Indescribable “Conservative” Gopcrisy

On March 3, 2017, I coined a neologism, “gopcrisy,” on the claim that “conservatives” in the United States had so stretched the concept that the word, “hypocrisy,” denotes that the usual word no longer sufficed to capture their perfidy and malfeasance.

They are now proving my point with a breathtaking vengeance.

A lone gunman opened fire at a baseball diamond in suburban Virginia recently, seriously injuring Steve Scalise, majority whip for the Gopcritical Party in the House of Representatives, hailing from the great state of Louisiana. The shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, died at the scene from injuries inflicted by police officers.

Reports have it that Mr. Hodgkinson was very unhappy with the accession of the Donald to the presidency and had supported Bernie Sanders during last year’s election. Various persons who had interacted with him at his home in Illinois indicated no inkling that he would be capable of such an act.

In their zeal to respond in the most irresponsible manner possible to any tragedy, of course, various “conservatives” ascribed the shooting of Mr. Scalise to “the left.” This is characteristic stupidity and hypocrisy.

Where to begin? As a preliminary observation, one would note that one of the worst bad habits of U.S. “conservatives” is their zeal to believe in and rely on their own stereotypes. Thus, even though the counties that voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 account for 64% of U.S. economic output, Trump counties accounting for the remaining 34%, “conservatives” persist with the absurd claim that liberals are lazy.

The so called president is quick to point to violence by Muslims as a key part of his justification for the Muslim ban he wants to impose on persons traveling to the United States. He reacts quickly and inappropriately when he thinks he can attribute any event in the world to terrorists, who are always Muslim in his mind, but falls silent when a “conservative” attacks a Muslim person or persons.

Looking back over recent violent attacks, it is painfully obvious that “conservatives” are far more likely to perpetrate them than anyone else. Two men died recently in Portland trying to stop Islamophobic attacks against two women on a public bus. The incident began when the attacker began to yell what a police officer characterized as “hate speech.” Hint: leftists do not shout hate speech on public transit. The attacker was reportedly a white supremacist, meaning he was a good “conservative.”

Then, we might also recall June 2015, when Dylan Roof, an avowed white supremacist — “conservative” — sat through bible study at a historically black church, then opened fire, killing nine people.

Taking a step back and thinking more broadly, one might note that the veritable epidemic of black people getting killed by police officers, which the nation has become more acutely aware of since Mike Brown died at the hands of a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014.

Violence against African Americans is, by definition, distinctively conservative, both in the broad sense that the police are inherently conservative in their goal of keeping order, and in the more specific sense that, from seceding in the hopes of perpetuating slavery to explicitly opposing the end of racial segregation, “conservatives” in the United States have consistently opposed equality for African Americans.

“Conservatives” were responsible for various acts of violence during the civil rights era, including the murder of Medgar Evers, the murder of four black girls in the 16th Street Church bombing, and, of course, the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Political violence in the United States looks distinctively “conservative.”

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