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Why Leftists Become Thugs

A quick way to come to wisdom about yourself is to understand this: you are what you do. You're not your good intentions. You're not your noble feelings. Your deeds are what make you who you are. A man who beats his wife then cries in remorse is a wife-beater. That's all he is. When he stops punching her — stops for good — then he has a chance to become something else. Then he can cry all he wants. Until then, his tears mean jack-diddly crap. He's a wife beater. That's all.

Our friends on the left should learn this truth. The "labor activists" who surrounded Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and her boyfriend in a movie theater, spit on her, taunted him, chased them away; the restaurant workers who refused service to White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders and then followed her family to another location to harass them; the protesters who surrounded Mitch McConnell outside a Kentucky restaurant, telling the 76-year-old Senate majority leader, "We know where you live..." -- these people are punks; thugs. Their high purposes, their righteous philosophies, their political certainties — all these are worth exactly as much as a wife-beater's tears: nothing. They are the bulliers of women and the menacers of old men.

Same goes for Anti-Fa, the gangsters who don masks to assault those who disagree with them. They can call themselves anti-fascists all they want. Doesn't mean a damn thing. They are what they do: criminals, oppressors, fascists themselves.

Yes, yes. There are bad guys on the right; there are bad guys everywhere. But Barack Obama was the most corrupt and incompetent president of my lifetime. I despised him because of his disdain for American freedoms and the systems that preserve them. But in eight years of his Chicago-style machine administration, assaults on his staff and supporters never became a commonplace, whereas such thuggishness — and increasingly mainstream calls to violence and cruelty — is beginning to become the Democrat Party brand, its norm.