A great fire, a bonfire of burning books like "To Kill a Mockingbird," "The Ox Bow Incident" and other troublesome works containing offensive ideas.
These titles were once prized by my good and liberal schoolteachers, who remembered McCarthyism and what happens to a people who abandon the notion of presumption of innocence of the accused and warned us about giving in to mob rule to satisfy our politics.
But for the past few weeks it has been the
My old teachers were young in the 1960s. They were civil libertarians and liberals, yes, but not in the modern sense. A liberal then and the hard left of today are very different creatures. And the
My teachers taught those books with care and purpose. But if they were teaching today, they might be fearful to speak, lest they be branded as the enemy by the mob that has ruthlessly shouted down dissent in American universities.
As a student, the idea of book burning was terrifying to me, something done by a totalitarian government reaching into the hearts and minds of its people to convince them to erase threatening ideas.
Yet given the way the left has treated Kavanaugh, it would be fitting for them to put a match to the pile.
The acrid smell of burning paper and the sight of bright sparks shooting into the night sky would bring much-needed clarity.
And perhaps ritual chant, in the manner of those captured on the video of anti-Kavanaugh protesters in the
Protest leader: "I am going to go to
On that video, a confused protester asked, "Why? She's on our side."
The group leader turned and looked at her as if she were an insect.
I grew up with the belief that individual liberty was sacred, that tyranny of the majority must be resisted, and the rule of the mob was something to be feared. But those ideas have been scorched now, haven't they?
But mockery doesn't change the reality.
The weapons were patriotism and fear. And those who dared questioned war were shamed as enemies of the state.
Back then I allowed myself to be herded into supporting war in
The goad used by the
The claims of women who've been sexually harassed should be treated with serious concern. But every American is entitled to the presumption of innocence, and evidence is necessary to destroy someone.
I won't litigate the claims of
And other wild accusations, that Kavanaugh was a facilitator of gang rape, were so incredible that Americans saw through them. Yet these, too, were parroted by media, and perhaps because of the venom of it all, the tide of popular opinion, at least among political independents, began to turn.
Even in defeat the left threatens revenge. The warning of Lenin is repeated, that those who oppose them are on the wrong side of history and shall be shamed. A special education teacher tweets out that someone should "kill Kavanaugh." A former American astronaut dared to quote
The hard left has made it clear that once commonly held notions that maintained civil society are garbage to be burned, like those books.
And so, there is that one honest thing the left could do. Strike the match. Burn them. Burn them that all Americans might witness.
So, those words would burn as smoke in the sky as would these from another book that's often ignored:
"The heresy of heresies was common sense. And what was terrifying was not that they would kill you for thinking otherwise, but that they might be right. For after all, how do we know that two and two makes four?"