I think Greenfield gives the Left too much credit for being clueless. I think his is a misplaced generosity. I am convinced that the Left’s ignorance of the true nature of Islam is a front refined and tailored over recent decades, ever since Islam and jihad began making headlines, disguising something much more insidious. Down deep, in the remotest, darkest corner of the soul of every Leftist, collectivist, statist, and community organizer, is a seething glop of malice for freedom which he wishes to exterminate, come what may, never mind how, and don’t ask him about it if you don’t want to see him froth at the mouth and threaten you with physical violence. If the extermination is performed by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Valerie Jarrett, or Cass Sunstein, or any other exponent of totalitarianism, it won’t matter to him, just as long as the murder is committed.I'd be calling them "those poor, deluded bastards," but it's hard to find sympathy for those who want you dead.
And if it’s performed by Islam, so be it. He will be content, even if it means he will need to buy himself a prayer rug or pay jizya from his paltry income and show up at Islamic rallies as a loyal infidel. All else – the protests, the books, the lectures, the posters – is guff and practiced posturing to him. He works to create the image of a champion of the underdogs, whoever and wherever they might be, when, in truth, he would just rather shoot the mangy mutts.
And what is the root of that seething glop of malice? An unquenchable, malevolent envy of every individual who has ever achieved independence and happiness without the Leftist’s assistance or advice or guidance, an envy of the incalculable wealth produced by what little capitalism has been permitted to exist in any given nation’s mixed economy or welfare state. This envy is coupled with an intimate but repressed knowledge and certitude that the kind of ideal communist or socialist state envisioned by him can produce nothing but poverty, misery, a state of stagnation sustained by force and deception and lies, and the suffocation of the able and the brightest.
That's what it's about. That's what drives a Leftist. Envy.
I quote Dr. Carson's speech at the Prayer Breakfast: "Some people say, they say, ‘Well, that’s not fair because it doesn’t hurt the guy who made $10 billion as much as the guy who made 10,’” Carson said. “[But] where does it say you have to hurt the guy? He just put a billion dollars in the pot!"
They have to hurt him, Doctor. They have to hurt anyone who has more, or has done more, than they have. They have to hurt anyone that shows their diseased ideology up for the infantile temper tantrum that it's always been. They have to destroy anyone who shows them up, because it exposes their position that the individual is helpless, as a bold-faced lie of the blackest variety.
They'll hurt you, "by any means necessary." And if that means allying themselves with those who would eventually murder them, then that's what they'll do. Because they're always looking for the path of least resistance...and it's easier to destroy than create.