In the early morning of June 14, 2017, James Hodgkinson opened fire on a group of Republicans prior to the Congressional Baseball Game, injuring 3 people and leaving Republican Congressman Steve Scalise in critical condition. The Alexandria Shooting has proven to be a strain on the American people, but this attack differs from the ones that have occurred previously in one key way–the terrorist was a far-left progressive.
In prior terror attacks throughout the world, the terrorists were almost always radical Islamists trying to rage jihad on Western Civilization; but this time, the terrorist in question was left-wing Bernie Sanders supporter. Before I continue, let us not forget that this is not the first time that an attacker was associated with progressivism. Jeremy Christian comes to mind. These two attacks and current left-wing culture have led me to believe that there is a new evil brewing within America’s borders: Radical Progressivism.
Obviously, not all progressives are radical and/or terrorists, but it would be a mistake if we pretend that this ideology is not becoming a factor in terrorism. Unfortunately, I have a number of reasons to believe that Radical Progressivism is legitimate and becoming more mainstream than any conservative or libertarian would like to believe.
First, let’s analyze the mainstream Democrats. Upon inspection, it is clear that they no longer can engage in civil debate, but only offer cuss words, strawman arguments, and flat-out lies. A perfect example is Tom Perez’s claim that Republicans don’t care about people. The problem here is that Tom Perez is not some obscure loon who supports Democrats, he is literally the head of the DNC. Furthermore, Perez is far from the only Democrat speaking in this harsh rhetoric.
In response to the GOP Healthcare Bill, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and countless other Democrats screamed at the top of their lungs that Republicans were trying to kill people. To make matters worse, some people honestly believed their wild claims. It is despicable that the Democrats spread these lies and defame their opponents in cheap ways. When the very representatives of left-wing constituents start speaking like juvenile delinquents, it is not outrageous to say that the Democrats are insane.
Let’s analyze a mainstream group that virtually everyone on the left loves. It is called Black Lives Matter. There are few left-wingers who have rebuked this group because of the consequences of doing so. If you say that all lives matter, you are immediately branded as a racist, bigot, homophobe, or whatever epithet they can make up. They have no tolerance for opposing views, and this left-wing group has made it clear that they are anti-police. No matter how violently these activists may protest, mainstream leftists and Democrats will still support the group and shout “Racist!” at all who question their motives.
Perhaps the most obvious example of radicalization is social media. Leftists have created their own bubbles by blocking all people with differing views and posting nasty comments about people with whom they disagree. I am sure that a lot of people with a social media accounts have encountered these entirely unreasonable leftists. I am also sure that many have come across the ridiculous tweets from Sally Kohn and other left-wing figures. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for free speech, but the calls for Trump’s assassination become a little concerning after awhile.
Frankly, I could go on and on about more dangerous examples from the radical left, but there are simply too many to count. I could discuss all of the marches, Hollywood celebrities, social justice warriors, college campuses, etc. My point is that the current leftist culture is very aggressive against opposing views, and they are even starting to embrace terrorism. It is also worth noting that the examples I mentioned are not far-fetched or from the fringes, they are mainstream. The Democrats are mainstream, Black Lives Matter is mainstream, social media is driving culture, and so is everything else I couldn’t cover in this article. The radicalization of the left is real and more common than you might think. To all sane Leftists, classical liberals, libertarians, and conservatives, I only have one word: beware.