Why are leftist progressives so mean?
Latest example: “Enjoy your miserable life on your island,” left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore has told Britons in a rant against Brexit and U.S. President Donald Trump.
Another example: On Friday’s broadcast of ABC’s “The View,” Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) stated that after President Donald Trump is impeached, Vice President Mike Pence won’t be a better president than Trump and should be impeached as well. With both Trump and Pence, she used terms like “going after” and coming to “get”. Doesn’t that seem ominous and threatening?
Nobody saying such things about a Democratic or progressive candidate or President would ever get away with it. And they wonder why so many of us are angry.
I just don’t get it. If I really thought it were in Great Britain’s interest to carry the load — welfare and currency-wise — for the rest of Europe, then I’d explain why. I would not just call them names, as leftist filmmaker Michael Moore has done. And when Barack Obama and Joe Biden were in office, I don’t recall their opponents saying things like, “We’re coming to get them. First we’ll impeach Obama and then we’ll impeach Biden.” Joe Biden, at one point, called opponents of Obamacare the economic equivalent of terrorists.
Why all the violent metaphors? Why the hatred? These are the same people who lecture anyone who disagrees with them as shameful haters that should be embarrassed to show their faces anywhere. I’d say it’s the old expression “the pot calling the kettle black”, but then I’d be accused of racism.
For years, people like me have called leftism and socialism ideologies of force. We point to the examples of Communism in totalitarian places like Maoist China, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela and the old Soviet Russia as the ultimate embodiment of what these hard-core Democrats (who now dominate the party) want. Such analogies were considered over the top, even crazy. Yet they seem much more believable now, don’t they? The highest level, most visible advocates of leftist socialist progressivism express nothing but hatred toward their adversaries. And if you don’t like it, they’re coming to get you. How ironic, given that so many of us are already armed.
Forget politics for a minute. Let’s just look at it psychologically. Whenever anyone threatens an opponent with violence and intimidation, it proves the lack of credibility their own views have in their own minds. If I’m convinced you’re wrong, and that I can prove it, I don’t need to call you names. And I don’t need to threaten physical harm against you, as progressives now routinely do against dissenters. In fact, the only time it’s ever valid to threaten physical harm is in retaliation against a credible threat of such harm.
If you ask me, the left is now showing its true colors. Donald Trump has given them the excuse they have longed for to openly show what they have always been, and what their Communistic-like ideology invites them to be: controllers. Maxine Waters has been in the public eye of government for many decades. Michael Moore has been a known leftist filmmaker for decades. They were always hostile and intolerant, but never so brazenly and openly. Now that Donald Trump and his supporters call them on their contradictions, evasions and silliness, they’re madder than hell. If they were secure and confident in the rationality and truth of their arguments, you’d never see anything like this.
If these are the kind of people who ultimately bring America down — and they will, only if we let them — then shame on those of us who won’t stand up to them. They have nothing to offer but compulsion, hostility and hatred. Only when good people cover their eyes and ears — understandably so, when it’s someone like Maxine Waters or Michael Moore — can ideological nihilists carry the day.
Heaven help us all if they ever do.
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