Are all liberals crazy? Probably not, but it seems that way these days. Pretty much every post I write is about liberals behaving not just badly, but bizarrely. Perhaps that is good, if, like me, you want leftism to be discredited forever. But the process is painful.
There is a garden store in Minnesota called Gertens. Its hallmark is that it is really, really big. This time of year, the store sells thousands of ornaments and holiday decorations. That’s the problem: liberals discovered–surprisingly, a few liberals apparently shop at garden stores–that Gertens had this ornament for sale:
I see some American flags in that photo, too. Those are heretical, but the Left’s anger has focused on the irreproachable sentiment that all lives matter:
An ornament for sale at Gertens is at the center of a firestorm of backlash on Facebook.
A shopper browsing the ornament section Wednesday night at the Inver Grove Heights store spotted a black rectangle ornament with the words “All Lives Matter” written on it in white.
The horror! Only a liberal could twist herself into ideological knots so as to be able to claim that “all lives matter” is somehow an inappropriate sentiment.
The shopper posted a photo of the ornament in a private Facebook group, itself an offshoot of Pantsuit Nation, a larger group that sprung up ahead of the election in support of Hillary Clinton.
That helps to identify the zone of insanity–Hillary Clinton supporters.
Since the photo was posted, people have been leaving negative reviews on Gertens’ Facebook page.
“Any store that carries an ‘all lives matter’ Christmas ornament has their priorities in the wrong place. How insulting and insensitive of them,” Katrina Hannemann wrote on Gertens’ public page.
Here is another one, by Regina Edmisten:
Usually I am a loyal customer as I live in the community and love supporting local places but just now saw an ornament you are carrying this year. The “all lives matter” ornament is not what I have come to know and love about your buisness and it certainly sends a clear message to the community and not a good one. Please do better.
Another, from Stephen Arne Keeler:
“All Lives Matter” is a blatantly divisive term meant to belittle and downplay the legitimate concerns of black and brown folks in this country. Gertens selling an “All Lives Matter” ornament is tone deaf at best. Do better.
And here is one by Vicki Serreno:
I was headed to Gerten’s this afternoon for a few last-minute holiday items but after seeing the “All Lives Matter” ornament pictured in the Star Tribune I’ll be headed to Bachmann’s instead. How incredibly tone-deaf can you be, Gerten’s?
So Katrina, Regina, Stephen and Vicki believe that some lives matter more than others. There used to be a name for that kind of thinking.
Very few companies have the courage to stand up against pervasive liberal bullying. When a garden store stocks ornaments, the last thing it looks for is controversy. So, even though the left-wing bigots who complain represent a tiny minority, the easiest solution is to cave in to their demands. How much could Gertens make by selling a few ornaments? $20 or $30 maybe? It’s a no-brainer: give in to the wacky liberals and they will go away.
This is an apt microcosm of our politics as 2016 draws to a close. Liberals, unable to convince their fellow citizens by argument, resort, everywhere and always, to bullying.