One of the best
parts of being a libertarian is that I can observe democrats and republicans
and criticize both without having anyone be able to level charges of partisanship
upon me; they still do, but it's not supportable. When I criticize republicans it's not because
I am a reflexive democrat lashing out; it's because republicans are doing
something worthy of criticism. When I
criticize democrats it's not because I'm a knee-jerk republican with a jerky
knee; it's because democrats deserve being
million Americans voted for Donald Trump, whom I've been calling Donnie
Combover since early in 2016, and who I may start calling Prez Cheeto due to a
comical internet meme I ran across this week. In this picture, our recent presidents were
depicted as six saltine crackers, an oreo, and a cheeto. It was a deliciously racist swipe that covered
all bases, and it leaves me wondering what's next. My money's on a gummi worm.
But now that
we mention racism, of the sixty million Americans who voted for Trump, every
single one of them has been called a racist.
This is because democrats by and large do not know how to engage in
meaningful public discourse with anyone who disagrees with them, and they
resort to silencing dissent before it occurs by branding critics as unworthy of
holding valid viewpoints; no discussion is necessary. …which is the essence of the prejudice and
bigotry that they are railing against.
Even so, there are indeed racists who voted for Trump, just as there are
racists who voted for Clinton. Sexists as
well. How many women — Lena Dunham — declared
that a woman must vote for Clinton because she's a woman? That's sexism. And there were millions more women voting for
Clinton because she's a woman than men who refused to vote for her ditto.
It's now the
first weekend after the election, right when the democrats feared an uprising
of racist attacks against innocent, peace-loving, love-loving, love-trumps-hate vomiting democrats. And there are indeed reports of this. Hundreds from across the country. Notwithstanding that all but a few dozen have
been shown to be hoaxes or events from months or even years ago being
regurgitated today as current events — as if the Trump Train travels
effortlessly through time — there's still the matter of the nearly sixty
million racist Trump voters [less the two dozen or so verified activists] who
are not doing their part. They're either
not racist, or least no more racist
than democrats, or they're lazy.
And frankly, lazy is not a viable criticism of those who vote republican. Say what else you like, you might be
correct. But they tend to hold jobs.
Even so, of
the dozens of actual, verifiable incidents with racist overtones perpetrated by
assumed Trump supporters occurring since the election, only three [thus far, in
my browse of news sites] involve violence of any form, all of it excessively
minor and all individualized. The rest
are incidents where someone said or wrote something that is rude and impolite. …like
"all Trump voters are racists."
…or "half of all Trump supporters are deplorable." Things like that, but going the other way.
Once again, I feel I should remind people that I'm a libertarian. Liberty means, in part, being able to say and
write what you want, even if what you want to say or write is undiluted assholery. …like
"all Trump voters are racists."
A few dozen racist idiots driving around college campuses full of weepy,
larval democrats shouting gloating taunts through bullhorns can, accurately, be
described as assholery. But in a free
country, assholes are the price of freedom.
Yes, it's bigotry and prejudice, but it's no more bigoted and prejudicial than
the actions of the few tens of thousands
of anti-cheeto idiots doing, essentially, the same thing. I say "essentially". That means there are pertinent distinctions
between the two groups of assholes.
Distinctions which I shall point out.
using free speech upon self-pitying democrats did so exclusively by taking the message to the target, putting themselves
at risk in doing so. One such asshole
was dragged from his car and fairly severely beaten for his efforts.
using free speech upon President Cheeto and his voters, on the other hand,
usually did not talk to their target. Yes,
there were several hundred who formed a human centipede around various Trump
Towers in major cities, but most of the meemies did their screaming in Portland
Oregon and Oakland California, and other safe spaces where republicans are
virtually nonexistent. When a staple of
your political philosophy is the procedural obliteration of the Second Amendment, and the
people you are shouting slanderous comments toward do not subscribe to
compulsory disarmament, why take unnecessary chances?
And they did
not limit themselves to screaming. In
Oakland they set fires by throwing gasoline bombs, toppling cars, breaking
store windows and … hey, since the windows are broken, let's not waste the
opportunity. Nothing says we're against
greedy corporate bastards elected president who we've labeled as automatically
racist like fulfilling racial stereotypes and looting everything you can stuff
in your pockets or otherwise carry away.
they threw rocks and bottles, and at least one trash can, at cops [hitting none,
sadly but not unexpectedly], smashed dozens of windshields in nearby parking
lots and one vehicle being driven by a woman caught in the middle of it all who
was trying to get to "an emergency" of unspecified significance. But they did all this while shouting "peaceful protest!!", so that makes
it all right. Apparently.
with inarticulate rioting and mayhem, the political philosophy given over to
sensitivity, inclusion and an end to school bullying beat a California high
school student for having posted pro-Trump comments online. It was a girl who was beaten. By another girl. One was black, the other white. I'll give you less-than-even odds at placing
them. The attack was recorded — for
posterity, undoubtedly — by a friend of the attacker.
As if that wasn't bad enough, the standard disposition of in-school assault in
this affluent California school district is expulsion. But given the circumstances,
"officials" are looking to make this a "teaching moment" by
instructing the victim of the assault on the motivations her attacker had in committing
assault and battery. And if this
sensitivity training is anything like the rest, the victim will be required to
attend, and will be compelled to acknowledge fault and responsibility when it's
over, and then promise to never do it again.
Failure to do these will result in punishment.
In a similar vein, my wife reported, on Wednesday evening, that a number of her
friends from high school she keeps in touch with online have children that just
couldn't bear going to school that day, out of fear. I initially thought they were the children of
tear-stained democrats taught by their schools and/or parents to be irrationally
paranoid, but now I must conclude them to be Trump supporters presciently wary
of the children of irrationally paranoid democrats.
exaggerated examples of the same infantile behavior seen nationwide, most
notably, at Yale University. The
election coincided with their midterms, and one economics professor made the exam
optional for those students so traumatized by learning they were in the
electoral minority that they couldn't get out of bed and stop crying. Because, as so eloquently stated in 2008 by
the new president we acquired then, elections have participation trophies that
convey equal power and privilege to the loser.
Or something along those lines. Which
is why we saw millions of bawling, blubbering sick-calls in to the office on
the first Wednesday in November of both '08 and '12, made by republicans who
couldn't bear to face the day when their
guy lost the election.
Except we didn't. The only million moron
march visible today is populated by democrats.
In 2013, after Elizabeth 'Pocahontas' Warren successfully ran for US
Senator in Massachusetts, she complained that the system was rigged against
outsiders in favor of insiders and incumbents — a well-known and accurate pan-historical
reality of all politics built on democracy.
She was right, for possibly the first and absolutely the last time in
her life. Earlier in 2016, Donald
'Cheeto' Trump made the same claim, and millions of democrats, led by
Pocahontas Warren, circled around him and claimed he was an outlaw unwilling to
accept the results of the election that was indisputably going to be decided in
favor of Hillary 'Medusa' Clinton — the insider and [proving that once is not
Fast forward to early this morning, and the online petition demanding that the
Electoral College abandon its Constitutional presumptions and elect, instead, the
Former First Lady Macbeth has exceeded two million signatures. One-in-thirty of those who voted democrat are
declaring that they are not content being assholes about the election, or even moved
to violence by the election, or simply driven to puerile catatonia by the
election. One-in-thirty democrats are
declaring they cannot accept the results of the election.
a number of assertions about those who are not democrats. Yet every sin they accuse others of
perpetrating are committed, first and primarily, by democrats themselves. Projection apparently serves democrats in the
place of introspection and self-awareness.