At Fishwrap, the Madame Defarge of the catholic Left, and their official Tricoteuse, has temporarily left his knitting spot near the guillotine and returned to the Fainting Couch to swoon in the wake of negative reactions to his thought-revealing imagery.
I wrote about that in this: Tricoteuse of the New catholic Red Guard: @MichaelSWinters (aka Madame Defarge)
Michael Sean Winters identified himself with the ghoulish Madame Defarge from Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. He described himself in the future as mercilessly knitting by the guillotine as he watched the heads of those “in the Republican political and legal establishment who have not stood up to Trump” being cut off.
His exact words:
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.
Now Madame D whines that he was misunderstood.
Less welcome than Walsh’s article was this post by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf and this article at LifeSiteNews. Both, and a slew of unspeakably nasty emails, were upset with an admittedly bracing literary device I used, invoking the image of Madame DeFarge in A Tale of Two Cities. I was surprised because there is one issue on which I tend to agree with conservatives more than liberals, namely, the repugnance of anti-free speech attitudes and enforcement of politically correct language. I suggest Fr. Z and his friends go to a local, secular, liberal arts campus, find a “safe zone” and have a meeting of the Conservative Snowflake Society.
You mean like this “safe space” for conservatives?
You see, again, Winters is saying that conservatives should be brutalized.
Or perhaps he meant that we could join the NRA!
First, he accused me of something I didn’t do. “Free speech” is a red herring. No one is saying that Winters should not be able to have his say (even though he thinks that converts should not be allowed to voice their opinions). I did not suggest that, even though Winters writes that people who disagree with him ought to lose their jobs (as he did about Chad Pecknold – HERE), he should not be able to write.
When free speech leads you toward inciting violence, that’s another matter. He invoked something truly horrifying, and truly anti-Catholic.
His rhetorical fantasy suggests that he would have me killed. I want conversion, not his unemployment … or execution.
This is what libs really think, however. They want brutal, physical force used on their opponents.
Take the case of what Rep. Maxine Waters did recently, in telling supporters to harass anyone who works for Pres. Trump. Consider doing that within a year of Rep. Scalise and others being shot – by a lib – at their baseball practice.
Winters and Waters are side by side with their knitting bags on that revolutionary scaffold.
Next, had someone on the conservative side of the spectrum used imagery from the Terror and the merciless cheering of the hacking off of heads, without losing a beat Winters and his venomous band of knitters would have howled in protest.
Do you for a second think that they would have said, “Oh, golly, I guess they have their free speech rights and we shouldn’t be so sensitive!”?
I can hear the objections. “You can’t possibly think that Winters really thinks there should be a guillotine or that people who support Trump should lose their heads. C’mon, Fr. Z! Get real! That’s just, you know, free speech! That’s just kiddin’ around!”
Take also the case of that super hilarious comedienne, Kathy Griffin, who not long ago made a complete ass of herself with a mock-up of Pres. Trump’s severed head.
Winters and Waters and Griffith.
I wonder if she knits too.
Madame Defarge is now upset that people don’t find the Terror – applied to real people today – very funny.
But… but… he got harsh email! Read sometime what Winters writes about other people. HERE
Of course he isn’t at all responsible for garnering that negative reaction. Not at all. He only said that when the “revolution” comes, he will mercilessly watch people’s heads being chopped off while he knits.
During the Reign of Terror (1793-94), the revolution’s henchmen suppressed the Church, nationalized her property, and exiled or killed 30,000 priests and and religious. Thousands died at the very guillotine which Winters so appreciates.
Next, he surely will – as is consistent with the policies of the Fishwrap and with the trajectory of the Reign of Terror – call for a new Revolutionary Calendar and celebrations of the goddess Reason in the guise of a naked prostitute on the altars of our churches. Make that a trans naked prostitute.
The image of the Terror is from Winters. He owns it.