Where Are the Decent Liberals?

Ken Blackwell,

President Donald Trump’s critics fixate on his tweets and then wonder why he spends so much time responding to their attacks. But why do they devote so much attention to his tweets in the first place? Maybe they realize that many Americans are happy to finally have a president who fights back.

The Left complains about how badly Republicans treated President Bill Clinton. But he disgraced himself in the Oval Office. And as America’s top elected official, he committed the crime of perjury.

Democrats also whine that conservatives said terrible things about President Barack Obama. But just look at his record.

He nationalized health care – a sixth of the economy – and in the process, undermined the greatest medical care system in the world. He sent America into retreat overseas, with disastrous consequences. He used the IRS to harass his critics. He held no one accountable for the murder of Americans in Benghazi. He increased the national debt by $9 trillion. What good was there to say about him?

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Finally, the Left is indignant about the horrible treatment—the usual litany of “isms”—shown to Hillary Clinton.

Yet her scandals run the gamut from Whitewater and sketchy cattle trades to Benghazi and hidden emails. The shameless type of self-dealing evident with the Clinton Foundation first surfaced with the firing of the White House travel staff when her husband became president. Yet, who but conservatives were willing to point out her misconduct?

President Trump hasn’t behaved like any of them. His only offense is being unusually candid for a politician.

Obviously, people are free to criticize the president. And, no doubt, if you’re a progressive or liberal, you don’t like what he’s doing: Appointing a solid constitutionalist to the Supreme Court. Restoring U.S. leadership abroad. Returning justice to the Justice Department. Securing America’s borders. Addressing the damage done by Obamacare.

Fixing Barack Obama’s mistakes is hard work. And the president is making a difference.

Which probably explains the Left’s truly unconscionable behavior. Their ranks aren’t content to claim that the Trump administration’s policies won’t work. They applaud the idea of violence against America’s president.

Forget the antics of the MSNBC morning show. The hosts are dishonest and shrill, but that’s standard fare in today’s mainstream media. What’s amazing are the vile attacks magnified by supposedly establishment journalists.

And consider the Hollywood personalities who take themselves so seriously they need to tell everyone what they think.

Last month, actor Johnny Depp asked a crowd, “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” He added, “it’s been awhile, and maybe it’s time.” Yes, the last instance was 1865 when John Wilkes Booth murdered Abraham Lincoln, a president who even modern liberals claim to respect. Depp later apologized, claiming he “was only trying to amuse.”

Obviously, being an actor doesn’t make one a comedian. And even professional comedians sometimes fail to make people laugh. When Kathy Griffin’s stunt with a bloody, decapitated head of President Trump blew up, she claimed victimhood because people didn’t get the “joke.”

At least these two were one-off “performances.” New York City Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar features the title character being knifed with great enthusiasm midway through the play. This “Roman” sports a suit, unruly blonde hair, a red tie, and has a spouse with a Slovenian accent. Wonder who that’s supposed to be?

The real Caesar was a general who used military success to destroy a republic and become a dictator. It’s a great story, and in 1937 the celebrated Orson Welles used the play to target Italy’s Benito Mussolini, who was a fascist dictator and later allied himself with Adolf Hitler in World War II.

But President Trump, freely elected by the American people and acting within the U.S. Constitution, being portrayed as Caesar? And deserving to be assassinated? Really?

Of course, no one involved in these incidents said they supported harming the president. But a couple weeks back a Nebraska Democratic Party official said he was “glad” that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot. Not just that, but “I wish he was [expletive] dead.”

Phil Montag did this in a conversation with Chelsey Gentry-Tipton, chairwoman of the state party’s Black Caucus, who previously remarked that it was “so funny” to watch GOP legislators “crying on live TV” about the horror of the attack. She added: “Yeah, having a hard time feeling bad for them.”

And liberals accuse President Trump of degrading America’s political discourse?

Americans always have engaged in vigorous debate. They should continue doing so. But vigorous doesn’t mean vicious and malevolent. It’s time for decent liberals to hold their less principled colleagues to account.

J. Kenneth Blackwell, a former mayor of Cincinnati and Ohio Secretary of State, is a Policy Board member and Senior Fellow for the American Civil Rights Union.

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  • DrArtaud

    I have a few sayings, and the third by Lincoln:

    Having freedom to say things is great, being stupid enough to say them without restraint is foolhardy.

    I know few Conservatives that have problems holding their tongues and few liberals that have any issue with letting theirs fly.

    “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.”
    — Abraham Lincoln

    Part of the above is explained by the following:

    Science says liberals, not conservatives, are psychotic

    A political-science journal that published an oft-cited study claiming conservatives were more likely to show traits associated with “psychoticism” now says it got it wrong. Very wrong.

    The American Journal of Political Science published a correction this year saying that the 2012 paper has “an error” — and that liberal political beliefs, not conservative ones, are actually linked to psychoticism.

    “The interpretation of the coding of the political attitude items in the descriptive and preliminary analyses portion of the manuscript was exactly reversed,” the journal said in the startling correction.

    “The descriptive analyses report that those higher in Eysenck’s psychoticism are more conservative, but they are actually more liberal; and where the original manuscript reports those higher in neuroticism and social desirability are more liberal, they are, in fact, more conservative.”

    In the paper, psychoticism is associated with traits such as tough-mindedness, risk-taking, sensation-seeking, impulsivity and authoritarianism.

    Liberals are dragging the world under water with them, they simply don’t care, they simply never take a step back and examine the results of their misguided efforts.

    This is the face of liberalism: Triggered

    This is the face of a Fake News Network, what a disgrace:

    20 CNN Fake News Compilation!

    There are, a few, decent liberals. And though they still have that trait of nagging against Conservative issues, they still, begrudgingly admit that some things liberals do are insane. I had a coworker that was wildly liberal but still fun to talk to. Look at the “triggered” image above, the liberal at work never gets to that point, and though he discusses the liberal ideology, he doesn’t seem to have the vehemence of the triggered woman example. But he’s been hardened by many years in heavy industry of exposure to people with diametrically opposed views, and that, perhaps, is why so many liberals are becoming dangerous, they live in safe spaces carefully preened to only contain only clones to themselves, whether in govt jobs or universities. This is a convincing reason that true diversity must be imposed on agencies receiving public money, and of course govt agencies. This artificial exclusion of Conservatives must end before liberals pass the point of no return.

  • Question Balance

    There are not any decent liberals.
    I was working the private sector up until I was 40 years old when the company I was working for went out business.
    I got lucky and felt I was blessed by getting a job with the Cleveland Division of Water. Because my experience was in the piping industry.
    I received only high references from the people that I used to work for. I had the best work attitude and always did my job and showed up on time. I was called stupid, worthless, not wanted and not needed from the people at the Cleveland Division of Water for 18 years and finally had enough when I stood up for myself when I was called crazy and I was to perform fellatio on the elitists at that place. This didn’t end well for me and the union Local 100 of AFSCME didn’t do anything because they wanted to be worshiped too.
    After I was fired I complained back to them by telling them the exact words they abused me with. They couldn’t take it so they charged me with harassment and blackballed me from the workplace. Now my goal is to let my property in the City of Cleveland deteriorate so that I bring down the neighbors property value too.
    The City of Cleveland is run by a bunch of low life liberals and now because of them I’m going to kill myself so that they can pay for the expense of my cremation .
    The city of cleveland and the democratic party can all go to hell.

  • Ed

    Decent Liberals ? Huhh; an oxymoron if I ever heard one.