Today, May 1, another segment of the so-called “resistance” to the legal, democratically established Presidency of Donald J. Trump will be holding rallies to proclaim the “right” of foreign citizens to break US law by entering the country illegally, and to stay here unmolested as long as they don’t commit another serious crime, and maybe even if they have. Despite its enthusiastic support from the Democratic Party and the mainstream media, this concept is so self-evidently bats that most American and even most Hispanic-Americans reject it, but never mind: we will hear and see passionate speakers all day long advocating the non-enforcement of essential laws and the adoption of some kind of bizarre system allowing illegal residents to be treated like legal residents as long as they limit their law-breaking to, say, just endangering the public by driving drunk.
I wonder if Mothers Against Drunk Driving agrees that illegal immigrants should not be treated too harshly for DUI convictions. Actually, I wonder if the anti-Trump, pro-illegal immigrant forces have enough self awareness to realize that their argument is worthy of the Bizarro World.
Incompetent, foolish sounding and acting political opposition to the party in power is in nobody’s interest, especially the U.S. democratic system. However, addressing this requires enough self-awareness to realize when your advocacy has crossed the line into absurdity. Currently a critical mass of Democrats and progressives lack self-awareness, and that’s an understatement.
This applies to the news media as well, which is, though it refuses to admit it, a full and indispensable member of “the resistance.” At the pathetic and bitter White House Correspondents Association Dinner, relegated to irrelevancy after President Trump properly refused to attend, journalists whose organizations have warped political news with their bias, carelessness, malice and incompetence sniffed about not being “fake news” (start acting like real journalists as defined in your own ethics codes, and we can talk) while assigning the MC duties to Hasan Minhaj, a “senior correspondent” for The Daily Show, the fake news show from which a large proportion of the anti-Trump “resistance” tells pollsters that they get their “real” news. Completely predictably, assuming that whoever hired him was familiar with his work, Minhaj sought partisan laughs with pure Trump/Republican hate, like this quip: Mike Pence wasn’t there because some of the women in attendance were ovulating, Pence’s wife found out, see, and he couldn’t attend! “Good job ladies, because of you, we couldn’t hang out with Mike Pence,” Minhaj said. Classy. Later, Minja told the crowd that Jeff Sessions also wasn’t there, and that his RSVP just said, “‘no,’ which is his second-favorite ‘n’ word.” Nice, Another example of the evening’s host’s wit: “We’ve got to address the elephant that’s not in the room. The leader of our country is not here. And that’s because he lives in Moscow”
Nah, no bias in that audience.
This crippling mindset—to fair and objective journalism, at least—leads to news stories with headlines like this one, from the Washington Post, substituting the pejorative, emotional trigger word “fear” for the correct word, law enforcement, a basic governing concept which the Obama Administration rejected in the area of immigration.. A headline from a non-partisan news source would be “Amid immigration setbacks, one Trump strategy seems to be working: law enforcement”…not “fear.”
We already know that unapprehended lawbreakers fear arrest.There is nothing newsworthy about that.
Consistent with the Post’s illegal immigrant-pitying spin–Poor illegal immigrants! The mean President is scaring them! And now those poor foreigner are scared to come here too!!-–is the astounding new policy of the Democratic Baltimore city government:
The Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office has instructed prosecutors to think twice before charging illegal immigrants with minor, non-violent crimes in response to stepped up immigration enforcement by the Trump administration.
Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Michael Schatzow, in a memo sent to all staff Thursday and obtained by The Baltimore Sun, wrote that the Justice Department’s deportation efforts “have increased the potential collateral consequences to certain immigrants of minor, non-violent criminal conduct.”
“In considering the appropriate disposition of a minor, non-violent criminal case, please be certain to consider those potential consequences to the victim, witnesses, and the defendant,” Schatzow wrote.
Got that? Prosecutors are being urged to favor illegal immigrants who break laws, while continuing to charge those poor schmucks we call “citizens.” Again, Bizarro Wold ethics—but this is what happens when bias, partisan extremism and ideology without ethics eat your brain. If the anti-Trump resistance keeps behaving like fools, then only fools will take it seriously.
…which segues nicely back to May 1.
At the end of last week, the President proclaimed today as “Loyalty Day.” “The resistance” went nuts on social media: this was terrifying! It’s proof that Trump is a Nazi! ARRRGH!
As much as social media hurts the President when he is unable to stop himself from tweeting falsehoods, insults, and just plain dumb stuff that undermines his dignity and authority, it hurts his opposition more by illustrating the intense and irrational hatred of his opponents, the bias of anti-Trump journalists, and the ignorance and anti-American bile of so many progressives. This episode was a classic in the “It’s okay when WE do it” double standard category. You see, President Obama also declared May 1 as Loyalty Day, and oddly, this wasn’t taken as proof the he was Black Hitler. Every President since Eisenhower made the first such proclamation [above] has done so.
Bias makes the resistance stupid, hate makes it repulsive, and ignorance makes it incompetent.
What will it take to make these people embarrassed?