I understand why hard-core leftists hate President Donald Trump. If I were a leftist I would hate him too. They hate Trump because he is dismantling the administrative state they have been building and staffing for generations. Trump threatens to transfer governing powers from the unelected administrative class, the bureaucracies that rarely change regardless of who is elected. These appointed professionals have gotten used to making laws which they give other names like “guidelines” or “directives.” Trump is giving governing powers back to the people and their lawfully elected representatives.
They hate Trump because he opposes open borders, low taxes, a weakened military, appeasement abroad, and autocratic judges who make laws from the bench. The hate Trump because he favors business and capitalism. They hate Trump most of all for putting America first and for asserting American national sovereignty as a progressive and democratic value. They hate Trump because he defends religious freedom and the family.
But why do the moderates from both parties hate Trump?
Because most average people crave social acceptance. They want to be one of the beautiful people. They hear glamorous Hollywood actors spewing hate for Trump and they want to be like them. They sincerely want to feel like they are a part of something righteous, something that will make the world a better place, and they are vulnerable to the pitch of the hard-left authoritarians. They want an uncomplicated way to feel good about themselves. They conform to the way of the bullies because, at some unconscious level, they don’t want to be in their cross-hairs.
Can the moderates be reached?
Firstly, it is an exercise in futility to attempt to reach the hard-core left. They are at war with us and, as such, they must either be ignored or met on the rhetorical field of battle and defeated at every opportunity. As far as the moderates are concerned, they should be approached with tolerance, patience and love. They can be reached with simple expressions of reason. They have not likely ever thought through or even know about the public policies that President Trump is attempting to enact. They can be reached with simple common sense.
They should be asked questions in a friendly atmosphere. They should be asked whether they think high taxes help the poor. Why is it humane to open the borders of America to mass immigration and how do they think this might affect them and the future of the country? Do they care about American labor interests? Does the climate agreement do anything to improve America’s air quality or, for that matter, that of any other nation? Who gets the 100 billion in taxpayer money that would’ve been donated to the climate change authorities? Do they support sun setting onerous regulations that are expensive and that hurt our businesses and compromise our individual freedom? Isn’t reducing the cost and size of government good government policy?
If they had to go to the hospital, which would they rather have, private insurance, as flawed as it might be, or the government deciding which form of healthcare that they will receive and how much? Do they think it’s a clever idea to force inner city poor kids to go to these big schools run by change-agents or would those kids be better off with a voucher that would enable their parents to choose a better school?
These are just a few starters in terms of questions that you might ask your Trump hating friends and colleagues. Proceed with caution and care. Please feel free to make your own list.
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