Every time I think we’ve hit rock bottom as a society, another outrage erupts to prove me wrong. The latest outrage of the week started out with some school kids getting harassed by a bunch of kooks and perhaps not responding in the most appropriate manner. Then a Russian troll Tweeted out a heavily edited video and the next thing you know, mobs with pitchforks and torches are headed to Kentucky determined to make the kids pay.
Now we’ve passed trying to determine what actually happened and have settled into our respective bunkers to not only prove that OUR SIDE was right, but to punish anyone who may have rushed to judgement before all the evidence was in. Never mind that a lot of us have admitted we erred. We must be made to PAY for our blasphemies!
And once the mud literally starts flying, you can always count on the Gateway Pundit to provide the buckets. Apparently, someone uploaded the names and addresses of prominent conservatives like Bill Kristol and Rich Lowry as well as some of their family members. I waded through the toxic waste that is the Gateway Pundit website, and to be fair they do not provide a link to this document. However, I imagine their followers will be able to ferret it out from the underbelly of the internet.
All of this was inspired by a call from Julie Kelly at the ironically titled “American Greatness” website to “join the left’s lynch mob.” Yeah, that’s just what we need. There aren’t enough crazies on the left inciting violence. We need our own right wing flank in the mob.
The last time I wrote about Ms. Kelly it was after she referred to a childhood sex abuse victim as “screwing around in high school.” So, even though she has no problem outing people who were raped as children, she’s outraged when teens wearing MAGA hats are attacked.
And magically, the home addresses of the very pundits Kelly named in her vile article get uploaded to the internet. She also deleted a Tweet asking anyone with personal information on a critic to DM her. If I were that guy, I’d be checking into a hotel.
Is this really what we’ve come to as Americans? Is Julie Kelly going to be happy when some nut job assaults or kills one of these establishment conservatives she so despises? Or if David French’s wife gets raped again? Is that REALLY what she’s saying here?
We criticize the Antifa crowd for inciting violence. We blame the liberals for their protests and their outrage. Does any sane person REALLY think we need to respond in kind? And if not, why the push to release private information on all these people?
The only thing Kelly wrote in her hate screed that I agree with is that at the end of the Trump era, there will be a reckoning. But if Kelly and her ilk emerge the victors, I’ll be happy to go sit on the losers bench next to Kristol, Lowry and French.