Like many, I have reservations about Donald Trump. This article isn’t about them. It’s about bigger things – Chicago, fascist thuggery, and the underlying principles that keep our nation whole.
#TrumpLivesMatter. That’s right. The lives of those who support Donald Trump matter. There. I said it. Christen me a racist, homophobe, pack-mule, or what have you, but I won’t retract this statement.
What happened in Chicago on March 11 – and the predictable misreporting that’s followed in virtually every corner of the media – was nothing more than a thuggish attempt by the hard left to silence a candidate they’re too afraid to challenge intellectually. Liberal groups sent out mass emails to their followers to urge them into the Chicago streets. Once the left’s foot soldiers were mobilized, they were equipped with mass produced signs and other corporately manufactured instruments of dissent. Then, liberal activists used social media to orchestrate wholesale social degeneration.
Why? Because Trump supporters think differently than the left wants them to.
In some ways it’s surprising and in other ways it isn’t. Liberal hate groups always behave like degenerates when they are out of thoughtful arguments to present in order to advance their cause. They’ve done it before. At Mizzou blessedly-former Journalism Professor Melissa Click was caught on camera asking for “muscle” so that she could instigate the forcible ejection of a student journalist from a camp full of protesters. Conservative speakers are regularly shouted down by liberals on college campuses. Who was it that vandalized Churches in southern California when Proposition 8 was on the ballot? Hint, liberals did that. They also took sledgehammers to urinals in the New York City subway system around the same time ISIS was doing the same to antiquities in Syria and Iraq. They celebrate whenever a noteworthy Conservative passes away – just look at their treatment of the late Antonin Scalia and Nancy Reagan.
And now they behave as though they’ve lived under jack-booted repression even though their President has been in office since January 2009 and has advanced their agenda further and faster than anyone thought possible. They have their pick of Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders to continue the madness also known as Obama’s third term. Despite all they say they have accomplished, liberals cling bitterly to power – as if deep down inside they feel it slipping from their grasp.
#BlackLivesMatter was naturally a key player in the Chicago violence. The Windy City is built upon fertile ground for abject civil disorder. It’s been a one-party city for 85 years (the last non-Democrat mayor of Chicago was Republican William Hale Thompson who left office in 1931). Saul Alinsky, Hillary Clinton, and – when he isn’t Hawaiian – Barack Obama were and are from Chicago. The current mayor is a former Obama insider and may have suppressed evidence of police brutality so that it didn’t harm his 2014 re-election campaign. Other than maybe Baltimore, no large American city was as well-primed and lubed as Chicago for a round of anti-Trump violence. Who’s benefited from Chicago?
Hillary Clinton was quick to climb atop the soapbox #BlackLivesMatter constructed. She remarked, “the divisive rhetoric and encouragement of violence we’re hearing from Donald Trump isn’t just wrong – it’s dangerous”. Trump rallies, Hillary explained, were “political arson”. In other words, it wasn’t Hillary’s voters and it wasn’t the #BlackLivesMatter plantation masters Hillary’s met with that stormed Chicago’s streets and engaged in raw political repression. It was Trump’s fault – both Donald Trump the candidate and his supporters were to blame.
Which is kind of like blaming a rape victim for the tight jeans or short skirt she wore to a bar.
GOP establishment types were quick to play the anti-Trump card too. John Fund described Trump (and Sanders) as “hostile takeovers” of their respective parties. John Kasich claimed that Trump had created a “toxic environment”. Marco Rubio wants Trump to “dial down” the “rhetoric”. It’s Saturday afternoon (March 12) as I write this; no doubt tomorrow’s Sunday shows will be chock full of Reince Priebus acolytes eager to ride the #BlackLivesMatter coat tails to deliver some inside-the-beltway-friendly Trump-bashing.
All because Trump and his supporters think things others don’t like.
It’s fine to take issue with the point of view held by Trump and his supporters. It’s okay to disagree. Our ability to think differently and then talk about it is unique, so much so that it separates the United States from third-world banana republics. When we allow violence to replace this unique ability, we turn from the former to the latter. Maybe 2016 isn’t just about who will run against whom for the Presidency in November. We may be making a choice on whether to complete this turn away from what’s made us unique, and towards the political squalor found around the world.
Image: Screen shot courtesy of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7kBsKiFzj8