To the Editor:
In 1968, prior to going to Vietnam, I was trained in the U.S. Navy’s “Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape” school. During one exercise, we were prisoners in a simulated P.O.W. camp. We heard communist propaganda, based on speeches our P.O.W.’s heard during the Korean War. In an effort to break military discipline and morale, blacks were told that the white Americans didn’t see them as equals. Enlisted men were told officers thought they were “dirt.” Men of faith were mocked. We were taught that if captured, the enemy would use hate, fear, and division to defeat us.
Years ago, I began to see Democrats use those tactics against other Americans. Hate, fear and division became the sword, spear and dagger of the Democrat Party. Referencing Midwesterners, Barack Obama said, “… it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” Obama fed jealousy and envy when he said “the wealthiest Americans should pay their fair share,” even though he admitted he paid less than half the standard rate for his income bracket.
Hillary Clinton slammed Trump supporters when she said, “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right?”
Joe Biden upped the hyperbole when he warned black Americans of Mitt Romney, saying; “They’re going to put y’all back in chains.” During the 2016 election cycle, Democrats implied that under President Trump gays would be put into concentration camps. In the daily media, President Trump is compared to Adolph Hitler and ISIS.
Democrats don’t fight on the battlefield of ideas, or facts. They fight on the field of emotional base instincts and personal destruction. They didn’t argue the philosophy, or qualifications of a constitutionalist Supreme Court Justice nominee like Brett Kavanaugh. They painted him as a diabolical, drunken serial rapist, with no evidence, or our foundational principle of the presumption of innocence.
While fear, hate and division are their weapons, false moral superiority is the Democrat’s shield.
Conservative Republicans say that Democrats are wrong about economic and social issues. Democrats say Republicans are selfish and evil. You can’t debate truth under those conditions. They say they are the only Americans who care about other people, even though studies have shown that liberals donate to charity and even give blood less than conservatives. A liberal will give you the shirt off someone else’s back. They ignore the failures of their ideology. One-hundred million people died under communism during the 20th century. Venezuela and Cuba provide the real evidence of the price of the sweet illusion of socialism.
That’s why Democrats hide conservative truth, whether it is on a college campus, social media, CNN, or the New York Times. The truth is that Americans are doing better under President Trump, including blacks, Hispanics, women, and gays. Democrats can’t afford to let their base see the truth of our success under President Trump. That is their Achilles heel.