by Stephen Smith
At the time of this writing, I do not know the results of the midterm elections. History tells us that the majority party does not do well in midterm elections, even with a very popular president. Politics has always been a blood sport, but I have not heard so many vile accusations, especially by Democrats since that infamous “Counting Daisy” most repulsive attack ad ever by Lyndon Johnson implying we all would die from nuclear attack if Barry Goldwater became President. You can find it on YouTube, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDTBnsqxZ3k). That video makes the ads where individual people are claiming they will die if their Democrat candidate does not win seem tame in comparison. Today, dubious claims and accusations are multiplied many times over, due to the incredible dominance of social and mainstream media that keeps repeating the same calculated messages thousand of times during a news cycle. These bombardments, often using straw man arguments, have been repeated so often that many assume the accusations are proven facts. I call it the “everyone knows” phenomenon.
“A straw man is a common form of argument and is an informal fallacy based on giving the impression of refuting an opponent’s argument, while actually refuting an argument that was not presented by that opponent. One who engages in this fallacy is said to be “attacking a straw man. “The typical straw man argument creates the illusion of having completely refuted or defeated an opponent’s proposition through the covert replacement of it with a different proposition (i.e., “stand up a straw man”) and the subsequent refutation of that false argument (“knock down a straw man”) instead of the opponent’s proposition.” Wikipedia.
You have heard the latest “everyone knows” when President Trump self-identifies as an (American) Nationalist, the statement is claimed by progressives to be a dog whistle (I have yet to see the dog whistle dictionary) meaning that he really is a racist supporter of white nationalist neo-Nazis. That’s right, President Donald Trump is Hitler, maybe worse. Naturally, this logically implies that he is also anti-Semitic and is responsible for the tragic murder of the Jewish faithful during Shabbat services at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue. I have heard this type of scripted scenario played out again and again by Democrat talking heads on nearly every major media outlet. Despite the obvious absurdity, scenarios like this have been embraced by the public in man on the street interviews and on signs carried by protesters at various public events. On CNN and MSNBC, news readers and commentators, dripping with hate and disdain, engage in a classic case of “projection” by accusing President Trump of being a hater. All on camera nod in agreement, for after all, “everyone knows.”
“Psychological projection is a theory in psychology in which the human ego defends itself against unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others. For example, a person who is habitually rude may constantly accuse other people of being rude. It incorporates blame shifting.” Wikipedia.
In refutation, I would like to begin with the accusation that he inspired the Synagogue attack. 1. The attacker hated Trump for being too friendly with Jews. 2. With his promises of defending Israel from Iran and their conventional and Nuclear weapons and by moving our Embassy to the Capitol of Jerusalem, no American president has done more for the Jewish homeland. President Trump has a great relationship with Israel’s President Benjamin Netanyahu. 3. President Trump’s beloved daughter and grandchildren are Orthodox Jews. 4. Clearly the President’s love of Israel and the Jewish People is quite inconsistent with charges of any affiliation with the neo-Nazis. Everyone with a brain (unlike Oz’s Scarecrow), knows it.
Regarding President Trump being Hitler and a racist. Refer to the definition of “Psychological Projection.” 1. The Nazis were socialist (progressives) and controlled the population with fascism. Intolerance of diversity of ideas with fascist authoritarianism and socialism is the purview of Progressive Democrats, not limited government Republicans. Trump has reversed many of Obama’s presidential edicts that established new laws which overreached Obama’s defined Constitutional authority. Trump has returned the edicts back to Congress where they belonged, rightly reducing Presidential power and authority. His tax and regulation cuts have reduced governmental power and influence. Quite the opposite of the socialist Nazis and fascist. 2. Trump has complained about how the press has covered him but has never taken any action to reduce their ability to publish as they please. In no manner has “Freedom of the Press” been interfered with. He has been a champion for the “Freedom of Religion.” It actually has been the uber liberal Google and Facebook that have limited the freedom of conservative speech. 3. His requested restrictions on migration have been towards those who wish to do us harm and not a general race or class. For example, when he spoke against MS-13 he immediately was charged with hating all Hispanics. He never said all Hispanics are guilty of evil affiliations. His words always seem to be twisted by the pundits. After Charlottesville, when President Trump criticized both the Neo-Nazis and Antifa for their violence, he was accused of being a racist for not attacking the Neo-Nazis only. Very strange, but with so much TDS, predictable.
The leftist-progressives seem to have become scarecrows, whose passions and hatred have separated them from their wisdom and intellect. In nearly every case, they are the ones who are guilty of the charges that they are making against President Trump. Everyone knows it.