Generally speaking, there isn’t much that surprises me in the political arena. Catfights, he-said, she-said, insults, and downright sabotage is all sadly becoming pretty run-of-the-mill, but lately, I am bitterly disappointed in the lack of decorum coming once again from the left-wing, liberal, progressive, special snowflakes.
At first, I was surprised and frankly taken aback that we suddenly needed “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” to protect college students from opposing viewpoints. Are you kidding me? I went to college to be challenged, to learn, to expand my horizons. Pretty much no one agreed with what I had to say, so I quickly learned to back myself up with hardcore facts and statistics (Shut it, Mark Twain.) The more facts I had to support my opinion, the stronger my argument. Someone wanted to challenge my pro-life stance? A graphic description of exactly how an abortion was performed changed more than a few minds. A disagreement over Common Core? I demonstrated “new math” and explained the lack of phonics used when teaching kids to read. (Really, it’s the equivalent of memorizing license plates.) I read everything I could get my hands on. Novels. Newspapers- local, national, and international. Blogs. Magazines. Biographies. I watched stuff on TV like “How It’s Made” and “Mythbusters” as well as “The X Files” and “The Walking Dead”. I learned a second language. I took classes in political science and eastern philosophy and culture and literature, both eastern and western. Only once did I come across any sort of “trigger” warning, and that was one I put in a paper I wrote about self-injury and suicide, and then only after the recent death of a student by suicide.
Now, we are expected to block those precious babies from conservatives, from pro-life groups, from Christians and Jews, from military recruiters, from anyone not kowtowing to the liberal beat. For example:
Lately, the most appalling disruptions have come in the form of organized protests of Republican political rallies, including the shutdown of a Donald Trump rally in Chicago, Illinois, which Trump decided to cancel out of concern for the safety of those attending the rally. Slightly ironic, really, given Chicago’s astronomically high rates of murder and gun violence (despite having the strictest gun control laws in the state). Now, I’m not denying anyone their right to protest. However, when it comes to interfering with another group’s right to gather, we have issues. Considering that the Trump protest had plans to essentially rush the stage, that’s a problem. Look at the riots in major cities stemming from so-called “police brutality” over the last few years. Ferguson. Baltimore. Not cities with conservative leadership. Cities left to rot for decades under liberal progressive policies. Policies that discourage growth, but encourage dependency upon the government.
It’s funny. Go into any national park and one will find literature about not feeding the wild creatures. Why? Rangers don’t want the animals to become dependent on people for sustenance and get lazy, refusing to hunt or forage for themselves. The government should take a page out of its own book.
The next several months are going be interesting. I have several opinions on several topics (because of course I do) but I shall save those for another evening.
Save the mudslinging for a raining day.