The American Spectator’s Quin Hillyer is rightfully disgusted by Matthew Yglesias’s reaction to Andrew Breitbart’s unexpected and premature death at the age of forty-three. “Conventions around dead people are ridiculous,” Yglesias lectured in a tweet. “The world outlook is slightly improved with @AndrewBreitbart dead.”
This is disgusting, but not surprising. Throughout history, after all, Marxist-Leninists have denied the humanity of their political opponents in order to rationalize their murder, their pogroms, and their genocide.
Yglesias’s logic is thus quite familiar. All he lacks is the courage of his convictions. (Unlike his ideological forbearers, after all, Yglesias has not actually murdered anyone. Instead, he has simply declared that a political opponent’s death is desirable.)
Sadly and reprehensibly, Yglesias isn’t backing down. In fact, he’s doubling down: “If you think @AndrewBrietbart‘s opponents shouldn’t be glad he’s dead,” he subsequently tweeted, “you’re not taking his life’s work seriously.”
No, Yglesias, you have it exactly wrong and exactly backwards. The truth is quite the opposite: If, like Yglesias, you think Andrew Breitbart’s opponents should be “glad he’s dead,” then you’re taking domestic political disputes way too seriously.
American conservatives are notable for their decency, their humanity, and their good will. Certainly, this was true of Andrew Breitbart, RIP. The same cannot be said, I regret to say, about Matthew Yglesias and America’s disgustingly illiberal Left.