By Eddie Howell
President Donald Trump, who has had a whirlwind of activity in the first weeks of his presidency, has promised, among other things, to bring law and order to America. There is no reason to think he would not make a strong and sincere, and ultimately successful, effort to do this. But he will probably have to start with dealing with the so-called protesters who are against the fact that he is president.
The election is over. Hillary lost and Trump won. The protests, while legal if peaceful, are to some extent organized and paid for by left-wing groups, and seem to have no purpose except to stir up trouble. Those who use these protests as occasions for violence are criminal thugs who ought to be arrested, tried, and, if found guilty, imprisoned as appropriate. Ideally, this should be a local law enforcement responsibility, but when it becomes a riot, it may require federal intervention via the National Guard or otherwise. The level of protest violence we have seen is unacceptable and must be stopped.
Political violence is usually a practice of the left. When people threaten violence against political opponents, they commit a crime and should be arrested. When people threaten the president, they should be arrested. When people interfere with freedom of speech, beat up others and/or damage or destroy property, this criminal activity must be punished.
It's difficult not to believe that the current climate of political violence is largely the work of left-wing politicians and their hirelings and donors. The tactics we are seeing are rooted in Alinskyism and Communism. “Students” who participate in the protests are the products of the ongoing dumbing down of American education, taught and encouraged by professors who are themselves dumbed down. The far left has achieved such a hold on academia that at many liberal schools there is far less emphasis on academic achievement and far more on political correctness, to the point that the schools have become bastions of fascist dictatorship where normal discourse and interaction is prohibited and punished, and the students of the coddled groups make ridiculous demands that administrators readily accede to, and probably suggested in the first place.
The left's solution to the problems they perceive is to call those who disagree with them racists, misogynists, homophobes, Islamophobes, etc. Any male and/or white person is automatically suspect. People holding conservative views are persecuted and silenced if possible. Students may be required to sign on to the faculty's views on “diversity” and multiculturalism.
The practical effect of the left's control of education, “news” media, and entertainment is that schools have seen and will see diminishing financial support, traditional media will continue to collapse, and Hollywood will spend millions to make more films no one wants to see. “Progressivism” basically taints and destroys everything it touches.
If the left is OK with political violence, they can't be overly concerned with terrorist violence either, unless it hits them directly. The left has little regard for the Constitution, believing, as liberal judges do, that the Constitution means whatever the judges say it means, as long as the left agrees with it.
What we are seeing in the anti-Trump movement is an irrational response to deliberate left-wing propagation of mass hysteria, fueled not by political principle, which could be addressed by reasoned debate, but by the lower aspects of human nature that seek gratification through destructive and sadistic acts. None of this destruction can be defended rationally. Meanwhile, the leftists and globalists don't mind it if it annoys Donald Trump. But the left should know that it will be effectively dealt with.
America is not Europe. Most Americans take their liberty seriously, and they understand it when government is too busy chasing left-wing ideas and globalism to address the real concerns of the people. That is why Donald Trump got elected.