I’ve jokingly referred to The Backlash™ as if it were a creature from a Japanese monster movie, but it does function similarly. People go to horror movies to be scared, even though they know it is all made up nonsense. The experience taps into a primal fear of the unknown, but also confirms deeply held beliefs.
Since The Backlash™ is just made up and does not exist, Progressives either pretend really hard that it is lurking in the shadows or they just pretend it made an appearance and run around interviewing “witnesses.” They often sound like the girl from this scene in Ferris Bueller. “My best friend’s uncle’s aunt was walking down the street and heard someone say they heard The Backlash™ said mean things to people at the mall.”
It is in the The Backlash™ sightings we see just how choreographed the “news” is in modern America.
Rabia Chaudry kept her 7-year-old daughter home from her private Islamic school in Maryland on Thursday, fearing anti-Muslim backlash from Wednesday’s massacre nearly 3,000 miles away in San Bernardino, Calif.
“I think we are all feeling exhausted and very vulnerable,” said Chaudry, a lawyer and national security fellow at the New America Foundation. “I’m angry at those people who did this attack. And I’m angry at how this is being politicized. Everything boils down to, ‘We should fear Muslims. And they shouldn’t be here.’ ”
Rabia Chaudry is not just some random Muslim the Post found for this story. She is a professional nuisance who has been an agitator for some time. My bet is she is neighbors with one of the Post writers so they just waddled down the block, knowing that she is familiar with the drill. They pretend she is just a regular gal who happens to be a Muslim and she pretends to be afraid of normal Americans more than gun-toting Muslim fanatics.
Many Muslims said fear of Islam is being fueled by the heated rhetoric of Republican presidential candidates, particularly businessman Donald Trump, who has called for surveillance of some mosques and requiring Muslims to register with the government.
That may be smart electoral politics: A 2014 survey by the Pew Research Center showed that 82 percent of Republicans said they were “very concerned” about the rise of Islamic extremism in the world, compared with 51 percent of Democrats.
“Islamophobia is the accepted form of racism in America,” Iftikhar said. “Leaders like Donald Trump show us that you can take a potshot at Muslims and get away with it.”
Of course, this being the Post, they have to signal to the other side of the bipartisan fusion party that Muslims are now sacred people, along with blacks and single women. Failure to be enthusiastic for them is the same as being a fan of Hitler. Like all cults, Progressives will not accept indifference. You are either rabidly in favor of their cause or you are evil.
The demented part of the Progressive faith is what you see in that last bit. Ishtar has declared Islam a race because Ishtar knows that racism is a magic word, making your enemies disappear. Ishtar may not be terribly bright, but he has figured out who holds the whip in this country and what they call it.
The curious thing to me about the groups the Progressives have assembled for their coalition is that they are mostly fuck-ups. Muslims could quietly colonize America if they would just shut the fuck up and stop shooting people, but they can’t so we notice. Similarly, if blacks stopped keeping it realz and behaved themselves instead, they would be the Alawites of America and white people would be the Sunnis.
Anyway, one of my themes is that no society has a fixed set of values that are non-negotiable. Culture, like everything else in nature, adapts and evolves. The lesson learned from the 16th and 17th century was that official religions don’t work for large nation states so they were abandoned in favor of religious tolerance. America has that baked into the organizing documents.
The great challenge to the West over the next century is the population boom on the frontier. Managing it and defending against the consequences will be the all consuming issue of the West. Progressives are fighting the wars of the last century by running around attacking white Christians. The coming war is the war with Islam. The coalition of weirdos and fuck-ups the Left has assembled is not the right tool for that job. If you’re looking for a reason to be cheerful, it’s right there.