Goofus and Gallant speak out: Is it possible?
Is it possible that we the liberals just swung the state of Ohio for Candidate Trump?
Sadly enough, we'd say it is possible. First, though, consider a pair of letters in today's New York Times.
These letters concern the heroic liberal fighters who heroically have been interrupting Candidate Trump's campaign events. In our view, the letters were written by Goofus and Gallant.
The Times published Goofus first:
LETTER TO THE NEW YORK TIMES (3/15/16): Re “Trump Cancels Chicago Rally Amid a Melee” (front page, March 12):That letter presents our straight tribal line. In that letter, "protesters" have appeared at Trump's events. Full stop, except for this:
It is highly hypocritical for Donald Trump, after canceling his rally, to tell people to go “in peace” when he has done nothing but foment violence and hatred since the beginning of his campaign. He has not only tried to deny protesters their rights but has also encouraged his supporters to react violently to people who disagree with them. It is just a matter of time, sadly, before someone is seriously hurt at one of these events.
This is not the presidential campaign that most Americans want to see. It is embarrassing, and, worse, very frightening.
Trump has denied them the rights.
That's the paradigm / porridge you'll be served at many pseudo-liberal sites. But uh-oh! Right below that letter, a second letter appeared.
This one was written by Gallant:
LETTER TO THE NEW YORK TIMES (3/15/16): While deploring Donald Trump’s provocative language, we must also forcefully condemn the anti-Trump protesters who made it impossible for him to speak at a campaign event in Chicago on Friday. There is a distinction between a public space like a sidewalk or park where all may demonstrate, and an auditorium rented by a candidate to meet with his supporters without the threat of disruption.Goofus only imagines one person or group doing something wrong. Gallant knows how to describe a world which contains competing bits of misconduct.
Mr. Trump has made outrageous statements; the anti-Trump protesters have engaged in outrageous conduct. His words may offend, but their actions threaten the orderly conduct of our elections.
(Pause for members of our tribe to complain about "moral equivalence." It's one of the very few plays our modern tribe seems to know.)
Ignore specifics about Chicago and instead ask yourself this: When people keep interrupting campaign speeches, sometimes by actually rushing the stage, are they accurately and completely described as "protesters," full stop?
We ask that for an obvious reason. Many voters, including some in Ohio, aren't going to see it that way. To the extent that we insist on ignoring their legitimate perspective and complaints, we're dumbing ourselves way down.
That said, our tribe is very dumb, despite the praise we ten to shower on ourselves for our manifest brilliance. Again, we suggest that you watch this videotape from 2015. It features the 22-year-old college student who rushed the stage in Dayton this weekend, forcing Trump's security forces to scramble.
That videotape is embarrassing; you should watch the full six minutes. There's no reason why college kids should be intellectual or political giants. But that videotape, and that student's behavior, could imaginably swing the state of Ohio tonight.
If you don't understand how that could happen, you're simply not ready, at this point in time, to be playing this life-and-death game.
On balance, our liberal tribe is just extremely dumb at this point in time. Adult intellectual leadership is almost wholly missing. We've put our teenagers in charge.
A key part of our dumbness is this:
We're strongly unable to see our dumbness. Since Friday, our multimillionaire corporate cable stars have been feeding us the tribal porridge which will keep us that way.
If you rush the stage and/or interrupt, are you a "protester" full stop? We're being encouraged to think that the answer is yes. But then, our corporate minders think we're dumb.
We seldom prove them wrong.