Here is an example.
I sent THIS BLOG about the dangers of uncontrolled migration and immigration out to the world.
The blog mentioned a book by Ann Corcoran and provided her short video that succinctly warns about illegal and excess immigration.
I received this warning from one of the blog’s conservative recipients:
“Ann Corcoran is the darling of Vdare which is a white supremacist and anti Semitic blog. Probably not the best source.”I wondered how true this was, so I replied:
“Show me evidence of this from sources other than from leftist sites attempting to smear her.”I was aware that leftist sites like the Southern Poverty Law Center makes their living out of slandering conservatives. I didn’t get a reply. So I wrote again:
“What is the basis of your statement that Vdare is anti-Semitic? I understand it has been smeared for being "white supremacist" by the likes of the Southern Poverty Law Center (a Progressive if not Communist group). But I reviewed the Vdare site (the first time I looked at it) and could not find any evidence.He replied:
“In fact, there was one article that mentioned Jews, and that was in the context of Europe being dumb enough to facilitate the mass migration of Muslims which is horrible for Jews.”
“Guilt by Association.”
That tidbit was certainly lacking in helpful specificity. So I again responded:
“Haven't seen it. More info?” Guilt by association of who with what, exactly? Curious minds etc.”And he replied:
“David Duke, skin heads etc”OK, that’s a start. So I wrote back:
“What is their association with Vdare?I used the Trump example because while I like Trump, I’m waiting for the slander to start. So he replied:
“HERE is an article from the ADL [Anti-defamation Defense League]. The ADL article claims that white supremacists support Donald Trump. That is "guilt by association." Therefore should we marginalize Trump because people we don't agree with support him?”
“Trump never had them at his conventions, bad analogy “Since I disagreed that it was a bad analogy, I pressed further:
“Trump hasn't been running long enough for his adversaries to discover that there are people with inappropriately diverse views attending some of his events. And since I asked you three times for any basis of substance for your opinion, you FINALLY referred to "them" (whoever 'them' is) attending "his convention." As a walk in? By invitation? As a demonstrator? All I've heard so far is ‘guilt by vague innuendo.’”To which he replied:
“topic terminated I don't like being cross examined”I ended my necessary “cross-examination” but am left with questions:
Did that reader just not feel the issue was worth any further effort, sort of like hit and run? Is he beginning to doubt his initial opinion and didn’t want to deal? Or is he so convinced of his initial opinion that he considers any questioning a waste of time – the “I’m too far above you to respond” syndrome?
There are two things that would have been better than “topic terminated:” Either admit he didn’t have any hard evidence and admit he could be wrong or provide the hard evidence. He did neither.
Whatever his reason for doing neither, his comments remain unsubstantiated innuendo. But he planted the seed of doubt – exactly what the left is after.
I gleaned several lessons from my research and this exchange:
- Ann Corcoran remains a reputable, well-spoken, and convincing source of information about our immigration problem.
- I am not willing to discredit a good source of information on a topic of great importance by unsubstantiated innuendo, even from generally like-minded people. I trust my own research.
- I could not find any direct evidence from the Vdare website that they were either “white supremacists” or “anti-Semitic.” To the contrary, the one article I saw that mentioned Jews criticized slack and ignorant European immigration policies for ultimately being harmful to Jews.
- That there are many left wing, progressive, and Communist web sites and news articles that are hostile to conservative values and the concept of limited and well-controlled immigration. They will go so far as to attempt to defame any individual and organization who does not further their agenda of destroying our culture and form of governance.
- That there are people who are not aware of these dangers and who inadvertently and subconsciously fall for some of the many messages they hear that are slanderously misleading or wrong.
Note: Since I wrote this piece, I checked with three friends who are politically savvy as well as sensitive and attuned to potential "hate groups." None of then had anything bad to say about either Ann Corcoran or Vdare.