The alt-left vs. the alt-right

By Joseph Farah

When President Trump again Tuesday denounced not only the Klan, the neo-Nazis, the white supremacists and the plain old racists who were clearly guilty of violence, thuggery, instigating mayhem and, possibly, even murder in Charlottesville, Virginia, he also point out accurately and – and this point – even courageously that there was, indeed, another side to this story.

He called that side the “alt-left.”

At least one network even credited him with coining the term, even though I used it a year ago. I even defined it – and other sites are crediting me with it.

I still have a problem defining the alt-right, however. For now, let’s accept the definition of the media and the left, though I repeat myself.

To them, racists, skinheads, the Klan, fascists, white supremacists, neo-Nazis and that ilk define the alt-right. So be it. But let’s get to the rationale behind this association of this scum, this vermin, this collection of social and intellectual human debris with the right side of the political spectrum.

How do you get there?

  • The right believes in limited government, something the left despises. Do neo-Nazis? Do fascists? The Nazis of Germany were “national socialists.” That’s how they got their name. The fascists of Germany and Italy were socialists who put the power of the state in the hands of one man.
  • The right believes all men and women are created equal in the image of God. Do racists, Klansmen and white supremacists? How could they? Clearly, they believe one or more races is intrinsically better in some way.
  • The right believes it’s wrong to punish people for crimes of their ancestors or to give special privileges to descendants of victims of past injustice, especially the victims of racial persecution. Yet, isn’t that also an insidious form of racism perpetrated by the left? Isn’t that an effort to foment new injustices to address old ones by the left?

I could go on and on. This alt-right business, even under the definition of the left, doesn’t hold any water.

So, let me speak to the motivation of linking the right with ignorance, bigotry and hatred. Can you guess? Just read Dinesh D’Souza’s book “The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of American Left” for a much more comprehensive and historically well-documented explanation. If you’d like an equally thorough exposé of the Democratic Party’s deep relationship with the Ku Klux Klan, I would suggest you read Ben Kinchlow’s outstanding book, “Black Yellowdogs,” in which he reveals the hideous truth that the KKK was simply the military wing of the Democrats.

Knowing that, as most influential Democrats do, wouldn’t you want to pin those labels on the other guys – especially a Republican president who has far more in common with Abraham Lincoln than anyone trying to tear down historical monuments associated with the Confederacy – or, for that matter, any great American leader of the past, from George Washington to Thomas Jefferson?

Do you get what’s going on here?

It’s a scam. And you can take that to the bank from the guy who actually coined the term “alt-left.” It’s a switcheroo. It’s way of accusing others of doing what you do. It’s a shell game, a hustle, a flim-flam.

I tell you this, by the way, as a former leftist who saw the light.

The hard left doesn’t hate violence. They historically embrace it.

The hard left doesn’t hate racism. They employ it as a political weapon.

The hard left doesn’t hate fascism. They invented it.

The hard left doesn’t hate Nazism. They defended it until the day the Nazis attacked a country they loved more – the Soviet Union.

The hard left doesn’t hate white supremacists. They give them far more credit than they deserve and offer them legitimacy by associating them with those with whom they disagree politically, up to and including the president of the United States.

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