I remember very well the riots following President Barack Obama’s two election victories. Fires in the streets, curses being shouted in unison as people marched, Obama supporters being pulled from cars and beaten.
What, you say? That didn’t happen?
The insane levels of crying and gnashing of teeth with the surprise defeat of Hillary Clinton is not in any way surprising. As a matter of fact, a lot of people predicted it. Probably the only thing that’s not surprising is that it didn’t reach the level of the Ferguson/Baltimore riots where people protested by burning down the businesses that served them.
Here are a couple of quotes from MSNBC to clarify the election: “How do you govern when your whole campaign was based on hating someone else?” “Tolerant, decent people just suffered a setback.”
I could only watch MSNBC for two minutes before my IQ started dropping. But we know the only possible reason that anybody could ever consider voting for Donald Trump is because of hate and ignorance. Anyone who supports him is a racist, sexist, misogynist, Islamaphobic, deplorable and unredeemable human being. Heck, Clinton herself said it.
It is inconceivable that conservatives have principled positions on the role of government, society and the Constitution. As a matter of fact, it is impossible for a conservative to be a decent human being.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is intellectual dishonesty at its greatest. When you argue that all opposing viewpoints are fueled by hate, you don’t have to defend your own indefensible positions. To the left, all you have to do is scream “racist” at the top of your lungs, and you’ve won the argument. No further explanations are necessary. And that is why we’ve lost civil discourse in our society.
So here are just a few reality checks for the kids who get their news from the Huffington Post and Politico on Facebook.
Trump won the Republican nomination because Republicans are tired of the people we put into office legislating like drunken Democrats. I would say like a drunken sailor, but a sailor stops spending money when he runs out. We’ve watched the federal government grow to the point of insanity under both Republicans and Democrats. Did you know that 10 million more people work for government than work in manufacturing right now? No nation can survive that.
Who was against Trump? Nearly all of the mainstream media, the government establishment, the Republican establishment, academia, Wall Street, billionaire radicals and a host of other silly people. He won anyway, because we, the people are tired of you.
The national debt, at $20 trillion, is greater than 100 percent of GDP. The federal government is taking in more tax revenue than at any time in history. But Congress lacks the gonads to make tough choices to rein in their addiction to spending other people’s money. We don’t want our grandchildren paying for our excess.
The U.S. has the highest corporate tax rate in the world and a significant regulatory burden. If you had a business, and the taxes in Georgetown were double the taxes in Winchester, where would you establish your business? The left doesn’t understand this, because capitalism is bad. And then our jobs move overseas.
I learned race relations in the Army. If someone outranked you, you did what he or she told you. If someone was the same rank, you worked as members of a team. If you outranked someone, you trained them and built them up to be the best that they could be. Race doesn’t matter.
That’s how most conservatives view race. If you’re competent and show respect for others, it’s all good. But to the left, not obsessing over race is racist.
The federal tax code is still over 75,000 pages. Health-insurance rates are going through the roof. The war on poverty hasn’t worked; 46 million people are on food stamps. The war on drugs hasn’t worked. The federal bureaucracy is out of control. Our inner cities are crumbling, many inner-city schools are a joke.
But we all voted for Trump because ... hate. Yes, there is a wide chasm in this nation. To understand its source, you need only look left.
Robert Laskey of Lexington is a registered nurse and retired Army Reserve officer.