My friends on the left are mortified that America elected a president they consider to be a dishonest, narcissistic, philandering, racist homophobe. And they hope that by educating voters who are not as smart as they are of Trump’s character flaws, the electorate will self-correct.
Good luck! The last election was not about Donald Trump; it was a referendum on liberal ideology. To win in the future, liberals need to understand how they could lose to someone they find so detestable.
Despite all his shortcomings and scandal, only one Republican president in 50 years has had a higher approval rating than Trump among members of his party after 500 days. The explanation for Trump’s resilience is his success in disrupting liberal ideals.
A recent Pew Research Center survey found that 45 percent of Republicans see Democrats as a threat to our nation’s future, and nearly six in ten have a very unfavorable opinion of Democrats. Despite their disdain for Trump, Democrats do not feel as strongly about the opposing party.
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Here’s why: Republicans are tired of Democrats being generous with other people's money but stingy with their own. Of the 17 most philanthropic states, all 17 are red. Of the 17 least charitable, 15 are blue. Many consider charity to be a proxy for values.
While most Republicans and independents believe in racial justice and abhor police brutality, they are unable to wrap their mind around why the liberals’ way to bring attention to these topics is to disrespect the American flag and national anthem. There could not be a more divisive image to drown out whatever message is being sent by professional football players than the one they chose.
Ours is a country of laws. Regardless of their views on immigration, large numbers of Americans are appalled that liberal cities and states arrogantly pass ordinances defying our nation’s immigration laws.
The mainstream media throws daily fuel onto the inferno of distrust they have cultivated with vitriolic headlines like the Washington Post’s recent: “The likely next speaker of the House is a mindless sycophant.” To many voters, traditional media outlets are leftist tools committed to indoctrination, not illumination.
Liberals have produced nearly all our nation’s unaffordable communities, including Chapel Hill, while they lecture everyone else about the importance of eliminating poverty. Poverty is a function of income relative to the cost of life’s necessities. Housing is the most basic necessity, and home ownership is the single most important factor in escaping poverty, yet owning a home is unattainable for modest-income residents in most liberal communities.
Parents send their children to taxpayer-funded colleges where they hear only one world view and graduate unable to think critically or debate a political issue in a respectful manner because alternative perspectives were not allowed in their classrooms.
People who have an abiding faith, and believe the teachings of their church, are incensed over being branded as bigots if they don’t embrace the liberal view of marriage and gender.
Americans are weary of elitist tech workers who enrich themselves by exploiting our most personal data and using it to manipulate society. Now, at Google, where the average worker makes $200,000 a year, employees are revolting over an artificial intelligence program the company is collaborating on with the U.S. military. No company on the planet owes more of its success to the existence of the Internet than Google. Guess who created the Internet—the U.S. military.
It is no mystery how liberals lost the White House and two-thirds of the state houses when so many Americans are terrified of the direction they would take our nation.