By Nathan Barton
The Democrats and many Republicans in Congress and elsewhere have set aside the “people’s business” of such things as passing laws and budgets and carrying out their “normal duties.” Instead, they have jumped on the social-media and mainstream-media fad of bashing the current inhabitant infesting the White House.
(This really isn’t that new a fad, of course. I realize that they’ve been doing that since sometime in 2016. But that in itself makes it a unique fad. How long were pet rocks at the top of the pyramid? Anyone heard from Katy Perry recently?)
Sometimes, the latest tool they grab for bashing The Donald is actually rather amusing. Often, such as the constant comparisons of him to Uncle Adolf, the bashing is so absurd that it is funny. So are the complaints about his womanizing. (Although that is because it is the Democrats doing the mud-slinging: the party of JFK, Teddy K, Gary Hart, Anthony Weiner, and Bill Clinton? Really?!)
Other times, they are just plain pathetic. Consider the enormous and evermore extremes of claims made about how he is a bigoted, racist, anti-immigrant monster. When compared to what the likes of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Don King said about him before he ran for President as a Republican? Or what Democrats said about him when they were courting his favor as a billionaire?
The point is, virtually none of this has anything to do with policies and governmental actions. Many of these politicians trashing Trump held the same opinion on certain matters that they are now condemning him for. Many of the government actions now being strongly condemned by his nay-sayers in Congress and elsewhere were exactly the same actions done by Obummer.
However, these people assume (apparently correctly) that people’s memories are short. Specifically, that voters’ can’t remember even a couple of years ago. Even if the video is available on-line. Put another way, it isn’t the action that they are condemning: it is Trump suggesting, allowing, or continuing the action is the reason that they squawk about the border wall, illegal immigrants, worldwide bombing, or whatever.
But what about libertarians and other lovers of liberty? How can they trump Trump? Should they? Of course they should. While Trump is vastly better than the last few people claiming the White House, he is certainly not a lover of liberty and not even a proponent of limited government.
But if people who claim to be libertarians really are such, they will do so in a much different way than the likes of Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, William Weld, George H W Bush, or all the others. For one thing, they will tell the truth about Trump.
The truth is sufficient to trash Trump, after all. His actions, like those of every president for nearly a century, demonstrate that he and his administration are bad for the Fifty States, for freedom, for liberty, for world peace, and for prosperity. The truth is enough.
On his watch, the FedGov continues to meddle at home and abroad, to kill people in virtually every way EXCEPT self-defense. Although there has been some improvement in taxes and regulations, it is more than offset by actions like the Chinese trade war, allowing other taxes and policies to continue unchecked, and the continued massive support of both the welfare-warfare states.
So, by all means, bash Trump. Bash his policies, his subordinates, his appointees, even his tweets. But do it TRUTHFULLY. Do it not as personal ad hominem attacks, but attacks that are in reality defensive actions: against his actions and his policies and his positions.
And treat everyone else getting ready to try and run for the next Massa election in 2020 the same way. Yes, even if they are Libertarians and claim to be libertarians. Ditto for those in Congress. Hold HIS feet to the fire, and theirs also. (And remember, the enemy of my enemy is NOT necessarily my friend.)
And finally, (and here my folded fingers point back at my chest as I point at you) do it politely and courteously. Political (and many other kinds of) discourse is probably as bad in 2019 as at any time in American history. (Though there have been some doozies in the past, including presidential elections and the various compromises.) Lovers of liberty and free-market anarchists can stand out and set an example by not resorting to nasty words and deeds. We don’t need to rip red hats OR blue scarves off people to win arguments and shut down opponents.