In the first half of President Trump’s first term, political and cultural turmoil has seemed the norm. The consensus of opinion is that America is a ‘divided country.’ One can read that phrase in every news outlet from Left to Right these days.
However, far fewer would agree about the reason for the hostilities. The conservative would say the Left’s juvenile and violent behavior is the reason.
The Left would blame, surprise, (sarc) President Trump. In a manner, both of them are correct.
Blame could be assigned to the president because he has chosen to resist the mantra of the Left. He doesn’t fall into line as Republican Presidents have before.
In that manner, Trump is guilty of confounding the Left and motivating them to stir division and hatred, all the while blaming him for their actions.
Trump Confounds the Left
President Donald John Trump truly confounds the Leftist Political establishment. That’s because he is unlike any politician they have yet dealt with, in three particular ways.
- Trump doesn’t need the job. He can afford to brush aside Leftist critics because he can be independent.
- Trump isn’t docile. Unlike previous presidents, he will hit back when he feels criticism is unwarranted.
- Trump taps into the people directly. He is masterful at circumventing the Leftmedia through social media and the internet.
These factors combined with the President’s boundless drive and the dedication of his base make him an enigma to leftists. An enigma they are not equipped to solve.
The Left is sent into apoplectic shock when trying to deal with Trump. They have thrown all the vitriol they can at this president to no apparent avail.
The Leftmedia, in particular, are extreme in their hatred for everything about President Trump. They are so absolutely sure that they are in the right that ordinary rules of decorum should not apply to them.
Here is a recent example from CNN’s Jim Acosta. He thinks he is so important that he can ignore rules everyone else has to obey.
This is but the latest of Acosta’s grandstanding and making the story about him. He was justly rewarded for his vanity and bullying by having his White House press credentials revoked.
The Left Will Never Understand
The idealogical Left will never understand Trump and his supporters. They are not emotionally equipped to do so.
The Left cannot tolerate discent because they believe they are the educated elite among us. Therefore, they think they are more enlightened than the rest of us and we should listen to them.
This attitude results in a narcissitic view of life. Scratch a true leftist and a grandiose self-importance lies beneath.
This has been evident to anyone who has tracked the speeches of former President Obama both in and out of office. He exemplifies the narcissism of the political Left.
In a mesmerizing video, Grabien highlights all the times Obama referenced himself in his speech at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday. The total tally: a stunning 119 times. …those 119 self-references surpass the 76 times he referenced himself in his 33-minute gun control speech on Jan 5, 2016, the 28 times he brought himself up in a 12-minute speech following a mass shooting Oct 1, 2015, and just barely edges the incredible 118 times he talked about ol’ Barry in a 33-minute speech in India on Jan. 27, 2015.
In fact, Obama used the first-person singular 199 times in a speech on the economy in Austin, TX. The 2014 remarks were 5,500 words long and,
In President Obama’s speech, he used a first person singular, on average, every 12 seconds.
The most recent exhibition of the former president’s sense of self-importance came during the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections. He decided to continue an unprecedented series of public critiques of the current holder of the presidency.
Bill Whittle gives an excellent analysis of this in a video recorded on 11/5/2018, the day before the election.
Leftist Self-Importance Leads to Fascism
One of the latest screeds from the Left is that President Trump is constantly ‘attacking’ the media and the First Amendment. They don’t like that he has called them “fake news,” and “the enemy of the people.”
While name-calling may not be nice, it can hardly be called an attack on freedom of the press. The “fake news” people haven’t been ordered by Trump to stop airing or printing stories, no matter how false.
CNN and their allies may call the yanking of Acosta’s credentials an attack on a free press. In reality it was preventing a showboat from monopolizing the microphone so that others in the press could exercise their rights.
Conversely, the Left has engaged in acts to supress press freedom. Back in 2013, Obama’s Department of Justice illegally spied on reporters, seized records from reporters, and even invaded the home of a journalist.
a federal SWAT raid on a reporter’s home, which resulted in the seizure of her private notes and the likely unmasking of whistleblowers within government. Following revelations about lawless spying on reporters and even charges against a journalist of being a “conspirator” by the Justice Department, the explosive story about the raid unveiled last week is causing a fresh wave of outrage — and deep concern.
The “wave of outrage” and “concern” was short-lived in the Leftmedia of that time. The story was gently pushed aside after a short period of obligatory reporting.
Obama was never called a “fascist” after engaging in this clearly fascistic behavior. Trump is called a fascist non-stop by every left-wing journalist, politician, and activist.
Since Trump became president, real fascism has become a common tactic of the Left. One of the leading organizations participating in this is the misnamed ‘Antifa,’ short for ‘anti-fascists.’
The cowardly thugs of Antifa are now infamous for their Gestapo-like tactics at their “protests.” People are routinely bullied, and beaten, and harassed if they express any doubt or defiance of the Left’s storm troopers known as Antifa.
One of Antifa’s satellite organizations known as “Smash Racism DC” recently protested outside in a mob outside the home of FOX News personality Tucker Carlson. He was preparing for his show but his wife was there alone fearing the screeching fascists who almost broke down Carlson’s door.
Shortly before Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson was set to begin Wednesday’s edition of his show, a mob of Antifa protestors descended on his Washington, D.C. area home to threaten him and his family with violence.
Resisting the Left’s “Resistance”
A symbolic title the radical Left has given itself is the “resistance.” This is another misnomer for these miscreants based on their phony labeling of Trump and his supporters as Nazi’s.
They have borrowed the term from the French “Resistance” against Nazi occupation in WWII. The Left uses such a term as they use most words, to bolster their own self-righteous actions.
Why do they continue in this hateful direction? It is because they simply cannot admit their own error.
They remind me of a line from the mini-series Nuremberg, spoken by the character of Hermann Goering to a group of fellow prisoners. One former Nazi general blurts out that Hitler should not have committed suicide.
He states that, instead, Hitler should be facing the judgment alongside them. Goering explodes opposing that view because it would mean something intolerable.
It would mean they would be giving the world license to denounce Hitler and Nazism wholesale. It would mean they would have to say, “We were wrong,” and that cannot be abided.
The Left has the same mindset as the brainwashed minions of Hitler. They would rather do or say anything rather than admit, “we were wrong.”
There are two tactics I suggest briefly to aid in resisting the ‘resistance’ movement. First off, engage in patience with prayer, followed by persistence with purpose.
Patience and prayer were presented in more detail in my last piece. Persistence with a purpose must be framed in terms of what the purpose is.
The purpose of resisting the unholy leftist ‘resistance’ is to advance toward a more free republic in a righteous manner. This requires a fully rational, reasonable and peaceful response to political and personal attacks.
It also requires a level of self-knowledge and humility which will admit that help from the LORD is necessary to succeed. Invite God to become the decision-guide for our lives and for a righteous response to the malevolent Left.
These are the best places to start as individuals and to continue with as like-minded groups. Pray, plan, and persist with patience and God’s purpose, the best purpose will prevail.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. Proverbs 3:5-7 [ESV]
Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001.
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I am a retired pastor and freelance writer. I have been married to my bride, Linda, for 34 amazing years. We have two children, a son Thomas, and a daughter Rebecca. I strive to be the best husband, father, writer and servant of my LORD Jesus possible.
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