If you’ve never had the pleasure of reading Vox.com, rest assured that it’s one of the most unabashedly liberal websites on the internet. It’s the place to go when you’re having a great day and you want to remind yourself that there are millions of Americans running around with grand ideas that will turn this country into a socialist nightmare. You know, just to keep yourself grounded.
But apparently, even this beehive of liberal insanity has its limits. This week, site chief Ezra Klein suspended editor Emmett Rensin for his reaction to the riotous atmosphere outside a San Jose Trump rally. On Twitter, Rensin defended the “protesters,” saying that it was “never a shame to storm the barricades set up around a fascist.”
Apparently concerned that his followers wouldn’t get the message, Rensin tweeted, “Advice: If Trump comes to your town, start a riot.”
You have to give him this much: he could have left himself some wiggle room, so kudos to him for being the rare liberal willing to fully remove his mask of civility.
But of course, this mask is the only thing that keeps liberalism and the Democratic Party thriving. The vast majority of Americans want nothing to do with the real aims of liberal Democrats. They don’t believe in helping one group of Americans at the expense of another. They don’t believe that people should spend their lives dependent on the federal government. They don’t believe that America should throw open its borders and let any jackass come across. They vote for Democrats because their parents voted for Democrats or their race votes for Democrats or because it’s somehow “cooler” to vote for Democrats. Maybe they don’t like the Republican Party’s social themes. Maybe they buy into the War on Women hype. Whatever.
But people are starting to realize that the Democratic Party is not what they thought it was. The masks are slipping. And every once in a while, some liberal like Rensin accidentally takes it off entirely to expose the nasty face underneath. When that happens, those wayward fools must be punished.
“We welcome a variety of viewpoints, but we do not condone writing that could put others in danger,” said Klein. “Direct encouragement of riots crosses a line between expressing a contrary opinion and directly encouraging dangerous, illegal activity.”
Notice that even in condemning and suspending his editor, Klein can’t bring himself to fully disavow the sentiment behind it. The problem isn’t that Rensin encouraged people to riot – the problem is that he did so “directly.” You can’t just give up the game like that. You have to play coy. You have to drop hints. You have to embrace the sneaky lies upon which liberalism is constructed.
Otherwise, you’re just left with the ugly, naked leftist ideology itself, and very few people like what they see.