“I laugh at your foolishness,” Bloomberg View editorial board member Francis Wilkinson snarks in a Wednesday hit piece ridiculing Gun Owners of America’s warning that amnesty and citizenship for illegal aliens will help create millions of new Democrat voters and a new electoral threat to gun rights.
“At that treacherous corner where the privileges of the First Amendment collide most spectacularly with the passions of the Second, producing a flaming, 12-car pile-up of twisted facts, shattered reason and mangled paranoia, the denizens are not so gullible,” he explains, obviously more impressed with his own self-assessed cleverness than he has an objective right to be, and even more obviously clueless as to what constitutes an unalienable right as opposed to a grant from his beloved Fatherland.
Also in Wilkinson’s shaky sights is the Center for Worker Freedom, for daring to show that the United Autoworkers union supports anti-gun Democrats.
The major problem with Wilkinson’s snottiness is that’s all he’s got. GOA refers people to data compiled by the Pew Research Center, which shows overwhelming preference among “unauthorized immigrants” for the Democrat party. They can also point to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s political advocacy that all illegal aliens “have earned the right to be citizens.”
Likewise, the Center for Worker Freedom is dead on for documenting the many ways in which Rep. Steve Cohen, who called Tea Party Republicans “domestic enemies,” has proven himself a committed enemy of the right to keep and bear arms, and to note how that is largely made possible by generous UAW aid and comfort.
Rather than present facts to counter GOA and CWF assertions, because he has none, Wilkinson instead resorts to the “progressive” playbook, “community organizer” Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals,” with a special emphasis on Rule 5:
Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.
Except it’s not when it’s so clumsily presented and easily recognizable, and Wilkinson lacks both the skill and the wit to come across as anything but eager to savage people he hates, which is more than a little creepy. That’s why, rather than present credible data to counter GOA, he defers to talk of clouds and bunnies, while resorting to nothing more than cumulus fluff himself. Remember, with “progressives,” every day is Opposite Day, and every indictment they level against another is really a reflection on themselves. The guy has nothing but insults to rely on in his vain attempt to deny the demonstrable and he knows it.
That’s what makes his final attempt at introducing something verifiable at the end, as if to prove his "facts" are as good as anybody’s, so feeble and unconvincing..
“I guess they've never heard of Representative John Dingell, famous friend to both the NRA and the UAW, over there,” he concludes, and wrongly, getting ready to deliver what he fancies is his death thrust. “Or perhaps when they look at Dingell, they see the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. For some people, fanaticism is narcissism in the shape of a gun.”
Again with ad hominem attacks and projection. No wonder he didn't even break the skin.
First, he’s been talking about GOA, not NRA. He knows that, of course, as he’s already disparaged the smaller group as “Tea Party insurgent[s]” among the larger one, but at this point, wrapping up his act with intellectual dishonesty is hardly surprising. It’s just not convincing.
But let’s look at Dingell, curiously rated “D-" by GOA. Why?
For joining forces with the Bradys on the ’94 “assault weapon” ban, for one thing, actually the very thing Wilkinson ignorantly tried to ridicule. And giving Eric Holder cover for his stonewalling on evidence related to DOJ’s part in murderous Operation Fast and Furious “gunwalking.” There's more, but the point is made.
Perhaps if Wilkinson knew Dingell was the originator of the phrase “jack-booted government thugs” that Wayne LaPierre took such heat for appropriating ... no, it wouldn’t matter. He and “the editor responsible for this article: Zara Kessler” are bought-and-paid-for lickspittle Bloomberg flacks, and they’re neither given nor allowed a forum to present any side but one. Their function is to serve.
But that’s OK. Despite forced laughter from "the help," the directed flak means GOA is over target, and the true narcissistic fanatics perceive a threat around which gun owners will mobilize unless they can shoot it down. That they’re firing so wildly, that their aim is so off, and that their impotent attempt just blew up in their faces imparts a kind of ridiculous Alinsky karma to efforts company man Wilkinson is so undeservedly smug about.
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