The Trump Takedown Tactics Had Their Dry Runs On College Campuses
Much of social history of Western world, over past 3 decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.—Thomas Sowell
If you’re just waking up to our little psycho-drama, U.S. president Donald Trump is alternatively a Nazi, a covert KGB agent, a serial sexual abuser, a corrupt businessman, mentally unstable or a guy who wears his ties too long.
In last week’s episode, the TrumpenKritics pivoted from the battered notion that Vladimir Putin had rigged the presidential defeat of Hillary Clinton to the meme that POTUS 45 is a tool of the domestic Nazi party.
How do we know he’s a sock puppet for white nationalist David Duke? It’s not as if Trump has enacted a white-nationalist regime or opened concentration camps for dissidents. No, the tempête is all about his words that dared suggest that there was blame on both sides for the violence in Charlottesville, Va.
Or that some people of good will see Confederate statues as benign.
This has caused the greatest Trump outrage… since the last outrage. But the continued attempt to disqualify him from the White House is not about facts anyhow. It’s about power and how the Obama coalition, sated by eight years of bossing people around, can get it back without answering to the ballot box.
It’s about changing laws on speech to allow the special folks who lost in November to interpret hate speech to their benefit.
Conservatives point out the contradictions in this liberal/ progressive disgust with Trump. These are the same Hollywood/ media sages who blithely overlooked Bill Clinton’s sexual predation, who excused Teddy Kennedy’s moral failings at Chappaquiddick, who embraced every thuggish leftist from the USSR to Cuba to Venezuela.
Still they have set themselves up as moral arbiters. Here’s former attorney general Loretta Lynch urging resistance to an oppressive racist society (http://www.wnd.com/2017/03/loretta-lynch-need-more-marching-blood-death-on-streets/). That would be a black woman who worked for a twice-elected black president. Who also put her thumb on the scales of justice to protect Clinton in her email troubles.
If that’s racism, Martin Luthur King would not recognize it.
For Lynch and her lapdog media, time stood still on November 8, 2016. Clocks may not move forward till their cosseted world view is vindicated by impeachment of POTUS 45. Trump must be de-legitimized, shown to be deficient in his capacity to hold the sacred White House (where Obama entertained rappers with police surveillance bracelets on their ankles).
If whites feel guilt about the march of history, even better.
This is about a return of the keys to the executive branch for the vainglorious cadre repudiated by voters last November. People, like Lynch, so secure that they are the right side of history, that they were wrong about everything they assumed to be true in America. For people who don’t accept criticism well, this was a disaster.
These tactics should surprise exactly no one who has witnessed the hollowing out of the universities in the U.S. and Canada by hard-left activists. The intimidation game plan against non-believers was perfected in the trenches of academe. Refined, it’s now transferred it to the fight against Trump.
The academic fatwa against speech and speakers it finds offensive— often accompanied by violence and property destruction— speaks to its success. These same censors now want to be there ones to decide whose speech is too dangerous to hear and whose is from the lips of God. Or Al Gore. Same thing.
Here’s how they silenced the colleges: Figures within the academic community who resisted the excited social engineering of gender and culture zealots were identified for vilification. Their alleged retrograde research, support for corporate villains, acceptance of white privilege, sexist views and especially racist views were used to mute or, worse, eliminate them from campuses.
The fantasist Campus Rape Culture (exposed by the libelous Rolling Stone University of Virginia story) is a classic example of how gender-studies commisars used intimidation to clear-cut moderate voices on campus.
As with every college show trial, extra-legal means were employed to bludgeon college administrators into acceptance of the progressive agenda on rape. The accused were denied standing at kangaroo courts. Police were excluded from proceedings.
Afraid for their financial support, particularly during the Obama years, presidents of schools caved to Black Lives Matter or whomever was the radical flavor of the day. Eager to appease, they gave way in hopes of a little respite.
Only to discover that placation led to a hundred more grievances to follow. The current campus is now a place where anyone opposing the Bernie Sanders/ Elizabeth Warren worldview keeps his or her head down and stays quiet. The intimidation game at colleges is complete.
The silence from the media— even in the Rolling Stone fiasco—speaks to its tacit acceptance of the purge. The diversity charade, like Round Up, kills everything it touches. This is not unique to American colleges. University of Toronto, which abhorred segregation when I attended in the 70’s, now joyfully boasts of black-only graduation ceremonies.
This college clear-cut has now freed up battalions of social re-engineers for the Trump Hunt. Fuelled by the secular righteousness of climate, drunk on the attentions of CNN, MSNBC, they are consumed with the notion that they represent destiny. Obama’s cherished bend in history moves to them like a Uri Geller spoon.
Brash and bewildering, Trump is the only one on the right who understands you can’t take a backward step to this intimidation. His allies in the GOP still think they can appease the beast. Good luck with that.
A look at the postsecondary pregame proves that this hysteria— not the pantomime Nazis— has been bubbling its way up in the culture. A lack of will gave it momentum. Unless an external event breaks the fever, what happens next will be lamentable in both the U.S. and Canada.
Bruce Dowbiggin @dowbboy.is the host of the podcast The Full Count with Bruce Dowbiggin on anticanetwork.com. He’s also a regular contributor three-times-a-week to Sirius XM Canada Talks Ch. 167. A two-time winner of the Gemini Award as Canada's top television sports broadcaster, he is also the best-selling author of seven books. His website is Not The Public Broadcaster (http://www.notthepublicbroadcaster.com)