definition, every one of our founding fathers would be classified as terrorists. And I guess, from the perspective of tyrannical King George III, they were.
Blame It on Moroni
Back to the Bundys. Ammon Bundy, the ringleader of the Oregon protesters, according to Melissa Binder of the Oregonian, were inspired to rally in support of the Hammonds because … OMG! They’re Mormons! Binder even cites Alma 60:28, in which Moroni goes all Patrick Henry on an evil despot named Pahoran:
Yea, behold I do not fear your power nor your authority, but it is my God whom I fear; and it is according to his commandments that I do take my sword to defend the cause of my country, and it is because of your iniquity that we have suffered so much loss.
Such savagery. Such terrorism. Such … patriotism.
But it gets even worse. Apparently, when asked for his name by a biased reporter, one of the protesters answered, “I’m Captain Moroni, from Utah.”
Over at PBS, a lefty commentor draws the line from so-called terrorism that no leftist would ever draw in the case of Islamic terrorism:
“That name is not a silly response to deflect responsibility: In many ways, it encapsulates a deeply intertwined anti-federal sentiment mixed with Mormon symbolism. Captain Moroni is a crucial figure in the Church of Latter-day Saints. He’s also a heroic figure for anti-federalist extremists.”
Binder dives deep into the doctrine, consulting the experts over at BuzzFeed for more dirt on those damned latter-day saints. Ignoring the pattern of abuses by both federal and state governments throughout the history of the church, she sniffs at the Mormon “persecution complex.”
I’ve got news for you, sweetheart. It’s not a “persecution complex” if the government is issuing extermination orders. It’s not a “persecution complex” if your ancestors have to actually leave the United States in order to worship their peaceful religion in peace.
Forget that the LDS church has condemned the occupation. These idiots take their own fantasies as gospel truths.
Take a Ride on the Bipolar Express
So there you have it. It’s those damned Mormon terrorists with their weird beliefs who are causing all of the problems in America. There’s just no explanation, right?
None of this could be a backlash against a federal government that’s been weaponized against its own citizens. Let’s ignore the fact that, according to Gallup, a great big majority of Americans cite “big government” as the biggest threat to our country. Nope—it’s gotta be that Moroni guy. He’s the real troublemaker.
Leftists are dangerously bipolar when it comes to religion. When an avowed Muslim becomes a shahid through an act of Islam-inspired terror, they unswervingly sign on to become apologists for the Religion of Peace. “Don’t judge all Muslims for the acts of a few!” they scream. “These people have perverted a peaceful faith!” they insist. “Just because they call themselves Muslims, claim to act in the name of Allah, and scream ‘Allahu Akbar’ while murdering Jews and Christians doesn’t make it Islamic terror!”
Islamists shoot up a rehab center and the leftists blame the guns. Peaceful Christians with a legitimate gripe against an overbearing government stage a peaceful sit-in and it’s all the fault of the ideology.
Makes total sense, right?