What the Covington High Schoolers Taught America
What is the real lesson of the Covington Catholic School incident last week at the Lincoln Memorial?
Decent Americans are rightly appalled at the deliberate lies propagated by the “mainstream” media, the knee-jerk surrender to Leftist narratives by allegedly “conservative” commentators, and the resultant abuse and death threats hurled at children and their families since the edited video originally went viral and was re-reported by an agenda-driven propaganda press.
But this isn’t simply yet another instance of the #FakeNews Industrial Complex doing what it has been doing for so long. This isn’t just another tactical engagement on the battlefield of the political war our nation has been living in since the inauguration of President Trump two years and two days ago. This one-hour event that anyone can now watch in its fullest is, in fact, a strategic engagement that has truly strategic consequences for two specifics groups: NeverTrumpers and true conservative patriots.
First to those who call themselves conservatives, but who have betrayed their true political colors through their actions. The list of those who piled on with the slanderous attacks against the high-schoolers in support of the Left’s narrative is disturbing long, but let us take S.E. Cupp as a typical example.
Cupp surrendered immediately to the narrative of an atavistic “MAGA-hatted mob surrounding a Native American” and peddled it on her CNN platform. Only once the full one-long video was posted did she take the time to find the facts for herself and offer a limp apology on Twitter. But by this time the damage was done. There is nothing Cupp can do to unring the bell of hatred, to retract her support retroactively for those that attacked the teenagers and their families based upon her reporting, so contributing to an environment in which death threats were made against minors.
This is the price the NeverTrump faction pays every time it stands side-by-side with those on the Left who have one mission: the undo the presidential election of 2016. After shamelessly and willingly joining in the real mob attacking Christian high-schoolers, the pretense is over. They have no right to call themselves conservative in any sense of the word. From now on, they are just members of the radical Left and should be treated as such.
But there is good news among all this disturbing behavior.
Here are the important sentences from Covington Catholic Junior Nicholas Sandmann’s statement on the event that made him the center of political life in America:
The protestors said hateful things. They called us “racists,” “bigots,” “white crackers,” “faggots,” and “incest kids.”
I never understood why either of the two groups of protestors were engaging with us, or exactly what they were protesting at the Lincoln Memorial. We were simply there to meet a bus, not become central players in a media spectacle. This is the first time in my life I’ve ever encountered any sort of public protest, let alone this kind of confrontation or demonstration.
Regarding the so-called Omaha tribe elder Nathan Phillips who appeared in the original viral video:
He locked eyes with me and approached me, coming within inches of my face. He played his drum the entire time he was in my face.
I never interacted with this protestor. I did not speak to him.
During the period of the drumming, a member of the protester’s entourage began yelling at a fellow student that we “stole our land” and that we should “go back to Europe.”
And most important of all, on his response and the consequences for his family and friends:
I believed that by remaining motionless and calm, I was helping to diffuse the situation. I realized everyone had cameras and that perhaps a group of adults was trying to provoke a group of teenagers into a larger conflict. I said a silent prayer that the situation would not get out of hand.
I am being called every name in the book, including a racist, and I will not stand for this mob-like character assassination of my family’s name. My parents were not on the trip, and I strive to represent my family in a respectful way in all public settings.
I have received physical and death threats via social media, as well as hateful insults. One person threatened to harm me at school, and one person claims to live in my neighborhood. My parents are receiving death and professional threats because of the social media mob that has formed over this issue.
After you finish reading this article please go directly to the statement from the young man who became the main target of the Left’s lies and the hatred of the NeverTrumpers.
Read it once. Read it twice. Let it sink in. This one heartfelt expression of values and personal philosophy for an America who is still too young to vote should give all patriots strength. And it makes his own school, Covington Catholic and the Covington Diocese look all the more like the craven cowards they are for the letter of reprimand they jointly issued before the facts were in.
Nicholas Sandmann is an inspiration. As long as we have President Donald Trump in the White House, the Left will continue to sabotage his MAGA agenda and phony conservatives like S.E. Cupp will subversively abet those who wish to undermine the will of the America people.
But true conservatives must never give up or give in.
If we do, we are lesser Americans than one high-school junior from Covington, Kentucky.
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