The most serious national problems are often decided not by facts, but by who yells and threatens the loudest. We just heard a message of hope and faith in America that challenges noisy Democratic harangues about white supremacy, racism, and hate. These diatribes have a single goal: getting rid of the president. The script doesn’t foster unity or hope. It lays the groundwork for national despair.
Hope, faith in America vs. Democratic script
Our politics is obsessed with trumped-up threats to the nation. They tend to go away when power shifts and problems that benefit the new players take their place.
Not too long ago racially-motivated police shootings were a national scourge that dominated politics and the news media. We don’t hear much about them now, which is odd when you consider Democratic threats that Trump has opened our doors wide to white supremacy and racism.
Pervasiveness of hate or politics as usual?
A search on Congress.gov turned up 40 bills in the current legislative session that have something to do with hate crimes. All but 5 come from Democrats.
The Democratic narrative on white supremacy ignores the upsurge in crimes that took place in 2015 while Barack Obama was president. Ironically, it was part of the publicity behind 2017’s NO HATE Act, a Democrats-only bill to fund grants for hate crime reporting.
Hate is fundamentally damaging. It destroys our faith in America. Equally unfortunate is that it plays perfectly into the Democratic Party’s carefully scripted tale of who and what Donald Trump and the Republican Party represent.
Campus hate attacks soft-headed students
Consider hate crimes on college campuses. Are college students so soft in the head that they need politicians to protect their thoughts?
H.R. 4093, the CAMPUS HATE Crimes Act, is Democratic posturing over a problem that amounts to 150 incidents in 33 states since November 2017:1 Sponsor Anthony Brown (D-MD) tells the now-familiar story of a surge in hate:
These are public institutions that must do their part to combat the rising tide of hate across the country,” said Congressman Brown. “We must push back against extremists efforts to target the developing minds of young students and ferment intolerance, hatred and violence.2
He suggests that college students need to be protected:
These are soft targets for such groups, because students are more curious and receptive to new, even radical, ideas than older individuals.3
The cure? Hold back federal funding, the same tactic Trump tried with sanctuary cities. The bill would force colleges to jump through congressionally-mandated hoops to prevent hate crimes so they can protect impressionable young minds and receive federal hate crime grants.4
Faith in America: who chose your values?
Being forced to believe something doesn’t foster hope. It creates anger, fear, and division.
Threats may create unity, but not the kind that moves us forward.
In Tuesday’s State of the Union we heard about threats from within and without. Trump didn’t say anything we didn’t already know. South American gangs are a problem. Both parties agree in principle that we should wage a drug war against opioids. Bad behavior on the international front is a problem. Immigration, infrastructure, and the other usual suspects made their appearance. There were no surprises including the sea of sour, angry Democratic faces.
We also heard a message of hope and faith in America for our citizens against the backdrop of a Democratic script that obsesses about white supremacy, perhaps assuming that all of our minds are just as soft and impressionable as Congressman Brown’s college students.
When Trump proposed a workable immigration solution that never came from Obama, the Congressional Progressive Caucus blasted his “white nationalist agenda.”5 Why? His proposal didn’t agree with the values caucus members chose for us.
Schakowsky shows how it’s done
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky scored news media points in Illinois for announcing her boycott of the SOTU.6 She argues that white supremacy is on the rise:
Here in the United States, hate crimes are on the rise and we have seen increases in public displays and gatherings of the white supremacists and those working against the forces of justice, tolerance, and equality.7
She provides no evidence for her assertion, even though we pay federal agencies good money to put together statistics on this sort of thing. That’s how the script works. If it’s mindlessly repeated enough times, Democrats expect Americans to accept it as fact.
It’s hard to have hope and faith in America when we repeatedly hear how morally bankrupt our nation and leaders are. Against a message of hope and unity we’ve heard about Russia destroying our democracy, of American neo-Nazism on the rise, of hate crimes, racism, bigotry, and everything else blamed on whiteness, as if not being white is a virtue by itself.
Those of us with hard heads know it’s all smoke and mirrors. Too bad Democrats don’t understand that the script they’ve devised is just as damaging as the white supremacist president they are trying so hard to create.