Dana Loesch, one of the people trying to give the NRA a new face, is up to her old antics again. In a video done on behalf of the gun-rights organization, she makes a set in incendiary declarations. “They,” a pronoun that she’s using to describe the political left in this country, “use their media to assasinate real news. They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler.” They use entertainment “to repeat their narrative over and over again,” screaming “racism and sexism and xenophobia and homophobia” that is used to “bully and terrorize the law-abiding.” According to her, “the only way we save our country and our freedom is to fight this violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth.”
Whew. I didn’t realize that I was a part of such a dangerous and vile bunch of people.
Regarding that clenched fist, she has clarified that she means the same one featured in resistance posters, a movement that she believes has pushed violence. Her resistance will be that of truth in the face of violent agression. Or so she says.
I’ve objected to her rhetoric in the past. Her comments make it clear that she regards anyone who isn’t a Christian and a Republican is a suspect American. And that’s a problem in two significant ways.
Since she is a supporter of gun rights, I wish that she would understand that tying those to the right wing of this country’s politics will guarantee that in time, those rights will be gone. If we are going to protect gun rights for all Americans indefinitely, we have to build a general agreement across the spectrum in support.
But more than that, we’re more and more becoming a country that is fracturing. “Us and Them” is a fine song by Pink Floyd, and the message that it gives is a warning about what happens when we — by which I mean all of us — single out groups within to call They. Perhaps Loesch wants a civil war, though she claims, again, that she’s merely offering truth to violence, but our national strength is based on cooperation within the context of diversity.
I’m in favor of intellectual combat. The marketplace of ideas should be a free-for-all, open to everyone. And I support the right of self-defense. What I don’t go along with is an attempt to create division where none is needed and to shirk responsibility for the potential for violence that the right wing has encouraged for decades. This country holds together due to the shared values of diversity and cooperation. If we give up either, we will fall apart, and I as a well-armed liberal don’t want to see what would come next. I hope Loesch as a well-armed conservate agrees.
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