When the takedown in question is the utter rhetorical annihilation of an alt-right icon like Richard Spencer, the thrashing is even more delicious.
Richard Spencer, the recipient of the beat-down, is a white supremacist and one of the organizers of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va. that turned into a full-blown riot in August. Spencer was previously seen a few weeks after the 2016 election leading alt-right supporters in a Nazi saluteand chanting, “Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail victory!” Suffice it to say that Richard Spencer is far out of the conservative mainstream.
In the other corner is Ben Sasse, the junior Republican senator from Nebraska. In three years in the Senate, Sasse has quickly emerged as a leading conservative thinker and outspoken defender of freedom and the Constitution.
The brouhaha started when Spencer called out “goober conservatives” on Twitter in a tweet that defended Russia from charges that it meddled in the 2016 campaign. So, sit back, make some popcorn, and enjoy Ben Sasse’s eloquent and impassioned response.
In the minds of goober conservatives, the Russians are to blame for racial divisions. https://t.co/CzpGfL6u4M
— Richard ☝🏻Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) September 28, 2017 No one loves American-vs-American fighting more than Putin. His intel agencies stoke both sides of every divide.https://t.co/H6BwjHzokH
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 28, 2017 2/
Don’t get me wrong: we’ll always have brown-shirt-pajama-boy Nazis like you & your lonely pals stoking division. But here’s America 101: https://t.co/SboVZmOuu2
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 28, 2017 3/
You don’t get America. You said: “You do not have some human right, some abstract thing given to you by God or something like that.” https://t.co/ScXDGFcbGp
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 28, 2017 4/
Actually, that’s exactly what America declares we do have: People are the image-bearers of God, created with dignity& inalienable rights. https://t.co/d4orBrHJMw
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 28, 2017 5/
Sadly, you don’t understand human dignity. A person’s skin, ancestry, and bank balance have nothing to do with their intrinsic value. https://t.co/5JsyVAKQRL
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 28, 2017 6/
This declaration of universal dignity is what America is about. Madison called our Constitution “the greatest reflection on human nature” https://t.co/NQluVs1KvA
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 28, 2017 7/
You talk about culture but don’t know squat about western heritage–which sees people not as tribes but as individuals of limitless worth https://t.co/VKNvDUXLtT
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 28, 2017 8/
The celebration of universal dignity IS our culture, & it rejects your “white culture” crybaby politics. It rejects all identity politics https://t.co/Adlj9AvNPR
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 28, 2017 9/
Sometime after moving back into your parents’ basement, you knock-off Nazis fell in love with reheated 20th century will-to-power garbage https://t.co/XDTeATVGSe
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 28, 2017 10/
Your “ideas” aren’t just hateful, un-American poison–they’re also just so dang boring. The future doesn’t belong to your stupid memes. https://t.co/bNHSlf1uOx
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 28, 2017 11/11
Get a real job, Clown. Find an actual neighbor to serve. You’ll be happier.
Have a nice day. https://t.co/ToREd7VwDM
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) September 28, 2017
Sasse understands what the protesters on the left and the alt-right do not. That the best answer to offensive and radical speech is more speech. Good ideas, not violent force, should be used to destroy bad ideas.