Heya guys, good morning.
This is Michael Lumish talking with you on a cool and rainy Monday, October third, here in the Oakland hills.
What I want to discuss this morning is the apparent demise of civil political discussion in the West today in favor of relentless smear campaigns and the spitting of partisan talking points.
This kind of thing always gets worse as we approach important national elections such as the one coming up this November.
And I find it a bit disconcerting that people whom I generally respect are suddenly transmorgrified into ideological talking-points Pez dispensers. Although this is nothing new, the manufacture of hatred toward the enemy of your choice has replaced discussion of issues.
Donald Trump, for example, is constantly lambasted as racist and sexist and Islamophobic and an anti-Semitic, while otherwise intelligent people post images of the guy on Facebook dressed up as Adolph Hitler or in a tutu wearing lip-stick, or whatever.
I don’t know that the Republicans are much better, but as someone who has spent most of his life within the Democratic Party, I find myself considerably more critical of “my own,” so to speak, because I tended to expect more from them, integrity-wise.
It’s as if each side just lines up behind the talking points that favor their candidate, as spoon fed to them from the media. In this way issues take a back-seat to the kind of irrational poisonous hatred that defines our political culture.
Thus the Democrats do little more than smear everyone who may disagree with them on the issues as racist and/or sexist, because that’s all they’ve got.
I don’t know that the Republicans are so much better – and I happen to be unregistered with any political party – but the Democrats, and that goes double for the progressive-left variety, love to portray themselves as both morally and intellectually far superior to those rubes who live in fly-over country.
This criticism of the Left has been around for quite some time, for decades, and I cannot even begin to describe to you what it’s like to wake up after so many years and realize that this criticism is true.
The smug sense of superiority that just oozes from what is sometimes called the Regressive Left represents, to my mind, a truly revolting sense of unwarranted superiority and snobbish faux-sophistication.
At this point, particularly when it comes to foreign policy, the views of your average Alabama pig farmer seem far more reasonable than the kind of upside-down inside-out gibberish that we’ve been getting from Obama administration, the Democratic Party, and from the universities when it comes to the rise of Political Islam and the mass importation of Arab and North African Muslims into Europe and, now, into the United States.
I saw a report this morning – and I can only hope that it is not true – that Hillary Cliton intends to import about a million Muslim refugees into the United States in her first year in office, and anyone who objects or even so much as raises questions about the wisdom of such a policy, is automatically smeared as a vile racist or hate-filled Islamophobe.
This is precisely the kind of thing that we also see in Europe although in Britain they might very well toss you in prison for saying anything negative about the EU’s cultural enrichment policy which is bringing such joy throughout the continent.
But, y’know, if Trump is slandered and demeaned and spit-at by those who represent the facile progressive-left intelligentsia, he has certainly made it much easier for them by being such an obnoxious schmuck on the campaign trail.
I mean, the guy has to be the single most obnoxious individual that I have ever seen run for the presidency within my lifetime.
I was personally disgusted when he demeaned Carly Fiorina’s looks while running for the Republican nomination. I get that, whatever else Trump is up to, he is running against the fascist-like grip that Political Correctness has upon the culture of the West, but he has done it in a manner that gives plenty of cannonballs to his enemies to shoot back at him.
If I vote, I will probably vote for Trump because Trump, at least, is willing to acknowledge that the rise of Political Islam is a significant and toxic political movement with far reaching negative consequences around the world.
On the Left, and among Democrats, however, if you even raise the question you are spit at as some knuckle-dragging hate-filled Neanderthal.
Speaking only for myself, I would rather take my chances with an Alabama pig-farmer who respects the rise of Political Islam enough to address it honestly then with internationalist elites, such as Clinton, Obama, or Merkel, in Germany, who sing precious lullabies to their constituencies, while tucking them into bed in their jammies, while the cries of Alahu Akbar ring throughout the land in places like Nice, France or Cologne, Germany or San Bernardino, California, Orlando, Florida, Boston Massachusetts, Fort Hood, Texas - and on and on and on - not to mention New York City.
It’s a shame that Trump is such an obnoxious schmuck, otherwise he could get elected and the United States might actually address the issue, rather than enable it while spitting poison at those of us who object.