We’re all used to the Right Wing alternate universe where up is down, black is white and lies are truth; but recently, some guy at The Federalist finally snapped his frayed tether to reality. In a post titled “How the Left Created Donald Trump“, Paul David Miller attempts to deflect the blame for his party’s detestable front runner. He begins:
“Voters like Donald Trump not so much because they hate Mexicans and Muslims, but because they hate progressive bigotry.”
While you’re laughing, I’m going to grab some more coffee… Anyway, his first paragraph is straight out of the George Will school of writing. Miller quotes philosophers, and physicist Isaac Newton to show you he knows stuff; then ends with a quote from, of all things, a Marvel Comics character. Guess he’s really cool, too. He finally wraps it up with:
In other words, if you want to understand where … Donald Trump’s soft fascism comes from, look no farther than the progressive left.
He could have just said that in the first place.
Calling Donald Trump’s fascism “soft” is a journalistic crime; but Miller has probably become immune to the sounds of Right Wing vitriol. There’s nothing soft about Donald Trump, and make no mistake: He is the logical outcome of decades of Right Wing rhetoric. I’m surprised it took this long for them to float a such a candidate.
Mr. Miller can try to spin it, but the fact is: Their front runner for the 2016 nomination for President is the culmination of years of party bigotry and racism, aimed at creating “angry white guys”. THEY OWN DONALD TRUMP.
Trump’s latest call to ban Muslims from the U.S. comes on the heels of stating he would shut down U.S. Mosques, and consider establishing a database for all Muslims living in the U.S., none of which would pass constitutional muster. They sound like the musings of a deranged dictator, hence the continual Hitler comparisons on social media.
Before his religious persecution faze, Trump’s main target was undocumented immigrants (which he, like many, seem to think are all Latino). Again, in Hitleresque fashion, he classified the entire group as rapists and criminals. When two of his fans, citing him as an “inspiration”, beat up a Latino homeless man, Trump excused their behavior, telling the press:
“I will say that people who are following me are very passionate. They love this country and they want this country to be great again…”
Most would not categorize what he would do to this country as great. In another campaign appearance, members of his “passionate” audience beat up a Black protester. Trump refused to condemn their actions, instead saying: “Maybe he should have been roughed up.” More mob boss than presidential in my opinion.
… Classical liberalism advocated for the right of free speech, association, press, religion, and so forth. Young progressives increasingly do not believe* in the unrestricted right of free speech.
* The poll Mr. Miller links to above is actually about whether the government should be able to prohibit “offensive statements about minority groups.” The millennials’ percentage of 40% is not much higher than Americans as a whole at 33%.
Progressives have labeled some traditional religious beliefs “hate speech…”
Now, that’s just Miller playing dumb, he knows what actual hate speech is. For those who don’t, here is the legal definition (my emphasis):
… Hate speech is a communication that carries no meaning other than the expression of hatred for some group, especially in circumstances in which the communication is likely to provoke violence…
The fact is, hate speech is not telling your congregants that homosexuality goes against religious doctrine, because in many faiths it does. Hate speech is when someone whose religion opposes gay marriage:
Suggests putting gays in an electrified pen until they die, or
Proposes a bill calling for the execution of state residents for being gay
Hate speech is when you
Declare all Muslims to be “barbaric terrorists that need to be hunted down and killed.”
Hate speech is when you
Distribute flyers throughout a neighborhood that read “Get the Blacks Out”, and contain an image of a KKK member aiming a gun at a black child’s head.
Governor Nelson Rockefeller warned his party about its growing extremism in 1964:
These extremists feed on fear, hate and terror. They have no program for America – no program for the Republican party. They have no solution for our problems of chronic unemployment, of education of agriculture, or racial injustice or strife.
These extremists have no plan and no program to keep the peace and bring freedom to the world.
On the contrary – they spread distrust. They engender suspicion. They encourage disunity…
There is no place in this Republican party for those who would infiltrate its ranks, distort its aims, and convert it into a cloak of apparent respectability for a dangerous extremism.
Rockefeller would never have imagined that, not only would extremists continue to infiltrate the party, they would some day take it over. No, Liberals didn’t create Donald Trump; he’s been growing in a Right Wing political petri dish for generations.
Maybe Mr. Miller should read a little less philosophy and comic books, and do a little research on his own party. Just a thought.