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Dan Crenshaw. Wish We’d Thought Of This.

Dan Crenshaw is a Republican Congressman representing the 2nd Congressional District out of the State of Texas.

Crenshaw’s story is rather amazing.

Originally from the Houston area, Rep. Dan Crenshaw is a proud 6th generation Texan. From an early age, Dan knew that he wanted to serve his country with the most elite fighting force in history: the U.S. Navy SEALs. His father’s career in the Texas oil and gas industry moved his family all over the world, including Ecuador and Colombia, where he attended high school. As a result, Dan is fluent in Spanish. In 2006, Dan graduated from Tufts University, where he earned his Naval officer commission through Navy ROTC. Following graduation, he immediately reported to SEAL training in Coronado, CA, where he met his future wife, Tara. After graduating SEAL training, Dan deployed to Fallujah, Iraq to join SEAL Team Three, his first of five deployments overseas.

On Dan’s third deployment in 2012, his life changed forever. After six months of combat operations, he was hit by an IED blast during a mission in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was evacuated and awoke from his medically induced coma learning that his right eye had been destroyed in the blast and his left eye was badly damaged. Dan was completely blind and the doctors did not believe he would ever see again. Tara stood by him every day and night, keeping faith and praying he would see again. After several difficult surgeries and months of fighting a tough diagnosis, Dan eventually regained sight in his left eye, a miracle according to the head surgeon. Dan refused to quit and went on to deploy twice more, first back to the Middle East in 2014 and then South Korea in 2016.

Dan was medically retired in September of 2016 as a Lieutenant Commander after serving ten years in the SEAL Teams. He left service with two Bronze Stars (one with Valor), the Purple Heart, and the Navy Commendation Medal with Valor, among others. (emphasis ours)

We knew that Crenshaw had lost an eye in combat, but we did not realize that he served two more deployments.

It’s hard not to be impressed by that dedication and service.

A few days ago Crenshaw appeared on the Joe Rogan Show where he made an argument that is so good and so persuasive that we are almost jealous that we did not think of it before.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) scolded Democrats on Wednesday for continuously and freely calling President Donald Trump and members of the Republican Party “Nazis.”

“I always tell people when they’re complaining about something Trump said and they’re like, ‘Look at the violence he’s inciting,’ and I say ‘Well, you call us all Nazis,'” Crenshaw told host Joe Rogan while appearing on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast. “When you call someone a Nazi, you are calling somebody something that we all agreed as Americans to bomb, and kill, and destroy.”

“So, you’re labeling me with a label that we all agree should be destroyed,” he continued. “Like, how is that not inciting violence by your standards?(emphasis ours)

We had always viewed the label “Nazi” as something that people use to shut down conversations such as the term “racist.” People end up having to defend the accusation rather than having an actual discussion. (Which may be the point of the labeling to begin with. If you can’t defend what you believe, just accuse someone of being something and walk away thinking you won the “debate” that you never really wanted to have in the first place.

Crenshaw’s point is so simple and brilliant that we are almost jealous that we didn’t think of it.

As a country, we sent millions of men around the world to fight the Nazis. As a country, we came together and agreed that Nazis were evil and needed to be destroyed. For that common belief, American casualties were almost 1.1 million people. The call to wipe out the Nazis was a call to end them through a campaign of all out war.

And now there are people who label everyone who disagrees with them as a “Nazi.”

How did the word Nazi just get tossed around like a beach ball at a concert?” Rogan asked. “Because it’s so free to use now. And people on the left are the ones who are using it, it’s not people on the right who are labeling left-wing people Nazis.”

“[Maybe] they found the word and they liked it,” Crenshaw replied. “They found something effective, I think.”

The freshman lawmaker suggested that part of it might stem from the radical left-wing thinker Herbert Marcuse, who theorized the goal of progressivism should be to “take the previously oppressed and suppress the previous oppressors.”

“So, in a sense this isn’t new,” Crenshaw said. “The kind of radicalism we’re seeing, it started in the ’60s, it was imbued into our universities and now we’re seeing it manifest again and amplified, I think, by social media.”

He also noted that the increase in prevalence of Democrats labeling their opposition as Nazis was concurrent to the rise in identity politics over the past decade.

“I think identity politics is one of the worst things we could do to each other,” Crenshaw added.

Well said, Congressman. Well said and well reasoned.



2 Responses to “Dan Crenshaw. Wish We’d Thought Of This.”

  1. Martin says:

    That’s a great point. Since Randy Fine said that democrats were worst than Natzis. In the same post where he was complaining about antisemetism for someone saying he should go back to boca.

    • AAfterwit says:

      Martin,

      Thanks for the comment.

      We think there might be a distinction with Fine’s comments as he is not the one accusing others of “inciting violence.” That was the point of Crenshaw’s comments – that those who accuse people of “inciting violence” are by their own standards making statements that “incite violence.”

      That being said, we disagree with Fine’s all too common response that anyone who makes a criticism is “anti-Semitic” or “worse than a Nazi.”

      That response is unproductive.

      Once again, please include a valid email in your comments.

      Thanks.

      A. Afterwit.

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