Friends, we are worried about Erick Erickson. You see, he’s angry — as people should be! — about the shooting at last week’s Republican baseball practice, after which Democrats and Republicans briefly came together and said there’s no place for violence in our politics. (We’re apparently just fine with far more lethal violence in our UPS warehouses.) But because Erick Erickson sees darkness and horror everywhere, he was not heartened by the brief moment of bipartisanship following the shooting, because he knows that ultimately, the American Left is ISIS, so maybe it’s time for the end of the Union. That seems like it might be drawing the wrong conclusion from the act of one heavily armed American, especially coming from a guy who once fantasized about scaring census workers with his wife’s shotgunwho might invade his privacy.
No, Erickson is not doing the hyperbole when he says liberals are ISIS now: Not like ISIS, but actual, real terrorists, all of us: “The political left is becoming the American ISIS,” he says, and repeats it later:
In our present atmosphere there is no escape from the American ISIS that is the political left. Evil preaches tolerance until it is dominant and then it seeks to silence good.
His basis for this conclusion? Well, it’s obvious, isn’t it? It was all the liberals cheering after Steve Scalise was shot, and also
the left shows no signs of toning down rhetoric after last week’s mass assassination attempt. If anything, too many of them regret there were no deaths.
How many of them would that be, exactly? We saw a few idiots on Twitter saying that, and while there’s a case to be made that “any positive integer” is too many people when it comes to wishing death on anyone, we’re wondering where Erickson saw these hordes of liberals cheering last week’s shooting. Then again, we aren’t sure Mr. Erickson has a very firm grip on reality in any case, since he explains that Nazis and Communists were both leftists, and only “popular historic revisionism” has ever placed the Nazis anywhere other than on the political left. We also think maybe he has a problem with proportion:
After all, they say, the right deserved it. Steve Scalise deserved it. The Christian bigot needs to bake the cake, but the performer who does not want to perform for President Trump is a saint.
Yep. Prohibiting discrimination by businesses that are open to the public really is pretty much the same as applauding the shooting of Republican congressmen. The connection is so clear — why didn’t we see it before? Mind you, now that the Left has started all the violence, Erickson is quite sad to see that some people on the Right are trying to become every bit as fascist and violent as we liberals are (maybe their moral sense was corrupted because there’s no prayer allowed in government schools).
In any case, Erickson says, things are bound to get much, much worse, because all the calm people — like Erick Erickson — are being shouted down by the angry mobs:
The situation is getting out of hand and neither side wants to rein it in. Those who do suggest we calm things down are hounded for their own transgressions because neither side shows grace. Because someone did something bad once, he cannot be listened to now.
You might almost get the sense Erickson has someone in mind there, as if people insist on remembering that time Erick Erickson wanted to wave that gun at census workers. Or the time he called Wendy Davis “Abortion Barbie.” Or the time he called David Souter a “goat-fucking child molester.” Or that time he called Michelle Obama a “Marxist Harpy.” Or that time he called liberals “ISIS.” Guess he can’t be talking about himself. He’s talking about someone who lost their credibility for doing one bad thing.
In any case, since federalism — in Erickson’s mind, that’s the principle that states can figure out who has what rights, because the 14th Amendment never said the Constitution applies to all jurisdictions — isn’t allowing some states to ban abortion and gay marriage, and also because the leftists have silenced all voices of opposition and are now shooting all the conservatives, then maybe it’s time to call the whole American Experiment off:
read a book about it one time, and it seemed a tad unlikely. But what do we know? We’re just a bunch of bloodthirsty terrorists who want to behead Steve Scalise, or even worse, wish him a speedy recovery and then an electoral defeat.
The only escape is dissolution. We should part ways if we cannot have federalism. We should start talking about secession. If both sides have decided that every hill is a hill to die on and control of Washington means reward for their friends and punishment of their enemies, we need to end Washington. The way to do that is end the union.
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