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2018-10-30 Home Front: Culture Wars
If We Aren't Careful, Tribalism Will Destroy Us
[Victory Girls] I think that given the events of late ‐ both the inept, but nonetheless terrifying, "pipe bombs" sent to prominent opponents of President Trump and this morning’s terrorist attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh ‐ it’s time we had a chat about tribalism. I’m not talking about the esprit de corps of a community and a dedication to preserving one’s culture. I’m talking about the irrational dedication to one’s own "tribe," not just shunning others, but chauvinistically portraying all others as evil and intent on destroying you.

Anti-Semitic terrorist Robert Bowers hated Jews. He was a conspiracy theorist and Holocaust denier. He claimed President Trump was being manipulated by the Jews and the "deep state," and claimed Jews were "hostile invaders."

He wasn’t a Trump fan. He wasn’t a Republican. He was a terrorist nutjob, who decided to wreak havoc in a community of peaceable people gathered to worship and pray.

And yet, there will be partisan loons who will claim that Bowers was spurred by the rhetoric of President Trump. There will be other loons who blame Republicans, and yet others who blame white people.

Much like there are now those blaming Trump, his rhetoric, and his truthful, if blunt, condemnations of the mainstream media for glamorizing lies, pushing bigotry, and publicizing attacks on not just the President, but Republicans writ large.

As Nina said mentioned in her post just a little bit ago, unhinged leftists are already on the warpath, blaming everyone from President Trump to conservatives for the shooting.
Posted by Besoeker 2018-10-30 03:53|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [280 views ]  Top

#1 A couple decades after the Left pushed identity politics, its a little too late. It's war. You may not like it, but its here. Pick your tribe. The largest one still is the American one.
Posted by Procopius2k 2018-10-30 07:46||   2018-10-30 07:46|| Front Page Top

#2 Washington was right__ the biggest threat to the Republic is factionalism, an endemic disease of democracies. c.f. Ancient Athens and Rome.
Posted by Bigfoot Wholump6979 2018-10-30 08:54||   2018-10-30 08:54|| Front Page Top

#3 Yeah, the way things have been going, tribalism is becoming the rational choice.

If several groups unite around a tribal identity, while one group remains diffuse and disorganized because tribalism is icky, what will likely happen to the latter?

I get the feeling that all this handwringing over tribalism is happening because the rubes and normies are finally getting in on the action.

It was OK when it was just the usual suspects designated victim groups; but it's simply unacceptable when the people who actually enable this society to function start to do it.
Posted by charger 2018-10-30 09:00||   2018-10-30 09:00|| Front Page Top

#4 Protected by a complicit national government, the conflict has always been there, just below the surface. Trump has exposed the bastards for what they are, and the fight is on.
Posted by Besoeker 2018-10-30 09:20||   2018-10-30 09:20|| Front Page Top

#5 Camps on US soil would be a yuge mistake. I give you the 'current day' liberal exploitation of Japanese internment camps of WWII as an example.
Posted by Besoeker 2018-10-30 09:23||   2018-10-30 09:23|| Front Page Top

#6 TRIBES by Bill Whittle
Posted by Mullah Richard 2018-10-30 13:05||   2018-10-30 13:05|| Front Page Top

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