Shocking, though I doubt we are referring to the same thing

Shocking behaviour indeed, though I doubt we are referring to the same thing. President Trump’s first phone conversation with Prime Minister Turnbull did not go as planned. As reported, shared and retweeted, the brutish Mr Trump showed once again just how much of an outlier he was by allegedly choosing to hang up on one of his closest allies. However to be shocked, as many have been by the incident, is absurd. As comedian Morgan Murphy put it, “if only we knew then what we knew then”. The reaction to this incident by those who oppose Trump is more indicative of why they are failing, rather than a productive form of resistance.

What would come as no surprise, to anyone who follows Australian politics is that Prime Minister Turnbull was angling to receive assurances from President Trump that would honour President Obama’s pledge to take in 1250 refugees from Australian detention centres. In broad strokes, the history unfolded as follows.

  1. The Liberal Party of Australia refused to resettle humans fleeing war-torn nations as refugees. Including a nation they illegally invaded.Reason: Some may be criminals and jihadists.
  2. President Obama shows leadership and humanity by accepting 1250 refugees, which could have very easily been resettled in Australia.
  3. Newly elected President Trump, who also thinks of refugees as criminals and jihadists, hangs up on Mr Turnbull over Obama’s pledge.

Anyone with an ounce of compassion or empathy would view a report on this as “Two monsters refuse to help fellow humans fleeing war-torn region”. This is the truly shocking behaviour.However, as we all know this was not the central take away from this affair. The far greater sin for many on the left was the decorum of the former Apprentice star and admitted sexual predator. This fixation on political correctness and presentation is in large part why so many are disenfranchised with the Democratic Party in the United States. There are real issues that need addressing which outweigh these procedural matters. If any real resistance is to coalesce, it won’t be over the trivial matters of tact, it will be in defiance of his policy.

“Anyone with an ounce of compassion or empathy would view a report on this as “Two monsters refuse to help fellow humans fleeing war-torn region’” This is the truly shocking behaviour. However, as we all know this was not the central take away from this affair. The far greater sin for many on the left was the decorum of the former Apprentice star and admitted sexual predator.”

These issues are not unique to the United States, Australia is just as culpable. Tony Abbott wasn’t an embarrassment because he bit an onion and wore budgie smugglers, he was an embarrassment because he detained children in offshore detention centers. Prime Minister Turnbull has done little to reverse Mr Abbott’s most egregious policy initiatives, “but he speaks so well”.

This episode is a microcosm of how those opposed to Trump have reacted at every painful step that has brought us here. Trump acts out and we focus on his garish behaviour rather than the policy he puts forward. We chatter endlessly about his twitter feed, celebrity beefs & crowd size, ignoring the pernicious policy agenda being implemented by his swamp filled administration.

For the last 8 years, the loudest voices in left-wing activism have focused on policing language and enforcing identity politics. The two most feel good vapid issues facing the world today. These are not the people we need at the vanguard of the anti Trump movement. Yet they still fill the highest ranks of the left’s failed institutions.

It is imperative that while the left collectively loses it’s mind, some keep an eye on the reality of situations, even if that means criticising those who disagree with Trump. The Sydney Morning Herald is now reporting they are receiving an unprecedented number of letters from Americans apologising for their president. All of those apologies should be directed to the refugees both these nations and media publications care so little for. Sheltering refugees, uniting around our common humanity, this is how we resist.

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