For the Left, Lives Matter Less Than Talking Points

Former Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-MD) (R), and moderator Jose Antonio Vargas (R), listen to Tia Oso, the National Coordinator for the Black Immigration Network, during an interruption to O'Malley's speech, at the Netroots Nation 2015 Presidential Town Hall with at the Phoenix Convention Center July 18, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. …
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If there’s one thing I really love about the Age of Obama, it’s all the wonderful racial healing and togetherness we’ve enjoyed. We’ve reached the point where a Democrat candidate for president gets booed off the stage by hysterical “Black Lives Matter” protesters for daring to say that all lives matter.

The Hill captures the scene at the lunatic-asylum Netroots Nation conference, as Democrat presidential candidate and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley was interrupted amidst a lovely chat with celebrity illegal immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas by activists chanting, “What side are you on?”

Vargas tried salvaging the situation, but protesters only shouted over him louder.
“We hear you,” he said. “Everyone take a little breathe.”
The flustered moderator then let a “Black Lives Matter” leader who identified herself as Patrisse Cullors address O’Malley.
“Let me be clear – every single day people are dying, not able to take another breath,” she said.
“We are in a state of emergency,” she added. “If you do not feel that emergency, then you are not human. I want to hear concrete action plans.”
O’Malley responded by appealing to the unity of Americans that comes from their shared country.
“I think all of us have a responsibility to recognize the pain and grief caused by lives lost to violence,” he said.

“Black lives matter. White lives matter. All lives matter,” O’Malley added, drawing boos from the demonstrators.

“What side are you on?” would make a great motto for post-Obama America, wouldn’t it? We are all Saul Alinsky now.

Although The Hill reports Nutroots Nation organizers flashing a quick apology to O’Malley over the teleprompter, in the end it was O’Malley who was forced to apologize for daring to suggest that everyone’s life matters. “I meant no disrespect,” he squeaked. “That was a mistake on my part and I meant no disrespect. I did not mean to be insensitive in any way or communicate that I did not understand the tremendous passion, commitment and feeling and depth of feeling that all of us should be attaching to this issue.”

It’s not just O’Malley, either. Socialist heartthob Bernie Sanders ran into trouble with activists at Netroots Nation too, and just a month ago, Hillary Clinton was given considerable grief for daring to say “all lives matter.”

The vast majority of these “activists” would probably insist they aren’t saying white lives are meaningless, or that they want to kill white people.

(If you haven’t taken a long look at the left-wing fever swamps lately, rest assured that some of the activists who do think the white population could stand a bit of culling are white themselves.) They’re furious at O’Malley because his remarks might deprive them of a slogan, a talking point, a political prop that matters much more than human lives.

This is all part of the Left’s ongoing campaign to subjugate normal people by making them feel like criminals. In this case, they want well-meaning average folks to think of themselves as vicious racists, or the unwitting, uncaring stooges of a racist system. “Black Lives Matter” isn’t a statement – it’s an accusation. You’re supposed to lower your head and mumble that cruel racist white-dominated capitalist society didn’t think black lives mattered until the activists began yelling their slogan.

They expect abject submission, not a dialogue, which is why O’Malley – who agrees with them on nearly every major policy point – was jeered into silence. He was in the process of trying to say something along the lines of, Yes, black lives matter, and so does everyone’s life, which is why we should work together to fix income inequality and global warming and all that jazz. He was trying to open a conversation from the mildly insane Left to the bat-crap crazy Left about harnessing their political passions for constructive ends.

Mainstream Democrats wouldn’t mind having these activists work as loud-mouthed muscle against Republicans, but first they want to reach a political understanding and establish control over the street theater, to make sure everyone knows who’s boss, and the activists are ready to shut up and vanish when it’s time for this election’s statist Democrat candidate to pretend he or she is actually a reasonable moderate centrist technocrat. The media will obediently point their cameras away from you at the proper moment, kids. All you have to do is simmer down and let them convince the low-information suckers in the electorate that our Party isn’t a loose alliance of dangerous radicals.

Mainstream Dems tried the same thing with Occupy Wall Street, and it didn’t work with them, either, which is one reason OWS is sliding down the Memory Hole… even though, in the brief salad days of the movement, establishment Democrats and their media shills were rushing to embrace Occupy as the “liberal Tea Party,” the authentic grassroots voice of Main Street USA left-wing populism.

The problem with the brand of totalitarianism today’s post-Obama Left has embraced is that when everything, everything, is politicized, nothing really makes sense any more. Every word is freighted with layers of political meaning by activists who know their power derives from controlling speech, and thought itself. You can bet every big Democrat politician will now think long and hard about daring to suggest “all lives matter.” They’ve been intimidated out of speaking such words, or holding such thoughts, because nothing can be permitted to drain emotional energy or moral thunder away from the ultimate expression of racialist victimhood: Society doesn’t care about black lives.

If you dare to disagree with the political demands of these activists, why, you must want black people to die! You’re just a cog in the cop-prison-shooting complex! Saying that “all lives matter” raises uncomfortable questions these activists don’t want to confront, and lets people they despise off the hook.

Also, given the baby-organ-harvesting mess Planned Parenthood finds itself in, and the deadly results of Democrat sanctuary-city policies for illegal aliens, this is a very bad time for any Democrat to speak words like “all lives matter.” They obviously don’t believe it, and even the most casual voter can only swallow so much hypocrisy.


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