What Is Safety-Whistle Politics?
I'm going to introduce you to a term that doesn't exist, but should. It's the very opposite of what is known as “dog-whistle politics”, which is used to describe a type of language or gesture that is designed to attract a certain segment of the electorate. The worst thing about the term is how often it gets misused. “Dog whistle” is most commonly used to describe a type of coded gesture that appeals to the secret bigot that lives in all of us. Those people who throw the term “dog-whistle” around liberally – at anyone who has a different opinion – should be accused of engaging in “safety-whistle politics”.
You can buy a safety whistle at any
Wal-Mart. A safety whistle can be used to ward off bears while
hiking, or to alert other hikers of a nearby wild animal. It can be
used by anyone, anywhere to draw attention to an imminent threat and
to scare away predators. When we think of safety-whistle politics
and how to use the term appropriately, we need to think about The
Boy Who Cried Wolf. Unlike a dog whistle, a safety whistle is
designed to be heard by everyone. But, just like a dog whistle, a
safety whistle can be used for all the wrong reasons.
In politics, a safety whistle is most
commonly used by anti-conservatives to scare potential voters away
from a particular candidate, or to draw negative attention to a
candidate that they're trying to brand as a predator. As we know, the
most popular trend among progressive politicos is crying foul over
non-existent bigotry. To hyper-progressives, logical border controls,
security and shared values are considered bigotry – not because
they're actually staples of bigotry, but because racist is the
most popular buzz-word of the day. Anyone who refuses to display
“progressive values” is racist, bigotted, homophobic, sexist,
misogynistic, disgusting, depraved, immoral and sub-human. With the aloof and absurdly clueless nature of modern
progressivism, the need to call out safety-whistle politics has never
A person who resorts to safety-whistle
politics is a walking, talking, textbook definition of a cry-baby.
They're the people who commend each other for calling mean people
racist and who encourage participation awards in schools. They're the
people who feel unsafe around Trump hats and who want to imprison
people with incendiary opinions. They're the people who have turned
bitching and whining into a legitimate political strategy that people
are becoming increasingly more sick of. If there's one thing we
should thank safety-whistle politics for, it should be for creating
people like Donald Trump, Milo Yiannopoulos, Andrew Breitbart, Ann Coulter, Ezra
Levant and every other flame throwing guerrilla of the century. The
absurd extremism of safety-whistle politics has created a monster of
the opposite extreme.
If you've ever called someone you
disagreed with a racist and you're confused about Donald Trump's vast
appeal, look in the fucking mirror.
Safety-whistle politics isn't only an
absurd strategy, it's a lazy strategy. It can be considered a staple
of the new generation. The people crying foul the most about
non-existent racism are usually under the age of 30, which should
come as no surprise, since a scary majority of North Americans under
30 are delicate snowflakes who are too fragile to pick up a shovel.
It's this same laziness that compels modern feminists to take the
easy road by enrolling in gender studies instead of electrical
engineering, so they can spend their lives complaining about gender
inequality instead of working. It's the same kind of laziness that
compels a young and capable person to live at home for free, so they
can bitch about social injustice and post ironically dumb Bernie
Sanders memes on Reddit. This poor, hard-done-by generation gave
us safety-whistle politics and it's people like Donald Trump who are
going to slap those whistles right out of their mouths.
Yes, that's right. I said Donald Trump
and “slap” in the same sentence. Does that make you feel unsafe?
It's called figurative speech, but let's not pretend a real slap
wouldn't do you some good if you're offended. If you're looking for a
number to call so you can rat me out for encouraging violence, it's
Safety-whistle politics is basically
the misuse, over-use and exaggeration of racism, bigotry, homophobia,
ageism, ableism, sexism and every other discriminatory “ism”
progressives can find. It's the equivalent of pointing at someone you
don't like and calling them a bully for disagreeing. It's the act of
shaming someone as loudly and as vigorously as possible for having a
different point of view. It's the act of falsely accusing someone of
racism or bigotry for political gain.
Examples of safety-whistle politics
seem more abundant today than they were 20 years ago, mainly because
of the reason I stated above. With a mainstream media that's eager to
exaggerate the influence of a single tweet, we've ended up here.
We're at a place where the opinions and complaints of a tiny minority
are inflated into something bigger. When one person tweets their
outrage over something goofy and a bunch of people retweet it,
mainstream media treats it like a reflection of the majority's
sentiment. The reality is that most of us only click the news links
and watch the segments because we're stunned at how ridiculous these
people are, not because we agree with them. Mainstream media then
takes the ratings these idiotic stories produce and tries to
replicate them as often as possible. As a result, we're left with
whiny children whose actions are being encouraged and validated.
If you need examples of safety-whistle
politics, I'm happy to oblige.
In 2012, Newt Gingrich repeatedly
referred to Barack Obama as the “food stamp president” and was
quickly attacked for being a racist and using dog-whistle politics
and code words. To the real racists – who happen to be liberals
and progressives – Newt was being racist because, according to
them, only black people use food stamps. According to 2013 statistics
from the US
Department Of Agriculture, 40% of food stamp recipients are white
and the numbers grew under Barack Obama. Newt Gingrich called Obama
the food stamp president because he is the food stamp president.
Just this year, Donald Trump was
attacked for tweeting an image of Crooked Hillary with a red star
describing her as “the most corrupt candidate ever”. To
progressives, the star looked oddly similar to the Star Of David.
Since most progressives are familiar with the Star Of David –
because they spend so much time criticizing Israel and pushing
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions – they immediately spotted the
uncanny resemblance and pounced on the opportunity to accuse Trump of
racism. Despite being a common shape in most Microsoft and office
programs, Trump's campaign changed the star to a circle following the
phony scandal. Trump's stunning daughter, Ivanka, is also a Jewish
convert who married a Jew.
Back to this year, Donald Trump is a
racist because he thinks America's black communities have been
devastated and are in the worst conditions they've ever been in.
Rewind to 2008 when Obama and Hillary said basically the same things
to pander to black voters:
“The average African-American family has lost $2,600 in income. Compare that to the prior 8 years, the typical African-American family went up $7,600 in the 1990s.” – Hillary Clinton, January 21, 2008, Democratic Debate
“A lack of economic opportunity among black men, and the shame and frustration that came with not being able to provide for one's family, contributed to the erosion of black families – a problem that welfare policies for many years may have worsened.” – Barack Obama, Change We Can Believe In, 2008
Other candidates have been able to criticize despair and poverty within black communities, historic or otherwise, without being called racist. If Donald Trump were just making things up, it would be fair to call him racist, but he isn't. According to the US Census Bureau, poverty within African-American communities has risen steadily in the past eight years. Black child poverty rates have stayed the same while child poverty rates for Hispanics and whites have decreased. Crime in America's inner cities and African-American communities has risen and murder rates have skyrocketted since 2008 in cities like Chicago, Baltimore, New York and Cleveland. Overall, violent crime rates have risen by nearly 4%. But, since Hillary and incumbent Democrats want to win this year, we're pretending America's black communities are paved with gold.
In Canada, we have our fair share of
safety-whistle politics. Just recently, a future Liberal Party
leadership candidate, Michael Chong, accused a Conservative Party
leadership candidate of dog-whistle politics for suggesting
immigrants should be screened for Canadian values. Being the sterile,
culture-less cads they are, progressives pretended to be outraged and
confused by the notion of something called a “Canadian value”.
Thus, controversy ensued. However, the candidate caught in the
crosshairs – Kellie Leitch – was quickly recognized as a serious
Conservative leadership contender.
Don't let facts get in the way, though.
Donald Trump and Kellie Leitch are racists. Anyone who criticizes the
numerous crimes committed by Islamic migrants in Europe over the past
year is also a racist. Any non-liberal who points out the importance of border
security, immigration control or the disproportionate crime and
poverty rates in non-white communities is a racist. Nevermind the
facts. Pull out your safety whistles and start pointing at everyone
who abuses you with their fact-based micro-aggressions.