By Brandon Smith
One of the go-to accusations of the political left against conservatives is the notion that we are “intolerant” of others to the point of being hateful and dangerous. There is very little actual evidence to support this claim. We continue to hear about how we are racists and extremists, yet the only event leftists are ever able to cite as an example is the January 6th protests – An event which did involve rioters, violence and injuries, but also zero deaths actually caused by conservative protesters. You would think a supposed insurrection attempt would involve plenty of guns, bombs, fire and murder, but nothing close to this occurred. Amazing what little damage has been caused by such a group of “extremists.”
In comparison, the progressive BLM and Antifa riots of the past couple of years have led to dozens of deaths and billions in property damage across the nation. This was not called an “insurrection,” it was called a “peaceful but fiery protest.” In fact, the media continues to deny the deaths and the extent of the destruction caused by BLM and still refuses to refer to the violence as “riots.”
Keep in mind that BLM and other leftist social justice groups received billions of dollars from corporate America and globalist institutions like the Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, etc. One could argue that BLM would not exist without the constant flow of cash from the power elites. BLM also had the full support of the corporate media. BLM leaders even allegedly embezzled millions upon millions of dollars while members COMPLAINED that corporate America should be giving them MORE MONEY.
But somehow, conservatives are called dangerous “pawns of capitalism?” In reality, leftist groups are the very villains that they claim to be fighting against.
What we have here is a combination of problems – Leftist projection as well as leftist gaslighting combined with radicalization by the media and certain politicians. Leftists are so convinced of the righteousness of their ideology and the “evil” of anyone that disagrees with them that they believe they are justified in any action, including murder.
There is an ancient word for this kind of behavior: Zealotry.
The swirling atmosphere of political elitism and rage that leftists have produced makes all people who oppose them into monsters; not enemies, but “monsters.” The level of vitriol and animosity expressed not only against conservatives, but also moderate democrats that refuse to toe the line is astonishing. It is something you might see in the old world, in places where religious fundamentalism dominates all of society. The kind of seething hatred that leads to mob mentality and the crushing boots of tyrants.
It is here that we have to address the recent murder of an 18-year-old named Cayler Ellingson at the hands of a 41 year-old leftist named Shannon Brandt. I feel the need to cover this situation in part because the mainstream media is barely talking about it.
The details are still limited and the case is still unfolding, but much of what we know was openly confessed by Brandt himself. Cayler Ellingson, participating in a local street dance in the small town of McHenry North Dakota, apparently found himself in a political argument with Brandt. The specific cause of the debate is not yet known. Brandt proceeded to assault Ellingson by punching him.
Brant said that the teen then made a phone call, which he believed was to make contact with an “extremist group,” and that this group was going to come after him. In reality, Ellingson was calling his mother to see if she knew who Brandt was. The self professed leftist then got into his car and ran Ellingson down, injuring him to the point of near death, and then left him in the street.
Brandt later called the police, telling the dispatcher that he “struck a pedestrian because the pedestrian was threatening him,” but it was too late. He later admitted to running down the teen in his vehicle because he thought Ellingson was part of a “Republican extremist group.” Investigators say that they have found no evidence that Ellingson was a part of an any such group, not that it matters.
Brandt was charged with manslaughter and released on $50,000 bail. Compare this to Kyle Rittenhouse, who killed armed leftists in self defense and was charged with multiple counts of murder and given a bail of $2 million. He was also called a “racist extremist” by the media even though the people he shot were white.
The core danger of zealotry is not only that it radicalizes normal people into doing horrible things, it also opens the door for naturally psychopathic people to do evil under the cover of social justification. They can now commit all the atrocities they dream of committing, that they enjoy committing, while claiming to be acting in the best interests of a particular movement.
Imagine that this event was now flipped – A middle aged conservative gets into an altercation with an 18-year-old blue haired progressive, then punches him and kills him with his car. The media firestorm would be endless, we would be hearing about it for the next year and numerous conservative politicians would have to come out publicly to admonish the behavior as not representative of our principles.
Where is the firestorm over the death of Cayler Ellingson? Where are all the leftist leaders coming out to make things right and offer a diplomatic hand of consolation? They are nowhere to be found because they don’t care and they know the media is on their side.
Joe Biden’s recent “Red Rant” speech in which he proclaimed that tens of millions of American conservatives are enemies of democracy that threaten the very foundations of our country is partially to blame. It was a clear provocation, an open declaration of war against conservatives. The hypocrisy in his statements is mind boggling and they represent deliberate gaslighting designed to demonize his political opponents.
The foundations of our country were built on rebellion against tyranny and injustice, and the only group perpetuating tyranny and injustice in the US today is the political left. Biden, operating under the direction of a host of elitist advisers, was nearly instrumental in the complete destruction of our constitutional freedoms through his covid restrictions and vaccine passport executive order. The mandates and lockdowns were resoundingly supported by the political left as blue states suffered months of oppression well after conservative red states abandoned the mandates as useless.
As noted, it was leftists that were setting fire to cities across America while calling for the destruction of our founding values and the replacement of our current system with a more socialist oriented framework. They do not care about the foundations of our country. Rather, they despise what our nation represents and want to see the erasure of our past to make way for their delusional Utopian future.
Real conservatives stand for constitutionalism, the Bill of Rights, protection of innocent life, limited government, private property, sound money and free markets, equality of opportunity, meritocracy and decentralization. We stand against collectivism, socialism/communism/globalism, the forced equality of outcome and false notions of equity, big government authoritarianism, identity politics and victimhood grifting, entitlement culture, mob rule and centralization.
At the root of it all, though, is the fact that conservatives represent a choice outside of the mainstream narrative that in order for the world to progress we must continue to give up more and more of ourselves and our rights.
Leftist claim we “live in a society” and thus we are required to sacrifice for the greater good. But, who made them the arbiters of the “greater good?” Who said we want to live in their vision of a society? Why is their ideology suddenly the ideology of the future? Maybe, their ideology is actually old, outdated and totalitarian. They don’t represent the future, they represent an archaic and villainous past.
As the political left drives headlong into zealotry there will be more events like the death of Cayler Ellingson. It’s not a matter of if, but when. Maybe Brandt’s attack on Cayler was politically motivated, or maybe it was just a story he made up to explain away his crime. Regardless, the details of the story he chose matter. He painted a tale of Ellingson as a Republican extremist for a reason. He did it because he believed that when people heard this it would vindicate the attack, and in the case of many leftists he is probably right.
This kind of ideology always ends the same way – With moral relativism and the attempted elimination of a group’s ideological detractors. It is in the nature of zealots to destroy what they cannot control. It is also in their nature to attack people and then accuse those same people of being the aggressors. Leftists cannot live with any other group in peace, they will seek to absorb or eliminate, this is what they do, and in the process many people will end up hurt or dead.
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With regards to the left, I am reminded of the quote: “If you tell a BIG enough lie and constantly repeat it, eventually the people will begin to believe it”.
Yes. That’s another axiom of Hitler’s propaganda minister Josef Goebbels. He said “Tell a lie. Tell it big, and tell it often enough until everyone believes it.” He also said, “Accuse others of that which you, yourselves, are guilty” – which is exactly the tactic the Left is using now to gaslight conservatives.
As an aside, it appears that Paul Craig Roberts has FINALLY seen the light and is coming around to actually agree with Brandon wrt the Federal Reserve.
“If the Federal Reserve actually knows what it is doing, it is intentionally trying to cause an economic collapse, which makes me wonder if the Federal Reserve is in league with Klaus Schwab’s WEA plan to cause crises that can be used to establish heavy-handed rule.”
Better late than never.
“One of the go-to accusations of the political left against conservatives is the notion that we are ‘intolerant’ of others to the point of being hateful and dangerous.”
One of the basic personality default-settings for people is that we project on to others what we ourselves are… or secretly fear that we are.
So when ‘The Left’ accuses anyone not in their cult of being hateful and dangerous… they are projecting on to someone else what THEY already are. And their vision is clouded beyond
redemption because they are ‘seeing’ the World through their own mind delusions.
“The swirling atmosphere of political elitism and rage that leftists have produced makes all people who oppose them into monsters; not enemies, but ‘monsters’.”
Those who have no solidity or integrity to their beliefs and ideas have to demonize others as ‘bad’ because their own ideas are weak or foolish or just plain stupid and wrong. So, they retreat into faux righteousness against an ‘enemy’ that they themselves created and demonize. Good ideas… truly righteous ideas stand on their own and in the strength of their own inherent integrity and soundness. The Left has no such foundation as their ideas have proven to be void of truth, usefulness, and good purpose.
“Real conservatives stand for constitutionalism, the Bill of Rights, protection of innocent life, limited government, private property, sound money and free markets, equality of opportunity, meritocracy and decentralization.”
Conservatives have to be careful that they do not mimic the ways and behavior of The Left. Conservatives can not become hateful or they shall further contribute to the toxic social and political atmosphere that exists in our World.
In no way does this mean Conservatives ‘give in’ or surrender to the pathological and hateful agenda of The Left. What this means is a centering in the Karmic rule of Life that you will get returned to you what you put out into the World. Stay on the right road and keep your thoughts and deeds in good order regardless of everything else.
Conservatives can stand firm and live with integrity and prove by their words and actions that will make void any such accusations of ‘being hateful’ by the Left. Let your words and actions be your calling card.
Don’t play by The Lefts’ rules. Play your own game. Let them sow anger and division and discord and you sow strength and ethics and morality and integrity and send that out into the World. Stand firm where you have to, but don’t get into a street fight in the mud with those who like to live there.
They will reap Their crop and you will reap Yours.
Thank God self-defense is still mostly supported when legal conflicts arise. We must remember that and work to retain this aspect of freedom. With the movement if ACLU away from civil liberties in favor of wokeness and identity politics, I’m throwing my support to New Civil Liberties Alliance. If that’s not appropriate, please speak your piece.
Never thought I’d live to see the normalization of this insanity in the U.S.
Conservatives are literally “Undesirable #1” now.
Brandon – I agree with your statement about “Real conservatives,” but a good portion of your description is just as suited for Libertarians, (but I do understand you are trying to reach a wide reader audience) that is, when you write that they stand for “the Bill of Rights, protection of innocent life, limited government, private property, sound money and free markets, equality of opportunity, meritocracy and decentralization.”
The problem with moral relativism in society just as much plagues the political left as well as the right. Most of the conservative talking points of conservative radio and various ‘thought leaders’ is so full of hot air that once they get who they want in the White House for four years they have almost no idea what to do there because all of their moral pandering to the evangelical right was all rhetoric and no integrity. Conservatives have spent 30 years soliciting voting support because of their dedication to family, limited government, religious freedom, and the like; but when they are asked to jump into the arena and make changes – we see that it has been smoke and mirrors. The flipside is all this ‘cancel culture’ fanaticism that is sweeping the US, the UK, and others, truly a charade of indulgences being paid by corporations and universities so they won’t be excommunicated by the Marxist Puritans. We cannot mock the kowtowing of the Leftist Media without a portion of due criticism of the conservatives’ moral pandering that runs down a different but parallel stream.
I loved your insight on corporatism enveloping social justice groups. It could be said, “Lookie here, who are the ‘pawns of capitalism’ now?”
You are confusing conservatives with Republicans and Neocons – They are NOT necessarily the same thing. The actions of the GOP have not represented true conservatives for decades. Libertarians ARE conservatives.
Russian Revolution started with similar events. Commies started murdering people as citizens activism. Centrally organised murder machine came much later.
. . . one more American death you can chalk up to Biden! When the deep state uses puppet Biden to bring about war in Taiwan & nukes in Ukraine/Russia (and try to blame it all on Putin) there will be more American deaths than anyone can count. Wake up America!!!
“One of the go-to accusations of the political left against conservatives is the notion that we are “intolerant” of others to the point of being hateful and dangerous. There is very little actual evidence to support this claim.”
In actual fact there is a lot of evidence to support a claim of “intolerance” IF you accept the ‘redefinition’ of the term ‘tolerance’. To me being ‘tolerant’ means that I accept that others have different ideas, thoughts, and beliefs than what I have but I choose not to act either positively or negatively regarding their beliefs as long as those beliefs have no impact on me, my family, or my property.
Under the ‘new definition’ of ‘tolerance’ people are expected not only to accept the differing ideas, thoughts, and beliefs of others but to also support, enable, uphold, and agree with the virtue of someone else’s beliefs.
That is not ‘tolerance’. That is forcing the belief system of some on others no matter what their own personal beliefs may be. Do not conform to or accept the ‘redefinition’ of ‘tolerance’ or the many other terms, words, and concepts that non-woken attempt to use to enforce their ideological agendas.