Is it the eclipse? Why do so many Americans seem to have lost their minds?
The weeklong response to President Trump’s statement during the Aug. 5 Charlottesville, Va., riot and violence has been absolute moon-baying.
We were among those to acknowledge the president could have, and should have, more specifically denounced the neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville. But he did later, in no uncertain terms – much more resolutely than President Obama ever decried assassinations of police by a black racist in Dallas.
Nothing is good enough for Trump’s opponents. The cable chatterboxes have been nonstop anti-Trump, politically correct celebrities refuse to meet with him – and you should see the over-the-top, utterly unfair and lemming-like group-think comparisons of Trump and Nazis, not to mention the KKK, in political cartoons.
All because the president didn’t say the precise words the left wanted to hear at the time they wanted to hear them.
It’s really been insane.
And let’s be real: There’s more than a little political opportunism behind the scenes. The left would like nothing better than to cynically cover this president with the tar of racism in order to derail his America-first presidency – particularly before it achieves greater economic momentum from impending tax cuts and infrastructure projects.
No mass hysteria ever goes without significant repercussion. Eight were charged after a mob tore down a Confederate statue in Durham, N.C. – and the sentiment spread like arson across the nation. In Georgia, the state NAACP chapter called for the blanket erasing of all signs of the Confederacy – presumably to include the sandblasting of the remarkable Stone Mountain carving – an immense tourist draw billed as the “largest high relief sculpture in the world.”
We fully understand the emotions involved – and we’ll weigh in on Augusta’s Broad Street monument on Wednesday, prior to an NAACP rally there Thursday.
But a pell-mell purging of history can be both destructive and mindless. Consider: During a Confederate memorial debate in New Orleans earlier this year, someone spray-painted “Tear It Down” on the base of a statue – of Joan of Arc.
Now that the eclipse has come and gone, perhaps cooler heads could prevail?