The left has a nasty habit of reflexively calling everything they dislike “racist” or “fascist.” Like Trump immediately punching back at any criticism or snide remark directed his way, no matter how minor or how insignificant the mealy-mouth it came from was, the left instinctively snaps that anything it doesn’t like is “racist” or, if that allegation obviously won’t stick, “fascist.”
But what do those allegations really mean? Well, since the meanings of those terms haven’t been stated, much less discussed, in quite a while, here are the actual definitions, both from Merriam Webster.
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Racism: a belief that race is a fundamental determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.
Fascism: a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.
Now, I know it’s generally poor form to begin a speech or article with definitions but, in this case, I think it’s useful. Read and reread the definitions. Though you might word them somewhat differently, they’re probably more or less accurate. But do they seem accurate if the only information you have to go on is what the left describes as racist and fascist? Nope.
For example, they described Kyle Rittenhouse’s shooting of three thugs attacking him as “racist.” How? Everyone involved was white. Did Rittenhouse’s shooting of a white person bashing him over the head with a skateboard show his “belief that race is a fundamental determinant of human traits and capacities?” No! That’s utterly absurd.
Even if the person attacking him were black, there’s no way it would have shown racism. The only “prejudice” present there is the prejudice against being beaten to death, which seems to be a fair one to hold.
Or what about their constant refrains that Trump was a fascist. Really? His tax cuts, deregulation, creation of economic opportunity zones, and calls to reshore American businesses “exalt[ed] nation and often race above the individual?” Those pro-freedom reforms were somehow evidence of “severe economic and social regimentation?”
Please, spare me. If anything today is “fascist” it’s the left’s demonization of whites, corporatist agenda, crackdown on dissidents, and gradual accumulation and centralization of government power.
But, of course, we know the left doesn’t care about the facts or about definitions.
Rather, it cares about how things make people feel. And it knows that, accurate or not, describing things as “racist” or “fascist” strikes a chord within many people. Even if the descriptor is entirely wrong, they continue using it because that emotional appeal remains intact.
The result is that those words have lost all meaning. “Fascist” no longer means an autocratic government that cements its power with a corporatist fusion of government and big business. “Racist” no longer means discrimination on the basis of race. Instead, both leftist buzzwords simply mean “anything the left doesn’t like.” If that disliked thing somehow relates to minorities, it’s racist. If it relates to government but not race, it’s fascist. If it relates to both, like Trump’s border wall, it’s both. And if the leftists are doing the thing, it’s neither, no matter how well the action/policy fits the actual definition of those terms.
And, given that what the left dislikes the most is any attack on their radical policies, both of those buzzwords effectively mean “anti-leftist” or “anti-communist.” Hence why a white kid shooting a white pedo attacking him is “racist.” All that means is that he didn’t bend the knee to their radical agenda.
So, if you were curious, that’s what those terms actually mean now that the left’s newspeak has taken over our discourse. Whatever the left dislikes is now “racist” or “fascist.”
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