I have read various news and op-ed stories from around the election detailing how leftists tend to cut off or disown friends and relatives that supported Donald Trump. The outcome of the election does not seem to have changed that. I recently overhead one of my college-age co-workers talking with her superior about how she didn’t want to go home for the holidays because she would have to be with her family, all of whom were Trump supporters. I overheard another colleague bemoaning the election, with his head in his hands. He commiserated with another colleague that all the “intelligent people” gravitate to the coasts and that Ohio is full of idiots.
In my own experience, the wife of a friend (who was herself a Facebook friend) had made a post that I disagreed with. It accused Steve Bannon, editor of Breitbart and Trump’s pick for chief of staff, of being an anti-Semite. I had already read an article by David Horowitz debunking that claim and very politely commented “Please consider this alternative viewpoint” with a link to the article. I did not hear any response and promptly forgot about it. About a month later, I was talking to my friend on the phone, when he brought up “Remember the Facebook thing?” It took me a moment to remember what he was talking about. He said that she was quite upset about the comment because she had “some experiences with it as a teenager.” He didn’t go into any further detail and I figured that it wasn’t a big issue at this point. I told him that I had already decided that FB was not an ideal forum for political commentary anyway so we moved on to a different topic. Later, I looked back on FB and saw why I had not heard anything from my friend’s wife. She had “unfriended” me. So I was a victim of the same leftist ostracism and estrangement that others had complained about. It also left me wondering where I stand in my friendship with who I thought was my best friend. Time will tell but it’s definitely disappointing.
If it were simply a matter of intense rivalry between two equals then I would not expect such derision and animosity towards people with a differing political opinion. I think that the problem stems from the way in which leftists disagree with their political opponents. The labeling seems to fall into two types: low intelligence/sophistication and irrational hatefulness towards what is good. If the topic is race, then someone disagreeing is a “racist.” If it’s feminism then they’re “sexist.” If it’s social welfare, then they’re “the 1%” or greedy. The other group is of low-intelligence. Thus, we hear the media emphasizing that Trump did best with white voters of low-intelligence (not that Clinton did better with people that underwent brainwashing in leftist universities (i.e. all colleges)).
In social studies classes, schoolchildren learn how the backwards, unenlightened whites, especially in the South, learned that blacks should have equal political and economic rights. Acceding to the Left’s demands ever increasing wealth and power redistribution along the lines of race, sex, sexual orientation, or any other special interest group is equated with being “progressive”, forward-thinking and enlightened. If only the hicks would get with the program!
We can see in countless articles how Trump supporters are racist, ignorant, poorly-educated, living in the back woods, etc. My question is this? Is it perhaps their lack of indoctrination into the leading Leftist philosophy that has been facilitated by their greater isolation from educational institutions? I shudder when I think of my children being exposed to the vitriolic, nasty, self-hateful messages that are rampant on our college campuses. This is where the battle must start. By the time it’s on Facebook, it’s a lost cause.