The Consequences of Hatred

“What I do know is that when you have weak Presidents, you get weak results.” [President Harry. S. Truman]

According to Rabbi Berel Wein, ” The rabbis of the Talmud have taught us that there are two opposite emotions that distort our thinking and cause human beings – even otherwise capable and talented human beings – to behave in an irrational manner. These two emotions on the surface appear to be polar opposites. They are love and hate. But psychologists have long taught us that not only are these emotions not necessarily opposite or contradictory, one to another, but they are two different expressions of feeling and emotion that overwhelm our sense of rationality and propriety.

As Maimonides points out to us, no emotion or character trait, except for humility and the avoidance of anger, should be taken to an extreme. Hatred breeds zealotry and zealotry invites and justifies violence and discord. Unfortunately human beings are influenced and trained to hate and demonize others who are different than they are or who even have different views and opinions on matters both large and small. Many times, this hatred of others is really a manifestation of narcissism and love of one’s self, which is not balanced and can lead to great emotional and practical difficulties.

The completely irrational behavior of much of the American media regarding a duly elected president of the country {Trump} borders on the pathologically insane. It is interesting in my opinion that no president since Abraham Lincoln has been so subjected to rejection and hatred, no matter whatever policies or appointments are created.”

“Hatred of Trump vs. Hatred of the Left” is and observation by Dennis Prager [a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and columnist]. He has observed that one way in which present day’s presidential election can be summarized between is this. It is a contest between those who hate Donald Trump and those who hate the Left [as he always points out, he is referring to the Left, and not to liberals or liberalism]. No doubt most Democrats would agree with this assessment. “They know they hate President Donald Trump. And they know conservatives [and a few courageous liberals] hate the Left.”

Prager has recognized that Republicans had just as much contempt for former President Barak Obama and his vice Joe Biden as Democrats have for Donald Trump. But they don’t obsess over personalities, they obsess over America. Leftists are obsessed with President Trump’s persona. In their endlessly repeated, hate-filled descriptions of him, he is the apotheosis of evil, a dictator, narcissist, a misogynist, a racist, xenophobe, anti-Semite and white supremacist.

How they come to this opinion on race is beyond all comprehension. Consider those most close to him. Dr. Ben Carson Dr Adams, Dr. Jerome Adams, Advocate Leo Terrel Larry Elder, Judge Jeanine Pirro , to mention a few [all black] and his Jewish grandchildren,

They also see in him as morally and financially corrupt, mentally incompetent, unrefined and making use of his presidency solely in order to enrich himself. To them, his reelection will mean the end of American Democracy.

Virtually every charge was either wildly exaggerated or outright false. As an example, his alleged responsibility for the American deaths due to COVID-19.Times, was answered by Donald Buckingham of The Leader on April, 10,2016 with “Your View; Don’t Blame Trump for the corona virus crisis”. The Democrats along with most of the media constantly continued to blame to blame President Donald Trump for everything. Who is really to blame for the virus outbreak? A few facts might help to answer the question:

Already in late December/ early January, Tucker Carlson of Fox News, reported on his show that there was something very important happening in the world that was not receiving much attention since most were “glued to impeachment hearings. There was a pandemic going on in China that could be serious, and we should be paying more attention to it.”

“If a pandemic got mentioned at all, the US media called it a hoax and said there was nothing to worry about. Then in late January, officials in New York, continued to tell everyone to go about business as usual. The first one to act was Trump by banning travel from China. Did he get a credit for taking action? No. He was called a fear monger.

Now, while even thousands are dying, the Democrats along with the media continue to politicize the issue and blame Trump. They owe the whole country an apology. Don’t hold your breath waiting for one.”

On April 16, 2020, The Baltimore Sun published “Stop Blaming Trump for spread of the corona virus” by Mick Kemper. His opening statement, “Its unpleasant to be trapped behind four walls, hiding from the corona virus. It’s even more unpleasant to hear politicians and reporters finger pointing and salivating at another opportunity to discredit our president.”

Kemper’s humanity, judgment and evaluation of these trying times is far more encouraging than that of the accusatory NY Times and Washington Post. He asserts, “People are dying, losing their jobs and are stranded in their homes. It is time for unity and support, not for finding fault. But, if you must play the blame game, make sure you have all the pieces. The Democrat Party, which distracted the government through the early days of the crisis with counter-productive impeachment proceedings.
The half-wit “Joe Biden, who said Trump had ‘a record of hysteria, xenophobia and fear-mongering.'”

“President Donald Trump has not been the cause of any delay or slow response”. In fact, apart from the many positive items he engaged in as listed by Kemper, one must recognize his foresight in driving the pharmaceutical companies to produce quality vaccines in a totally unrealistic time period.

Words Matter. On Jan,6, 2021, Trump addressed a crowd of thousands at the Ellipse, a park just south of the White House, for more than an hour. Early on he encouraged supporters to ״peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard”, but’ he ended with a warning “We fight like hell, and if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore, So we’re going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue and we’re going to the Capital”.

The word “fight” means “to contend in any manner”. He clearly did not intend by physical actions. Unlike the Democrats, during the past 6 months as savages killed and hurt innocent humans, destroyed property with riots throughout the country, Trump’s voice was heard while he was prevented from doing more. And the Democrats did nothing other than finding fault with the police.

Daniel Greenfield’s “Democrats were for riots before they were against them” published on Jan.8,2021 in the NY Jewish Press, explicitly addresses this in full.

“In 2020, Black Lives Matter rioters vandalized the Lincoln Memorial and the WW2 Memorial, along with statues of Gandhi, General Kosciuszko and Andrew Jackson. The racist thugs marched through the city starting fires, including at a historic church and tried to fight BLM terrorism, were falsely denounced as a brutal attack on “peaceful protestors” and as “militarism” and “fascism.”

“A bail fund backed by Senator Kamala Harris and Biden campaign staffers focused on helping the rioters and looters get out of prison. Along with any other criminals along for the ride.”

“Contrary to the media’s spin, Republicans have never normalized violence..And Republican political power doesn’t depend on political terror and violence. Leftist power invariably does. The Left began a new age of political violence in 2016. It can turn it off anytime it wants to.”

Miranda Devine is among the very few media journalists who can be relied on for a balanced view point. This is clearly demonstrated in her, “The Left’s bare-faced hypocrisy” as it appeared in the New York Post ofJan.13, 2021.” A few quotes from her thoughtful Op-Ed:

US Attorney for DC Michael Sherwin says; It is reportedly one of the ‘most expansive criminal investigations in the history of the Justice Department,’ with all 56 FBI field offices involved. Devine, “Great, but where was that kind of gravitas when BLM-Antifa rioters locked Seattle police in a building and tried to burn them alive?

Or when police were attacked with bricks and Molotov cocktails, whole blocks were looted and set ablaze at a cost of billions of dollars, and parts of some US cities were turned into lawless autonomous zones inside which people were murdered? For months.”

“The Case for Trump” [March 2019] as authored by Victor Davis Hanson, explains why Donald S. Trump won the 2016 election.—-and why he and 62,984,827 other Americans [46% of the popular vote supported him on Election Day.. It is Hanson’s hope that readers of the book will learn why Trump’s critics increasingly despise rather than just oppose him. Often their venom reveals as much about themselves and their visions for the country as it does about their opposition to the actual record of governance of the mercurial Trump.

“Donald Trump ran as an abject outsider. He is now our first American president without either prior political or military experience. Frustrated voters in 2016 saw that unique absence of a political resume as a plus, not a drawback and so elected a candidate initially deemed to have no chance of becoming president.”

On Jan. 15, 2021, Shanon Bream of Fox News interviewed Dr. Hanson on a TV program, “Pundits, Politicians, Compare Trump to Terror Leader After Capital Riot.”His initial comment was “Donald Trump did not tell people to go over there and create a riot” and Bream responded, “People who went to the rally did not know what was going on.”

Hanson spoke of a rush to judgment on behalf of the Left, who created hysteria. He questioned having an impeachment without a special prosecutor and no cross-examination. He was highly critical of the Democrats who were engaged in guilt by association by destroying people’s lives simply because of their association with Trump. He also discussed several radical steps they were planning such as eliminating the Electoral College and introducing new election laws.

The need for the latter surely suggests agreement that there were voting problems during the recent election! Shanon Bream introduced an observation from Dan Crenshaw; “This was always their [Democrats] intent. It’s not enough that their favorite villain is gone. Now they have to paint tens of millions of Americans as racists and bigots. Truly vile, but predictable.”

BBC News: Did Trump’s words at rally incite violence? So, what did he have to say? Here are five key quotes.

* We won this election, and we won it by a landslide.
*We will stop the steal.
*We will never give up. It doesn’t happen.
*If you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore.
*Peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.
*We are going to the Capital.

The information under each item is irrelevant as an answer to the charge of “inciting and insurrection. Consequently, it has been omitted. Now, as to “If you don’t fight—-” This can be misconstrued as meaning a physical attack or to argue angrily, to quarrel.

It is very doubtful that Trump had in mind any form of violence. A study of Hanson’s book, “The Case for Trump” fully demonstrates his character, behavior and intentions. Nowhere can one find any inclination or intent to physical force. “He had “”a defiant readiness to retaliate overwhelmingly against aggressors, but not to start optional wars.” In fact, of all presidents, he can be singled out for not engaging in a war. In fact, far more illegal aliens had died annually during the Obama Administration than during the Trump Administration.

Hanson’s article in Real Clear Politics: The Left can’t come to grips with loss of power” dated July 5, 2018 explains much about the daily hatred imposed on Trump. An extract reads as follows:

Key Trump administration officials have been confronted at restaurants. Rep. Maxine Waters [D-Calif.] urged protestors to hound Trump officials at restaurants, gas stations or department stores.”

Progressive pundits and the liberal media almost daily think-up new ways of characterizing President Trump as a Nazi, fascist, tyrant or buffoon. Celebrities openly fantasize about doing harm to Trump.

What is behind the unprecedented furor?

The Trump agenda enrages the left in much the same manner that Obama care, the Obama tax hikes. Obama’s liberal Supreme Court picks and the Iran nuclear deal goaded the right.

Yet the current progressive meltdown is about more than just political differences. The outrage is mostly about power – or rather, the utter and unexplained loss of it.

Abroad, Trump did what no other Republican president would have dared bombing ISIS into submission, canceling the Iran deal, seeking to denuclearize North Korea, pulling out of the Paris climate accord, and moving the U..S Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

To Progressives, Trump became an opponent to beaten with a better agenda, but an evil-to-be destroyed. Moderate Democrats were written off as dense; left wing fringe elements were praised as clever.

“Why the Left is Consumed with hate “published Sep. 23, 2018 is a huge treatise on the named subject. A few lines emphasize its relevance.

Even before President’s election, hatred had begun to emerge on the American left – counter-intuitively, as an assertion of guiltlessness and moral superiority. In the past, it established the great menace of racism as America’s most intolerable disgrace.

Today’s left lacks worthy menaces to fight. It is driven to find a replacement for racism, some sweeping historical wrongdoing that morally empowers those who oppose it. [Climate Change?]

Failing this, only hatred is left. Hatred is a transformative power. It can make the innocuous into the menacing. So it has become a weapon of choice. The left has used hate to transform President Trump into a symbol of the new racism, not a flawed president but a systematic evil.

About the Author
Alex Rose was born in South Africa in 1935 and lived there until departing for the US in 1977 where he spent 26 years. He is an engineering consultant. For 18 years he was employed by Westinghouse until age 60 whereupon he became self-employed. He was also formerly on the Executive of Americans for a Safe Israel and a founding member of CAMERA, New York (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America and today one of the largest media monitoring organizations concerned with accuracy and balanced reporting on Israel). In 2003 he and his wife made Aliyah to Israel and presently reside in Ashkelon.
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