I am not kidding. They really ran this article:
“Trump voters motivated by racism may be violating the Constitution.”
It has finally happened. Let the record show that in the year 2020 A.D., the idea of making it illegal to vote for Donald Trump was first submitted for consideration in the “National Debate.”
“If the Trump era has taught us anything, it’s that large numbers of white people in the United States are motivated at least in part by racism in the voting booth. Donald Trump ran an openly racist campaign for president, calling Mexicans rapists and criminals, regularly retweeting white supremacists and at least initially balking at repudiating former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. Trump made it clear in his campaign that “Make America Great Again” meant that America was greater when white people’s power was more sweeping and more secure. White voters approved of that message by a whopping 58 percent to 37 percent.”
I still think it’s funny that above all else, the central piece of “evidence” of Trump’s racism trotted out by Establishment Propagandists and brainwashed normies alike (the latter being a product of the former) is that Trump called all Mexicans rapists and criminals. He supposedly said this way back in June 2015 when he officially announced his candidacy for President, and ever since that day, the “Trump called every single Mexican a rapist!!!” lie has been cited endlessly as all the proof one needs to say “TWUMP IS WACIST!” But it’s not true. Even the shills over at PolitiFact have rated this claim “False.”
But let’s continue with Berlatsky’s piece. We’ll overlook his false premise and entertain his claim that Twump is Wacist and therefore anyone that voted for him is Wacist:
“Some politicians deny the evidence, no doubt because they don’t want to alienate white voters, including prejudiced ones. Other commentators try to parse whether Trump’s racism will be a winning strategy in 2020. Terry Smith, a visiting professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law, offers a different response in his new book, “Whitelash: Unmasking White Grievance at the Ballot Box.” Rather than excuse racist voters or try to figure out how to live with their choices, he argues that racist voting is not just immoral, but illegal. The government, Smith says, has the ability, and the responsibility, to address it.”
Oh boy, there it is.
“This sounds radical.”
“But Smith argues that it’s in line with the Constitution and with years of court rulings. For example, Smith points out that racist appeals in union elections are illegal and that an election in which one side uses racist appeals can be invalidated by the National Labor Relations Board. Similarly, in the 2016 case Peña v. Rodriguez, the Supreme Court ruled that when a juror expresses overt bigotry, the jury’s verdict should be invalidated.”
Great. Two cases decided within the past 15 years are proof that The Founding Fathers would totally support making it illegal to vote for Trump. Yes, this
scheme Big-Brained, Prudent and Totally Legitimate Interpretation of the Constitution certainly has deep historical roots and is not in any way a modern, Diversity Is Our Strength-driven perversion of both the law and the very idea of legal precedence. (In other words, a legal system based on “precedence” crumbles when it turns into one dishonest leftwing activist hack citing the ruling of another dishonest leftwing activist hack from a decade prior.)
“When voters go to the booth, they’re not expressing a mere personal preference,” Smith told me. According to Smith, voters who pull the levers to harm black people are violating the Constitution. If the Constitution means that overt racist appeals undermine the legality of union elections, it stands to reason that they undermine the legality of other elections, as well.”
Can I just say something real quickly before we get into this? Why are these Anti-Racism White Knights so monumentally narcissistic? They really believe white voters “pull the lever to harm black people,” and for no other reason. Listen you self-obsessed idiots: other people do not base their voting decisions on you.
Don’t these ethnonarcissists realize most voters don’t base their decisions on sticking it to some other group? Not everything is always about you and your imaginary oppression complex. Good Lord. Poor rural white voters in Kentucky have bigger things to worry about in their lives than “harming black people” by voting Republican.
Is it so completely unfathomable that someone would vote for a different party than you because they perceive it to be in their own self-interest, and not because they think it would “harm” you or some ethnic group you’re trying to white knight for? Get over yourselves, for Pete’s sake.
At the heart of all these racial grievances is an all-consuming narcissism, this belief that outside of your ethnic group, the country is filled with single-minded enemy drones that have devoted their entire lives to making you miserable. As if everyone else thinks about you just as much as you think about you–which is to say, always.
This may come as a shock but the vast majority of the country has better things to do than worry about oppressing you. You think we sit around all day scheming ways to make your life miserable? Honestly if that’s how you view the world you might be clinically insane. I’m not even kidding. There are lots of paranoiacs out there who imagine the whole world is a big conspiracy designed to Get Them; that massively powerful forces are working tirelessly around the clock to Get Them.
Most people vote based on what they perceive to be good for themselves first and their country second. That’s basically it. They don’t base it off of what might be bad for you. I’m sorry to inform the self-proclaimed “oppressed groups” but your perceived oppressors just don’t really care all that much about you one way or another. Very few people in this country have enough time and energy to hatch plans to oppress other people. They’re too worried about their own lives and problems. Hate to break it to you. They don’t think about you anywhere near as much as you think they think about you.
Oh, and normally when people try to presume others’ motives, they usually reveal more about themselves than the other person. For instance, assuming that white people go into the voting booth with the thought, “Which candidate will hurt (outgroup) more?” is probably an indicator that you go into the voting booth thinking that. It’s classic projection, and the left does it all the time. I say it a lot on this site but it’s worth repeating: whatever evil the left accuses us of, the left is invariably guilty of that very same evil. It’s like when that tennis announcer was fired by ESPN for saying Serena Williams used “guerrilla” tactics. He was merely describing the strategy she used in the match, but all the tolerant and progressive liberal execs at ESPN freaked out because as soon as they heard the word “guerilla” they immediately thought of black people. “You just compared a black woman to a gorilla you racist! Even though you didn’t even mean gorilla the animal and we were the ones that immediately thought “black people” upon hearing the word “guerilla”‘
Anyway, there you have it: the shoddy “legal foundation” for the mass disenfranchisement of white voters. Now, the Super Smart Liberals On TV and the Constitutional Scholars can claim this is a legitimate idea rather than a blatant power grab.
Every social or political movement begins as an idea, then it is written or spoken into existence, then it spreads, then it becomes reality.
No chance Noah Berlatsky is the first to have the idea that it should be illegal to vote for Trump, but as far as I know, he’s the first to transmute his ideas to text and have them published at a major Establishment Propaganda Outlet.
This is step two in turning this idea into reality.
By this point it’s undeniable: our enemies are power-mad tyrants who will let nothing stand in their way. They are full-blown totalitarians who will not hesitate for a second to destroy any person, group of people, or institution that stands in their way, including democracy itself. The second they conclude that they’ve lost control of the elections system and that allowing people to vote is a problem for them, they will begin publicly advocating for the end of elections. And they have. They are probably 5-10 years away at most from demanding gulags and straight-up mass killings.
Actually, check that: a Bernie campaign official was already caught on camera fantasizing about throwing people–including Democrats who don’t support Bernie–in Soviet-style gulags. I’ll revise my timeline accordingly.
These are the same people that accuse us of “vote suppression” for wanting mandatory Voter ID laws enacted nationwide.
How can it be that they hold these two seemingly contradictory ideas–namely, shrieking about us wanting to “suppress the vote” while actively campaigning to suppress the votes of those who don’t vote Democrat?
It’s only contradictory when you operate under the false premise that they are engaged in intellectual and political debate.
But it makes perfect sense when you recognize that their goal is to seize and hold power by just about any means necessary.
Would voter ID laws be bad for Democrats? Yes.
So they shriek that it’s “racist” to expect minorities to figure out how to obtain a valid, government-issued photo ID.
Do white voters hurt Democrats’ chances in elections? Yes.
So they shriek that white voters are motivated by “racism” (conveniently for them, a term they and only they get to define) and should therefore be banned from voting.
See? There’s no contradiction at all. If it helps Democrats seize and hold power, they are for it. Simple as that.
I first encountered the term “The War on the Private Mind” about five years ago in an article written at the once-proud National Review by the once-respectable Kevin D. Williamson. The idea is that the private mind is the final obstacle to the Liberal Globalists gaining absolute power. As soon as they successfully gag everyone in America through “political correctness,” speech codes and social pressures that make Anti-Racism the highest possible virtue, the final frontier is the very thoughts in your head.
They don’t just want to prohibit people from saying Racist Things, they want to prohibit people from thinking Racist Things.
But how do they know what unvocalized thoughts are in someone’s private mind? You can’t know for sure, can you? Well, it helps when you write the rules: they’ve decided that white people who don’t vote Democrat are racist by default. Of course, whites who vote Democrat are still always just one tiny slip-up away from being #Canceled, and they know it, but the general rule of thumb is that White People are born with inherent sin and rotten souls, so the only way they can atone for their innate evil is a lifetime of voting Democrat and hating themselves for being white.
White people who don’t play by those rules are automatically deemed Evil Bigoted Racists, even if nothing they’ve done or said in their lives proves the charge.
And now, the left is beginning to make the case that it should be flat-out illegal to vote for Donald Trump–and, of course, any future candidate they decide is Racist. Which is to say, every future Republican Presidential Candidate from now until either the end of days or this country descends into full-on civil war.
It’s not so much that they truly deign to know what Evil, Racist Thoughts you hold in your private mind. (Well, I’m sure there are a good many brainwashed fanatics on the left that uncynically believe white racism is the greatest threat to America and must be stamped out at all costs.)
Rather, it’s that purporting to know the (admittedly unvocalized but nevertheless extant) Racist Thoughts inside your head gives them an excuse to revoke your right to vote against them and clears the way for them to forever secure absolute power over you.