I’m kind of tired of being told how naïve and dangerous a moderate left ideology is compared to extreme right ideology. If I vote anything other than Trump Republican, I’m often accused by holier than thou conservatives that I’m voting for crime and weakness. There is this idea on the right that if I’m not for an expensive border wall and the elimination of birthright citizenship and asylum seeking, that I’m totally in favor of being invaded by another country. That’s not to say that the left doesn’t have their own problem with imposing straw man arguments on Republicans. No side is without their own respective bogeymen, but it’s the Republican Bogeymen that actually seem to be the ones running things on their side. I just feel like I’m not necessarily the one that needs to take a step back and actually listening to what the people I’m voting for are actually saying. Take Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT). He supports dismantling federal programs for education and interstate highways, and things unless those are removed, the Left will start a Civil War. This isn’t me reading into vague comments or twisting context. He actually said those things at a Lawyer’s convention. You can watch the speech. And yet I’m the one who’s unreasonable because I want background checks on guns and thinks we should help desperate people from other countries?
The popular narrative in recent times that the far right is doing their level best at perpetuating is that the Democrats and the left are a bunch of intolerant, violent, hooligans who love crime and violence. You see, the GOP and Trump can’t pretend that the nation isn’t radically divided. Trump can certainly lie about a lot of things and do it right to people’s faces, but even he can’t tell his base that massive protests over his behavior and GOP politics aren’t happening. But they can tell people that it’s because the Left is angry and violent. And it’s an easy lie to buy into, because the left is indeed angry. We’re angry at how good people are being treated. We’re angry on behalf of the people that politicians are hurting, even if those people aren’t angry themselves. The GOP sell this idea of the liberals and left being the great dividers of that nation, while at the very same time calling democrats criminals who can’t be trusted, calling the media the enemy of the people. And as of last week, it’s pretty clear which side is quick to jump to violence. How many bombs have to be sent or innocent people killed in synagogues before it becomes clear where the problem lies? Even now, conservative media is selling the story that even despite all the violent lunatics who are working on behalf of GOP ideology, it’s the liberals who are really the violent monsters, while encouraging people to deal with liberals violently. Something’s gotta give, and I’m scared of what it looks like when it does.