Fox News Contributor: ‘The Political Left Is Becoming the American ISIS’
‘There Is No Escape From the American ISIS That Is the Political Left’ Says Erick Erickson
“The political left is becoming the American ISIS.” So says Fox News contributor Erick Erickson in a series of blog posts at The Resurgent on Monday. Erickson, whose influence has been waning over the past few years as his religious extremism seems to take control of much of his writing, apparently needs to resort to extremism to get attention.
For instance, in “Letâ€™s Consider Secession,” which he published early Monday morning, Erickson writes, “the left would have us believe that there is more violence on the right where history itself shows that is not true. From Nazism to Communism to progressivism itself, there has been more butchery from leftwing ideologies throughout human history than from the right â€” and yes despite popular historic revisionism, Nazism is from the left and had an American progressive fan club that included Margaret Sanger, patron saint of killing kids.”
Almost none of that is factual, not in today’s world.
First,Â right wing violence has surpassed violence from domestic jihadists, according to a 2015 study. More proof. More proof. More proof.
Second, Nazism is not a left-wing ideology, not in these times. Proof. (How many left-wing skinheads do you know?)
Third, Margaret Sanger was very much anti-Nazism, and shame on Erickson for saying otherwise. Proof.Â
“There is only a one way street and the crowd that demands tolerance only wants tolerance for themselves. All others must be silenced,” Erickson writes. “The political left is becoming the American ISIS.”
(An important sidenote: In 2015Â Erickson compared gay activists to ISIS.)
Erickson also suggests being pro-choice and supporting same-sex marriage are minority views, which is false. Extremely false. His “fix”?
“Federalism should be the answer. Those who want gay marriage and kid killing should be allowed to do it in their state and those who want to live in state that does not allow gay marriage or the murder of children should be allowed to. The founders wanted us to solve those moral issues at the state level and allow each state its own values and ways. That is how it should work. That would be the cure for what ails us.”
The last thing America needs is self-segregation based on “moral” views. But, then again, he’s calling for secession.
“In our present atmosphere there is no escape from the American ISIS that is the political left. Evil preaches tolerance until it is dominant and then it seeks to silence good. Evil is now dominant â€” but the partisan line is blurred,” he writes.
(If you’re asking how this guy is still employed at Fox News, well…)
If all this weren’t enough, several hours later Erickson published, “American ISIS.”
ISIS takes the â€œconvert or dieâ€ position. This growing strain of the American left takes the â€œconvert or be destroyedâ€ position. The former will cut off your head. The latter will destroy your livelihood, take away your business, drive you from the public square, and use the government to drive you to bankruptcy. Itâ€™ll also gun you down on a baseball field.
This is not a left-right divide, but an earthly vs. heavenly divide. Grace comes from Heaven and the things of this world hate the things of Heaven. Both American secular progressivism and Islam are things of this world. They may be mutually incompatible, but will gladly ignore each other while they mutually work to stamp out the things of Heaven before turning on each other.
Feel free to write Erickson off as a religious extremist (sure, that’s fitting) but know that his words are gospel to more people than you or I would care to admit.
And words have power. Dangerous power.Â
So there’s a right wing religious extremist who has a platform on Fox News, a radio show, and a podcast on iTunes. Know that his ability to infect the minds of many with his baseless ranting is something that should make every AmericanÂ concerned.
Some responses via Twitter:
Even his fellow Christian conservatives are angered. Last twewet in a thred:
Erick Erickson should be ashamed. He should have been labeled a dangerous voice, and a clown without credibility long ago. 15/
â€” ðŸ°Tim of Caerbannog (@TimSigmund) June 19, 2017
Erick, a lot of what bothers you bothers me. But writing â€œthe political left is becoming the American ISISâ€ pours gasoline on the fire.
â€” jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) June 19, 2017
This is how a dim-witted toddler on sugar rush blogs. And no, saying that doesn’t make me a terrorist. https://t.co/FCITzSi4fz
â€” Pitt Griffin (@pittgriffin) June 19, 2017
I feel even more reassured in my decision to mute Erick Erickson after reading this absolutely inane piece.
â€” Kareim Oliphant (@kareimoli) June 19, 2017
So calling the alt-right deplorables is offensive but calling the entire left ISIS is ok? Have you lost your mind?
â€” chris smith (@cdsmith80) June 19, 2017
Why do you hate America?
â€” Globezilla (@lampsofgold) June 19, 2017
You have now lost me, though it means very little. This is about the most ridiculous thing I’ve seen or heard you say.
â€” Truth Sleuth (@PhiloVance7) June 19, 2017
Comparing my liberal neighbors and relatives to ISIS is depraved and reckless. Please amend.
â€” Capitalics (@Capitalics) June 19, 2017
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Jim Jordan Waging ‘Purely Political Attack’: Demands Bragg Testify Before Congress Over Expected Trump Indictment
In an unprecedented move House Republican Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan is demanding Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg testify before Congress over his expected indictment of Donald Trump. Bragg, officially the New York County District Attorney, is an elected official whose office was created under the New York State Constitution and does not answer to Congress.
Professor of law and former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance quickly blasted Jordan’s move, saying: “what jurisdiction does Congress have over a DA elected by Manhattanites? Sure, Jordan will talk about fed’l funding, but this is a purely political attack on local gov’t.”
Earlier Monday, reacting to Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s remarks, Vance said: “It’s not up to House Republicans to review Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg’s conduct. It’s up to Manhattan voters. If Trump is indicted, a jury will decide whether there’s sufficient evidence to convict. The GOP continues to undercut our democratic institutions to serve Trump.”
Jordan’s letter, he writes to Bragg: “In light of the serious consequences of your actions, we expect that you will testify about what plainly appears to be a politically motivated prosecutorial decision,” according to a Fox Corp. article. The website also says it was signed by two other Republicans: House Oversight Committee Chair Jim Comer and House Committee on Administration Chair Brian Steil. None have any oversight authority on the Office of the Manhattan District Attorney.
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Just before leaving office Trump awarded Jordan the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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In a Monday morning interview with Fox Corp.’s Harris Faulkner, Jordan falsely describes Trump’s hush money payment to adult film actress and director Stormy Daniels as “some alleged bookkeeping error.” The expected charges have neither been voted on by the grand jury nor announced.
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Jim Jordan on possible Trump indictment: “Now they come after him for some alleged bookkeeping error? You’ve gotta be kidding me!”
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Watch CNN’s report below or at this link.
Prosecutors in Atlanta are considering bringing RICO charges in connection with Donald Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia.@eliehonig breaks it down: pic.twitter.com/H7YXKQnus8
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