Our good friend Mo (@molratty on Twitter) commented on a thread with the following:
These people just say anything. Seriously. Whatever they can get their hands on without regard to consistency
GorT has been kicking around the idea behind this post for a while and that comment solidified it for me. Liberals in general lack consistency and waver, flip-flop, and embrace (but deny) hypocrisy to advance their cause.
For this post, I’ll focus on the rhetoric from the left regarding Trump. You could easily pick another topic and do the same. Keep in mind, GorT is not a fan of Trump – he didn’t support him in the GOP primaries and didn’t vote for him in the general election – so this post should not be construed as defending Trump.
Many of you are probably familiar with the #resist movement and likely have heard folks on the left say that they will, “fight Trump at every opportunity.” Words matter, so let’s look at the choices there: resist and fight. This is the same crowd that proclaimed “hope and change” and the “unification” of the country under President Obama. Yes, there are people on the right that expressed themselves similarly with Obama – generally, more along the lines of blocking and obstructing. In both cases, I think the tactic is wrong and the liberal line is actually dangerous.
When you are a reference for someone aspiring to get a security clearance, the investigator will ask if you are aware of any activity by the individual to overthrow the government of the United States. #Resist and “fighting” against the president, while not actively trying to overthrow the government, isn’t that far off in my view. Look at the resulting protestsriots that took place in the last few months.
GorT isn’t one for pure criticism, so being somewhat constructive: I fail to see why the efforts are ones to educate, inform, and improve what Trump is doing. I would be seriously concerned if the democrats could mount an information campaign that had clear messaging of working to propose amendments, communication strategies, etc. that steer the discussions around immigration, health care insurance*, and other pressing national issues if I were a GOP strategist. And I would strongly encourage the GOP to do the same…at the congressional** level. One need not look far outside of Washington to see a parallel: the Washington Redskins. A team with serious problems whose public perception and approval is sliding into the gutter. Now, they might have some master plan within the walls of Ashburn***, but the lack of public communication (both spoken/written and via actions) is painting them in a bad light. Imagine a more driven campaign – one that lays out a plan to the fans. Sure, an NFL team rarely would do this as they are in competition with 31 other franchises and they aren’t really fighting each other for votes…but there is a parallel.
I’m sure some on the right will disagree with me and advocate either borderline or outright scorched Earth policy moving forward, but I firmly believe that one of the reasons Trump was elected is that middle America is tired of the career politician and the fighting and lack of focus on real issues that matter to them.
So when you see those professing “resistance” and resorting to mockery and name-calling instead of working towards a solution, their motives should be in question. They may drive around with a “Love Trumps Hate” bumper sticker, but do they really practice it…or is it just words that don’t matter to them?
* health care insurance might be the one area where dems are doing this – the poke at the loss of coverage, etc. is the beginning of the type of response I’m describing. Of course, the GOP could “educate” folks on insurance and build a better plan…but they can’t seem to do that.
** congress is where the legislation happens, Trump is too busy tweeting and needs to calm down to defuse things. The left is fumbling (Russia stuff and Rachel Maddow’s illegal tax return fiasco last night) so just keep steady and don’t do stupid stuff.
*** Ashburn is the location of the Redskins’ headquarters