Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Letter to the Editor of the Virginian Pilot
The Virginian Pilot
150 W. Brambleton Avenue
Norfolk, VA 510
Trump’s critics don’t get it. A recent letter writer characterized Trump’s criticism of journalists, members of Congress and judges as “authoritarian.” As if Trump is the first President who had disagreed with his opponents.
As I recall, Harry Truman famously promised to punch a reporter who wrote disparaging remarks about his daughter. It was Barack Obama who stood up in front for the entire Supreme Court and lambasted them for a ruling they had made, and was called a liar by one of Justices. And it was Bill Clinton who sent his minions out to smear Special Prosecutor Ken Starr after lying to the nation, the Congress and his cabinet about his dalliance with an intern.
The letter writer talks about the framers who designed “equal and independent branches of the federal government” as if to imply that if they don’t all agree our rights and freedoms are in danger. That is the exact opposite of the truth. The only places where all organs of government agree is in dictatorships or one-party states. In democratic Republics like ours there is healthy disagreement over issues and solutions. One of the reasons Trump was elected was because the governing classes have failed the American people. Certain segments of our culture – people Angelo Codevilla referred to as the Ruling Class - became wealthy while the broad middle and working class lost their jobs, a direct result of government policies, and their hope for a better future.
Calling Trump “authoritarian” or “Hitler” is a direct attack on the people who support him. It’s another way of calling them fascists or Nazis. That’s how you get more Trump.