Since the election it seems to be tony for those who consider themselves winners, because they supported Biden, to parcel out some “kindly advice” to those who their party leaders too often refer to as the “enemy” – non-Biden supporters. Obama, himself, was the first national politician I ever heard use that word for his own fellow countrymen, and now Pelosi has followed suit. The appearance is that those who proudly proclaim that they are the majority are not done messin’ with the minority.
While reading proffered advice from Biden supporters, the first thought that came to mind was to “beware of Greeks bearing gifts.” For younger readers, that phrase evolves from Greek mythology and stems from the Trojan wars and the deception with the Trojan horse. If you are unfamiliar, but curious, try Google. The big question is, why would the loyal opposition be willing to “help us out?” Throughout the past four years, those on the left haven’t exactly displayed signs of altruism.
Perhaps a look at some the actual advice thrown our way recently is in order. Let’s take a peek. One writer began with a folksy “Hey, my Republican friends. Can we talk?” Point of order here. The writer was not Joan Rivers, but humorous, nonetheless. Anyway, his attempt at “friendliness” showed in the following remarks: “…your party is in shambles.” “…you must stop calling Democrats radicals and extremists.” “You need to unqualifiedly accept Biden as the winner of a free and fair election.”
Regarding the alleged “shambles,” I’d point out that after Hillary’s defeat droves of men and women were so devastated that they couldn’t go to work or classes. Some couldn’t leave their beds. Leaders were dumbfounded and fabricated lies. Remember that?
Regarding name calling, tell ya what. When leftists stop calling opponents “enemy, racist, and Nazi” (among other choice sobriquets) that request may be justifiable.
The writer suggested those of the right “need to unqualifiedly accept Biden.” Now that’s kinda what we thought that leftists should’ve done when Trump was elected. Everyone knows how well that went. Eh?
I won’t delve into the claim, made since the Jan. 6 debacle, that the U.S. Capitol is a “sacred” building. It has been, and remains, the people’s building. Nothing about the security and restrictions our representatives have put in place to inhibit the peoples’ entry sanctifies it. Au contraire.
It was also advised that “…this page’s conservative opinion columnists should stop blissfully ignoring inconvenient truths.” Now that was amusing because it’s an attempted put down which is conveniently vague and unspecific. Come on, man.
Aside from the advice, there was a remark that was noteworthy. “Washington and most state capitals now resemble military garrisons…” While the necessity for the fences and troops (ultimately unneeded) is debatable, the fences were ordered by people who have, for years, told us that “walls and fences don’t work.” Hmm.
“American flag desecration” at the Capitol was mentioned. I guess it depends upon who’s doin’ the desecratin’, eh? We don’t hear such complaints from the left about Antifa “celebrations” where such occurrences are commonplace.
A different writer penned that a “particular segment of the GOP has no appetite for compromise or even for collegiality…” He conveniently seems to forget that “compromise” only seems to enter leftist vocabularies when they need it. Think Pelosi’s uncompromising position on recent relief bills. Think Hillary’s comment that civility will return only when leftists are in charge. They just don’t practice what they preach. This writer went on about Republican “partisan games” as though that’s something never practiced by the Schumers, Pelosis, Schiffs et al. He also refers to “the delusional wing of the Republican Party” as though those who call themselves Democrats have no such wing.
We could go on and on responding to the advice and criticisms that leftists endlessly lay on the opposition, but enough’s enough. I’ll simply close with some advice of my own for the vociferous left — if they truly wish to get along. I have my doubts, but here goes. It’s really quite simple. Cut the snark. Speak to the opposition as equals. Talking down from a self-established lofty perch doesn’t get serious attention. If you can’t discuss a difference of opinion without the display of assumed moral and/or intellectual superiority, don’t bother. You waste time — yours and ours.
A final thought, walls and fences do work. Proof? Leftists build them.
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Rick Blatchford writes from Mount Airy. His column appears every other Tuesday. Email him at email@example.com.