“The police” ( as in “Defund the”) are now sitting, or hanging, where “the priests “ were ‘long about 2 years ago now. To paraphrase the great Dr Seuss in his book about the Star-bellied Sneetches: To be wearing a badge now is frightfully bad!
Welcome to the “Police Abuse Scandal” , coming hot on the heels of the “Priest Abuse Scandal”. And in between, we had the “White Heterosexual Male Abuse Scandal” which, witness Ed Henry, hasn’t abated a whit.
I have no brief either for priests or police. But I do like men. So it took me till now to realize what this clump of “abuse scandals” have in common, and what’s at the back of my mind that makes them all…familiar.
These selective hysteria-storms resemble purges like the “Doctors’ Plot” hoax in early 1950s USSR, when Stalin put it about that there was a cabal of (at first mostly Jewish) doctors who were plotting to assassinate him. Overnight, physicians went from healers to KILLERS! Get ‘em!
Is it really that easy, now, in 21st century America: you just announce from a Leftist totalitarian platform that all members of some group, distinguished by its training or class or belief or simply race-gender cluster, be and they hereby are: pariahs?
Apparently yes. Everybody knew for decades what priests were up to, witness all those altar-boy jokes. Everybody knew police were brutal; they’re probably a lot less so now than ever before. And everybody, absolutely everybody, knew about the “casting couch”. All of these, the fodder for a million jokes, became—overnight, it seemed—odious, sinister, predatory, criminal.
(Of course it’s only possible if the Left seizes control of the news media. Check. )
You may balk at comparing this to a Stalinist “purge” , but, well : persons who don’t immediately whip around to endorse the new orthodoxy are now Instantly marked and no longer “permitted to buy or sell“. Those words are from Revelation of course. And although maybe in John of Patmos’ time, people could still survive if excluded from the stream of commerce, today, they cannot. These words of dire prophecy amount to a death sentence.
What profession, what creed, what subset of our citizenry will be the next victims, the next instant pariahs?
Because in 2020 America, it apparently is that easy to engender obloquy by fiat.