Maybe Trump is the Only One Who Knows How to Play This Game

President Trump exposes political correctness as a club used to silence decent people for having reasonable concerns.

President Donald Trump poses for photographs as Houston Astros' Josh Reddick, right, presents him with a jersey during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 12, 2018, where he honored the World Series Champion Houston Astros for their 2017 World Series victory.

By Frank Cannon Published on March 13, 2018

Who or what is responsible for progressives’ aggressive attack on common sense ideas? Even center-right thinkers like the New York Times’ David Brooks are noticing the new wartime tactics.

First Democrats denounce. Next Hollywood disdains. Then the Sports-Entertainment complex shames. Finally Big Business threatens to take away jobs.

Republicans had hoped these shock and awe attacks would be confined to gay issues. But success breeds imitators. These war tactics give progressives control over the Republican agenda. So they are migrating to other issues. Cue Democrats’ attack on the NRA, followed by Hollywood’s ritual two-minute anti-NRA hates. Then the corporations pile on NRA members. Each phase means more mainstream anti-NRA stories, more late-night comics, the next round of Hollywood tweeting, the next corporate punishments.

Clearly, something big is happening that Republicans and conservatives have no clue how to deal with.

The Left’s War Tactics

So it is good that David Brooks penned an extremely important column on the left’s culture war tactics. He’s right: These tactics work. Brooks points to just a few of several common-sense ideas that can now end your career: Men and women are different. Marriage is between a man and a woman. Affirmative action is wrong. “Only women can have babies” is the new racism.

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Brooks and other centrists on the right and left are concerned. Good. But there is one flaw in their analyses. These tactics are not new. The process has been unfolding for the last decade. Brooks is wrong about one big thing: Trump did not make the left go crazy.

Trump: The Response, Not the Cause

As I have argued here and here, Donald Trump is best seen as the response to this delegitimization process — certainly not as its cause. The reason “respectable” mainstream conservatives are respectable is precisely because when the left attacked Trump they played dead or played along. They didn’t stand up, and they didn’t push back.

Indeed, unwittingly, Brooks himself engages in such delegitimization when he accuses Trump of “racial prejudices.” For years “racism” has been a club used to silence people and ideas. Racism is ugly and wrong. But the left now calls anyone racist who wants to discuss vetting immigrants from Muslim-majority countries, ending illegal immigration, increasing border security, or who opposes tearing down historic monuments and renaming beloved football teams.

Donald Trump’s appeal comes precisely from his refusal to bow down to progressive elites’ self-imposed moral authority on hate.

Donald Trump’s appeal comes precisely from his refusal to bow down to progressive elites’ self-imposed moral authority on hate. This explains his attacks on the “fake news” media, the NFL, and deep-state cliques within the FBI and DOJ. Rather than accept the left as the cultural arbiters, Trump confronted it. Progressive hates President Trump precisely because he contests their moral authority. He exposes PC as a club used to silence decent people for having reasonable concerns. These same decent people responded in the only way they could: they voted for President Trump.

Mainstream Conservatives Are Missing It

The left’s culture war has successfully shut up Republicans on most cultural issues, except one: abortion. Over the last decade, pro-lifers have gone on offense and begun to defeat those who support this barbaric procedure. And they continue to gain ground. Why? Because pro-lifers fight hard and publicly, in politics as well as policy.

President Trump won in large part because he stood up for ordinary Americans against the left’s hate machine. Trump understands this. The left also understands this; that is why they hate Trump so much.

The only ones who still don’t have a clue are “mainstream conservatives.”

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  • Lisa

    Wow! This observation of why I voted for Trump is spot on. I remember the stranglehold the Obama administration had on conservatives discussing many issues. So glad to have a strong president who is trying to drain the swamp…especially of political correctness.

    Back in Jefferson and Adam’s day, there was little political correctness. Trump isn’t an anomaly but instead, an old fashioned American.

  • Paul

    There are some clueless conservative Christians as well who make mountains out of behavioral molehills, still thinking they will shape Trump into their ideal

  • Brett Brunkenhoefer

    Trump’s presidency has shown me an unexpected other side to the Mona Cherins of the world. To a lesser extent the Bill Kristols.

  • JP

    amen. The left needs to be confronted with the same nonsense they propose. Use their own tactics against them.

  • Anne Fernandes

    First, bring awareness. Then, offer and encourage deprogramming. God’s a Master at deprogramming……and reprogramming!!! And how do bystanders help? We pray fervently and unceasingly!

  • tz1

    Trump knows how to win.
    The Swamp knows how to do a perpetual stalemate or draw.
    Even Evangelicals fail to demand Trump (or Ryan or McConnell, or any of the Caucuses) defund Planned Parenthood. So they lose.
    Catholics don’t call when PP funding is up for a vote, but have a system to call about “dreamers” – though more babies will be murdered than there are dreamers this year.

  • James

    Unlike mainstream conservatives, Trump can attack without hesitation because has no moral authority to lose.

  • SovereignAmerican

    Spot on! First, the progressives/Marxists/Communists took God out of the schools and substituted their “moral” code. Then they used the turmoil of the ’60’s (civil rights, female lib, Vietnam) to push their agenda in the schools. In the ’70’s they got abortion “legislated” from the court. After that they realized they could use the courts to circumvent/legislate the law. Now these CEOs and politicians, who were brainwashed, are trying to hammer it down our throats. Might I offer a simple suggestion? Don’t do business with those companies. If they don’t make money they can’t contribute to the progressive causes. The toughest part is how to eliminate the brainwashing in the schools since it’s been embedded for so long. Just my perceptions.

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