The reception Fran received from extreme Leftists (fans of James Wolcott) for writing it truly demonstrates the workings of one of my long standing concepts: The Ideological Corral.
I plan in the next weeks to explain the corral like never before. It is an important element in my story about Ronald Reagan. The following is a start on that.
In a comment at The New Segregationists Part 2I wrote the following in response to one of Fran's co-contributors, Aaron Brenzel:
Aaron, Tocqueville’s observation is actively in play here: The tyrant cares less you love him provided you hate your fellow subjects. Rather than see Wolcott’s accusation as ridiculous, better for you to spread understanding why it would be deliberate.The tactic employed by Wolcott, whether he knows it or not, is one that is meant to horrify the general public. For it has become a knee jerk reaction by the public that minorities are good and majorities are bad. For the sake of those who gain from it, a response has been conditioned in most of us that nobody in the majority should be believed as honestly seeking to remedy the problems. Any hint of racism is bad. And most reactionary-like, any discussion from the Right that is a legitimate attempt to remedy the hatefulness is considered not just fair to attack, but imperative to attack.
Wolcott is proudly a Leftist-liberal. He sees inequality everywhere and hates it. (Aside: Does he realize that failing to achieve Utopia his side would install universal Dystopia just to be fair? I suspect he does.)
Effectively that means he’s very disinclined to permit liberty for individuals and very demanding of freedom for government (would erase constitutional limits that hinder his desires).
This is why I have long skipped past the liberal facade and directly label such a position as Leftist-statist. (I hope someone finally makes that distinction popular. For only when it is widely understood will the position’s undeserved aura of compassion be stripped away).
Operating from such a political position, Wolcott intends to convert Fran’s warning into Fran’s desire. “See? Government must be allowed to censor Francis before he harms some minorities.”
Our government has and will go extra constitutional in times of crisis.
Thus, the Left-statist, ever seeking government growth, is constantly erecting crises in the hopes that one or more will be accepted.
And then the Right-statist (typical RINO) steps in and demands the rest of us be reasonable and compromise by accepting one of the crises and subsequent government growth.
In summary: Wolcott has no reason to give Francis any credit for seeking to solve conditions that would eliminate a threat that the Left-Statists have worked so hard to establish in the first place.
The idea is to make the Right side of the Left-Right political spectrum be too painful to get near. They make the Right unpleasant, even repellent like an electrified fence on one side of a corral does to livestock. This is as deliberate conditioning as ever there was.
Thus the Right side of the corral is occupied by those who, while they may not understand why they are being attacked (and I'm dedicated to remedying that), see good reasons to be there. It is mostly occupied by good people who feel that that side is so important that a little pain is well worth the price.
The rest of the population, being inclined towards where is most comfortable, gravitates to wherever the media allows the "middle" to be defined. And when the middle doesn't, naturally, allow the solving of problems, the media makes the Left side seem pleasant and well meaning. And that is despite the "occasional" outrageousness of those who own the Left side.
More to follow.