GET USED TO HEARING ABOUT
HOW HATE-FILLED YOU ARE
Donald Trump’s popularity is all about hate.
How do I know this? The Southern Poverty Law Center says that it is so. The spring issue of SPLC’s journal, Intelligence Report, correlates the rise of Trump with what might be termed the mainstreaming of hate, especially as regards the immigration issue…
“The number of ‘nativist extremist’ groups — organizations that go beyond mere advocacy to personally confront suspected undocumented immigrants or those who hire or help them — dropped again last year, falling from 19 to just 17.”
Which might be seen as good news, but alas…
“that slight decline was not a reflection of diminishing hatred directed at immigrants to the United States. What appears to have happened is that figures in the political mainstream, along with numerous state legislatures, have essentially co-opted the issue, making the nativist extremist groups’ activism unnecessary.
“A recent example of that is Donald Trump’s call for a ban on Muslim immigration and his description of Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers. Immigrant-bashing, whether of Latinos or Muslims, has gone mainstream.”
So put away those hooded robes and Nazi flags. No need for that nasty old stuff. Voting for The Donald — even just considering it — is sufficient evidence of your true feelings.
“What may be most disheartening is that Trump’s rhetoric is only keeping pace with the worst instincts of a large portion of the population that, frightened by world events and goaded by many media outlets that encourage ‘debate’ about the basic humanity of Muslims, has embraced a xenophobic and nationalistic worldview.”
Fasten your seatbelts. The campaign season is still young. And paired with Republican determination to deny Obama the chance to put another leftist on the Supreme Court, charges of hate will only become louder and more strident.
I have expressed my reservations about the Trump sensation all along — as I have about Donald Trump’s personal qualifications to occupy the highest office in the land. But I don’t believe the enthusiasm he has generated necessarily reflects hate or xenophobia or bigotry (either his own or that of his supporters).
Frank Schaeffer, son of the late evangelical theologian and author, Francis Schaeffer, sets me straight. He views Trump as…
“the creation of white angry lower and middle-class Americans who have come through our educational system that failed to educate them. Sorry to be so blunt but Trump’s people never have or would have read the National Review. These are fact-free functional illiterates, creatures of TV news and celebrity culture…”
Writing for the Patheos religious blog portal, he reflects on his days as a Christian conservative (among whom his late father was a leading light), and observes how that movement…
“harbored a hate-filled ignorant white segment who identify with some conservative values but actually are pure and simple fascist reactionaries. These people have always been looking for demagogues to follow in order to ‘take America back.’”
Schaeffer maintains that such folks have been at the heart of the “‘You Lie!’ Obama-obstruction era,” that the ability of conservatives to “moderate their fascist haters has been swept aside,” and that the latest “demagogue” to come along and warm reactionary hearts is The Donald.
It should be noted that Frank Schaeffer has risen above déclassé rightwing obstructionism — having also abandoned his father’s Evangelical faith. He now calls himself, somewhat enigmatically, “an atheist who believes in God.”
Well, it’s pretty clear how the current political year and its dominant figure — Donald Trump — are going to be framed.
Hell, even the Pope expressed his view that if Trump insists on trying to stem the flood tide of immigrants across the border by building a wall, he mustn’t be much of a Christian. His Holiness later “clarified” that he hadn’t intended to pronounce on The Donald’s soul. But I think we can assume the Pope’s feelings about American politics.
Harvard political theorist Danielle Allen gives a more intellectual gloss to the threat she perceives by comparing Trump to Adolph Hitler, the very icon of hate. (If the Führer never existed, progressives would have had to invent him in order to handily smear those who resist their ideology.)
Allen asserts that, just as Hitler did in post-World War I Germany…
“Trump is rising by taking advantage of a divided country. The truth is that the vast majority of voting Americans think that Trump is unacceptable as a presidential candidate, but we are split by strong partisan ideologies and cannot coordinate a solution to stop him.”
That Trump’s rise reflects the nation’s ideological split is undeniable. His unacceptability is less so, which Allen admits…
“I believe that Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination, and I intend to vote for her, but it is also the case that she is a candidate with significant weaknesses …. The result of a head-to-head contest between Clinton and Trump would be unpredictable.”
Convinced that the other Republican candidates are key to solving the Trump problem, Allen makes them a fervent plea to “Do the right thing” and rise above their own ambitions…
“Jeb Bush has done the right thing by dropping out, just as he did the right thing by being the first, alongside Rand Paul, to challenge Trump. The time has come, John Kasich and Ben Carson, to leave the race as well. You both express a powerful commitment to the good of your country and to its founding ideals. If you care about the future of this republic, it is time to endorse Marco Rubio.”
(Which may tell us more than we want to know about Marco Rubio.)
“Ted Cruz is, I believe, pulling votes away from Trump, and for that reason is useful in the race. But, Mr. Cruz, you are drawing too close to Trump’s politics. You too should change course.”
(In other words, turn left.)
Implicit in all of this is that not only Donald Trump is filled with hate. You too — if you support him or can accept what increasingly appears to be his inevitable candidacy — you too are filled with hate. You’re no better than those “ignorant, racist morons” who backed the Nazis, and were transported into ecstasy shouting “Heil Hitler!” and turned a blind eye to the Holocaust, and brought calamity upon their nation and the world.
Your frustration with politics in general and the practices of the Obama regime in particular (what I have described as that “arrogant blend of incompetence and subversion”) has nothing to do with why an outsider like Trump might pique your interest.
Your anxiety about the future of our country has nothing to do with it.
The fact that the GOP doesn’t seem able to offer a candidate other than Trump who can speak to your feelings in a compelling way — this too has nothing to do with it.
Only hate matters this year. That’s all the Left sees.
But then that’s all the Left can see. And as they never stop insisting, it’s people like you who are the most hate-filled of all.
Get used to hearing that.
New York Daily News reports on (and provides a link to) the Southern Poverty Law Center report that makes Donald Trump the face of hate in America. Interestingly, it also provides a gallery of recent Daily News front pages that are pretty hateful in their representation of The Donald, calling him such unpleasant names as “Lord of the Pigs.” Talk about evenhanded journalism…
One wonders how Schaeffer felt about South Carolina’s Evangelical voters going for The Donald in a big way. From CBN…
Here’s a link to the Washington Post op-ed by Harvard’s Danielle Allen calling on Republicans to do anything they can to stop Trump, our latter-day Hitler. Her analogy is a bit extreme and her tone a little desperate, but I’ll agree it’s time for everyone to transcend their own egos and pull the party together…
Author and YTA Cable TV Network host Gina Louden examines Trump’s situation from a different point of view, targeting Ted Cruz as the one who should transcend his ego and cut a deal with The Donald. She sees Cruz as this year’s “king-maker” who could wind up as Vice President. If Cruz isn’t willing to play, Marco Rubio will continue to snipe from the “Establishment” side, extending party disunity and possibly handing a win to the Democrats (an echo of 1964).