The Irony of the Moral Left
As Americans, we've seen better days. We've seen worse ones, too, but we've definitely seen better.
We have experienced quite the backlash since Trump's election, and for good reason: Trump is a controversial candidate. For better or for worse, he's rocked our political system. He's crass, he's unscripted, he's unconventional, and, well, he's not Barack Obama. Some are happy about that, and some... not so much.
We woke up November 9th either elated or dejected. Either hopeful or despairing. Either way, we felt something. And the convergence of such strong, opposing feelings has erupted in a storm of frustration. On both sides, many have become the very things they say they condemn: bullies, bigots, and, worst of all, hypocrites.
Why is this post-election season so much more turbulent than seasons past? Or, IS it actually
more turbulent at all? Is it media exaggeration? Or is Trump truly such a polarizing candidate that people's hatred of him is necessarily more passionate? Or do people care more about politics now than they have in the past?
My answers to the above are: yes and no. Yes, the media have exaggerated aspects of the election and transition to fit their "Trump-is-a-racist" narrative. Yes, Trump isa very polarizing candidate. And perhaps now, with greater access to information, people do care more about politics than they have in the past.
But, no, those are not the reasons for the striking fissure in American society post-election.
The reason for the vitriol is not media-inspired nor policy-generated. Rather, this is a war waged for morality.
Thanks to the help of universities, the media and Hollywood, the Democratic Party has become the self-deemed "correct" party. It is the party of "intelligence," "open-mindedness" and "decency." In general, it is a party more seriously concerned with the culture created than the policies implemented. Modern American liberalism, it seems, cares less about practical legislation and much more about social indoctrination.