"What if the "When They Go Low, We Go High"and being "nice" simply does not work anymore? Has it ever worked?" Being Liberal editors.
By Amanda Gailey
The American Center/Left has been suffering from a potentially fatal case of theymightosis, and it flared up terribly today in a WaPo editorial. Theymightosis is when you feel afraid of the righteous action of others because it's outside of your comfort zone, so you rationalize your fear by constructing a hypothetical scenario in which that brave action could in some way backfire. One of the worst flare-ups of theymightosis is in today's WaPo, where the editorial team informs people on the ground fighting for the soul of this country that they need to back off because *theymight___.*
The Washington Post:
Editorial Board urges readers to “let the Trump team eat in peace”:“Those who are insisting that we are in a special moment justifying incivility should think for a moment how many Americans might find their own special moment. How hard is it to imagine, for example, people who strongly believe that abortion is murder deciding that judges or other officials who protect abortion rights should not be able to live peaceably with their families? Down that road lies a world in which only the most zealous sign up for public service. That benefits no one.”
James Hohmanntells us inThe Daily 202: Liberal hostility toward Trump aides could galvanize the GOP base."All of this reflects widespread progressive disgust with Trump, which has been inflamed by his policy of separating immigrant families, and anyone implementing or even defending the president’s agenda. But these episodes, which have gone viral on social media, risk backfiring by playing into Trump’s hands. "
"If someone who makes her living by lying on behalf of a disgraceful racist child stealer comes into your restaurant, you must not refuse to serve her because *theymightsayitwasunfair.*"
"You must not push for a gun law that we all agree will save lives because *theymightgetmad.*"
"You must not say angry things at protests because *theymightsayweareimpolite.*"
Yes, it's true that sometimes strong actions can backfire. It's also true that theymightosis is a built-in excuse for cowardice and status-quo-ism that is taking this country straight to hell in a handbasket.
How often have you looked back on the atrocities of history and said, "Well, things would have gone much better for everyone if only the good people had been quieter and not pushed anyone's buttons"?
We don't know where refusing service to the Chief Propaganda Minister or speaking up loudly for what is right will lead. But we know where timidity and acquiescence lead and we can thank the Washington Post's brave stand for fearful cowering for helping pave the way toward that end.
By Amanda Gailey - originally posted on Facebook and republished here with permission
Amanda Gailey is an English professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who has been fighting the gun industry at a national level and has been fighting Pete Ricket's, the Nebraska's governor, agenda to criminalize speech and jail faculty, which has made her Enemy Number One of the Republican Party in her state. In fact, the NRA and Nebraska Republicans recently enlisted the help of Tucker Carlson to harass her in front of her home.
Last, but not least she is an Admiral in in The Great Navy of Nebraska who told Gov. Pete Ricketts to "Molon Labe" (Come and Take It.)