Within the last few weeks I have had conservatives lambaste liberals to me as a Fifth column, never to be trusted. They tell me liberals are inbuilt enemies of this country with whom we must not associate in any capacities. They are disgusted with the way the left constantly puts down Trump and uses this crisis politically, almost celebrating this disease and our stock market’s decline, Anything that could help bring down Trump is okay by the liberals. Conservatives fill my inbox with bombardments of columns expressing the anger that they constantly feel against liberals and their stubbornness in facing the truth about how horrible their party has become, full of socialists and anti-semites.
Contemporaneously, I have had liberals accosting me with expressions of their terror, panic for our doom all because Trump isn’t doing enough and never takes it seriously and is incompetent and doesn’t care about this country – and don’t bother me about China being the cause when we all know, even if you don’t, the real cause is our horrible president and why is he allowed to be president when he is aiding in bringing about our doom, etc. And you are the only one who feels the way you do and will defend Trump no matter what. How can you finally refuse to face the truth that your president is horrible and causing this disease to spread because of his stupidity, his incompetence and his lack of caring for America? This president is making me sick and I can’t stand it and you refuse to agree with me.
Talk about living in alternative universes. Only this time it is me living in both at the same time.
How can we ever become the UNITED States of America when we are so divided? Is this unfixable?
Of course I sympathize with the first point of view for several reasons. I despise the way the current dem party is full of socialists and anti-semites. It used to be that one could always count on the dem party to protect Jews and love and support Israel. Now dem party platform is outright anti-semitic and the Marx Sisters are so egregious in their attitudes and statements and the party is not even able to summon the courage to condemn their rhetoric. When Trump moved the Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, not one Democrat could see fit to go to celebrate that glorious occasion. NOT ONE.
And if you listen to the dem debates, they were all jumping over each other to move further to the left in their economic choices and central government planning choices. No one condemned Bernie for his love affair with all countries communist. I cannot associate myself with a party for whom these are the best it has to offer.
And with liberals I know blasting me all the time because I refuse to see the light when it is they who run from the truth and have limited knowledge because they pay attention to news sources like CNN and associate only with fellow liberals, it would be easy for me to condemn all liberals outright because they are so obtuse and do not know how to argue and if I make a good point, they can’t stand it and out comes the immediate “I don’t want to talk about it.”
But where I draw the line is when I am told to reject them as anti Americans and the enemy. My liberal friends love America and are good, kind people who simply mean well but are fighting the wrong causes because they are being inundated with wrong information and closing themselves off from learning the other side’s thoughts. They are in fact cultish.
However, I believe they too want what is best for our country. They are just people I do not agree with. If they are frantic about global warming and abortion rights and the social issues, I have other things that concern me.
I tell them all the time, “I don’t impugn your motives. Give me the same courtesy and don’t impugn mine.”
That is where I draw the line with the first point of view above. I like to quote Dennis Prager (and I do often). He talks about liberals as being distinct from The Left. It is a good idea. So I am not ready to throw out my liberal friends because we disagree or because we become panic stricken over different things.
It is much easier for me to be absolute in disagreeing with those in the second category.
While I didn’t want Trump at all in the beginning, from the moment he chose Pence (my first choice before Pence backed out and then my support went to Ted Cruz) and for most of what he has done since, I have been in his corner and with some few disagreements about some of his policies, I think he is second only to Reagan as my favorite president in my lifetime. I agree with his mockery of the media and enjoy his driving liberals nuts. He is fun. And he is getting some serious things done for us that are beneficial for the long haul. I am sickened by those who despise him, especially by liberal Jews who should learn some gratitude for such a president, particularly after what we had to contend with with the last one.
And, above all, I tell my liberal friends, you will not change my mind so do not discuss politics with me. They hate when I discuss politics because they will not changer their minds, either, but it is usually they who bring it up to me, though they do not realize it.
I am put in a terrible bind.
So now we have this current panic. At first my question was why is this the first time dances have been cancelled when this has never happened before. Then I asked why does everyone hate Trump and blame him when there are so few cases here and, according to one Rush rant, in 2010, 60 million Americans caught the Swine Flu and 20,000 died, 1800 of which were children, and Obama did nothing and I don’t remember one Republican chastising him or one person in congress or the media. And I am sick of this selective indignation.
And anyway. Just let’s get to work. We are America and when there is a crisis, we get out of it together. And if Trump was not exercised about it at first, neither was I until I learned more.
Trump’s knowledge was delayed we now know because China told no one what was going on. Once Trump learned about the disease and how it spread, he sprang into action and has not made one false move since as far as I’m concerned, mobilizing private industry and getting what we need started. I don’t love all of his proposed legislation of bailouts and money payouts, and prefer tax vacations and such and regulation drawdowns. But for the most part Trump is getting it right.
So there I am seeing and hearing both sides and having to sort it all. But what to do?
My prescription for this divide is simple and both sides have to want it.
I don’t need liberals to agree with me and there is surely small choice of my agreeing with them. I told one friend, “I am going to give you the best advice anyone ever gave you in your life. I love you and I am talking to you like a loving mother. Turn off CNN and never watch it again as long as you live. Listen to Rush if you want to know anything and Dennis Prager. Don’t read or watch anything if it disturbs you so much. But whatever you do, keep away from CNN!”
We must respect each other, liberals and conservatives. We can openly despise and put down The Left. But reasonable people everywhere can come to terms especially in a crisis like this. We are all in this together and we have to work together to fix things. We are Americans and we know how to do that better than anybody else.
Let’s be filled with love and gratitude for this great country and let’s get to work to fix thing.
Yet talking about contrasts again:
Here is an excerpt of a column I liked a lot by a realist, not a liberal (David Harsanyi):
But, on the other hand, there is no nation that can scale up production the way we can when we do take a war footing. I suspect that the risk-taking and entrepreneurial spirit embedded and fostered in American life will pay off. It took a week for an open-source project to come up with a 3D-printed ventilator validation prototype for hospitals. It takes only days for trucks to arrive with more food and supplies. In the United States, the instinct to hoard is psychological, not a matter of survival.
It’s difficult for us, the healthiest and safest generation in history, to contemplate that some things are beyond our control. People are dying. Even if we avoid the worst of the medical emergency, the economic one will be devastating for millions. Still, I’m not being a delusional patriot when I say there is no place I would rather be to ride it out than the United States.
And, on the other hand, another excerpt of a recent column about the new hope from the anti malarial pill which might help a lot, this bit of negativity, not surprisingly, from The New York Times:
With Minimal Evidence, Trump Asks F.D.A. to Study Malaria Drugs for Coronavirus,” the headline reads. And the subtitle: “The use of the existing drugs against the new virus is unproven, and some shortages have already been reported.
The article went on to claim that the president had “exaggerated the potential of drugs available to treat the new coronavirus, including an experimental antiviral treatment and decades-old malaria remedies that hint of promise but so far show limited evidence of healing the sick.”
Another Times article on the topic bore the headline “Trump’s Embrace of Unproven Drugs to Treat Coronavirus Defies Science.
You see what this liberal sheet just did? They took the great good news of hope that an inexpensive drug in conjunction with another, both already approved and easily available, and used the usual filthy things like, some experts believe or, we don’t really know enough to jump on a foolish bandwagon as Trump is ready to do, or warning that there are already reports of shortages – anything to mock hope, anything to disrupt belief in the possibility that something could fix this.
No one, not Trump nor his team of doctors, has announced that this has conclusively been proven to work 100%. It is merely something that, tested in a small controlled group, did work. And is that not a good thing?
To the left it is never a good thing if it brings credit to Trump or anyone on our side. It is only good if it helps them to have more power.
I may regret mentioning this, but here is a note I wrote recently to a friend mocking the liberal establishment for its hope that this at last will bring Trump down:
I tried to tell two friends that this was caused by China and they blew me off saying it doesn’t matter what caused it, we have to stop it. Translation, if you don’t have anything bad to say about Trump, I have no interest.
Leftists, as opposed to my liberal friends, need this crisis, any crisis, to hang their hopes on. The worst thing that could ever happen to the left is if that anti malarial pill could do the trick. Their depression would be palpable.
Global warming, they would intone. Alarm, alarm. Look over here. Please, we need some climate catastrophes soon. Anything. Help. Please, help. I’m drowning. Nothing is working…..h e l p p p p p p p…