No, they will always come back and try, try again, like the brain-eating zombies they are.
If leftism is dead, the speech delivered by actress Ashley Judd in Washington, D.C., may well serve as its eulogy.
Judd said her speech was written by a 19-year-old. That would make sense. Because, coming out of the mouth of a grown-up, it was just embarrassing.
“I am a nasty woman,” it began, in a reference to Donald Trump’s quite accurate description of Hillary Clinton. “I’m as nasty as a man who looks like he bathes in Cheetos dust.” Right off the bat, the speech delivered the sort of hypocritical irony that has now become the left’s trademark. They will demonstrate that insulting them is wrong by insulting you, as they will prove that “Love Trumps Hate” by punching you in the face if you disagree with them, setting immigrant businesses on fire, and breaking the windows of law-abiding stores. A movement that pretends to seek power for the oppressed really only seeks to become powerful in order to oppress their opponents.
The speech continues: “Blacks are still in shackles and graves, just for being black. Slavery has been reinterpreted as the prison system in front of people who see melanin as animal skin. I am not as nasty as a swastika painted on a pride flag, and I didn’t know devils could be resurrected but I feel Hitler in these streets. A mustache traded for a toupee. Nazis renamed the Cabinet Electoral Conversion Therapy, the new gas chambers shaming the gay out of America, turning rainbows into suicide.”
Another trademark of a dying movement is moral hyperbole geared toward keeping obsolete grudges and complaints alive. There is no one in prison in America for being black. People go to prison for committing violent crimes. The fact that blacks commit a disproportionate number of those crimes may be explained in any number of ways, but it’s pure fantasy to claim (as Barack Obama so often did) that systemic, institutional racism continues to exist. Individual racism and moments of injustice, like many despicable things, will be with us always. But the very success of the civil rights movement in purging our institutions of injustice is the reason the modern civil rights movement is nothing but a collection of corrupt race gamers and Democrat hacks. The good work is done.
As for comparing the occasional disapproval of homosexuality with the industrial slaughter of Jews in Nazi Germany … a movement that depends on historical and moral ignorance will ultimately be exposed as fraudulent even when we have a mainstream press that depends on historical and moral ignorance.
True enough. But simple truth, common sense, and objective reality have never slowed them down, shut them up, or quelled their mania for absolute power over everybody and everything before, so we shouldn’t assume it will now. In truth, we dare not assume any such thing: the price of freedom is eternal vigilance against those who would steal it.
Update! The Religious Left: “When a prophecy fails, it does not mean the end of the religion.” Precisely so. John Derbyshire adds:
Consider, however, the fact that religions very rarely fail. They just adapt.
Recall the Millerite sect that flourished in the 1840s. William Miller, who founded the sect, predicted the Second Coming of Christ at a certain date. Thousands of followers sold all their belongings and waited joyfully for the day. When nothing happened, Miller just reworked his calculations and set another day…then another.
Well, maybe they don’t fail and collapse entirely, right enough. But they do dwindle into irrelevance, confined to a handful of shrieking nuts, pounding futilely on the rubber walls surrounding them…as we’re starting to see with the Left now. Doesn’t mean they don’t need to be watched; they assuredly do, and vigilantly, lest they somehow rise again from the ashes of their infirmity. But once past a certain stage of psychopathology, and properly confined and monitored, their ability to do harm is limited to only being able to hurt themselves. Which is exactly as it should be.