THE AMERICAN LEFT AND ITS MEDIA ARE ALREADY SCRAMBLING TO PRE-ASSIGN SMOLETT’S MOTIVE FOR HIS STAGED HATE-CRIME FRAUD AS MERE CAREER-AMBITION ENTWINED WITH GREED – SEEMINGLY INTENT ON PREEMPTING ATTENTION FROM THE OBVIOUS DRIVE OF THE FRAUD – HARMING THE CURRENT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND HIS PARTY.
I write this essay with concern for our nation, as a political Moderate who is not a fan of our current President; but who is being careful as an American and merely a person not to let hatred infiltrate my political opposition of acts or policies.
The fraud Jussie Smolett attempted is a clear example of the recently enfranchised value, Your politics are SO evil, that any choice by me to do EVIL to YOU, is actually an act of good.
Let’s be clear: fraudulently reporting a crime that never happened is an act of evil.
Police being sent on wild goose chases wastes public funds, decreases public safety, and through misallocation of valuable resources creates potential disaster. For these reasons, misreporting to the police is a felony: a crime with a mandatory punishment of a year or more in prison.
Outside the political world, such deeds are usually motivated by a mentally unhealthy desire for importance, or hatred of authority, or sundry other psychopathies.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson assigned Smolett’s motive to be inflation of his salary: he called it a “publicity stunt intended to further his career.” In my view, it was not. And Johnson said, “It only got the attention it has received because of his celebrity status.” I also disagree. These two statements disguise what seem to me the real reason for Smolett’s charade. His career in Left-Dominated Hollywood would have surely benefited; but that is chiefly for only one reason:
because his staged-crime was massively useful to the Left’s current narrative against the Right. This would have made him a hero in Hollywood.
Brit Hume stated on morning network news 21 February 2019 “the reason Left Media is reporting ceaselessly on THIS story is because it is yet one more iteration of the ONE AND ONLY story they are currently ever reporting: that President Trump is evil and must be deposed.”
In the current political climate, for a person of color to claim falsely that a group of MAGA hat wearing, white nationalist, anti-same-sex rednecks committed felonious assault as a hate crime, has a clear motive:
harm the current The President of The United States and all powers ancillary to him.
The reference to the MAGA hats is diagnostic: we must remember, there were no actual criminal assailants. The MAGA hats were deliberately scripted into a professionally crafted fraud. Smolett’s script’s obvious goal was to assign responsibility to the current President and his cadre. Thus, the goal of Jussie Smolett’s reported hate crime that never happened seems to be a criminal act nearly rising to the level of treason.
It was a one-man attempted coup d’état.
The clear hoped-for result of saying the assailants were wearing MAGA hats was to poison the 2020 Presidential Election, and as many intervening elections as possible in a taint-by-proxy ploy, assigning blame for what Smolett called, “a modern day lynching” directly and firmly to The President Of The United States.
I again echo the late United States Senator John McCain: “let us return to ’the normal order of business.’” Let us cease demonizing our opponents. Let us again learn the skill of “crossing the aisle” and creating solutions in cooperation with, and respecting the patriotism and interests of the other side of matters we handle.
Let us cease equating every “no” to our side as an evil “–ism” of some kind.
A no to the Right is labelled, “anti-patriotism” or “radical socialism” and a no to the Left is name-called “racism” or “hating” – both sides plentifully using many other such memes.
Malcom X said four decades ago that “chickens come home to roost.” If we inflate youths like Jussie Smolett with the idea that political opponents are evil incarnate – all the moral exclusions of fighting apocalyptic evil come into play. Knowing it is evil to lie, we gladly admit, “If Nazis knocked on my door and asked ‘Are there any Jews here?’ in order to take them prisoner and execute them – I would lie and say, ‘No!’” Of course, we would lie and we would even kill, in order to keep a tyranny like Hitler’s Nazism from overrunning the planet.
Who convinced Jussie Smolett the the current President Of The United States and his cadre are so patently, endemically evil, any violence done to them is a good deed? The entire media and political climate is, at present, an ideal Petri dish for cultivating these kinds of organisms.
Let us return to the regular order of business.
Let us return to “the Golden Rule.”
Let us put aside Machiavellian “ends justify the means” values as enacted by Smolett and as stated recently by ex-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who said, “The Trump administration is so evil, we do not need to return to ‘civility’ until after we remove them from power. Once we’ve done that, we can be civil again.”
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi told us “violence is a never-ending abyss. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Jussie Smolett and those having fueled his apocalyptic level of hatred for the MAGA side of American politics should have focused, and still should focus more upon MLK and Gandhi, and less on Rashida Tliab and Corie Booker. Violence cannot extinguish violence, and hate cannot expel hate, darkness cannot drive out darkness.
A young man’s life is now destroyed.
An entire nation’s political atmosphere has been tainted and poisoned.
Passions making violence more likely have been inflamed.
Can we stop?
That person who disagrees with you is not a walking, talking embodiment of pure evil.
He or she is a person.
Talk with them, not AT them.
Shouting them down, or thinking up clever ways to put them down may work in the juvenile schoolyard for “cred” – but in the real, adult world, those tactics only create enemies or strengthen resentments. They are literally useless in the long term for solving any problem on the planet.
As the man who grew up in the same household of Yeshua/Jesus of Nazareth told us, “Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger: because human anger does not achieve the heavenly standard of right.” (Ya’akov/James 1:19) This is the opposite of the schoolyard “trash-talking” ethic. It is mature, not juvenile. It is respectful, not humiliating. It is relationship-enhancing, not connection-destroying.
Said Martin Luther King, Jr. “I’ve given up hate, and chosen love. Hate is just too heavy a burden to carry.”
Can I get an, “Amen,” somebody?
Bruce Louis Cohen
21 February 2019