How can you expect a civil tone in public discourse when you unabashedly liken the people you propose to govern to terrorists?
“Extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups. We expect that from people who don’t want to live in the modern world. But it’s a little hard to take coming from Republicans who want to be president of the United States. Yet, they espouse out-of-touch and out-of-date policies. They are dead-wrong for 21st century America. We are going forward. We are not going back.” –Hillary Clinton
This betokens post-Christian, post-democratic America in key ways. The fundamental beliefs of Americans, their views of the nature and purpose of man, vary so widely as to be irreconcilable. Just as Israel sought no conciliation with the Canaanites, so abortifascists seek no conciliation with an American people increasingly informed of the moral and social perils of ripping the complex weave of sex, marriage, and children from the rubric of life, as if they were optional accessories to the eternal human condition.
Let it finally be admitted that such views as Clinton’s cannot occupy the same physical, moral, Constitutional space as those who fundamentally disagree with them. The rapacious idolatry of self-fulfillment and sexual convenience brooks no dissent. She is sick of pretending otherwise.
The calls to tone down political rhetoric after the Tucson shooting seem a long time ago. Then again they were aimed in one direction to ensure weak opposition to liberals’ ascendancy to power.
When a pro-choicer takes Clinton’s words seriously and treats whom they think is a terrorist as you would expect one to treat a terrorist—with violent, extreme prejudice—there will naturally be reprisals. In Clinton’s America, expect mortal enemies to hold their fire for only so long.
Related: “Least common denominator.”