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Outsiders vs. Insiders: Only in Trump’s America could showing too much pride get you in trouble

It’s no secret in today’s age of rapid communications technology, real time reporting and ever-present social media that championing good old fashioned American values can get you in a lot of trouble with the politically correct thought police.

Many a Hollywood celebrity’s endured a stinging rebuke after being “outed” as a Republican or a conservative. Donald TrumpWhen such a revelation occurs it often means the difference between working and permanent banishment to the penitentiary of ideologically blackballed entertainers – the ones who endlessly read for parts but never receive call-backs. It’s even worse if you’re a business owner who transgresses and the PC enforcers discover it – you could easily face ruin.

But what if you’re a liberal and you commit the mortal error of patronizing a conservative operation and word leaks out on social media? It isn’t pretty, as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey learned last week. Dorsey’s crime included visiting a pro-traditional marriage establishment during gay “pride” month.

Matt Margolis wrote at PJ Media, “Not every purchase we make needs to be a political act. But, sadly, that’s the world we seem to live in now. Earlier this week Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was forced to apologize after eating at Chick-fil-A… during Pride Month! The horror! ...

“Come on. Dorsey had to know that Chick-fil-A is a Christian-owned business and the owners have a moral objection to gay marriage. He just wanted to eat a chicken sandwich for crying out loud, and his followers took him to task over it. People aren’t simply self-censoring where they shop and eat, they’re shaming people who don’t care as much as they do about the politics of every single business they frequent…

“Republicans may have both houses of Congress and the White House right now, but it’s still a difficult time to be conservative because conservative values are constantly slandered in Hollywood, the media, academia, and (apparently) civil rights commissions and courts across the country as racist and bigoted. What we’re really being told is that we don’t have a right to speak our views or even be in business. And it’s only going to get worse. Right now you can’t even eat the chicken sandwich you like because you might offend someone.”

Earlier in his piece Margolis noted how he personally frequents businesses he enjoys regardless of their political affiliations. For example, Starbucks’ weak-kneed politically correct policies haven’t stopped him from buying and guzzling their coffee (but he still won’t go to Target because it willfully endangers customers by allowing men to use the ladies room).

Here’s thinking most people wouldn’t even realize it’s “pride” month in the first place unless a business goes out of its way to inform customers that management touts gay rights. And what exactly does it mean to support “rights” for homosexuals anyway? Does one’s sexual preferences entitle him or her to special privileges or just the same capacity to purchase goods and services as the person standing next to you in line?

As far as I know Chick-fil-A doesn’t ask anyone to fill out a questionnaire on political or moral partialities before selling a product. The fact corporate ownership happens to believe in the traditional definition of marriage hasn’t impacted a single transaction in the chicken chain’s history, yet liberals still get all honked off whenever someone is exposed for having eaten there. Will Twitter’s stock now plummet because reactionary leftists realize the company’s leader is a fan of a “bigoted” enterprise?

It’s stupid but this is exactly what we’ve come to expect from the fascist left these days. These cowards lurk behind keyboards typing sharp retorts to any social media post that could be interpreted by the hair-trigger sensitive as offensive. There might even be a time when a famous person posts a picture from a Christian wedding ceremony or baptism and the forces of intolerance mobilize to shame the perpetrator into oblivion.

As the fallout from the recent Masterpiece cake case proved the left won’t be cowed by laws or Supreme Court decisions that go against their totalitarian aims. If anything, they’re emboldened to redouble their efforts to force people to conform. Next time you bite into a Chick-fil-A sandwich keep in mind you’re making a statement to someone out there who actually cares what you consume and where you eat it. My, how far we’ve come.

Contrast the left’s virtue shaming over Chick-fil-A with an establishment Republican’s message of “tolerance” last week. From the floor of the senate retiring Utah Senator Orrin Hatch literally begged Americans to accept people who are different from them. James Hohmann reported at the Washington Post, “In honor of Pride Month, Hatch took to the Senate floor on Wednesday to send ‘a message of love’ to ‘my LGBT brothers and sisters.’

“’These young men and women deserve to feel loved, cared for and accepted for who they are,’ the senator said in a heartfelt speech. ‘I don’t think they chose to be who they are. They’re born the way they are. And we ought to understand that. They deserve to know that they belong and that our society is stronger because of them …

“’No one should ever feel less because of their gender identity or sexual orientation,’ he continued. ‘LGBT youth deserve our unwavering love and support. They deserve our validation and the assurance that not only is there a place for them in this society, but that it is far better off because of them. These young people need us — and we desperately need them. We need their light to illuminate the richness and diversity of God’s creations. We need the grace, beauty and brilliance they bring to the world.’”

You’re forgiven if your jaw hit the floor upon reading this. Hohmann’s entire story on Hatch’s confession is worth perusing if you have time. Hatch not only appears to have completely reversed course from his past articulated views on homosexuality -- he's apparently decided to embrace the totality of the LGBTQ lobby’s cause. I wonder what he thinks about Chick-fil-A?

One wonders what would motivate Hatch to speak on this subject just a few months before he’s due to leave Washington. It’s said Orrin was moved by high suicide rates among homosexuals and transgenders. Fine. But you can’t legislate morality any more than the left can bludgeon people into hating a fast food restaurant because its corporate ownership favors traditional teachings.

Hatch’s individual observations would take a while to address; suffice it to say here he’s not making many friends by implying people who stand up to elements of the LGBTQ lobby (due to conscientious beliefs) are “intolerant”. Besides, leftists didn’t give Hatch any credit for his impassioned pleas for a change in attitudes. They still consider him a hater.

Reactions were equally heated last week when President Trump got into a minor verbal scrum with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over trade policy. This time the hysteria came from so-called conservatives who thought Trump went too far (again) in setting policy that would seemingly violate accepted wisdom and practices among allies.

Jonah Goldberg wrote at National Review, “By throwing Canada under the bus — with language we rarely use about our actual adversaries — Trump and his subalterns were sending a message of American weakness, not strength. Sucking up to Russian president Vladimir Putin while hippie-punching Trudeau doesn’t make Trump himself look stronger, either…

“Trump is profoundly unpopular and distrusted among the electorates of many of our allies. When Pew asked about public confidence in Trump’s ability to handle world affairs, 22 percent of Canadians expressed confidence in the president (compared with 83 percent for Obama). In Germany, only 11 percent trust Trump.

“That’s not a problem if you think we don’t need allies, because they’re all going to Hell anyway. But don’t be surprised if other world leaders decide it’s in their interest to behave antagonistically toward America now that Trump has decided it’s in his interest to do so to them.”

By now we gather Goldberg doesn’t approve of how Trump conducts himself in office but it isn’t doing anyone any good to keep harping on the point. You’ve got to give the #NeverTrump contingent some credit, however, since they’ve kept up their objections for three years now and there’re no signs they’re planning to capitulate anytime soon.

As far as Trump and Canada goes, should we really care about what foreigners think of our president? It’s common knowledge – and Goldberg even alludes to it – that Barack Obama was adored by big government-loving populations of the world’s liberal (literally) democracies, but it didn’t result in any more effective policy here at home. Obama may have been loved in Montreal and Toronto but if Canadians engaged in trade protectionism it hurt American producers on our soil.

In witnessing all of this it begs the question: what do the writers at National Review and other persistently critical (of the president) publications have against Trump’s “America First” orientation? For as long as I can remember American leaders tread lightly around the international community, fearing unpopularity abroad would somehow undermine this nation’s prestige or ability to conduct foreign affairs.

Should citizens’ opinions in Copenhagen, Berlin, London, Beijing and Vancouver determine America’s direction on trade? If over half the citizens of Germany object to Trump’s cancellation of Obama’s Iran deal should we beg the rogue mullahs to take us back?

The whole notion we should give credence to what foreign populations think of our president is absurd. After all, where would they get the information to fuel their opinions? From many of the same media providers Americans do – establishment sources like CNN and the BBC that hate Trump and report negatively on him almost 100% of the time. Meanwhile, during Obama’s years their coverage was practically all fawning and positive. See the difference?

That’s not to say we should go out of our way to infuriate our northern neighbors and friends – or any allies -- but whether they like Trump or not has zero bearing on his ability to extrapolate concessions from North Korea. It doesn’t make Trump weak to call Trudeau out on trade just as it doesn’t undermine the U.S.’s position on immigration to ding Mexico for its unwillingness to cooperate in stemming the flow of illegal crossings along its northern border.

Trump’s announced it many times – we expect foreign leaders to act in the best interests of their countries just as he will do the same for America. No one’s calling us up to ask our thoughts on Justin Trudeau’s ability to represent his nation in international settings. The Canadians don’t stop trying to make advantageous trade deals because Americans would be angry…why should we?

The fact is, putting too much stock in what foreign leaders (or populations) think is a continuation of the same flawed line of thought that’s gotten us into this mess in the first place. It seems the only ones who are upset about Trump’s G-7 statements are the ruling class itself.

Kurt Schlichter wrote at Townhall, “I keep asking the establishment shills why America has some moral obligation to tolerate foreign countries imposing higher tariffs upon us than we impose upon them. Seems facially unfair, right? So, there’s got to be a really good reason because how can you support our working people facing a higher obstacle to trade than the foreigners do? I’m just wondering what’s wrong with a level playing field. Fair is fair, right? But I never get a good answer…

“I don't like tariffs. I like free trade. But in what world is free trade free when we are only free to face higher tariffs than our competitor countries? Apparently, in the world of the liberal transnational globalist elite. They are citizens of the world, you know.”

Elites love telling us unenlightened masses what to do and think. It’s not working where Donald Trump is concerned. Trump’s straightforward style liberated the forgotten Americans’ thought processes – and we’re not going back to the days of Obama weakness.

As long as there are people who look down on others for what they believe there will be conflict in this country. Whether it’s Chick-fil-A’s stance on marriage or Trump’s view of international trade, there’s no sign of a ceasefire in the war to control the cultural narrative. We should all be prepared to battle.

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