Dear friends, I don’t normally discuss politics in public anymore, mostly because since I’ve switched sides all I hear is the Pavlovian bark of my old pack. It’s painful to watch people I know and once respected respond so predictably to what is clearly conditioning, and to offer arguments so devoid of reason and logic as to be analogous to praying the stations of the cross. The arguments, such as they are, serve only to reinforce religious dogma and offer habitual comfort to those who imagine themselves afflicted. For some reason, the conditioning didn’t work on me, and I suddenly found myself expelled from this pack some time ago. Now I wander freely, willing and able to sniff out anything truly authentic and enticing.
Authentic and enticing are two words I would definitely use to describe Donald Trump. To be sure, I hear your barking, and I understand the message you want to communicate. I just don’t believe it.
In the words of one such writer currently being passed around on the Facebook newsfeeds of my old pack-buddies, I hear that you think The Donald is, “hateful, sexist, racist and ignorant.” I know that’s what you hear when the mainstream media, and especially the alt-left media, covers Mr. Trump. I also know the very design of these media is to prime the response of your conditioning. Anybody not approved by the proper intellectual authorities will illicit this response in you.
Where you fail is in trying to justify your arguments, such as they are. For example, in the above linked piece, the writer follows up with easily debunked arguments that show he’s not listening to the words Trump has spoken, but rather to the reactions of trusted partisan sources he has encountered as he navigates the platforms of left-wing amplification.
How do you support him so blindly? Ask yourself, are you a racist, sexist, hateful and ignorant person as well? I hear his supporters saying they like him because he tells the truth, because he’s so rich he can say whatever he feels like with no apologies. Just because Trump is saying these things doesn’t suddenly make them right. It’s not okay to discriminate against an entire religion based on a small percentage of its followers who have become terrorists by twisting the words of the religion to fit their crazy ideals. It’s not okay to marginalize an entire race of people, saying things like all the Mexicans are lazy, that they are all stealing our jobs and bringing drugs into our country.
This writer does not even try to support his arguments with evidence. He just states what he believes and asks that the reader also believe it. And while he uses the word “friends” it is clear that he does think of them as “friends.” Instead, he insults them with further assumptions about how they’ve arrived at their conclusion.
I am not blind, nor do I blindly follow. I am neither sexist nor racist. I am not ignorant or hateful. What I am is suspicious of you and your rhetoric because it has so clearly departed from reality in recent years. How did you come to expect I would wither under this insulting criticism? Do you not know me? I am the dog that sniffs and snoops for truth. This is why you banished me from the pack. And it’s why I support Donald Trump. I know what he’s said, and it bears no resemblance to what my friends on the left claim he’s said.
No religion has been discriminated against based on a small number of followers who went on to be terrorists. No one has talked of adopting a wholesale permanent ban of Muslims coming to this country. This talking point is convenient for you right now, but I wonder how you will feel when 129 people are shot to death by organized terrorists, fish in a barrel style, at a concert you find yourselves attending. You have seen the videos of gay Muslims being thrown off of tall buildings. You have seen the videos of ISIS’ prisoners being drowned in circus cages. You have seen multiple journalists and other prisoners of ISIS being beheaded on YouTube. How can you not be concerned about these acts and the rhetoric that is building armies across the Middle East that want to come for you and yours? But yet you want to criticize the so-called tribalism of American political factions you disagree with?
Furthermore, no one, including Donald Trump, has said that “all” Mexicans are lazy, etc. This is what you heard because this is what you want to believe. This is what your conditioning has primed you to believe. What I wonder, if you are such a critical thinker as you claim to be, is why you have not thought about addressing the issues in Mexico that drive people to immigrate illegally? Why are you so willing to hand over everything we’ve built here in America, but you are not willing to hold the Mexican government accountable for the fact that they refuse to make Mexico a livable environment in which Mexico’s citizens can thrive?
I might not be posting my feelings endlessly on Facebook, or sharing memes to signal my thoughts on the political landscape in America, but I have been paying attention. I’ve dutifully followed up on every single accusation that has been thrown at Donald Trump AND his supporter this campaign season. My judgment after such dutiful research and reflection is that your propaganda is exactly that: propaganda. Friends, I do not think you have thought clearly on these subjects, and you have refused to confront yourselves on them. This truth has moved me slowly but surely to supporting Donald Trump. You are the reason I support him now. Your desperate hyperbole has proved your undoing.
I hold no illusions that Donald Trump is an honest man. I have every expectation that he will use the office of the president to enrich himself and his bottom line. But I also expect that he does have good economic sense. The fact that he has consistently acted in his own best economic interests is one of the reasons I trust him on the economy and jobs. These are the two paramount issues of this election. These are the elements that made America great, and focusing on them now can make America great again.
You, friends, cannot be trusted on these issues. Your rhetoric shows that you do not care about your own best economic interest. You’d rather give away the material wealth and health of Americans to those you deem less fortunate, but you don’t want to sacrifice your own. If you did, you would walk up to the next Spanish speaker you encountered and give them your cell phone, along with your selfie-stick. You would set up your banking accounts so that a certain percentage went automatically to the homeless. You would spend every excess penny you have sending water to the slums of Flint.You would get yourselves to the ghettos of Ferguson or Baltimore and use your bodies as human shields against the police brutality you decry so often. Yet you do none of these things.
The lack of your actions in support of your words gives away your commitment to the causes you say you espouse. I’ve been looking at what you do, in addition to hearing what you say. I can report that there is a serious credibility gap. I thus conclude that you are not trustworthy and I have no reason to believe you.
Friends, you can unfriend me on Facebook if that’s what you want to do. Unfollow my Twitter and Instagram accounts if you need to. But before you go on to the next conditioning internet meme that you will no doubt share via social media, I hope you will stop and reflect on your own process or methodology, and ask yourselves, ”How’s that working out?” From where I’m standing, it is not working out for you at all. Here are a few small tips: You cannot move me to your way of thinking by calling me names or otherwise throwing rhetorical punches. Your violent, decadent protests serve only to entrench my support of Mr. Trump more.
While I might not say much in response to your voluminous signaling of your own complacence right now, I promise you that once Mr. Trump is elected—and he will be—I will begin again to participate in the conversation. We will no doubt be at rhetorical war then, but I will be compelled to fight you so that you don’t, through the amplification of your intolerance, ruin the best chance we have to bring some real change to our politics and our nation. Unless and until it comes to that, just know I’m paying attention, and I have a long memory.