“Pundits were all lined up but gone were the smug expressions of election nights past. They were ashen – all of them. How could we have been so wrong? they asked each other. Why did all those “working class” white guys switch to Trump? Did they not listen to us? Well no, they didn’t. They heard you cry wolf for decades and they’re not listening anymore.”
In a similar vein to McLauglin’s experience and observations, today I penned a reply to a ‘progressive’ friend in response to a “racist” slur he had directed toward a conservative politician on Facebook.
A segment of what I added:
The rise of the Trumps, Le Pen’s, Hansen’s, Farage’s of the world is NOT because the silent many are overtly “racist”, “xenophobic”, “sexist” or “bigots”, rather they are FED-UP with identity politics, fed up with being smeared and slimed with “ists” and “isms” every time they disagree with progressive ideology and Liberal policies like open borders and climate change. And they are fed up with destructive and dividing Political Correctness that is running rampant throughout society.
By Tom McLaughlin ~
Racist, xenophobic, homophobic, Islamophobic, misogynist – all these epithets now aimed at Donald Trump and his supporters used to be directed my way. Why? Because I was a teacher who taught students to think critically. I was “poisoning young minds,” said leftists who believed they knew better how issues should be covered in public school – their way and no other. I didn’t just offer “both sides,” because seldom are there only two. I offered multiple viewpoints on controversial issues, encouraged each student to pick what sounded best and defend it. I fostered the kinds of diversity that genuinely improve education: diversity of thought and opinion. To many on the left – and it may now be accurate to say most – the only kinds of diversity that count are those of skin color, sex, or ethnicity. However, Those don’t help if everyone thinks alike, and…
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