“I’ve got a bad feeling about this.” – Han Solo
On Friday night, the controversial performance of “Julius Caesar” in NYC’s Shakespeare in the Park was interrupted by the Rebel Media’s Laura Loomer and Jack Posobiec in an attempt to shut down the production for propagating “violence against the Right.”
If you are still unaware of all the hubbub surrounding this particular showing of “Julius Caesar,” the performance has garnered much criticism for its portrayal of President Trump, as Caesar, being gruesomely assassinated. This has sparked outrage from many conservatives, who insist that this type of behavior contributes to the dehumanization of conservatives, leading to horrible events such as the recent attempted assassination of Republican congressmen.
After the horrific shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, carried out by a crazed Bernie Sander’s campaign volunteer who traveled hundreds of miles to murder Republican congressmen, many conservatives are pointing their fingers at progressives for creating this tense political climate in which Republicans are the targets of violence. Among these finger-pointers are Loomer and Posobiec.
As Posobiec records the video, Loomer rushes the stage and yells, “Stop the normalization of political violence against the Right. This is unacceptable.” The play is paused, and she is promptly approached by security and escorted off stage. She was later arrested, but has since been released and is facing charges for trespassing and disorderly conduct, which Rebel Media claims they will fight in court.
As Loomer is being taken away, Posobiec begins yelling at the staff and attendees, calling them all Nazis and stating that the blood of Steve Scalise is on their hands.
Listen, I completely understand where they’re coming from. I do. The Left dehumanizes the Right on a daily basis, attempting to cast us into the shadows and silence our opinions for not falling in line with whatever immoral goal they’re promoting that day. Trust me, I completely understand the frustration here.
It’s difficult to take the high road when your opponent is constantly playing dirty; I realize this. But as conservatives, we have something called principles, and these principles must not be abandoned solely because the tactics of the Left are effective. This is a common argument I’ve received regarding fighting the Left with their own strategy. Those for it claim that the tactics work, thus they should be utilized by conservatives.
This is dangerous. Not just to the structure of political discourse, but to conservative principles as well. Abandoning conservative principles and adopting these tactics may win some battles, but this strategical downgrade will only increase the pollution in an already smoggy political climate, which is on the verge of combustion if things continue in the direction they are. I’m not trying to be hyperbolic, but the constant rumors of a coming civil war are not entirely misplaced. It is not unreasonable to speculate that a continual increase of political tension could result in the opposing parties fighting in the streets. In fact, we’ve already witnessed this. This is not to say that the entire country will be up in arms, but certain parts of the population are incessantly ready to fight the opposing side at the drop of a hat.
Aside from worsening the political climate, imitating the Left’s tactics is just plain hypocritical. I know how pissed off conservatives get when the Left tries to shut down conservative events. We find it childish, inappropriate, and un-American. Due to this, I’m having a hard time understanding why conservatives, who have rightfully called out leftists for this ridiculous behavior in the past, are now mimicking the same methods that piss them off so much. Either all of it is okay, or none of it is, and I’m truly surprised to see conservatives taking the former route.
The Left thrives on the destruction of conservative principles. They want us to begin acting like they do. It normalizes their behavior and strips conservatives of the moral high-ground that is essential to beating leftists in debate. Again. They want us to become like them.
I plead with conservatives who are encouraging this behavior to take a step back and think about the outcome of these actions. Don’t fall in line with today’s reactionary politics. Solidify your worldview and stick to it, even when it’s difficult.