“To my friends in the Republican political and legal establishment who have not stood up to Trump: When the revolution comes, you are on your own, and I will be clamoring not for mercy but for a seat next to the guillotine, where I can do my knitting.”
So writes columnist Michael Sean Winters in the leftist, Kansas City-based National Catholic Reporter (NCR). To be fair, there is a touch of humor in Winters’ remark, but not much. The comment concludes a lengthy jeremiad about all the things Trump and his Supreme Court have done to damage America.
Winters is not a happy camper. “I had been prepared for the Janus decision to go the way it did,” writes Winters. “I was, therefore, surprised by how angry I got when the decision was released and how my anger did not dissipate.” This is not a fellow in a joking mood. If the ruling to free state workers from coercive union dues outrages him, a more serious ruling could put him over the edge.
Founded in 1964, NCR has been advancing the left wing cause du jour under the cover of Catholicism since its inception. In 2014, for instance, the editorial staff ran a column headlined, “Climate change is church’s No. 1 pro-life issue,” and it was not a spoof.
Current articles flirt with parody as well. Headlines include “Robins’ nest-building reminds me of parents at border” and “Progressive Catholic women join ‘pink wave’ of new political candidates.” In another current article, this one on abortion, Winters voices “the hope that Democratic candidates would learn to place a closed parenthesis on discussions about pelvic issues and focus, instead, on wage stagnation.” To mention wage stagnation and abortion in the same sentence has to violate some commandment or another.
Although his position on abortion is more nuanced than most leftists, talk of abortion leads him to think of the guillotine and not for abortionists. “The most repugnant racists and apologists for racism will be waving the pro-life flag, while those of us who care about migrants and refugees will see the party that stands up to Trump fall ever more into the grasp of abortion rights advocates who can’t spell solidarity,” writes Winter. “It is grim.”
Grim indeed. At the heart of the Catholic experience is “mercy.” If leftists like Winters joke about scrapping even that, talk about a guillotine ought not be taken too lightly.