There has been constant talk about how liberals are losing their minds over the Trump election. I’ve heard calls that we all ‘get along’. Not only is this wrong, it is completely implausible. It is as wrong to tell liberals to accept Trump as it was to tell conservatives to accept Obama. If you look at the vast difference in their beliefs, how could they get along? Here are some of the major differences in their beliefs.
Most conservatives equate abortion to murder; liberals want women to have full access without interference. For those who are pro-life, limiting abortion is suborning ‘a little bit of murder’. For pro-choice advocates, fewer restrictions are still too many restrictions.
On the gun issue, conservatives believe that any law abiding citizen should be able to own a gun while many liberals want gun bans in most situations and, where they are allowed, they want to limit where you can take them. In Chicago, they’ve gone as far as banning officers at O’hare airport from being armed.
One side believes taxes should be low with limited red tape and whatever tax policy we keep should be consistent for all citizens; the other side wants to selectively tax individuals, inflicting punitive taxes on the highest earners under the guise of having them ‘pay their fair share’.
Liberals want free speech, for those they agree with; they call those they disagree with, racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic and Islamophobic. They shout down speakers, boycott companies and protest those they oppose. The same goes for crime, international affairs, immigration and many other hot button issues. If each side thinks the other side is wrong and will lead the country down a dangerous path, why would they try to get along?
The problem with this isn’t the resistance, it’s how they resist. No honest minded liberal will attempt to say the opposition of Obama was the same as that of Trump. People threw a ‘dance party’ outside of Mike Pence’s rented home while others held a ‘cough-in’ at a fine dining restaurant housed inside Trump’s New York hotel. Over one third of the Democrats in the house are ‘boycotting’ the inauguration. They personally attack and try to hurt the career of entertainers and businesses that make the sin of simply meeting with the president-elect. This can prove detrimental to people in many ways.
If you are anti-Trump and your U.S. representative is refusing to accept him as ‘legitimate’, you may be happy. But think about what happens when you need federal support for something. Or, better, when you want a program to be maintained or implemented. If your representative is aggressively against Trump, why would anyone expect Trump to take him seriously? The entire Congress is controlled by the Republicans. In order to stop him, if that’s your desire, Democratic votes won’t be enough. You need Trump, even if you’re trying to defeat him.
Many on the left try to compare their opposition to the Tea Party, but this is disingenuous. The Tea Party began as a specific attack on economic issues. They opposed policies and were not, contrary to popular belief, formed to oppose Obama. In fact, the organization started in 2004 nearly five years before Obama. They also attack Republicans as well as Democrats. They lobbied to replace incumbent Republicans they felt were not adhering to conservative principles. Liberals say things like, “We are fighting for women’s rights’ or “We want to create new rights!” Here again showing that they don’t understand policy or have a historic perspective on anything.
There were some conservatives who did attack Obama personally. However blogs, Facebook pages, and other communications cannot compare to having the New York Times, CNN, and other major news outlets devote the majority of their coverage to attacking Trump.
So as we usher in a new administration, remember that opposition is not the problem. The problem is opposition of a man rather than policies and unnecessary personal attacks. Trump’s opposition cannot be policy based as some claim. That would involve waiting until he actually imposes a policy.
This can be a new start. All we need is for the childish, angry, whining, safety-pinning, safe spaces demanding, vile, race-baiting, yelling, profane, hypocritical left to focus their opposition on specifics. I won’t hold my breath for that to happen.
C. Douglas Love