“It was a sickness of the mind, and where sickness thrives, bad things will follow.”
~ From the movie The Hobbit
Every so often I’ll read a news story about a parent who, estranged or divorced from the other parent, wittingly or unwittingly takes out their unhappiness, their anger or their frustration on their innocent children. It is not uncommon for feuding ex-s to withhold visitation or to unfairly poison a child’s mind against the other parent without regard to how this hurts their child. In extreme cases parents have been known to torture, injure or kill their own children in their blind quest for vengeance or power over their ex, or sometimes they kill the ex and make orphans of their children. I am always dumbstruck when I hear about acts of such incomprehensible selfishness. Who could possibly argue that something hasn’t gone wrong in the minds of these so-called parents?
It is this mentality that I am so often reminded of as I watch the increasingly selfish actions of the American Left (AL), who for decades now have demonstrated that there is nothing sacred belonging to this country that they will not allow to be sacrificed in their pursuit of the power and attention that they are hopelessly addicted to. Our Constitution, our unity, our sovereignty, our security, or economy, our financial stability, our justice system, our patriotism, our trust in American institutions, our future…. even our unborn. Nothing is off the table in the cold civil war being waged by AL, and I mean nothing.
The fight over illegal immigration and border security is merely one example of AL’s scorched-earth mindset. Like the divorced parent who spoils the child – ultimately harming the child and the rest of society – to win the child’s affection away from the other parent, Democrats see the issue of illegal immigration not as an affront to our laws and sovereignty and a problem that must be solved but as an opportunity to be exploited. By coddling and rewarding the illegals, Democrats can portray themselves as philanthropic and generous (at no real cost to them, naturally) in contrast to the “mean, stingy” Republicans to win favor with American Hispanics, immigrants and in the pliable minds of America’s youth who are easily manipulated when complicated issues are reduced to “nice” vs. “mean.” What does this cost Americans? In addition to the hundreds of billions we’re forced to spend on education, healthcare, welfare, lost tax revenue, and costs (both financial and human) related to crime, Americans are losing faith in our government and our laws. The resentment this naturally creates towards those who are here illegally is then cynically used by AL to condemn their fellow citizens as “racists.” This traitorous attitude with respect to illegal immigration has long been AL’s unspoken policy, but with the election of Donald Trump they’ve crossed the line into scorched-earth territory whereby no stance is too outrageous. You want your laws upheld? AL will show you whose boss. They’ll use your own mayors and judges and other elected officials – paid for with your tax dollars – to protect and give sanctuary to the illegals at your expense. Take that. You want your sovereignty respected? AL will show you. They’ll propose making it legal for the illegals to vote, and they’ll drown out your voice. That’s scorched-earth politics.
This is what the cold civil war looks like. It looks like the surrender of U.S. autonomy in the name of “climate change” and sanctimonious declarations that “the debate is over!” whenever we dare to disagree. It looks like applauding a movement started by a spoiled football player to disparage the American flag and all that it stands for. It looks like the shameful Kavanaugh farce and the attempts to delegitimize conservative appointees to the Supreme Court. It looks like blind “resistance” to a legally elected president. It looks like threats of impeachment without basis under the Constitution. It looks like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer lying to the cameras that they came to the White House “in good faith” to discuss funding the border wall when clearly their mission all along was to plant the seeds of a Trump government shutdown for their own political gain. Scorched earth.
AL blames Donald Trump. They claim that they’ve been pushed to the edge by Trump’s lack of civility, his unacceptable behavior, his fascism, his collusion with Russia…maybe even his bad haircut. But the hypocrisy inevitably proves the lie, right? These are the very same people who have applauded incivility from their own kind for decades, the same people who circled the wagons around Bill Clinton and ridiculed his accusers, the same people who want the government to be all-powerful, and the same people who yawned at news reports of Barack Obama whispering sweet nothings into the ear of the Russian president and who dismissed reports of good old Hillary approving the sale of U.S. uranium to Russia in exchange for cash to her foundation.
The fact of the matter is that AL treated George W. Bush almost as badly as they do Trump (“Bush lied, people died” – remember that neat little ditty?). They relentlessly ridiculed Bush, viciously suggested that he orchestrated 9-11 and the murder of thousands of Americans, sabotaged the White House before he took office, maliciously doctored documents to make it look like he lied about his military service, and more. AL deemed Bush “unfit” long before bestowing that mantle on Trump, but Trump has been an especially vexing adversary because of his refusal to play by AL’s one-sided rules of “civility (i.e. censorship of the Right),” not to mention his surprise victory over their expected ticket to power, Hillary Clinton.
The bottom line is this: What we’re seeing is merely the American Left as it really is, not some temporary tantrum triggered by Donald Trump. Trump has only helped to fully expose what was there all along. AL is determined to control this country, even if that means they must destroy it first, that much should be clear to everyone by now. This is their “sickness of the mind,” as so brilliantly analogized for us by J. R. Tolkien and the “precious” ring that was the object of scorched-earth battles in his books. It’s just a tragedy that people won’t know what they had until it’s gone.
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