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Thursday, January 10, 2019


Something attention-getting in the major stories of 2018 was the circus otherwise known as the Kavanaugh hearings. From all appearances, increasingly the mob is a tool of the left in forcing their issues. It is also apparent that there is no equivalent tool on the right. The very idea of a community organizer is to stir up a mob as a means to a political end. The Kavanaugh hearings were the zenith of the premise that the mob is organized and controlled by the left. Democrats issued hearing tickets to disrupt. To the left, any speech or ideas they don’t like must be silenced. They are not interested in competing ideas. That is the Democrat mob mentality.

A French social psychologist, Gustave Le Bon, observed the characteristics and behavior of a mob. His book, “The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind,” written in 1896, was read by socialists Hitler and Mussolini. Liberals and particularly the media have attempted to paint Le Bon as “controversial” and “reactionary.” It may be that Le Bon’s book too closely describes themselves for comfort. Liberals and the media are part of the mob.

In Le Bon’s view, a crowd is identified as people with a mental unity (Le Bon’s term) distinct from individual personality. The psychology of a crowd combines heterogeneous and homogeneous characteristics into a collective mind. Mental unity include persons who acquire a sense of invincible power. Sentiments and acts become contagious. The conscious personality diminishes while thoughts and feelings trend toward group-think.

Le Bon sees a crowd (or mob) as embracing overly simplistic thinking expressed as slogans. (Make Love, Not War; Bush Lied, Kids Died; Save the Whales; Save the Planet; Off the Pig; Eat the Rich; Die Yuppie Scum and dozens of others reflecting a bumper sticker mentality.) Mobs are irrational and emotional. They worship their leaders (FDR, Kennedy, Clinton, and Obama) and despise and hate their opponents.

Resistance mobs blossomed after Donald Trump’s election and would fit into the category Le Bon describes as “crowd.” A few of these mobs by name, among dozens, include Our Revolution, Swing Left, Resurgent Left, Adopt-A-(blue)State, Movement 2018, The PussyHat Project, Emerge America, Ignite, Indivisible, and Higher Heights.

Breitbart News Network tabulated 639 instances of mob violence and harassment against Trump, his administration, and his supporters. Unfortunately, the media is complicit in normalizing and justifying violence and harassment by neither covering the stories nor condemning the incidences. This fits the resistance narrative. Here are examples found at Breitbart’s “Rap Sheet: 639.” (Google for the complete list.)

10/29/18 Actor James Cromwell: There will be “blood in the streets” unless Trump stopped.

10/29/18 Twitter allows 179 death threats against Trump.

10/29/18 Shots fired into South Daytona Republican Party office.

10/25/18 New York Times runs story fantasizing about Trump’s assassination.

10/25/18 GOP headquarters vandalized in Iowa City, IA.

10/23/18 Boulder thrown through Rep. McCarthy’s (R-CA) office window.

10/21/18 Obama’s former Secretary of State Reines says harassment of McConnell and wife “is fine.”

10/20/18 Angry leftists harass McConnell and wife at restaurant, “Why don’t you get out of here?”

10/17/18 Professor calls for harassing Republicans at restaurants, sticking “fingers in their salads.”

10/16/18 MN Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party employee calls for Republicans to be beheaded.

10/12/18 GOP office vandalized in Mesa, AZ

10/12/18 Antifa smash windows, deface doors of Metropolitan Republican Club in Manhattan.

10/10/18 Eric Holder tells Dem activists: “When they go low, we kick ‘em.”

10/9/18 Hillary Clinton opposes “civility” with Republicans.

10/8/18 Leftist teacher tweets: “So who’s gonna take one for the team and kill Kavanaugh?”

10/7/18 Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) claims wife received a beheading video over Kavanaugh vote.

10/6/18 Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) flooded with abusive tweets threatening death and violence.

10/1/18 Vandals hit IL GOP headquarters with “RAPE” graffiti.

9/30/18 Georgetown prof: White GOP senators in Kavanaugh hearing “deserve miserable deaths.”

9/25/18 Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and wife harassed out of DC restaurant.

9/25/18 CNN defends harassment of Ted Cruz.

9/12/18 Resistance threatens “rape and impregnation” to Susan Collins staffer over Kavanaugh vote.

9/11/18 Threats of rape and strangling force Fox News contributor to hide after anti-abortion tweet.

7/28/18 Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) pleads for supporters to “get up in the face of congress people.

7/23/18 Denver Post runs letter to editor suggesting Trump should be executed.

7/16/18 Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) calls for “military folks” to “stop Trump.”

7/7/18 New York Times calls for Dems to “take a page from The Godfather” to stop Trump’s Supreme Court pick.

7/6/18 Black Lives Matter calls for assassination of Supreme Court Justice.

10/15/17 NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch forced to move from her home by a mob of gun control advocates. One threatened to rape her to death. This reported by FOX News.

6/24/18 Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) publicly calls on mobs to “turn on” Trump officials, to “harass” them….

6/22/18 Canadian TV writer Dussault wants to lock up Donald Trump Jr’s 4-year-old daughter with pedophiles.

One thing the 600-plus examples have in common – they are left of center on the political spectrum. The 10/18/18 Investor’s Business Daily has it right. “What happens when men physically assault female politicians…? If those women are Republicans and the attackers are leftists, Democrats greet them with silence, excuses, or worse. So left-wing violence grows.”

In the end, liberals’ use of the mob in creating unrest is more about acquiring power than it is about seeking justice.


Dennis M. Patrick can be contacted at (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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