I am happy that my blog attracts people from Left to Right.
The vast majority of my subscribers read and enjoy (or not), but do not comment.
The majority of people who do comment are male, which I kind of understand, and older, which I also understand, and lean Right, which I understand less.
Not why they lean Right, I understand that. What I don’t understand is why the Left is so quiet. I am happy for the ones who speak up, stand and fight for their beliefs.
I don’t do analytics on this, but I know from being unfriended on Facebook that Lefties are more likely to cancel you than Righties, who will argue until the cows come home.
I am not the only one to notice this. Traditional liberal Buzz Bissinger, a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter-turned-talk show host, reported that after he endorsed Mitt Romney — hardly a radical — for president in 2012 on his WPHT/1210AM radio show, many of his liberal friends ended their friendship with him. They turned their backs and walked away. Cancelled him.
One illustration of this effect is a survey done by left-leaning Axios showing that young Democrats are far less tolerant of people with opposing views than are Republicans.
You probably know from general reading that a conservative is far more likely to be disinvited to a college campus or protested by Leftists, than the other way around.
A campus speaker data base maintained by the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression shows that until 20 years ago protests came from Left and Right, with slightly more from the Right. As we entered the 21st Century, that changed, dramatically. Leftists now lodge the vast majority of protests, which includes shouting down people they don’t like. That is antithetical to democracy.
On the other hand, conservatives seem to be more active in pressuring school boards to ban books with certain topics — usually gender and race — from libraries.
Generally speaking, all this seems to be an aversion to hearing things that disagree with our preconceived notions. Too many of us are in silos, and that is bad for democracy.
A current glaring example of rejecting anything they don’t like are the to-the-death supporters of former President Donald J. Trump. The dead-enders.
From what I see, most of my Trumpster friends on this blog accept the results of the 2020 election. He lost. They know it and accept it.
But for those who don’t, and in the wider world of Facebook, where this will be posted, I ask: How can you not believe he lost?
I have heard the craziest damn crap you can imagine from Trump dead-enders.
One said the total vote count represented more than the total of registered voters. Completely untrue. 240 million were eligible to vote, 159 million did. The 66.2% turnout was very high. Joe Biden got 81 million, Trump got 74 million.
Another said she couldn’t believe Biden got more votes than Obama. He did. So did Trump in 2020. These are facts, simple to verify.
Another said he could not believe Biden could beat Trump, his bones told him so.
Think of how Al Gore’s bones felt when he lost to George W. Bush in 2000.
Feelings are fine in romance, but not in statistics.
The claim of election fraud has been rejected by Trump’s Republican inner circle — except for Rudy Giuliani, whose claims crossed so far from advocacy to lunacy that he lost his license to practice law in New York.
He has gone from America’s Mayor to America’s Laughingstock.
This graphic pretty much explodes Trump’s claims of election fraud. There is nothing there. His claims are blather, or, in the words of former Republican Attorney General Bill Barr, “bullshit.”
“He didn’t get his day in court,” I hear some of you say. To get a day in court you must approach the court with evidence of wrongdoing — not just suspicion, rumor, conspiracy. Trump had zilch.
If you take a look at Georgia, the secretary of state is a Republican, and the state did recounts, with always the same result: Trump lost.
Among the five dozen judges that refused to hear Trump’s case were Republican judges, and judges Trump named to the bench. They were not suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome. They were suffering from a lack of evidence and a believable narrative.
Think back to the 2016 campaign. Trump stated over and over it was “fixed” by Hillary Clinton. He stopped that fallacious nonsense only after he was declared the winner — by the same process he tried to get Mike Pence to subvert.
Speaking of that, do you want to hear about a “rigged” election? What you might call a fraud?
In 2016, Clinton won 65.8 million votes, while Trump won 62.9 million. Yet Trump, 3 million votes short, was declared president.
If that outcome was OK with you, then you sure can’t complain about 2020, when he lost by 7 million.
Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”
The facts are clear: Trump lost.
Abraham Lincoln said, “You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”
Trump tried, and some of you remain fooled.
If you enjoy being fooled, if you choose bullshit over facts, you are as dumb as a box of rocks.