Reason’s A. Barton Hinkle, addressing the odd way that Hard Left protests are categorized as mostly peaceful, even when they’re not – and how Right-protests are intimated as being prone to violence, even when they’re not.
None of us should be so foolish as to think violence and incendiary rhetoric are the exclusive province of one side only. They’re part of human nature, which everyone shares. So you have to wonder why press reports so insistently call one side “largely peaceful,” even when it’s not, while insinuating, with zero evidence, that the other side is about two seconds away from a killing spree.
Because the media likes having the Right as a boogieman, of course – which means that the Hard Left benefits in the short run. Which also means that the Right knows darn well that they have no margin for error when it comes to bad PR, and the Hard Left knows that it can get away with quite a lot. Which finally means that in the long run the Right can actually get things done, while the Hard Left is forever doomed to watching other people create new realities*, without the Hard Left’s input.
*Never mind the obvious bias in Suskind’s reporting (not to mention the total nonsense bubbling over in it). Read the aide’s words.
The aide said that guys like me were ”in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who ”believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ”That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. ”We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”
I’m pleased to report that the Hard Left never, ever got what said aide was scornfully trying to tell them. Still haven’t, in fact. Which is why so many of them throw rocks and garbage cans, frankly.