Celebrations are over, but danger just beginning

July 8, 2018

The parades have been marched, the hot dogs consumed, and the twinkling of stars is once again the tapestry of the night sky.

Another American birthday is now officially in the books.

Yet so many of the dangers our founding fathers warned against in their time are as clear and present today than perhaps at anytime since that summer of ’76.

Whether it be an ever increasing number of our young ignorant of their history and political process, a national press structure dominated by those of but one political ideology, or a Democrat party drifting ever close to full blown socialism the very fabric of this nation is being attacked from within on multiple fronts.

When Will Witt, a social media influencer for PragerU, took to the beaches of Santa Monica, California to inquire of our younger generation why they thought we celebrate the 4th of July he got everything from “don’t know” to “the civil war” to even “Columbus sailed the ocean blue.”

And far too many in the national press corps are complicit. A free and independent press is vital to keeping this republic strong and its people free. Yet when that “press” becomes but a megaphone for one political ideology over another the end result is anything but good. (There’s a reason the esteemed John Kass of the Chicago Tribune deems it the “Democrat Media Complex)

Whether it’s in print, television or on the web, editorial control of what a vast majority of Americans are told each day is “news” is determined by people of like mind and like political views.

Political views that are sadly becoming more radical and left wing with each passing day.

When self-described activist, community organizer and member of the Democratic Socialists of America 28 year old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated the Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Joe Crowley last month she became an overnight media sensation. Yes, her upset victory was hard news, but the fawning and narrative that has been built around her as some sort of national savior is at best lazy journalism, at worst Goebbels propaganda techniques being deployed right here on American soil.

To pile injury upon injury, Tom Perez, Democratic National Committee chair, told radio host Bill Press that Ocaiso-Cortez represented “the future of our party”. Yes, the head of the American Democratic Party has embraced a full blown socialist as the future of said party.

Toss in an ever growing number of prominent Democrats actively calling for in your face “resistance” in the public square against those they disagree with politically and the list of things that can get ugly fast grows longer with each passing day.

Even staunch liberal Alan Dershowitz is under attack. His “crime”? Daring to express his views on the validity of the Mueller investigation and that the continuous calls for impeaching President Trump are damaging and dangerous.

Joe Scarborough used his Morning Joe show Thursday to attack the Constitutional scholar in the vilest of ways : “He’s upset because doing the bidding of Donald Trump and by extension Vladimir Putin by attacking Robert Mueller the third, he’s not allowed to come to the dubious clambakes without feeling a cold shoulder.”

It would be easy to blow off Scarborough as just another unhinged pundit except to do so ignores the real danger he and ilk pose to the rest of us.

Dershowitz addressed the issue with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson in an interview Thursday:

CARLSON: “Professor Dershowitz are you doing the bidding of Vladimir Putin?”

DERSHOWITZ: “Of course not , I hate Vladimir Putin, I hate what he stands for, I hate tyranny anywhere in the world, I’m not doing the bidding of Donald Trump’s immigration policies, his approach to Charlottsville and when I have an opportunity I tell him that…I am making the same arguments about civil liberties I’ve made for 50 years and that I would be making if Hillary Clinton had been elected. President and people were trying to impeach her.”

He went on to tell of a Martha’s Vineyard woman at a rent party who’d openly opined: “if Dershowitz was here tonight, I’d stab him through the heart” and of retired MIT professor Nicholas Negroponte “leading the campaign to try to get other people to shun me in every way and not to engage with me.”

And then he nailed it: “….the Democratic party and the left has been taken over by radicals who have no interest in due process…..they only want their truth to prevail, they don’t want any dissent, they don’t want any argument,….it’s a terrible reflection of what’s going on in the United States of America.”

A terrible reflection indeed. Alan Dershowitz, a liberal’s liberal for over fifty years is now a pariah in his own party for doing nothing more than staying true to his life’s work.

If that’s not “un-American” what is?

Publisher Note:  A version of this column first appeared in the July 8, 2018 print edition of the Joplin Globe.

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