About 4 days ago MSNBC’s Chris Hayes floated an idea that is usually saved for Hollywood when reenacting some totalitarian government. When referring to the pandemic and the fact that not everyone is on board with a government mandate on masks, he appeared to be in favor of what he called a “truth and reconciliation commission” for those opposed to it. While many were shocked, an alarming number of people agreed with him, furthering the fear of history repeating itself.
Hayes’ rant on Monday came in response to an argument on Twitter that began with a question from NBC News’ Michael Beschloss, who criticized President Donald Trump’s brief Sunday drive after his positive coronavirus test:
“Why is a sick President riding in an SUV waving to supporters outside Walter Reed, jeopardizing the Secret Service agents inside the car with him?” he asked.
In response to Beschloss’ hyperbole, conservative activist Matt Schlapp shot back with a question for Beschloss:
“So masks don’t work? I’m so confused,” Schlapp noted, a reference to the fact that Trump was wearing a mask during the drive.
And then Hayes took the battle to another level, slapping Schlapp for his tweet to Beschloss:
“The most humane and reasonable way to deal with all these people, if we survive this, is some kind of truth and reconciliation commission,” Hayes tweeted, presumably in reference to those who aren’t in favor of masks or question their efficacy.
- “I’d settle for marching them off a pier. That’s the truth and reconciliation they deserve. (But, seriously, in our reality-denying country, would any of Trump’s people *acknowledge* the truth, never mind reconcile to it?)” one user tweeted.
- “Somebody should look into de-programming after it’s over,” another user wrote.
- “These GOP Congress people out here cheering him on when he’s obviously in respiratory distress is very disturbing. I will despise Donald Trump till my last day on this earth. It didn’t have to be like this.”
- “There is no reconciliation. People at this point who don’t understand masks as a safety measure are either incurably ignorant or bad faith actors,” another user wrote. “A truth and reckoning commission would be more useful.”
These were just some of the responses to Hayes’ tweet.
But, he did also receive some much deserved backlash as well.
- “So you want a literal Orwellian Ministry of Truth?” one user asked.
- “Will there be camps?” another user wondered.
- “Answer the question Chris. Do they work? MI has had a mandate since July, and our cases are going up,” another commenter declared. “The obvious answer is they don’t work. They’re your security blanket. That’s it.”
The disturbing trends seen coming from the left are alarming at the least. What makes this kind of rhetoric dangerous is when the corporate media establishment encourages and propagates these kinds of ideas as “mainstream”. But that’s not the end of it.
Liberal pundit Keith Olbermann referred to President Trump as a “terrorist” and called for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett and others to be “prosecuted and convicted and removed from our society” in a lengthy rant on his personal YouTube channel on Thursday.
In a 14-minute tirade, the ex-MSNBC anchor argued the FBI should identify Trump as an “unindicted co-conspirator” of the plot by members and associates of an anti-government militia to abduct Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. He went on to accuse Trump of planning to reject the results of the upcoming election and added the president should be “destroyed” and “devoured at the ballot box.”
Olbermann also said Republicans would try “Bush v. Gore on the grand scale” if Barrett gets confirmed to the Supreme Court and the 2020 presidential vote is close.
“Remember it, even as we dream of a return to reality and safety and the country for which our forefathers died that the fight is not just to win an election, but to win it by enough to chase, at least for a moment, Trump and the maggots off the stage and then try to clean up what they left,” Olbermann said.
The more we ignore the extreme ideas coming from the left, while claiming the right is becoming more extreme, the more it will only lead to the same environment that fostered the Nazi party’s ability to gain control of the state and the culture. We already started down the path with the defunding of police and demoralization of the law. The political and cultural environment in Germany in the 1920’s is mirrored by the current political and cultural upheaval we are experiencing right now.
If you need proof, I can provide more information in a somewhat detailed breakdown of what I am claiming – the left has not changed since Nazi Germany.