Hate speech is on the rise in America — by those on the political left. Invoking allegations of far-right extremism as grounds to assault people, and to dismantle free speech protections for “hate speech,” many on today’s left are expressing hate. This includes dehumanizing hate speech justified using a “two wrongs make us right” hypocrisy.
Examples are widespread, but a recent “letter to the editor” exhibits the general tenor: all conservatives are evil, reduced by the least common denominator to a group that should be universally hated and reviled.
Painting themselves as victims, authors of these simpletons’ screeds are generally very wealthy, and as disconnected from their neighbors as they are from reality.
A hater named Nancy Braus has shamelessly shared this new left wing hate with Vermonters. Per Nancy, all Republicans are evil racists and “monsters.” First she sets up her pathetic strawman argument by stereotyping all conservatives using the actions of a few:
The Charlottesville march by predominantly young, white male racists yelling “Jews will not replace us.” The despicable Marjorie Taylor Greene (somehow still in the Congress) declaring that wildfires are caused by Jewish space lasers. The cold-blooded murders at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. And so much more…. Yes — these Trump supporters want to live in a fundamentalist, heteronormative, white Christian nation, and the rest of us are an impediment, so we need to be disposed of. … And since the march to white fascism is being facilitated by the entire Republican establishment, what do we do to survive, thrive, and move ahead in the face of millions of heavily armed extremists who want nothing more than to kill Black, Brown, LGBTQ and, yes, Jewish neighbors?
Most conservatives know that not all Democrats sniff little girls’ hair: some Dems might even be trusted to babysit. In her stereotyping hysteria, Ms. Braus reveals only her own hatred and dishonesty. Calling conservatives anti-Semites is pretty rich, coming from the “social justice warriors” who lump Jews in as white supremacists who have benefited from white privilege despite being wiped out by the Nazis (who Braus laughably invokes as her moral cause).
Nancy Braus purports to speak for black people, Jewish people, and “those of us who believe in love and justice,” but her disjointed and untrue rantings instead reveal a profound hatred unjustified by reality:
I am not armed and I am not violent, but I am angry and determined to fight these far-right monsters to the end of my life. They are calling for a civil war — if we are fortunate, maybe someday they can live in their own cruel and miserable, selfish, white Christian colony. But I am certain I want no association with people who want to kill my family and those I love and work with.
How loving and unifying. History confirms that Americans treated actual Nazi prisoners of war with more love and decency than this “loving” liberal projects against her neighbors. She calls for a one-party unity against anyone who differs with her manic cult: anyone who is not on board is to be hated, shunned, and killed in self defense? Note how she went from objectionable speech in others, to employing stereotyping hatred against a broad swath of humans she calls “monsters.”
Nancy Braus has lost control of her emotions — for which she shifts blame to conjured demons in the form of every Republican Vermonter around her. So intense is her witch-hunt that she transfers past actions by people in Virginia, Georgia, and Pennsylvania to her Vermont neighbors — a pretty horrific, if ignorant, public exhibition of contempt. She will scour the news for a single objectionable statement by the most extreme right-winger, then weaponize it for her crusade against white Christian men and America. Two wrongs make a righteousness for Miss Nancy, the judge of all. Her emotional instability means she can be tipped into a frenzy by the slightest “offense” (“Oh no, there’s a confederate flag on a license plate!”). Apoplectic Nancy is unhinged at a myriad of provocations; so many windmills are there at which to tilt.
Conservatives increasingly find this amusing: sputtering haters who have lost their minds persist in the drumbeat in the Democratic ranks, even as Donald Trump recedes into the rearview mirror of American political history. How much hate and vitriol can the haters milk from Trump before they realize that angst-cow ran dry? That they themselves are out of touch with most sensible Amercans? Endless false recriminations are not the way of love, but of social decay and barbarism.
Nancy Braus has not convinced anyone but her fellow cult thugs that Vermont is teeming with synagogue-blasting, tiki-torch-rattling, “despicable” space-laser “enemies.” Indeed, she is reflecting why many Dems are fleeing this hate-filled insanity by the lunatic fringe. It is liberal principles that are being destroyed by the Brauses of the world as they weaponize everything within their grasp for their barbarism. There is no defending to the death the rights of others to speak freely, as in civilized modern cultures: there is a call for death upon those whom she characterizes as subhuman. “They are calling for a civil war!!” she shrieks — while calling for a civil war.
As a conservative committed to the liberal Supreme Court decisions that protect the rights of stupid haters to say and write ridiculous and vile things, I support — even welcome — Nancy Braus’ liberty to so publicly proclaim her dysfunction: the display of a frighteningly murderous inner heart. Hate the sin, and not the sinner: “Forgive Nancy Braus, Lord: she has lost her mind to blinding hate, and knows not that she has come unglued.”
Let us not dehumanize or hate our flesh-and-blood Vermont neighbors: some conservative please drop off a bottle of maple syrup and an American flag to this sad soul, or maybe an apple pie, to remind her you are a human. She clearly needs reassurance that her neighbors aren’t conspiring to kill her, lest her paranoid delusions fester.
John Klar is an attorney and farmer residing in Brookfield, and the former pastor of the First Congregational Church of Westfield. © Copyright True North Reports 2021. All rights reserved.