- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 15, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Never let a crisis go to waste, as the left’s loud Chicago mayor, Rahm Emanuel, always used to say.

So like a good tool, Terry McAuliffe, Virginia’s Democratic governor, listened. He took a time out from his well wishes for the victims of the Alexandria shooting attack on Republicans playing ball to say this: “There are too many guns on the street. We lose 93 million Americans a day to gun violence.”

He meant 93 — and upon correction, amended the figure, But potatoes, potahtoes. Nothing like a good shooting to get the Democrats all fired up for gun control, right?

But really, at this juncture in American politics and culture, it’s not gun control we need.

It’s Democrat control.

If nothing else, this horrific ballpark shooting, done at the hands of James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old Illinois man with an anti-Trump Facebook page that touted his love for all-things-socialism, shows just how dangerous the Democratic all-courts-press for political wins has become.

And the GOP needs to grasp the realities of the situation, but fast.

But they’re not.

Rep. Tim Scott, a Republican from South Carolina, delivered a terrific response to the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, two police officers and a congressional aide, telling a Fox News audience that what’s called for is faith — that God and the country’s Judeo-Christian founding principles can and will unite, can and will prevail over partisan bickering and a fiery political atmosphere.

On that, Scott’s quite right. Yes, in the end, in the spiritually-speaking end, that is, God does indeed win. Satan loses. Sanity succeeds. Law, order and justice rule; chaos, mayhem and hatred fall to the side.

However, that’s the biblical end — the end of all ends. In the meantime, there’s a reality that can’t be ignored, a more fleshly world that must be recognized, a political atmosphere that can’t be calmed by simple calls for peace and unity.

Rep. Rodney Davis from Illinois, touched on this nerve on Fox News, saying to host Bill Hemmer, shortly after the shooting: “This political rhetoric, this political rhetoric and political discourse that has led to hate, has led to gunfire. I never thought I’d go to baseball practice for charity and have to dodge bullets. This has got to stop and it’s got to stop today.”

He was describing the scene that unfolded before his eyes at the baseball park — the plights of the innocent children on the field, the innocent park-goers, the innocent congressional members and staffers — and choking at the bloodshed that would’ve come had two armed Capitol Police officers not been on site with Scalise.

But he shied from pointing fingers of blame. Like Scott, he failed to recognize the root.

Davis stopped short of placing responsibility for the shooting in any particular direction, saying instead he didn’t want to “assess who takes responsibility” because “we all are responsible for the discourse that happens in American government.”

That’s a nice sentiment. One that belongs in the same Hall of Higher Principles with Scott’s.

But the fact is, there is blame that can be affixed here. There is one political party more than another that’s comfortable using violence as a form of acceptable political protest. And violence, thy name is Democratic.

Witness: The many, many street protests against President Donald Trump, both pre- and post-inauguration, that have led to burned cars, smashed storefront windows, attacks on police and civilians, injuries and arrests.

Witness: The college campus protests against certain speakers — against planned conservative speakers — that have led to burned cars, destroyed properties, attacks on innocents, injuries and arrests.

Witness: The Black Lives Matter movement, its vicious railings, its targeted attacks on white police, as retribution and revenge for perceived targeted police attacks on members of the black community — and the fact that members of this violent upstart actually had sit-down, stamp-of-approval invites to the Barack Obama White House. 

The common denominator? These are all leftist-led upheavals and campaigns. These are all Democratic-progressive-socialist-anarchist fueled protests, gatherings, get-togethers.

These are all movements that involve leftists possessed of intense hatred for all-things-Trump, all-things-conservative.

And they’re spreading their hate-filled messages everywhere. One week it’s on the streets of Portland, Oregon, where anti-Trump protesters at a free speech rally clash with police; next week, it’s in the driveway of a Tennessee home, where an unhappy constituent chases down a Republican lawmaker; another week, it’s in the online pages of the Huffington Post, where a writer — seriously — calls for the left to follow Republicans to their homes, their restaurants, their places of work to protest, protest, protest; yet one more week, it’s in the world of comedy, where Kathy Griffin finds laughs for holding a bloodied fake head of Trump.

It’s in the subtle and not-so-subtle messaging of the Democratic National Committee’s “Resistance Summer” goals — and the outgoing California DNC chair’s unhinged “f—Trump!” scream before an audience of hundreds that included a smiling House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

It’s Not the Republicans.

It’s the Democrats — the Left.

So, listen up, Republicans. Unity is good. Peace is even better. And living out a godly, biblical life, both on Capitol Hill and in the privacy of home, that convicts of the need to reach out and connect with those of differing views is most definitely the way to go. But let’s face facts here.

Hodgkinson’s Facebook posts included this little nugget: “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.”

On top of that, he apparently asked a lawmaker leaving the ballpark if the remaining congressional members were Republican or Democrat — and three minutes later, coincidentally, the shooting began.

The shooting comes amid a wave of anti-Trump, anti-Republican Democratic-sponsored resistance rhetoric and activities.

This is not coincidental. 

This is not a problem of the Second Amendment — or of security failures.

The timing of this shooting means something. It says something about our culture, our moral compass, our political realities. It’s indicative of something deeper, darker. Put together all these somethings and what’s left is the need for Democrats, party of the angry, to step up, step forward and get their messaging and political protesting under control. And they need to do it quickly, before any more innocent Americans get hurt.

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