As Americans, we have the right to form opinions about people we know. We also judge politicians.
Some we like. Others we don’t.
The beauty of the American system is that we can criticize or approve openly. We can even publish our opinions in the newspaper or speak our minds on radio or TV. The founding fathers saw a need for the free exchange of ideas, and they made this possible through the First Amendment to our constitution.
But it seems to me that we have too many pundits who either do not have an understanding of history or they totally ignore it all together. When history is ignored and something else is put in its place, we have “spin.” Unfortunately, if you read the mainstream newspapers or listen to the news from popular sites, you may be getting “spin” which is not helpful to you or to the country.
For example, if you like Donald Trump, that is fine with me. I do, too. If you don’t like former President Trump, that is your right.
But please have a legitimate reason to dislike him even if it is a lame reason.You may dislike his hair, he is too rich, his personality may turn you off, you just don’t like his conservative politics, but you have a specific reason for disliking the man.
But we have Washington Post writers who have stretched far beyond dislike and are now into character assassination.Last week, the Washington Post published an article titled “Donald Trump has blurred the line between populism and fascism in a dangerous way,” by Fredarico Finchelstein. This was a “hit piece” if ever there was one, and the whole thesis is based on falsehoods.
First, the author attempts to paint President Trump as a Fascist dictator. He compares him to several South American dictators and even reached out as far as Italy. He begins by writing, “Trump represents a historical turning point in populist politics, enabling and inspiring others - just like fascist dictators before him.” Note how this is worded. It states in a straight forward manner that Trump is a dictator.
This “hit piece” stems from the fact that President Trump feels very strongly that election fraud occurred during the 2020 presidential election He has very good reasons to question the election.
For example, in many precincts, the number of votes cast greatly exceeded the number of registered voters. In many precincts, the voting machines were found to be defective, and in some, the machines were even connected to the internet, making it possible for bogus votes to be fed into the machines. There are two types of people who deny that voter fraud did not occur, the person ignorant of the facts, and the person who willfully denies the facts.
My antennae always go up when someone calls the United States a “democracy.” From the first day of our founding, we have never been a democracy. The United States is a Republic, and there is a big difference. You and I do not vote on every bill that comes before Congress, for example, but we do hire representatives who vote for us.
Finchelstein argues that Trump is dangerous because he thinks that there was voter fraud. He should just give in and accept the fact that votes in different states were tampered with and accept that this is normal procedure.
Where was Finchelstein when Hillary Clinton questioned the election in 2016? Where was he when Hillary demanded that the Electoral College be eliminated and presidents be elected by popular vote?
Where was he when Al Gore threw his “hissy fit?” And what about Stacy Abrams in Georgia? Apparently, everyone but Trump can question the integrity of an election and cause no damage to our “democracy.”
Finchelstein takes a final shot, “Trump’s call for “reinstatement” based on the legitimacy of a false past namely a bizarre world in which he “won” the election are blatant forms of fascism that cannot be enabled or accepted.”
This is exactly why a majority of the American people no longer trust the mainstream media.