Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Two pieces I ran into today show us just how hostile a political landscape we now inhabit.
First, Tammy Bruce argues that the various anti-Trump riots aren't animated by leftist sympathy so much as orchestrated by leftists:
Make no mistake -- these supposed anti-Trump riots are not organic nor are they natural; they are the result of leftist organizing using paid stooges. Fox News reported in March a Craigslist ad posted by Bernie Sanders supporters offering $15 an hour to protest at a Trump rally in Wisconsin. They would also provide shuttle bus transport, parking if you needed it and ready-made signs. [links dropped]In a sense, it is good news that these protests don't reflect any widespread tendency towards violent conduct. Indeed, they will probably benefit the Republican nominee, making him look like a voice of calm amid the storm. Too bad that nominee is Donald Trump, who the Washington Post notes, is ignorant at best of the law he may be charged with executing and (as I suspect) contemptuous of rule of law at worst:
The fact that Mr. Trump has not filed such a motion [regarding alleged bias by a judge hearing a case against him] says a lot about his attitude toward the rule of law and stable political processes -- more, in a sense, than his bigoted attacks on the judge themselves. When things don't go his way, Mr. Trump's first resort is not to use options for redress the system provides; it is, rather, to blame his problems on an enemy and whip up public hostility against him, in crude ethnic terms, if it seems advantageous. One implication of Mr. Trump's words, that he is the one with a bias, against Americans of Latino heritage, is bad enough; possibly worse is the ominous signal his behavior sends about how a President Trump would deal with any sort of opposition he might encounter. [links dropped]So we have a candidate who will seek to intimidate opponents (but who might preserve political institutions she thinks can benefit her) versus one who doesn't know or care about our institutions. As bad as Clinton is, I think that under her, at least our institutions will suffer less damage than they will under Trump. Furthermore, at least Clinton won't be mistaken as an ally by Americans who value freedom and are suspicious of the left, whereas Trump apparently is, in large part due to the efforts of the left.
Today: I highly recommend the post "Contra Trump" at Value for Value.