When it comes to overreacting, the left wins. I just wrote a piece about ridiculous claims of racism but other examples of unnecessary outrage include shutting down highways when a democratic election doesn’t turn out as desired or clutching their pearls because someone says boobs in a news segment. I thought of Democrats as the whiney party that gets hysterical for no reason but recently I have been rethinking this. Conservatives have done a lot of freaking out lately causing many an eye-roll from me.
First there was Conservatives getting mad that Robert “Beto” O’Rourke goes by Beto (frequently dropping the O’Rourke) despite not having any latino heritage, seemingly in order to relate more to the latino voter. Do I think going by Beto is a political move? Yes. Do I think conservatives are hypocrites for getting upset? Yes, considering his opponent is Rafael “Ted” Cruz who just might go by Ted to appear more “American.” Are they both kind of silly for not going by their given names? Yes. Is either really a big deal? No.
Then there was Hillary’s “offensive” joke about black people. In an interview where the interviewer confused Eric Holder with Cory Booker, Hillary corrected her and then said “all blacks look alike,” in what was very clearly a joke. It wasn’t even her joke. It’s a joke that’s been said many times and to be honest, still makes me laugh every time. Instead of interpreting as a refreshingly human moment for HIllary, the right suddenly seemed to be pro-PC culture. This joke wasn’t even rated PG-13, it’s been said, it was off the cuff, it wasn’t a big deal. The right side of the aisle looks hypocritical when it gets upset about such things.
But of course we can’t forget the Jim Acosta incident. Acosta refused to sit down and pass along the microphone after Trump told him his turn was over. A White House aide who happened to be female then came to grab the microphone and Acosta still didn’t give up the mic, lightly brushing her arm as he pulled away from her. I heard right wing commentators call this “man handling” and other terms putting this incident wildly out of context. Acosta was wrong but not because of the way he interacted with the aide, but because of the way he always grandstands at press conferences. The right made a grave mistake in making the incident about his interaction with the aide instead of focusing on how he regularly breaks protocol at these conferences. You ask your question, the president answers, then you sit down and pass the mic. The right looked ridiculous in it’s attempt to malign Acosta as some sort of abuser, missing an opportunity to set the standard for future conferences.
Lately the right has seemed more sensitive than usual. The left lost in 2016 because of their embrace of PC culture. The right seems to be falling into the trap of hysteria for clicks. Let’s call balls and strikes as we see them instead of treating any small blunder like armageddon. Something can be stupid but not offensive, unfunny but not wrong, a mistake but not a sign of doltishness. Conservatives look like hypocrites when they cry over spilled milk.
Although I am not a Trump fan, although I am not a Hillary fan, like nearly everyone else in the world I was shocked when Trump beat Hillary and beat her soundly. Trump’s victory and the resulting coverage confirmed a feeling I have had my entire adult life. The left is full of hypocrisies. Not to say the right isn’t hypocritical, they certainly are, but the way in which the left (and 65% of this comes from the media) has become too much for voters, especially those specifically hurt and attacked as a result of these hypocrisies. Here’s an easy to read list of examples.
Love trumps hate, is what they say. But the instant Trump won my newsfeed lit up with Hillary supporters spewing tweets and statuses that reflected everything but love.
The “When they go low we go high.” When Michelle Obama said this in a powerful speech everyone went nuts. These words were put on bumper stickers and t-shirts and displayed everywhere you looked but did the dems go high? No. They lost an election and decided that vandalizing cities in response would be a good idea..
Liberals are the champions of owning your curves and embracing your flaws. Call a beauty queen fat and you shouldn’t be president. Make Naked Trump statues and place them in cities around the nation, totally cool. Comment on Trump’s skin and hair, totally fine. Refer to Chris Christie as the “elephant in the room,” hilarious!
The Democratic Party claims to be the worker’s party. If you truly believed in worker’s rights you wouldn’t wear any brand that is a part of fast fashion.
The left claim to care about the environment while they and their leaders own million dollar homes, eat factory farm animal products, sport fast fashion, smoke cigarettes and fly around in private jets.
It’s only Republicans who want to go to war. Wrong. No, Bernie isn’t in the clear either. In 2013, Obama promised he would not put boots on the on the ground in Syria…guess what’s happening now.
The left advocates for sub-populations but rarely mention that the VA has become an absolute trainwreck under Obama with veterans literally dying because they can’t get in to see health professionals as part of a socialist healthcare system. They’re concerned about mental health issues but do not mention the suicide hotline failing veterans.
Women are anti-feminist if they don’t support Planned Parenthood, but it’s feminist to support a candidate whose foundation receives donations from Saudi Arabia (where women have no divorce rights and need a male guardian) the United Arab Emirates (where women need male approval for marriage and husbands are permitted to assault their wives and children), Qatar (where women need male approval for marriage, women must obey their husbands and marital rape is permitted) and Oman (where women face discrimination when it comes to child custody and divorce). All this according to Human Rights Watch.
Cultural appropriation is disgusting…except when Elizabeth Warren claimed she was a minority when she listed herself as a Native-American (because of the stereotype that American Indians have high cheekbones) in an Association of American Law Schools directory.
The left explains that white people voted for Trump because his racial and anti-women tones wouldn’t effect them, but the left doesn’t call out celebrities who are so wealthy and famous that they can vote for economic policies that won’t affect their lifestyles in the slightest.
The left is blaming “fake media stories” for Trump’s win but don’t point out that almost half of consistent liberals trust The Daily Show as their news source. Hillary is now complaining about “fake news” but what about when she lied about Benghazi and Bosnia? Oh and also when she blamed right wing conspiracies for the Lewinsky scandal. Brian Williams even had the gall to call out “fake news” when he’s built career/persona out of lies.
Trump appointing three generals (Mattis, Kelly, Flynn) is scary…but when Obama appoints Jones, Shinsheki and Blair no one says a word…
The left praises Canada and jokes about moving there…a country with border laws and strict guidelines on how to become Canadian. Interesting that no one wants to go to Mexico or really any country whose main inhabitants are non-White.
All cultures should be valued and heard…except for farm and rural culture which essentially would not be represented if the electoral college was completely abolished. Even Hillary tells us to “cherish our democracy.”
The left points out the people that will no longer be insured if Obamacare is repealed but don’t point out those that are punished via a fine because they can’t afford their premiums, or those that have insurance but their premiums/deductibles are so high it’s as if they have no insurance.
The leftist media puts pressure on Trump to condemn the riots (and when he did CBS held onto the tape for two days) but didn’t pressure Obama or Clinton to do the same with the Black Lives Matters or post-election riots, despite innocent people being hurt in both cases.
Trump loves hate. But a large number of the reported Pro-Trump hate crimes post-election have proven to have been fabricated.
No one on my feed expressed any concern about the electoral college…until their candidate lost. I can’t back up this theory with stats but no one believes for one second that the left would be up in arms if the results had been the other way around…in fact they would’ve called Trump supporters out if they had reacted the way they are now.
The left wants to give the government virtually unlimited power, but never stopped to think what would happen if that power went to someone they didn’t like. Conservatives have warned of this for a long time.
Even when people are arrested, the anti-Trump protests are referred to as “largely peaceful,” not exactly how the Tea Party protests were reported.
Actually ALL Republicans are racist and sexist and homophobic…but a Republican nominated Clarence Thomas, the two highest ranking Black cabinet members and the first ever female Black secretary of state were under a Republican, a woman has been nominated for Republican VP, the first Black secretary of housing and urban development was under a Republican, the first Black secretary of transportation was under a Republican, the first secretary of education was under a Republican, the first female secretary of the interior was under a Republican, the first female secretary of agriculture was under a Republican, the first female secretary of housing and urban development was under a Republican, the first Asian female to serve in the cabinet was under a Republican, the first woman to serve in two different positions under two different administrations was under a Republican, the Republican Party has had more foreign born cabinet member than Democrats, there have been a handful of gay Republican members of congress plus this last election the Republican presidential ï included an Indian-American, Black man, woman, two Latinos and a pumpkin.
The moral of the story is that everyone must be called out. Liberals need to call out conservatives but they need to call out other liberals too and vice versa. We all should be held to the same standard. That’s one of the biggest lessons this election should teach us but it’s one that seems to have gone right over the left’s head. When a negative story is breaking on your favorite candidate, honestly ask yourself how you would feel if the candidate you didn’t like was accused of the same mistake. Your reactions to each should be the same.
Donald Trump has flip-flopped and fallen victim to a large number of hypocritical criticisms and rightly so, but I think voters felt like they always know what Trump is thinking even if it’s different from what he thought a week ago. Donald Trump has gained respect even from those who are part of #NeverTrump because he calls out the media. The large number of conservative Never Trumpers may have actually helped Trump and the Republican party because it showed that many on the right can see past party lines.
There are things Democrats believe in that I can get down with, but I can only take so much silliness…and apparently millions of Americans feel the same way.
What is most frustrating about talking politics is there is a line drawn in the sand that everyone knows not to cross or their point of view has failed. The reality of it is the two sides often come to the same conclusions for different reasons and at different times.
The greatest example of this is government powers. Remember when conservatives were up in arms about the use of executive action by President Obama? And the filibuster-proof(ish) congress? Of course if you’re liberal leaning this was no problem at all. Maybe you didn’t mind the funding of private companies, the overhaul of healthcare, the increase in regulation, the invasion of privacy via NSA spying. To you maybe that was the perfect government. There’s nothing wrong with liking the government that has been elected, but be weary of the power exclusively coming from one end of the spectrum.
And here, we, go. 2016, President-elect Trump with his radical plans for wall-building and Muslim banning and a continuing Republican majority in the House and Senate. At least in the Legislative Branch there will be minimal resistance to his policies, so long as they’re constitutional. Then again, what is constitutional? He will appoint at least one Supreme Court Justice – and with three that will be over 80 by the end of his first term possibly a total of four – people will want a more even hand on the tiller.
So now I assume people on the Democratic side of the aisle may want to jump aboard the limited government train. Everyone should already be on this train to begin with, and I’m certainly not sad to have an extra cart added to the track; but what if everyone had heeded the warnings from small-government backers a long time ago instead of waiting for what they thought they contained turned on them.
The issue is not disagreement, but why we come to the conclusion. If you look at the arguments against Democrat-controlled actions, they can all in some way be linked to Republicans as well. It shouldn’t take a red-hot poker by the name of Trump to make these connections. Look at the issue at hand and ask yourself if you’d like the same done to you. The golden rule right, simple enough. Conservatives don’t want the government funding Planned Parenthood any more than liberals want government funding of Lockheed Martin.
The point of all this is simple, next time you’re in a conversation of a political nature, take the time to understand the other side. Focus in on the issue, and find some common ground to build from rather than just try to burn the other side down; because who knows, maybe you’ll end up wanting the same thing, if for different reasons.
So let me get this straight, you’re voting for Hillary because Trump is going to kick out the Mexicans, repeal the 19th amendment and end the world in a nuclear winter? Uh-huh… Oh of course, how could I forget the devastation to minorities and the LGBT community?
Well, if that weren’t so outrageous you may have a leg to stand on. Unfortunately, you don’t have secret service to catch you like Hillary did, so let me just let you down easy before you make a fool of yourself.
The beautiful thing about our country is the system of checks and balances placed by our founders. Let’s start by going over what the president can actually do. The president has the power to veto bills from Congress, as well as recommend legislation. They and their cabinet also influence foreign policy, and the president can further influence domestic policy with executive orders. The president does not however, have the ability to declare war or create legislation, as both of these powers fall to Congress. Now let’s discuss how congress would prevent some of your fears from happening.
Trump wants to kick out the Mexicans. First of all, he only wants to deport illegal immigrants, all 11 million of them. How is he going to accomplish this? By throwing billions of dollars at the issue. Fortunately, all revenue bills must originate in the House, and then be approved by both the House and the Senate. Without funding, Trump can’t force anything with an executive order. But let’s say he’s found a way to get the funds, now to round up 11 million illegal immigrants and transport them to their home port. This would involve the kicking down of doors nationwide. This would be a very slow process as it would have to be police and ICE agents doing the work as the military couldn’t get involved. There is the possibility of National Guard involvement, but you can see how this becomes very convoluted and would require cooperation from both houses of congress, all fifty states, local authorities, and even down to the individual level. For all you anti-Hillary voters out there, this is about the same level of craziness that would have to occur should Hillary try to take all firearms away…but that is another blog.
What’s that? Oh of course it’s still possible, anything is. Even if the Judicial Branch doesn’t step in because of millions of 4th Amendment violations that would have to take place. Though I’ve seen the government try to set up a web page that couldn’t handle 11 million hits, I wouldn’t expect something this complex and expensive to happen any time soon. Or at all.
Now, repealing an Amendment has been done once to (thank goodness) end prohibition. This entailed the passage of the 21st Amendment which effectively repealed the 18th. Now if women are to lose their right to vote, we’d have to pass the 28th amendment to repeal the 19th . This would require one of two things: first option is to have both houses of congress pass the Amendment with two thirds majority, followed by approval by the president. Then three fourths of the states (38/50) would need to ratify it. Impossible. The second route is for two thirds of the states to call for a constitutional convention – never been done – and propose an Amendment which will then need to be ratified via the same process as if it had come from congress, only congress is bypassed altogether. Impossible(r). Your voting rights are safe ladies.
Trump is a volatile guy who certainly likes to go “nuclear” on his enemies, but even if he wanted to it’s highly unlikely he would get the opportunity to do so literally. The president doesn’t just carry around a briefcase with a button that can end the world. Instead, an aide carries a bag (the “football”) with several items including communication equipment, a book with strike options, a list of secure bunkers, and an index card (the “biscuit”) with the codes to identify the president. To authorize the use, he needs to order the deployment of the weapons which will be carried out by two military officers with two keys just like you’ve seen in movies. In theory, the president has no check on his ability to authorize the use of devastating force however, he needs a reason to do so. Today the most likely reason we would use nuclear force is if someone first used it against us. The president’s job is to determine if an incoming missile is in fact nuclear, and if retaliation in kind is what’s best. Under any other circumstances than preventing a nuke from hitting us, I believe you’d be hard pressed to find two military officers who are willing to start WWIII and plunge the world into nuclear winter. This is another check on the president known as the military. If you are in service to your country you swear an oath to defend her from enemies foreign and domestic and sure, a coup is drastic and I doubt it would happen but the same goes for someone losing their temper and deciding to end the world.
No, I haven’t forgotten about the minorities. They will be fine. There is no unilateral action the president can take to limit the freedom of a citizen of the United States. There is the check from both the Legislative and Judicial branches any such action would have to hurdle. IF something of that nature made it past all of the litigation that would entail, whatever crazy policy tailored against minorities would still have to be enacted at the state and local levels. As for the claim of the anti-LGBT, the bathrooms in Trump tower are transgender friendly as documented by Caitlyn Jenner. Trump has also been on record saying he believes it should be illegal for people to be fired for their sexual orientation as well as stating the need the same rights given to minorities in the Civil Rights Act.
I’m more interested (concerned) with why you vote for someone, not who you vote for. Don’t follow the scare tactics created by pundits and the media without first doing your own research. Are these scenarios possible? Certainly, as stated before, anything is. Are they likely? Hell no. If this brief blog about the obstacles to complete these tasks doesn’t satiate you, do your own research. What is most important is in the end you are in charge; you elect the president who appoints justices and signs laws into being, you elect the congressman who approve the justices and create the laws. Even if a candidate is as bad as the scare tactics imply, you still have the power to stop them in their tracks. Thanks Constitution.