I don’t support Trump, though I understand the sentiment that is driving his popularity. I just don’t believe he has the right solutions for the problems we have. While the establishment right is as much to blame as anyone for Trump, I also liken it to what happened with Obama: those on the right are falling for pure rhetoric just like those on the left fell for “hope and change”.
His popularity is also similar to the sentiment that drove the liberal left to ram down the throats of the American people, 60% of which did not believe in it, the fiasco that is Obamacare. It’s the sentiment that “we have to do something, so let’s completely tear up the system, like cutting a piece of paper into a thousand pieces, throw it into the air, and hope that when all the pieces hit the ground the system that results is better.” That in my mind is what we will get with Trump.
Having said that, I absolutely support his right to say what he wants, hold rally’s with his supporters and otherwise practice his constitutional right to free speech. Compete in the arena of ideas, so to speak. The problem is that the far left and organizations like moveon.org only believe in free speech that they agree with. Rather than debate issues and ideas, if the left does not agree with you, then they will call you names.
I recently told someone I was voting for Cruz in the NC primary. They were somewhat incredulous and said, “…you can’t vote for Cruz, he hates gay people!” Now try as I might, I have not seen anywhere that Cruz has said he hates gay people. Does he believe that the traditional definition of “marriage” is between a man and a women? Well, yes, he does. That is not the same thing as hating gay people.
Why is it that if you support the traditional definition of marriage you are automatically labeled a bigot and a homophobe? That continues to baffle me. It is just one of many examples of how the left when they don’t agree with you would rather label you in a negative way rather than debate the issue on merits and understand your position. I am not saying everyone does that or that it does not happen on the right, but it just seems to me it is more prevalent with those on the left.
I wonder what would happen if radical right-wing groups staged protests and tried to disrupt say BLM events, or a Hillary campaign rally, or maybe a Bernie Sanders campaign stop? That would lead to all sorts of consternation in the press, outrage and name calling. Those evil conservatives. But when it happens on the left, well that is the fault of Trump’s rhetoric. It is not the fault of the protestors. They are perfectly justified in creating problems at Trump rallies, just as BLM protestors are justified burning down cities, or attacking and beating a war hero at a McDonald’s in DC (1).
Frankly Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are just as dangerous, and maybe even more so than Donald Trump. But you do not see those who disagree with them disrupting their events. HRC has two big problems. First, as far as the email scandal, there are only two possibilities. Either she did not realize what she was doing, and therefore is incompetent, or she knew and is lying. Second, many point to her foreign policy experience. Name one important country or hot spot where the situation is better. Russia? Syria? Israel? Libya? Iran? Iraq? North Korea? China? Oh wait, that is not her fault. That is George W. Bush’s fault. Sorry. I forgot.
Then there’s Bernie Sanders. An avowed socialist. Hold on, hasn’t that been tried and failed miserably? Little detail called human nature. He is being supported mostly by Millennials who are coming out of the American colleges having been taught by far left liberal faculty. Many have been coddled all their lives. Free stuff sounds pretty good to them. Maybe they should read history a little more and stay off of social media. Of course, he has no chance despite his popularity given the Democratic primary system with super delegates. Moveon.org ought to be protesting that.
So despite the fact that HRC and Bernie Sanders are just as dangerous in my opinion, philosophically speaking, as Trump, you don’t see anyone disrupting their events. How is that not a double standard? Tell me where I am wrong.
- See this article: White Privilege?
Jeff Groh is a fiscal conservative and a social moderate. He believes more often than not, both sides of the political spectrum actually agree on the ends, but it is the means that fuel disagreements, with the far right and left resorting to name-calling rather than a pursuing a rational debate on the issues, trade-offs and unintended consequences. His consulting company, New Product Visions, helps companies improve their innovation management practices, and he is passionate about the creation of economic value and prosperity by restoring our country’s manufacturing base. Want to email me? firstname.lastname@example.org