Three Ways to Fight Back Against the Left

Not long ago, I heard a conversation on a nationally syndicated radio program between the host and a writer for the New York Post. Both were supporters of President Trump. Referring to the relentless intensity of the opposition to the president from the Left, the host asked his guest whether  the madness will soon have to come to a head. The Post writer replied, in time, when the country improves materially, Trump will get the credit that he deserves and a calm will settle over the land.

I wish that I could believe that’s so.

Even if they are certain that he is entitled to it, Leftists will never give this president his due. And for as long as Trump is in office, and probably even long afterwards, Leftists will spare no occasion to manipulate other Americans into seeing things their way.

The American Left has been traumatized by Trump’s upset victory. For that matter, it isn’t just the American Left that remains shocked to its core, but Leftists around the world. It is telling that in spite of Trump’s massive rallies and the personal connection that he established with his supporters, Leftists apparently could not so much as conceive of the possibility that Hillary Clinton might lose to the Republican nominee.

Although fake news outlets and their phony polls consistently showed Trump losing in a landslide to Clinton, the President won 2,623 American counties compared to Clinton’s 489. If we subtract that bluest of blue states, California, Trump would have won the popular vote by more than 1 million votes (and this is assuming, counterfactually, that there was no voter fraud). If we also subtract New York, he would have won by 3 million votes over 48 states.

Trump swept most of the country, making it painfully obvious to Democrats that their party is now largely a coastal party. As far as the Electoral College goes—and this, let us not forget, is how presidential elections are supposed to be decided in the United States—Trump crushed his opponent with 306 votes to Clinton’s 232.

The Left’s collective head exploded. After a month or so of waxing outrage over Trump’s refusal to say in advance of the election whether he would automatically accept the outcome if Clinton won, Leftists still refuse to accept the outcome after Trump actually won. First they demanded phony recounts. Then they tried to coerce the electors of the Electoral College to deny Trump the votes that he earned. When this dirty tactic failed, leftists contrived a conspiracy theory of epic proportions: Trump, they tried to convince the country, had won in an immense landslide because Vladimir Putin wanted him to win.

Now, as left-wing millionaires and billionaires (like the contemptible George Soros) finance massive anti-Trump protests and violent Leftist, neo-communist and anti-American terrorists wreak havoc in the name of “demonstrating” against Trump and “fascists,” Democrats in Congress are on a quest to create any opportunity that they can to impeach the president and bring about his downfall.

Trump and his army of some 63 million or so “Deplorables,” against overwhelming odds, defeated the elitists of both parties and the Regime that they constitute. As a bonus, he is well into his project to defeat the media, academia, and Hollywood and to reclaim the culture for partisans of America. Hard left and alt-leftist (neo-conservative) Regimists threw every weapon in their arsenal against the Donald—all to no avail.

The Regime didn’t just go down to defeat. It suffered a humiliating defeat.

Democrats already had lost more than 1,200 seats at the national and state levels since Obama was elected (yes, he’s not only been terrible for the country, he’s been terrible for his party). Republicans control the legislatures in some 32 states and the governorships in about two-thirds of the states.

And then along came Trump.

The whole world is crashing in around the Left. They will never accept their losses—even if that means dispatching thugs to terrorize innocents, destroy property, attack police, set fires, issue calls for “punching” their opponents “in the face,” organize demonstrations, and lie through their teeth to delegitimize and/or impeach President Trump.

But here’s the question that, to my knowledge, no prominent Trump-supporter in national media has yet to ask:

What are the rest of us going to do about all of this?

It’s true that in writing, talking, and thus exposing the hysteria, deception, and violence, commentators go some distance toward combating left-wing rage. Yet given the fever-pitch of the times, this has begun to feel inadequate. More needs to be done.

First, conservatives and others who are appalled by the hostility of the Left should organize boycotts of every commodity produced by those who make known their regard for them as, well, “deplorable.” The Left doesn’t hesitate to engage in boycotts. Neither should we. Those who make an effort to repudiate our values must be made to pay a steep price for their actions.

Second, while “conservative” talk radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh and some others deserve credit for effecting important changes in the media landscape, they—especially—could do more than they currently are doing. These top-tier hosts have abundant resources at their disposal. It’s hard to imagine that it would cost them very much at all to organize some pro-American, anti-left demonstrations.

They could help bus in hundreds of thousands (and maybe more) exacerbated, yet proud, Second Amendment-availing patriots to Washington, D.C. Perhaps Bikers for Trump and Truckers for Trump could join them, bringing the city to a standstill. Uniformly dressed in, say, red—the color for courage—or maybe dark blue—the color for justice—the sea of pro-American demonstrators, hoisting their American flags high, could put the leftist thugs, terrorists, and bullies on notice that a new day has indeed dawned and they are no longer going to tolerate being pushed around

Finally, shows of force and determination and courage are necessary.

Any violence-prone, “antifa” terrorists would enter these zones at their own peril.

Since the Left will never stop fighting, the Right must wake up to the fact that it must start fighting with the same tenacity.

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About Jack Kerwick

Jack Kerwick earned his doctorate degree in philosophy from Temple University. His areas of specialization are ethics and political philosophy, with a particular interest in classical conservatism. His work has appeared in both scholarly journals and popular publications, and he recently authored, The American Offensive: Dispatches from the Front. Kerwick has been teaching philosophy for nearly 17 years at a variety of institutions, from Baylor to Temple, Penn State University, the College of New Jersey and elsewhere. His next book, Misguided Guardians: The Conservative Case Against Neoconservatism is pending publication. He is currently an instructor of philosophy at Rowan College at Burlington County.