Sunday, March 13, 2016
A Turning Point?
I wonder if we have just witnessed a turning point in the presidential election. The turning point I refer to is Donald Trump's cancelled rally in Chicago, the attendant organized street violence by leftist groups, and the mealy-mouthed reactions by Republicans Kasich, Rubio, and, most disappointingly, Cruz. The mainstream media, Hillary, and Bernie reacted as expected.
I should stop here and say that I've already voted for Ted Cruz in the North Carolina Republican primary and would do it again. I don't like the stuff The Donald says but I'll defend his right to say it no matter how absurd or offensive I find it.
Nonetheless, listening to people at a local gun show plus the comments of people that I respect within the gun culture are leading me to believe the events may have just pushed Trump over the top towards the Republican nomination. This is just a feeling, a gut reaction, that these events will drive much more support towards Trump than it drives away. Call it the reaction of the Silent Majority to use a term from political yesteryear.
I think there is a significant proportion of voters who are sick and tired of seeing the suppression of the free speech rights of conservatives being condoned even by other erstwhile conservatives. By contrast, every assorted leftist group imaginable can indulge in the most inflammatory speech and behavior with the tacit acceptance and perhaps even approval of the mainstream media. Moreover, they demand the right to suppress free speech when either the message or the messenger does not meet with their approval.
These are just some musings on a Sunday evening as I've been thinking about it most of the weekend. Time will tell if it is just a point in time or a turning point.