The hard left is always so angry, and uses emotion to great effect in our modern politics.
And shame -- through social and mainstream media voices -- is the left's whip, keeping Americans in line.
Most Americans understand the penalty for thought crimes on issues ranging from traditional marriage to affirmative action to American citizenship. Say the wrong thing, write the wrong thing, even think the wrong thing, or tweet the wrong thing -- in referencing positions that were mainstream only a few years ago -- and you'll be publicly shamed in media. And you'll be shunned as a homophobe or a racist or ultra-nationalist and mocked and probably lose your job.
The left will see to that. And most Americans understand this.
But if you're of the left, and happen to be a Democratic Party politician, you can get away with making excuses for notorious anti-Semite and
And when those excuses are made, the left is largely silent.
Farrakhan's hate and the left's silence are nothing new. It is part of
And if it weren't for The Daily Caller and
We also wouldn't have known about the tortured logic that some, like
"White folks are going down. And Satan is going down. And Farrakhan, by God's grace, has pulled the cover off of that Satanic Jew, and I'm here to say your time is up, your world is through," Farrakhan said in his speech.
He said other things too, but I'm not going to spread his hate here. What interests me is the silence of the left.
"Chi tace acconsente," says
Of course it is.
And when it comes to Farrakhan, the left is silent. They'd rather be silent than risk being denounced by him.
The other day, The Daily Caller -- a conservative news and opinion site -- capitalized on the silence, and on the acquiescence of Davis, who was quoted as saying Farrakhan's views aren't a big deal.
The Daily Caller has called out others on their relationship with Farrakhan, from
"I'm a pretty global individual. So I know Farrakhan, I know the
"That's just one segment of what goes on in our world. The world is so much bigger than Farrakhan and the Jewish question and his position on that and so forth. For those heavy into it, that's their thing, but it ain't my thing," he said.
Later, Davis issued a statement condemning The Daily Caller, saying the "ultra-right propaganda site" attempted to impugn his character and "divide and separate African Americans and Jewish Americans, by portraying me as sympathetic to anti-Semitic views. ...
"Nothing could be further from the truth," Davis said in his statement, adding that he has spent his life condemning all forms of hatred and bigotry.
It was an impressive denunciation. So I called Davis' office and spoke to
I asked about something I didn't see in Davis' statement denouncing hate:
The name of
There was silence. I thought he didn't hear me. So I asked again.
Did you hear what I said about Farrakhan not being mentioned in the statement?
"I heard what you said, yes," Cohen said.
He said he'd get back to me if Davis had anything to add. I'm not holding my breath.
But few, if any Democratic voices are being raised against Farrakhan.
"It is so sad that if white people disapprove of somebody, we follow suit and disapprove," Farrakhan said in his Saviours' Day speech. "It's so cowardly."
But they're not saying much. They're not saying much at all.
This silence is dangerous. And it incites and gives hateful license to some on the hard right, provoking equally hateful views.
What we're witnessing is the Balkanizing of