In an attempt to promote unity and solidarity among Americans, New York Times Columnist Charles Blow wrote an op-ed on President Trump and his supporters. In his piece, the well-known leftist journalist acknowledged the good intentions of the many Americans who voted for President Trump.
Okay, that didn’t happen.
Actually, Blow used his article to launch a vicious and ignorant attack against President Trump’s supporters. He writes:
This is why I have no patience for liberal talk of reaching out to Trump voters. There is no more a compromise point with those who accept, promote and defend bigotry, misogyny and xenophobia than there is a designation of “almost pregnant.”
Blow erroneously used President Trump’s travel ban, his illegal immigration policy, and his intention to repeal Obamacare as examples of Trump’s quest to murder compassion and spread darkness and despair across the land. It is not yet clear whether or not there was a sad violin playing in the background as Blow penned this bloviating piece of propaganda.
He goes on to say, “Trump is a cancer on this country and resistance is the remedy. The Trump phenomenon is devoid of compassion, and we must be closed to compromise.” And, just when you thought the whining couldn’t get any more dramatic, Blow ends his piece by writing:
Fight, fight, fight. And when you are finished, fight some more. Victory is the only acceptable outcome when freedom, equality and inclusion are at stake.
Wow. It just makes you want to take to the streets, doesn’t it?
You would think that any person with a reasonable level of intelligence would have figured out that this approach does not help Mr. Blow’s position. Blow — like many on the left — seems to believe that continuing to label Trump supporters as awful, “backward-thinking” people is going to help his cause. But it doesn’t. It is this type of outlandish rhetoric that drove people to vote for President Trump in the first place.
Contrary to what Charles Blow believes, conservative policies are not killing compassion. As a matter of fact, they are examples of compassion. Protecting Americans from Islamic terrorism is showing compassion to potential victims. Enforcing our immigration laws allows us to control who comes into our country. It means we keep out more dangerous criminals who might threaten American citizens. Repealing and replacing a deeply flawed Affordable Care Act can make it easier for Americans to buy more affordable healthcare.
One may not agree with conservative policies, but Blow’s claim that they are killing compassion is incongruous. Of course, Charles Blow probably knows this. His statements are yet another attempt to paint Conservatives as evil villains who don’t care about people who are not like them.
Alexandra Desanctis, in a piece written for the National Review, points out several examples of Republican politicians who are motivated by compassion. She writes:
Take a look at House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has spent much of the past few years traveling across the U.S. to meet with local leaders who are working to fight systemic poverty. As was reported at National Review Online last summer, these frequent and substantive interactions with Americans of all backgrounds, including the men and women working to alleviate the suffering of the poor and to provide them with opportunities for success, shaped Ryan’s “A Better Way” policy agenda.
She goes on to highlight South Carolina Senator Tim Scott:
Republican Tim Scott of South Carolina has formed the Senate Opportunity Coalition, a group of GOP senators dedicated to applying conservative solutions in their home states to address the unique challenges faced by their poorest constituents. Rather than ignore poverty, as Blow suggests, these Republicans care deeply about the poorest Americans who have been ignored by the system, and they believe that by visiting with and listening to these individuals, they can develop actual solutions
Finally, Desanctis refers to Senator Rob Portman:
Or consider Rob Portman, the junior senator from Ohio, who has spent over two decades researching and combating the opioid epidemic that continues to plague his state. He began to focus on drug abuse and addiction early in his career, and since then has met with hundreds of individuals and their families, learning more about the causes of and solutions to this growing scourge. He recently sponsored a bill in the Senate to send more federal money toward programs that have proven successful at treating addiction and getting individuals back on their feet.
How horrifying. How dare these Republican leaders fight to end poverty and drug addiction. I can’t think of anything more reprehensible than trying to make life easier for those who have been “ignored by the system.”
Charles Blow’s article is an example of the type of vitriol which serves to divide the country. Instead of encouraging people to find areas of common ground, he seeks to dismiss Trump supporters outright. It won’t work. Half of the country voted for President Trump, and he was elected. Obviously, there are scores of people who support President Trump’s policies.
The approach Blow is taking will only prevent Americans from engaging in rational political discourse. People of both sides need to be willing to engage people with whom they disagree. The left’s attempt to demonize Trump supporters as fascistic racists will only promote more division and hatred. Hopefully, those on the left will reject the message of people like Charles Blow, and we can figure out how to move our country forward.
I won’t hold my breath for that to happen anytime soon.