The irony of when everyone gets treated the same! John Lewis decides to not just go up against Donald Trump, which would be 100 percent okay, as opposition is, but a sitting Congressman calling the President-elect an illegitimate President? I’m not going to go with the obvious and say: “What if a Republican had said the same?” Because, we know that while that argument is true, it carries not an ounce of weight. It is a logic that hasn’t worked for a long time. So, why even bother going there? What we have learned from the President-elect is to always bring a gun to a knife fight. The days of the Republicans taking it on the chin are over; you are either on board with this or you are Bill Kristol.
I was always under the impression that the Civil Rights Movement was about equality: equality to live and to get work, equality for schooling and marriage, and the equality to criticize, and, yes, be criticized. For many years, and especially the last eight, we have been living on that extremely thin line: oppose and you are a racist. Disagree with Obama, ergo; you don’t like black people. This is a brilliant move by the media, one that would have surely followed suit had we elected the first woman president. Hey, I’ve often been jealous of the tactics employed and engineered by the left: isolate and utterly destroy all who dare to challenge and question.
John Lewis decided and continues to decide to say not just disgraceful things about the President-elect, but outright dangerous ones too, akin to screaming “bomb” in a movie theater. Does he get a pass because he’s black? Or is it because he fought in the Civil Rights Movement? Isn’t that the exact opposite of what he fought for in the movement? Now, I hear the counter arguments. Firstly, Mr. Trump was a birther, and that was in effect the delegitimizing of our current President, along with a slew of other counter-arguments. But one was and is a sitting Congressmen and one was a reality TV show host at the time. Secondly, all that Mr. Trump was doing was treating then-President Obama as fairly as he treats everyone else. This is the same guy who spent $100,000 skewering Ronald Reagan in an open letter published across America. Have you not heard his comments on GW? Has he been any easier on Chuck Todd than on Megyn Kelly, or Katy Tur?
Donald Trump is the embodiment of civil rights. Treat him unfairly or what he perceives as unjustly, and he’s not going to take it on the chin, no matter your race, creed, or color. Nor will he take it lying down. Do people only want to be treated the same, except for when they are being treated the same? For a long time, this was the case. The unwritten media rule, and what has become the societal rule, is that certain groups can spout whatever they want. But those who criticize them live with the fear of their criticism and being labeled.
It is true that Donald Trump is dangerous? Yes, very. We are once again questioning. We are, once again, all allowed to ask questions. We are done with the status quo. Think about this: Bernie supporters weren’t sexist, they were considered romantics. Republicans who didn’t like Hillary; well, we know what we’ve been called. This is no longer all right. This isn’t a Democrat or Republican thing either. Everyone and everything discussed is being questioned and delved into. This goes for the nation builders and war hawks too. Do you think Donald Trump has a secret hatred of Ford? Are you upset with him for trying to negotiate with Boeing? If so, I’ve got news for you; if you are, we’ve got questions for you too.
I’m not going to hypothesize, but what if Martin Luther King were alive today? I’m not going to opine about what his thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement would have been, or theorize about what his thoughts on Michael Brown would have been. I’m not going to imagine how he would have perceived the situation that has been going on in Chicago, and the utter silence of our current government regarding this ongoing situation. Bill Kristol, of “where are they now” fame, decided to tweet his pearls of wisdom: “It’s telling, I’m afraid, that Donald Trump treats Vladimir Putin with more respect than he does John Lewis.” Well, Mr. Kristol, imagine if Mr. Lewis and the rest of his cronies dealt with our U.S. national war zones, with a tenth of the animus that they level at the President-elect. Oh, and exactly how is Mr. Lewis treating Mr. Trump any worse than he did Mr. Netanyahu? I get it, Mr. Kristol, you thought your tweet was profound and cute, but you missed the mark; you’ve been doing a lot of that lately. No more identity politics; that is how I imagine the true Dream.
So, in the real spirit of the amazing Dr. King, I choose to celebrate the embodiment of civil rights, “Donald Trump.” A person, who truly doesn’t care about your race, creed, or color, whether it be a man or a woman, disabled or non-disabled, Jew, Muslim or Christian, you piss him off and you will be scolded equally @EvanMcMullin or @BenSasse. And, no, I don’t disagree with you because one of you is bald, and one of you is from Nebraska. For the record, I don’t want the Follicle Challenged Coalition after me. I disagree with you, because, I think you are wrong, and that’s my civil right. Yes, I also have them, and, yes, thank you Dr. King.