We’ve all heard it. Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events and small minds discuss people. Now we can add – the smallest minds avoid discussing substance and attacks what they don’t understand. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is their prime target.
With Decision Day rapidly approaching, two vastly different groups of voters are convinced there is no upside to Donald Trump as President. They both see substantial downsides should Trump triumph over somnambulant, deceitful, Crooked Hillary.
One group of Never Trumpers present informed, thoughtful arguments against the Republican candidate. Through intellect they blend knowledge with point of view. Wrong or not, they deserve to be heard and engaged.
The second group, highly populated with emotional voters, goes into near hysterics over Trump’s name.
Last March, students at Atlanta’s Emory University claimed they were frightened and in pain after someone used chalk (yes, chalk) to plaster ‘Trump 2016’ on some campus sidewalks, walls and benches. One student said she feared for her life. This political expression was deemed hateful.
These university wimps will not do well when they leave their sheltering silos for the real world. Not if a name printed in chalk frightens them.
The emotional voter can react to Trump’s name with revulsion, occasionally an odd facial expression, maybe profanity and too frequently a personal attack. With emotion as motivater, they declare Donald Trump an a-hole, jerk, racist, misogynist, liar, bully, xenophobe and everything else typically displayed at the demagogue buffet.
And Hillary calls us a “basket of deplorables”.
But, attacking the man is as far as they go. Rarely will the uninformed anti-Trumper be sufficiently educated on the big issues to discuss the candidate’s positions. They rarely know what they are and show little interest in finding out.
Trump has talked about defeating ISIS, potential Supreme Court Justices, support for law enforcement, protection for LGBTQ (did I leave anyone out?), trade deals, lower taxes, jobs, recovering offshore funds, Obamacare, rebuilding the military, child care for working parents, defending the 2nd amendment, charter schools, standing with Israel . . . need I go on?
So, there is material to discuss if progressives were interested in debate. It appears few are.
They can’t debate Trump’s political positions any more than they can correctly define liberalism or conservatism. It’s much easier to demonize your opposition, to dismiss an opposing viewpoint with a pejorative comment.
The New York Daily News, on the day Mike Pence was chosen as Trump’s VP running mate, included the following caption with their story and photo of Pence and Trump together – ‘I’m With Stupid’.
Progressives call this open hostility – journalism.
Many years ago Rush Limbaugh popularized the term, low information voter. As time passed and the world became more complex, the formerly low information voter became a no information voter, far less aware, increasingly narcissistic and more willing to believe the leftist loons pontificating on CNN and blowing gaskets at MSNBC.
It’s not unreasonable to expect someone disagreeing with a candidate or political position to support their position with knowledge.
Instead, the left chooses emotion over thought, ie: approval based on race (America needed a black President) or gender (It’s time for a female President) or, in the case of Donald Trump, disapproval rooted in equal measures of ignorance and anger.
One is racist, one sexist and the other not well thought out.
So, is emotional voter an accurate term?
If it walks like a duck and is scared by chalk, then quack quack.