Halloween is always a time when a ghost or goblin might catch us off-guard but of course, this is always nothing more than someone in costume or having fun. What happens though, when those “someone’s” in costume aren’t just having fun and Halloween goes from being fun to becoming frightening? It appears there is more than one reason why we refer to those people as the “far-left” as one story reported this past Halloween night.
When we hear the term the far-left, it conjures a different picture for many people. If you Google the term the “far-left,” the results are quite similar to the pictures we imagine. Many variations but the same theme underlying them all.
Wikipedia defines Far-Left as “…political views located further on the left of the left-right spectrum than the standard political left. The term has been used to describe ideologies such as: communism, anarchism, anarcho-communism, left-communism, anarcho-syndicalism, Marxism–Leninism, Trotskyism, and Maoism.”
Meriam-Webster more subtly defines Far-Left as “the group of people whose political views are the most liberal.”
And the site AllSides defined Far-Left as “… the extreme left, ultra-left or radical left, this term is often used pejoratively (and sometimes simply descriptively) to refer to politics further on the left of the left-right spectrum than the mainstream political left.”
Outside of the strictly political scope, we also affiliate these people as those inclined to radical behavior. When the radical ideas of any nation anywhere are at their worst we have witnessed the carnage and terror that thinking can result in. Extremist groups could be described as far-left radicals, only with violent tendencies and sometimes heavily armed!
Then, sometimes, they can be creepy images lurking outside your home and harassing you, terrifying you and your family. If that sounds a bit far-fetched then you need to hear what happened to one conservative journalist and his family on Halloween night last week. The images on the security camera outside the home and the stories of what happened that night feel like the makings of a horror movie.
This wasn’t a horror movie though, and the images that were reminiscent of a movie like the Purge, were real that night. Imagine sitting at home with your family, beggars night has been finished and the hours begin to creep late into the Halloween night. That’s when it happens, at first just a knock on the door. Then again, and again. As you peer through the peephole in the door, what you see looking back at you is the distorted image of your face.
Then the strange people wearing printed masks of your face knock on the windows, lurk outside on the front lawn… silently stare back at you in the image of your outside security camera. This wasn’t a movie, however, this is what happened to one man and his family. The face being mocked that night was reporter Andy Ngo. Our story reports that “Ngo is a frequent target of the radical left over his raw coverage of Antifa. He often plants himself in or near-violent protests, broadcasting the action to his Twitter followers.”
That underlying theme, the connotation that is attached to the far-left, is radical, dangerous, and scary. Someone who claims to be a member or supportive of far-left movements isn’t necessarily crazy or imbalanced, but it doesn’t promote the idea of sanity either.
Ngo didn’t answer the door that night – but why would he? And as our story suggested in a rather unsettling fashion, what if he had? Another unsettling irony here is that almost four years ago as Trump was gearing up for his run, his supporters were being dubbed as the radicals and extremists. Crazies.
Today, Trump-supporters have real concerns because of the real radicals, extremists, and crazies like our reporter encountered on Halloween night. Maybe this was just a bunch of young men who knew a reporter of some acclaim lived there – although that is highly unlikely. Perhaps, this is the opposition as most assume, but there was no harm intended? What if there was?
The truth is we probably won’t ever know the intentions of those creepy prowlers that night. Many just assume that those on the far-left are harmless, and most of them probably are but what if it was your home? Andy Ngo didn’t answer the door that night – would you?