I held my nose when I voted for the Donald Trump in 2016, but at the rate things are going now, I will not only happily vote for him in 2020, I will personally do everything I can to get everyone I know to do the same.
He is a buffoon when it comes to social media, his personal history is abysmal, and his political naivete is often maddening. But when it comes right down to it, there are very few current issues where I disagree with the direction or the goals of his administration.
Execution of that agenda is often a troublesome and difficult course, but the general goals of the president’s administration are consistent with what conservatives have been seeking for generations.
The fact that this bumbling caricature of a leader seems to be succeeding in much of what he does, and that his presence and policies have sparked a great revival of the American economy, has his enemies to the point of daily histrionics, the likes of which Americans have never seen in their lifetimes.
We have all read that there was genuine hatred and over-the-top partisanship among many of our country’s Founding Fathers; a few of them even took to deadly violence when their personal attacks on each other crossed the line. But today’s environment is not about the politicians taking on each other — now we have the entire fourth estate choosing up sides. Never before have we seen in America common sense put aside while carefully choreographed, one-sided attacks come in from “nonpartisan” mainstream media outlets that routinely ignore history, precedent and the rule of law.
Put the partisan “cheerleading corps” of Fox News and MSNBC aside, and you still have an amazingly homogeneous anti-Trump drumbeat coming from most major news outlets, not to even mention the near unanimous anti-Trump fervor among the Hollywood elite. That entertainment cabal is actively seeking out dissent among their own in the hopes of destroying it. Not only are you shunned if you stand against the tide, this week there were comments from icons like Judd Apatow and Seth McFarlane suggesting that entertainers who work for the same companies that employ those who disagree, should use their influence to silence the dissent.
If these same geniuses had been paying attention to their own industry for a minute instead of trying to force their collective political will down middle America’s throat, maybe they would have saved a few thousand of the young women and men victimized by liberal darlings like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Roman Polanski.
Those guys, and very likely Bill Cosby as well, are thanking their lucky stars that the world seems far more preoccupied with the “daily Trump crisis” manufactured by their media accomplices than they are asking how the “enlightened artistes” enabled and empowered decades of hypocritical sexual predatory behavior, all with a wink and a smile.
Of course, the outrage of the moment concerns the illegal immigration laws of the country, which have been largely ignored by government leaders for the past 20 years, with predictably disastrous results. No need for me to revisit the details of the controversy, but suffice to say in the coverage the media, Hollywood Leftists and Democrat officials are wearing out the “Nazi Germany” metaphors and cliches like fat kids wear out Happy Meals.
As columnist Bill D’Agostino pointed out at Newsbusters this week:
“The Holocaust was invoked 12 times across CNN and MSNBC between June 15 and the 18th, generally in the form of comparisons between DHS detention centers and Nazi concentration camps.
On Friday, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough opened “Morning Joe” with a tasteless Holocaust reference: “Children are being marched away to showers … just like the Nazis said they were taking people to the showers, and then they never came back. You’d think they would use another trick.”
Over the weekend, CNN political commentator Dave Jacobson threw a miniature tantrum over the policy. On Saturday’s “CNN Newsroom” during the 10 a.m. hour, he opined, “Donald Trump increasingly looks like Hitler in Nazi Germany.” The following day, he appeared again on “Newsroom” in the afternoon to embellish on his already hysterical take: “Increasingly, Donald Trump is turning this nation into Nazi Germany and turning these [detention centers] into concentration camps.”
Perhaps we should remind Scarborough and Jacobson that unlike Nazi Germany, no one being temporarily detained by Homeland Security is subjected to medical experimentation, starvation or extermination. Unlike the Jews and other targeted minorities and political dissidents who fell victim to the homicidal torture and policies of the Nazis, the immigrants attempting to illegally access our borders came into our custody as a result of their own actions and choices. In fact, they are still lining up by the hundreds every single day to take their chances with our system. Unlike the Nazis, who rounded up innocent victims, no one here wishes them physical harm in any way, shape or form.
But hey, demonization of conservatives by the Left is nothing new. But I caution those who have declared Trump and his supporters “evil” — you are galvanizing support for the man and his “bull-in-a-china-shop” attitude unlike anything you could imagine. The over-the-top histrionics are not recruiting new anti-Trump voters; in fact, many are considering his unconventional style as just provocative enough to bring much-needed reform to issues once thought untouchable.
Sadly, there are children involved in this immigration crisis, and according to longstanding policies and procedures (many of which were ignored by President Obama), there has been a temporary separation of some families while their intentions and status are sorted out. Under the obviously intellectually dishonest instructions of the previous administration, many of these illegals and their children were allowed to leave custody and return for an administrative hearing at a later date. According to several official estimates, the “no-show” rate for those hearings was around 90 percent.
Simply put, we have an unmanageable problem that requires a bipartisan fix, and before this “showdown,” virtually no will existed to force that solution.
I give President Trump credit for invoking the spirit of Abraham Lincoln in this matter, for it was President Lincoln who once said, “The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it … strictly.”
Or of course we could just continue to do what we are doing. Perhaps the Democrats, Hollywood and the mainstream media would back off if we came up with a better, more catchy description of these immigrant children who are separated from their parents for a short period.
We could call them “very late term, temporary abortions.”
But that would probably hurt their feelings.