By KAY MATTHEWS
It’s always fun for progressives when someone like the never-Trumper Republican pundit Steve Schmidt goes on Chris Hayes’s MSNBC show and calls Trump an ethno-national autocrat and declares he has jumped ship over the Republicans’ child separation policy. When Hayes asks him if he thinks the Republican base will follow suit Schmidt’s answer is decidedly less affirmative, saying he hopes they will be able to see some shade of gray other than the black and white rigidity that has locked them into the untenable “Trump is great no matter what he does” position.
But as I continue to monitor those on Facebook who support him I don’t see that much has changed since I last wrote about this in May of 2017. The basis of their defense is still the argument that liberals have ruined the country under Democratic rule. There has been no humane response to the zero tolerance policy whereby children were forcibly removed from their parents at the Mexican border to detention centers all over the country while the parents were prosecuted and held in indeterminate detention in federal prison. There has been no acknowledgement that by rescinding the family separation policy and keeping children with their parents in indeterminate detention the Trump administration is breaking the law. The 1997 Flores Settlement stipulates that minor children cannot be held in federal prison for more than 20 days and must be put under the care of the Office of Refuge Resettlement (ORR) within the Health and Human Services Department (HHS). When the Repubs keep blaming the Dems for this law it means they are either willing to see children held in federal prison with their parents or that their parents should be released to await a hearing on their claim for refuge status. I seriously doubt it’s the latter. (Progressives value the law as an attempt at protection for minor children but blame both parties for their failure to enact immigration reform.)
Then I saw the following post that pretty much puts the kabosh on Schmidt’s hope that the Trump base may wrench themselves from a visceral (racist) hatred of Obama to find a moral compass. And just as bad, the post, full of lies and conspiracy theories, was misattributed to Marshall Kamena, the former mayor of Livermore, California when it was really penned by Evan Sayet in the Townhall. This is what they believe, folks. Read it and weep.
“My Leftist friends (as well as many ardent #NeverTrumpers) constantly ask me if I’m not bothered by Donald Trump’s lack of decorum. They ask if I don’t think his tweets are ‘beneath the dignity of the office.’
Here’s my answer: We Right-thinking people have tried dignity. There could not have been a man of more quiet dignity than George W. Bush as he suffered the outrageous lies and politically motivated hatreds that undermined his presidency.
We tried statesmanship.
Could there be another human being on this earth who so desperately prized ‘collegiality’ as John McCain?
We tried propriety – has there been a nicer human being ever than Mitt Romney?
And the results were always the same. This is because, while we were playing by the rules of dignity, collegiality and propriety, the Left has been, for the past 60 years, engaged in a knife fight where the only rules are those of Saul Alinsky and the Chicago mob.
I don’t find anything ‘dignified,’ ‘collegial’ or ‘proper’ about Barack Obama’s lying about what went down on the streets of Ferguson in order to ramp up racial hatreds because racial hatreds serve the Democratic Party.
I don’t see anything ‘dignified’ in lying about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi and imprisoning an innocent filmmaker to cover your tracks.
I don’t see anything ‘statesman-like’ in weaponizing the IRS to be used to destroy your political opponents and any dissent.
Yes, Obama was ‘articulate’ and ‘polished’ but in no way was he in the least bit ‘dignified,’ ‘collegial’ or ‘proper.’
The Left has been engaged in a war against America since the rise of the Children of the ‘60s. To them, it has been an all-out war where nothing is held sacred and nothing is seen as beyond the pale. It has been a war they’ve fought with violence, the threat of violence, demagoguery and lies from day one – the violent take-over of the universities – till today.
The problem is that, through these years, the Left has been the only side fighting this war. While the Left has been taking a knife to anyone who stands in their way, the Right has continued to act with dignity, collegiality and propriety.
With Donald Trump, this all has come to an end. Donald Trump is America ’s first wartime president in the Culture War.
During wartime, things like ‘dignity’ and ‘collegiality’ simply aren’t the most essential qualities one looks for in their warriors. Ulysses Grant was a drunk whose behavior in peacetime might well have seen him drummed out of the Army for conduct unbecoming.
Had Abraham Lincoln applied the peacetime rules of propriety and booted Grant, the Democrats might well still be holding their slaves today.
Lincoln rightly recognized that, ‘I cannot spare this man. He fights.’
General George Patton was a vulgar-talking. In peacetime, this might have seen him stripped of rank. But, had Franklin Roosevelt applied the normal rules of decorum then, Hitler and the Socialists would barely be five decades into their thousand-year Reich.
Trump is fighting. And what’s particularly delicious is that, like Patton standing over the battlefield as his tanks obliterated Rommel’s, he’s shouting, ‘You magnificent bastards, I read your book!’
That is just the icing on the cake, but it’s wonderful to see that not only is Trump fighting, he’s defeating the Left using their own tactics. That book is Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals – a book so essential to the Liberals’ war against America that it is and was the playbook for the entire Obama administration and the subject of Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis.
It is a book of such pure evil, that, just as the rest of us would dedicate our book to those we most love or those to whom we are most indebted, Alinsky dedicated his book to Lucifer.
Trump’s tweets may seem rash and unconsidered but, in reality, he is doing exactly what Alinsky suggested his followers do. First, instead of going after ‘the fake media’ — and they are so fake that they have literally gotten every single significant story of the past 60 years not just wrong, but diametrically opposed to the truth, from the Tet Offensive to Benghazi, to what really happened on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri — Trump isolated CNN. He made it personal.
Then, just as Alinsky suggests, he employs ridicule, which Alinsky described as ‘the most powerful weapon of all.’ Most importantly, Trump’s tweets have put CNN in an untenable and unwinnable position. They need to respond.
This leaves them with only two choices. They can either ‘go high’ (as Hillary would disingenuously declare of herself and the fake news would disingenuously report as the truth) and begin to honestly and accurately report the news or they can double-down on their usual tactics and hope to defeat Trump with twice their usual hysteria and demagoguery. The problem for CNN (et al.) with the former is that, if they were to start honestly reporting the news, that would be the end of the Democratic Party they serve. It is nothing but the incessant use of fake news (read: propaganda) that keeps the Left alive.
Imagine, for example, if CNN had honestly and accurately reported then-candidate Barack Obama’s close ties to foreign terrorists (Rashid Khalidi), domestic terrorists (William Ayers & Bernardine Dohrn), the mafia (Tony Rezko) or the true evils of his spiritual mentor, Jeremiah Wright’s church.
Imagine if they had honestly and accurately conveyed the evils of the Obama administration’s weaponizing of the IRS to be used against their political opponents or his running of guns to the Mexican cartels or the truth about the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the Obama administration’s cover-up.
So, to my friends on the Left — and the #NeverTrumpers as well — do I wish we lived in a time when our president could be ‘collegial’ and ‘dignified’ and ‘proper’? Of course I do.
These aren’t those times. This is war. And it’s a war that the Left has been fighting without opposition for the past 50 years.
So, say anything you want about this president – I get it – he can be vulgar, he can be crude, he can be undignified at times. I don’t care. I can’t spare this man. He fights for America!
Please pass this on . . . over and over, and again and again. . .”