Don’t Patronize Me

Hillary Clinton’s speech had more truth in it than Donald Trump’s. The Democrats are moving forward with more unity as a party than the Republicans, and have more of an opportunity to build a real coalition to win in November.

To be sure, Trump is hawking fear, and Hillary tried to hawk hope by quoting FDR:

Well, we heard Donald Trump’s answer last week at his convention. He wants to divide us – from the rest of the world, and from each other.

He’s betting that the perils of today’s world will blind us to its unlimited promise. He’s taken the Republican Party a long way… from “Morning in America” to “Midnight in America.” He wants us to fear the future and fear each other.

Well, a great Democratic President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, came up with the perfect rebuke to Trump more than eighty years ago, during a much more perilous time. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Then she went all weepy Democrat and ruined it.

Now we are clear-eyed about what our country is up against. But we are not afraid. We will rise to the challenge, just as we always have. We will not build a wall. Instead, we will build an economy where everyone who wants a good paying job can get one.

Don’t patronize me, Madam Secretary.

Everyone who wants a “good paying job” first has to work for it, or at least be willing to work for it. Democrats, over the past four decades, have made this mess. Even with Republicans in power, it’s Democratic, progressive, big-government-solution policies that have won the day. The federal Leviathan continues to grow because it has become its own embedded self-interest.

Everyone who wants a good paying job need only look at USAjobs.gov. Hitch a ride on the federal gravy train–which the Trump train will continue, regardless of what the Orange-hued proto-despot says.

And it’s all about “rights.”

We will defend all our rights – civil rights, human rights and voting rights… women’s rights and workers’ rights… LGBT rights and the rights of people with disabilities!

Democrats think rights come from the state, and they make themselves the arbiters of whose rights come first. Donald Trump is a cad, a liar, and a self-obsessed narcissist. But don’t confuse decency and common courtesy with rights.

Our rights are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, given by God above, and in that order. Everything else is about living peaceably. “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18). Democrats like Clinton want to play moral busybody and force me to live at peace when it’s not possible.

We have to heal the divides in our country. Not just on guns. But on race. Immigration. And more. That starts with listening to each other. Hearing each other. Trying, as best we can, to walk in each other’s shoes.

Don’t tell me about inequality and justice and respect, then turn around and tell me the unborn have no right to live. Don’t tell me that we need to listen to each other and hear each other, then tell me the Bible is hate speech. (Life.)

Don’t tell me that black and Latino men face “systemic racism” when you’re trying to create (and have to a large degree created) a heinous systemic atheism that places Christians and Jews at the bottom of a long list of rights they do not have. First among these is the right of conscience. (Liberty.)

Don’t tell me that outcomes are more important than character. You trot out people who actually have character, but then want to extend the privileges of character to those who don’t deserve it.

Don’t paint Donald Trump as the classless bully he certainly is, then with the same brush taint me and others who don’t buy into your moral nannyism and progressive denial of human nature. History will deal with the Trumps of this world, and despots do not always get what they deserve on this earth. Stalin died in bed. Santa Ana died in bed. (Sam Houston had no stomach to kill the Mexican dictator after his surrender, and sent him to Washington, who had no beef with Mexico. They returned him to Mexico City in shame.)

But here’s the sad truth: There is no other Donald Trump…This is it. And in the end, it comes down to what Donald Trump doesn’t get: that America is great – because America is good.

So enough with the bigotry and bombast. Donald Trump’s not offering real change. He’s offering empty promises. What are we offering? A bold agenda to improve the lives of people across our country – to keep you safe, to get you good jobs, and to give your kids the opportunities they deserve. The choice is clear, my friends.

If the Republican Party refuses to run Trump out on a rail, don’t patronize me by offering the Democrats as a better choice.

I will not vote for Trump because he would be a devastatingly terrible president. Ineffective is probably the best outcome for four years of Trump, and the worst case is unthinkable. But with the Democrats, we are guaranteed to be subject to more of this moral lecturing and nanny statism.

C.S. Lewis described Hillary to a “T.”

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

Do not patronize me. I do not need to be led by the hand out of my “bitter clinger” cave into an enlightened future. I do not need to be reeducated into a better understanding of Biblical truth, minus all the offensive commandments Jesus made against hedonistic pursuit of sexual pleasure.

I do not need to be lectured about saving the planet. I am almost certainly a better conservationist than 90 percent of Democrats who talk the talk but don’t walk it out. In our home, we recycle everything. We use fabric grocery bags instead of the plastic ones. We limit using disposable plastic water bottles. We don’t fly corporate jets to attend climate change conferences, or give money to liberal tree-hugger causes. But we do drive Subarus.

We are Jesus-loving tree-huggers who love nature because God made it, not because some gorilla named Harambe is more important than a 4-year-old boy.

The end of Hillary’s speech could have been given at any Republican rally.

And though “we may not live to see the glory,” as the song from the musical Hamilton goes, “let us gladly join the fight.” Let our legacy be about “planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.”

That’s why we’re here…not just in this hall, but on this Earth. The Founders showed us that. And so have many others since. They were drawn together by love of country and the selfless passion to build something better for all who follow. That is the story of America. And we begin a new chapter tonight.

Yes, the world is watching what we do. Yes, America’s destiny is ours to choose. So let’s be stronger together, my fellow Americans. Let’s look to the future with courage and confidence. Let’s build a better tomorrow for our beloved children and our beloved country. And when we do, America will be greater than ever.

But it’s totally patronizing to speak those words when the promise Democrats make is to weaken family, strengthen state power over citizens, subjugate American sovereignty to a global polyglot, and turn our children into Godless, global citizens.

Hillary gave a good speech, as good as she’s able to give, and she said the right words. But as usual, when the left tries to reach out to unify America, it’s empty, patronizing words bereft of the ideals upon which they are based.

About the author

Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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