What about “whataboutism”?

Yesterday, Scott recommended a column by William Voegeli called “About ‘Whataboutism.’” I read that column and join Scott in recommending it.

In our current discourse, whataboutism is used by Democrats/leftists to counter conservatives who, when discussing questionable actions by Donald Trump or violent conduct by a pro-Trump mob (for example), point to similar behavior by others that Democrats/leftists did not condemn. Those of us who point to the double standard are accused of whataboutism.

The charge is an evasion — an attempt to duck the fact that Democrats are employing a double standard. Accepting the evasion means accepting unprincipled discourse, which is what the left desires. They insist on an exemption from normal rules of argument.

Whataboutism is essentially a demand that similar situations and similarly situated people be treated similarly. Thus, if not abused, whataboutism is an essential element of justice.

In law, if a Black plaintiff who was fired for being tardy twice for work points to a white co-worker who was tardy twice but not fired, his allegations make out of prima facie case of discrimination. His argument boils down to whataboutism, but it can’t be dismissed on that basis.

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YOU’RE GONNA NEED A MUCH BIGGER BLOG: Here are six videos of Democrats calling for violence or physi…

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A MUCH BIGGER BLOG: Here are six videos of Democrats calling for violence or physical confrontations that are still active on Twitter . Earlier: Bernie Bro with Van Full of Guns and Explosives Plotted to Assassinate Biden.

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Some Covid Links

(Don Boudreaux)

Michael Esfeld decries the abuse of science during this time of Covid-19. A slice:

We know many cases from history, in particular of the last century in Europe and especially Germany, in which coercive state measures were legitimized as absolutely necessary from a scientific point of view and had devastating consequences for the people affected. Is it different this time? Is it possible and permissible to stop the spread of a virus through central state planning with a massive intervention in people’s lives – and especially the lives of those people who do not have much time left to live – without causing great harm?

Billy Binion reports that New York State strongman Andrew Cuomo continues to muck matters up.

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Laura Dodsworth eloquently defends skeptics of lockdowns. A slice:

Lockdown doesn’t come without regulations. Supporting lockdown necessitates the implicit support of the regulations and enforcement of them. They aren’t just the nuclear option; they are the totalitarian option. They have also never been used or recommended before. Pre-emptive disaster and recovery planner, Lucy Easthope, told me that lockdowns have never been recommended for influenza or SARS epidemics. They were never recommendedby WHO until a little update of their website this year post-introduction of lockdowns, or by the UK government.

The Heritage Foundation has compiled a list of lockdown hypocrites. It’s long.

Source: Some Covid Links

[David Bernstein] Gaslighting Last Summer’s Riots and the Law Enforcement Response

[The notion that law enforcement routinely and violently cracked down on peaceful demonstrations, or even looting and rioting, is not consistent with the facts.] Last week, Joe Biden stated that if the rioters at the Capitol last week had been associated with Black Lives Matters, they would have been treated much more harshly.

Source: [David Bernstein] Gaslighting Last Summer’s Riots and the Law Enforcement Response

Gaslighting Last Summer’s Riots and the Law Enforcement Response

Last week, Jo e Biden stated that if the rioters at the Capitol last week had been associated with Black Lives Matters, they would have been treated much more harshly . I heard a segment on NPR this morning with the same theme. The implication is that right-wing and white rioters get treated with kid gloves, while left-wing and minority rioters–and even peaceful protesters–face violent crackdowns.

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The Capitol Police were woefully understaffed and under-prepared for last Wednesday’s riot. The reasons for that need to be thoroughly investigated. But the notion that right-wing mostly white rioters get special treatment while BLM-associated lawless behavior attracts violent, harsh, crackdown is at odds with what actually happened last summer.

Source: Gaslighting Last Summer’s Riots and the Law Enforcement Response

The claim that Parler represents some unique risk to public safety is a lie driven by politics

That some people post threats in violation of policy is not at all unique to Parler. Twitter has had a longstanding and pervasive problem with threatening conduct and threats, so much so that Amnesty International calls it Toxic Twitter, and wrote reports on violent language directed at women on Twitter, and Twitter’s failure to remove death threats. Not that long ago Twitter hosted accounts for the military wing of Hamas, and related entities (I know, I used to check the accounts when something was happening in Gaza).

If you have spent any time on Twitter, and I’ve spent a lot, it is a cesspool of hate and conspiracy theories, particularly related to so-called Russia Collusion. The notion that Parler is worse is a fabrication.

Facebook has deep problems with terrorist groups organizing on its platform, so much so that it deletes millions of pieces of terrorist information a year but cannot keep up…

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FLASHBACK: Nancy Pelosi Called for ‘Uprisings’ Against the Trump Administration — Lord Buckbeak

By Matt Margolis Jan 07, 2021 7:07 PM ET – for PJmedia.com The Democrats’ past violent rhetoric is coming back to haunt them as they’re falling all over each other to blame Trump for the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Nancy Pelosi, for example, is calling on Trump’s Cabinet to invoke the 25th […]

FLASHBACK: Nancy Pelosi Called for ‘Uprisings’ Against the Trump Administration — Lord Buckbeak

Thoughts, the day after

As a thought experiment, just think for a moment if yesterday’s Capitol demonstration/protest/invasion had been perpetrated by BLM or some other leftist group. Does anyone doubt for a moment that the condemnation from the left, the Democrats, and the MSM would have been tepid and spotty, and the story would have died rather quickly?

The double standards we’ve had for years are a pernicious part of the problem, and they’re not going away any time soon, because yesterday was something people can sink their teeth into.

Some on the right are saying that the left will be using this like the Nazis used the Reichstag fire. If they mean “to stoke hatred against the right as well as to repress it further,” then I agree. I’m not sure whether most people saying this realize that there is no historical consensus on who set the Reichstag fire: Communists as accused, or the Nazis themselves. But there is no dispute on how it was used by the Nazis.

Source: Thoughts, the day after

Democrats Were For Riots Before They Were Against Them

In 2018, the media was writing up glowing stories about the hundreds of Women’s March members who were engaging in “direct action” to disrupt the Senate’s Kavanaugh hearings.

Hundreds of members from the radical leftist group had invaded the hearings and were arrested. Their travel expenses and bail for the disruptions were covered by the Women’s March.

Radicals from the March and other leftist groups blocked hallways, shouted down Senate members, and draped protest banners from balconies. Democrats cheered them on.

When a leftist mob assailed the Supreme Court, pounding on the doors, MSNBC called it an “extraordinary moment” and praised the crowd, “besieging the Supreme Court” and “confronting senators”.

“If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them,” Rep. Maxine Waters had urged earlier that year.

Later, the Democrat House member told MSNBC, “They’re going to absolutely harass them”.

In 2020, Black Lives Matter rioters vandalized the Lincoln Memorial and the WW2 Memorial, along with statues of Gandhi, General Kosciuszko, and Andrew Jackson. The racist thugs marched through the city starting fires, including at a historic church, and tried to besiege the White House. Attempts by federal law enforcement to fight BLM terrorism were falsely denounced as a brutal attack on “peaceful protesters”, and as “militarism” and “fascism”.

Democrat House members took to proposing bills to protect the racist mobs from law enforcement. Meanwhile the BLM mob besieged the White House and battled Secret Service personnel, allegedly forcing the evacuation of President Trump and his family to a bunker.

This was the new normal enthusiastically supported by Democrats and the media.

A bail fund backed by Senator Kamala Harris and Biden campaign staffers focused on helping the rioters and looters get out of prison. Along with any other criminals along for the ride.

Violent protests, including those targeting public officials and legislative bodies, had been championed and normalized by Democrats and their media over the last four years. That included the harassment of officials, property destruction, and assaulting law enforcement.

Now, as the Democrats expect to take power, they suddenly decided that rioting is bad.

Source: Democrats Were For Riots Before They Were Against Them

Flashback 2020: Six Months of Antifa/BLM Looting, Rioting, and Chaos

If there is any “two systems of justice” situation here, it’s that there are one set of rules for right-wing rioters and none for left-wing rioters who terrorized entire communities for months on end in 2020.

On Thursday, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris used their platforms as the next POTUS and VPOTUS of the United States to gaslight the American people with their dishonest comparison of Wednesday’s Capitol Hill riots to the Antifa/Black Lives Matter looting and riots that happened in Democrat-run cities for over six months in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd.

Biden threw gasoline on the fire by proclaiming that “No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protesting yesterday, they wouldn’t have been treated very, very differently than the mob of thugs that stormed the Capitol.”

Harris did her part in lighting a match as well, declaring that “We witnessed two systems of justice when we saw one that let extremists storm the United States Capitol, and another that released tear gas on peaceful protesters last summer.”

In reality, in most instances the radicals in BLM and Antifa were allowed to get away with their heinous actions last year, even being treated as heroes by the mainstream press and Democrats – some of whom, like Harris and the Biden campaign, promoted their bail funds.

Source: Flashback 2020: Six Months of Antifa/BLM Looting, Rioting, and Chaos

Here’s a look back through the Legal Insurrection archives at the protest violence and other dangerous activities that occurred during an over six-month period of time here in America in 2020 courtesy of the left-wing extremists in Antifa and BLM:

MAY
MSNBC Reporter Describes Minneapolis “Protest” as “Not, Generally Speaking, Unruly” as He Stands in Front of Burning Building

JUNE
Mob Throws Statue of Hans Christian Heg, Abolitionist, Into Lake Monona
It’s Going Down: Seattle Surrenders a Police Station and Four City Blocks to Antifa
America Under Attack: Riots and Looting Nationwide

JULY
Portland Rioters Set Fire to Bloody Pig’s Head With Cop’s Hat on U.S. Flag
Man Violently Attacked in Portland: “I was stabbed for being a conservative journalist”
Media, Portland Mayor Mischaracterize Assault on Federal Courthouse as “Protests”

AUGUST
Sen. Rand Paul and others attacked by DC mobs after leaving Trump speech
Kenosha, WI Under Siege By Antifa/BLM Rioters
Riot First, Asks Questions Later: Minneapolis Looting Sparked By False Report Of Police Shooting
DC BLM Mob Harasses White Diners, Demanding They Raise Fists In Solidarity
Portland Rioters Wheel Guillotine Through Suburbs, Execute American Flag
Report: Seattle Rioters Tried to Burn Police Officers Alive By Sealing Precinct Door Shut
Portland: BLM Mob Causes Man to Crash, Beats Him Unconscious
‘Peaceful Protesters’ in Portland Set Fire to County Government Building
Chicago Looters Attack Ronald McDonald House
Over 100 People Arrested in Chicago Overnight Amid Rampant Rioting and Looting

SEPTEMBER
Louisville, Other Cities Struck by Violence, Riots for Second Night After Breonna Taylor Decision
BLM Protesters Target Georgetown CVS Because Employees Called Police on Shoplifters
Two Los Angeles County Deputies Shot; BLM Chants “We Hope They Die” Outside Hospital
Black Lives Matter Rioters Ransack Rochester, NY
‘Peaceful Protests’ Push St. Louis, Portland Mayors Out of Their Homes

OCTOBER
National Guard Deployed to Philadelphia After Violence, Looting Explodes for the Second Night
Pro-Trump Rally Attacked In Liberal Ithaca (NY)
BLM Rioters Damage Homes, Stores in Wisconsin After DA Won’t Charge Cop in Fatal Shooting

Democrats and the media coddled Antifa/BLM rioters at a time when stepping up and speaking out strongly against them might have made a difference. Republicans not only repeatedly condemned last year’s looting and riots, but did the same with the Capitol Hill violence that happened earlier this week.

That’s something to remember the next time anyone on the left or in the media tries to pretend they have any moral high ground here. They most certainly do not.