Not long ago, I wrote a piece headlined “Please stop making me defend Donald Trump.” I maintain a rather objective view of Trump (believe it or not) and have leveled my criticism of his pugnacious and erratic personality – and even my opposition to some policies, such as permanent tariffs. This type of objectivity is not good enough for the #NeverTrump resistance movement. They want … no, demand … total animus when it comes to Trump, his administration and his supporters. They must all be demonized in the strongest possible terms – even the use of pejoratives that are usually considered the instruments of the ignorant and the vulgar. They make Trump’s name-calling look like child’s play.
Of course, this comes as no surprise. Even before his inauguration, the radical left within the Democratic Party, the news media, the entertainment world, academia and the various left-wing movements that flourish within the Democrat infrastructure issued their edict that no one should “normalize” President Trump. In other words, it was predetermined in their mendacious minds that there was nothing that the Trump administration was ever going to do that could be given fair and honest consideration — nothing.
As if the biased, unfair and untrue partisan-driven criticisms of the President were not enough, these hardline radicals broke every tradition to maintain their drumbeat of specious antagonism. They ended any semblance of respect for the man or the office by unleashing an unprecedented level of vulgar language – taking public dialogue to a new low. It there is anything that should not be “normalized” it is the foul language that now flows these days from a not so intelligent Intelligentsia.
They have unleashed vicious attacks and insults on the family of the president, not only those who hold office in the White House. In an example of what has been coined as “Trump Derangement Syndrome,” celebrity volunteers in the anti-Trump resistance movement went after Trump’s 12-year-old son Barron. Fortunately, that one was so over-the-top that the attackers had to retreat.
It has long been said that partisanship with regard to foreign policy “ends at the water’s edge” – meaning that we face all foreign nations – friend and foe alike – as a unified America. At no time in our nation’s history – even at the height of Vietnam War protests – has the party out-of-power so ruthlessly attacked and undermined the policies of a duly elected administration in a most flagrant example of partisanship over patriotism. Rarely before has anyone in the leadership of a major party so aided and abetted the anti-American strategies and propaganda of our most dangerous international adversaries – at least not since Benedict Arnold.
One can expect the radical left to be … well, … radical in their language and actions. As residents of the authoritarian side of the big-government political-philosophy continuum, their motive is to rule over, not govern. They will not be restrained by the rule-of-law, common sense, civil decency and most certainly not by the truth. The currency of communication is propaganda and their governing strategy is civil unrest. And above all, they tolerate no disagreement with their arrogant elitist opinions.
The current tragedy of America has less to do with Donald Trump than the corruption of so much of the mass media – lead by the Big Seven (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, New York Times and Washington Post). It is true that a free and honest press is critical to a republic such as ours, but whether the media is controlled by government or by its own philosophic and political biases, it no longer serves the best interests of the nation.
Today, the Big Seven are not only more partisan and more biased than any time in my experience (and that is more than half a century), they have converted news analysis to one-sided propaganda. Since the election of Donald Trump, the liberal media has advanced into an even more reckless and dangerous arena. They have become advocates.
It is not enough to spin the news in a leftward direction, but they now promote and call for activism. They have used their powerful communication platforms to advertise and promote participation in all sorts of protests and civil disobediences by the left. But more alarming, they have become the clarion call for civil protest.
In a recent program, Joe Scarborough called on the nation’s law firms to send lawyers down to the border to represent those children. I believe he knew that the children have legal representation and that an influx of attorneys knocking on the doors would only create chaos and more optics for media propaganda. Scarborough was not alone. Al Sharpton called for demonstrations – as did several left-wing media hosts and their sycophantic panelists. In terms of civil protest, the media has moved from chronicler to conspirator.
What seems to have driven the left, and especially the media, to such an extreme has been an unrestrained frustration. Founded on the shock and disappointment of the Trump election, the left has mounted a campaign to bring Trump down … period.
But, the attack is not only directed at Trump and his administration. God knows that they have tried to shame and malign everyone and anyone who might say a good word about Trump or any of his policies. They characterize anyone who supports Trump in any way is immoral, cowardly, evil, heartless, stupid and even “lazy thinkers.” – arrogantly implying that they are the opposite. There is no insult, no slander, that is beyond the pale for the crazed radical left.
For the most part, the radical left’s unrelenting criticism has had little effect. The President’s favorable rating has gone up more than 10 points even as the #NeverTrump folks have unleashed the harshest and most dishonest criticism of any President since Democrats viciously slandered Abraham Lincoln in the campaign of 1860. This has driven the left mad – literally. There seems to be a direct relationship between every percentage point increase in Trump’s favorable rating the increasing ferocity of the attacks.
What has kept me writing mostly in the President’s defense has not been some blind loyalty to the man, but rather a revulsion of the incredibly mendacious, unfair and slanderous attacks on everything he says or does. To say that I am a captive of some cult of personality is a baseless slander that has no persuasive influence over my political opinions and judgments. My loyalty is to my own conservative beliefs and the policies that advance them.
So, I say to my friends on the left – and I think I speak for many others – as long as you obsess on the Trump personality, as long as you offer up big government and Big Brother policies and as long as you turn the world of common sense on its head with elitist administered political correctness, I will have to prefer the policies of the Trump administration. It is the policies, stupid!