THE LEFT’S WAR ON THOUGHTS: If You Don’t Agree, You’re Getting Boycotted

Written by Chuck Gruenwald on December 12, 2015

If there is one political tactic that is synonymous with leftist politics, it is the attempts to silence opposing opinions, since opinions are dangerous if they somehow exit the minds of the uneducated masses, such as conservatives. If there is one mistake that perpetuates itself within the Republican Party, it is the refusal of GOP leaders and preferred Republican politicians to push back against those attempts by the left to silence conservatives.

While gazing at Facebook posts on Thursday evening, I came across an op-ed on Right Wisconsin – a Republican-leaning news outlet that owes its existence to WTMJ AM talk show host Charlie Sykes — about boycotting talk shows that are “unfriendly” to the Party, specifically Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham, and Mark Levin.

Correct me if I am mistaken, but boycotts of public figures based on their opinions are usually executed by leftists.

In a fit of rage, well, I was probably almost as flustered as Karl Rove was on Greta van Sustern’s show a few years ago when he realized that in the eyes of many people, he was a discredited snake oil salesman, I left a comment on the link to that column:

Honestly, I am enjoying the spectacle of professional Republicans taunting Donald Trump and his supporters in what is best described as the “mother of all meltdowns.” In other words, Republicans are doing to conservatives and libertarians what Democrats do to conservatives and libertarians.

Well, that is enough proof for me that “Republican Party” is another name for the Democrat Party.

Many of the Republicans who cannot bash Mr. Trump enough were complaining about people on the left doing the same thing to Scott Walker. I recently stopped listening to Charlie Sykes’ show because every time I would tune in, he would be ridiculing Mr. Trump or his supporters; “Trumpkins” is the type of childish dialogue that I have grown to expect from MSNBC. The backlash from alienating disenfranchised Republican voters such as myself will go way beyond Donald Trump; it will spread to other candidates for other offices in the form of third-party votes, or uncast votes.

I’m tired of being told to vote for “most electable” candidates who cannot win elections. I’m tired of being told that outsourcing and cronyism, such as “free trade” with China, NAFTA, the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (Clear Channel is the reason why I won’t tune in to WISN), and the banning of incandescent light bulbs are somehow good for the people who lost their jobs. And now, I am tired of pseudo-conservatives telling me to boycott radio talk show hosts who are doing nothing more than expressing their opinions (trying to silence opposing opinions is another leftist strategy that Republicans now seem more than willing to use against alienated voters).

Instead of calling us names for expressing our opinions, listen to what we have to say. Donald Trump or Ted Cruz will not put Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office. Instead, the Party that gave us Bob Dole, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Mark Kirk, Lindsey Graham, and many others, will. Keep in mind that I am not going to vote for Mr. Trump. However, the hatred that many of you Republicans are shoveling his way is being turned into free publicity and unintended campaign commercials that even Mr. Trump couldn’t afford. So, who really are the “unenlightened hicks?”

By the way, Trump Derangement Syndrome is curable: don’t talk about him.

“Trumpkins” happens to be the word that Mr. Sykes uses to condescendingly describe people who agree with Mr. Trump. With a word such as Trumpkins that is intended to ridicule a large voting base that the GOP will shamelessly pander to in a few months, it is easy to ask if this level of contempt for conservatives and libertarians always existed — and Mr. Trump’s popularity is nothing more than an excuse to finally unleash that contempt.

As a matter of personal opinion, I do not believe in trying to silence someone who disagrees with me. However, I will not patronize the Walt Disney Company until it rehires all of the former IT employees who were fired in the name of hiring foreign workers — in other words, cheap labor — via work visas, but that is another story for another day about cronyism and bipartisanship.

The fact that the Republican Party will oppose its most loyal voters harder than its supposed political opponents on the left makes me wonder if the Fairness Doctrine will once again surface, this time by Republican hard liners — the Republicans who, like Democrats believe that opinions are reserved for the politically-enlightened.


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Born in Chicago and raised in northwest suburban Cook County, Chuck Gruenwald developed an unfavorable opinion of machine politics quite early in life. In addition to cars, electronics, law enforcement, and politics, Chuck enjoys writing, and is also a horse racing fan. He has recently written op-eds for