Anger Is Making Us Stupid
"Hillary’s a great friend of mine. Her husband is a great friend of mine. They’re fantastic people. I mean, they’re — you know, the thing, they get a bad knock. She’s a very nice woman. People think, tough, tough. And I guess she’s tough, but she’s a very nice woman. And he’s a very nice guy. We know all about the smarts and how smart they are, and all, but they are good people." Donald Trump
"Fear is the path to the dark side," said Yoda. "Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering."
The glorified muppet had a point. I've been watching Republicans cheer for Donald Trump, the pro-amnesty, pro-government healthcare, friend of Hillary Clinton, and all-around Democrat backer, who, it seems pretty likely, is running for president to bleed off enough Republican support to ensure the Democrat candidate's election.
Why are Republicans supporting a man who, for all his millions, can't even buy himself a decent hairpiece? Because he said something that sounded sort of kind of nasty about all the Mexican criminals pouring into the country and then refused to back down when the corporate left pulled its usual Frankenstein mob scene to shut him up.
Why does that do it for us though? Why should some sort of nasty-sounding remarks make us support a RINO clown who doesn't believe in anything we believe and can only help Hillary? I'll let Jonah Goldberg explain it. He's almost as wise as Yoda, much taller and slightly better looking:
The base of the party is angry. They’re angry about Obama’s lawless chicanery on immigration. They’re angry about the GOP’s patented inability to cross the street without stepping on its own d*ck and then having to apologize for it. They’re angry that the Left’s culture warriors are behaving like an invading army that shoots the survivors even after they’ve surrendered. They’re angry that Republicans have to bend over backward so as not to offend anyone, while Democrats have free rein (and at times free reign) to do and to say as they please.
Enter Trump, stage left. He makes no apologies. He’s brash. I can understand why some see him as a breath of fresh air.
Anyone who wants the truth about Trump should read this entire column. It's Jonah at his best which means it's as good as any political writing out there. In fact, the column is so good I have nothing to add to it except the following novelist's observation.
Yoda is right. Our anger comes from fear. Fear of being bullied into silence. Fear of the IRS coming after us for our opinions. Fear of our businesses being destroyed by small-minded H8ers. Fear of a White House that finds myriad ways to harass and even imprison those who disagree with it. Fear of a media that lies and lies and lies, that covers up non-compliant reality in order to sell a left-wing narrative that will secure their sense of virtue and increase the political influence of their corporate bosses.
When a man like Trump seems to spit in the eye of the people we fear, we rally behind him thinking we're fighting back. We're not. We're following our fear right down the rabbit hole.
You want to win back your country? Here's how. Fear nothing. Hate no one. Stick to principles. Unchecked borders are dangerous not because Mexicans are evil but because evil thrives when good men don't stand guard. Poverty programs are misguided, not because the poor are undeserving criminals, but because dependency on government breeds dysfunction and more poverty. Guns save lives and protect liberty. Property rights guarantee liberty. Religious rights are essential to liberty. Without liberty we are equal only in misery.
These things are true. They're true for white people and black people, male people and female people, straight people and gay people. We should support the smartest, most proven, most statesmanlike candidate who best represents those principles. And we should do it out of — dare I say the word? — love. Love for our neighbors, our fellow citizens, white and black, male and female, straight and gay.
"Perfect love casts out fear." That's the word of #RealYoda, baby.
Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads... well, to stupidity really. That's what muppet Yoda should've said.