There is a certain type of media celebrity that doesn’t ever want to get their hands dirty by opposing a popular trend with the extant cultural powers that be. If that means ignoring plain English, endorsing Orwellian speech codes, and engaging in childish bouts of petulance, so be it.
Judge Andrew Napolitano is one of those people. In his impotent fury over current affairs he claims the president has “unleashed a torrent of hatred.”
Add on to that this newly minted Never Trumper’s bitterness that he has not been given a judicial appointment by the Trump administration and eventually the petty hate is going to boil over into a hissy fit of invective using the same tired old tropes employed by the hard left. He rationalizes it as a deeply moral act against a “racist” deeply flawed president.
But the deepest flaw is the one he would see if he but took a hard look in the mirror.
Ignoring for the moment the new management at Fox News Channel that is driving FNC portside towards a soggy center-left in their news reporting, the erstwhile jurist, like his now allied Dem pals, decided to quote only part of the president’s recent statement about the Unfab Four. He spews against the “go back” line and conveniently forgets the next “come back” line that makes the charge of racism absurd on the face of it.
However, to throw his little tantrum Napolitano decided to side with and quote almost verbatim on this that shining example of spotless morality, the Jew-baiting America-hating Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). He speaks of a “shameless” Trump, a “president trying to divide rather than unite.”
The president, wiser than Napolitano in these matters, understands that uniting with the rabid hatred of Rep. Omar and her ilk would be a disservice to liberty. To oppose it with all your might, as the president has done, is the act of a decent man and a free American.
The judge also has decided to embrace the concept of “hate speech,” an idea so dangerously ridiculous to anyone who supports free speech, and thus our constitution, that Orwell mocked it and called out the menace of it in his classic “1984.” You’d think a judge, one who is supposed to be dedicated to upholding our laws and constitution, would understand this.
But Napolitano’s hurry to curry favor with the left and his effete rage over not wearing a high federal robe is so manifest that he lashes out no matter what the cost of his ranting to his own professional integrity.
He does, to be fair, mention that “hate speech” is protected by law. But after trashing the president for “raising a terrifying specter” by an act of political rhetoric which Napolitano himself says is constitutionally protected, his lame footnote is akin to the dark old joke, “Aside from that, Mrs. Kennedy, what do you think of Dallas?”
His wee recent broadside will go down as but another tiny yelp from those who libel the president with falsehoods but actually expose themselves as sniping sycophants of the left.
Napolitano thinks he is ingratiating himself with those who will do him good. Instead, he is in actuality only selling out those who once respected him. And for what?
To be considered politically stylish for a time? To have the sad small people of the hard left clap their brutish paws in programmed unison for him? That’s scant reward at the cost of honesty and reputation. Sadly, it’s a price that Andrew Napolitano is seemingly eager to pay.