A left leaning Satirical Journalist from the UK called Jonathan Pie has ranted about the US Presidential Election Campaign in a video that has gone viral. He completely articulates what I have been trying to say for years: that anyone with conservative views is bullied into silence, that anyone with conservative views is cast as being a bigot, intolerant, racist or just plain stupid and finally, that in Australia and clearly in the US, we have lost the art of dialogue – rather the minute someone disagrees with someone else it quickly descends into insulting name calling…
So I wanted to share Pie’s rant with you but it was so expletive ridden that I have transcribed the video and left all the swearing out – the message is in no way devalued.
I encourage you to read the whole script – but just in case you don’t want to, I have underlined the key points.
So here it is…..
In answer to the Question are you shocked at Trump’s win?
No I am not shocked at all. I have been saying this for months. Nearly a year. The moment you think he can’t do it, it’s the moment he takes the White House.
Of course, Trump won. What is everyone so shocked about?
The Media, the political elite, the pollsters, the markets, you,…wow jaw on the floor. How can everyone be so stupid?
Hilary Clinton, what were the Democrats thinking.
Hilary Clinton…don’t get me wrong….I wanted Hilary to win. I’d personally vote for Lucifer over Donald Trump. Trump….the pussy grabbing, wall building, climate change denying, health care abolishing, tax dodging, rubbish spewing demagogue. How bad have you got to be to lose to that?
Where was Sanders? Why wasn’t he on the ticket? I have no doubt in my mind that Sanders would have beaten Trump hands down. But instead they chose Clinton, a candidate who’s been cosying up to the banks and dry humping corporations for years. Who is on record for telling her corporate friends that you should have a public and private persona. In other words don’t tell the truth to the plebs or you won’t be able to rip them off.
She’ll do. That was the feeling.
What did they think was going to happen?
People keep saying to me, How did this happen? They’re dumbfounded, but it’s so simple. The left did this. This is my fault, people like me. When are we going to learn? The left have given up putting across an argument at all, to the point where Clinton is considered left. Liberal. On many issues, Theresa May is less ring wing than Clinton. That’s just a fact.
And yet my friends on Facebook saying “I’m with her”. I certainly am not. “Oh but she is better than Trump”.
Sorry that is not good enough. Clearly. Clearly it’s not good enough. And if I see one more Tweet that contains #Trumpwins next to #everydaySexism I am going to spit the dummy, (my paraphrase).
Not everyone that voted for Trump is a sexist or a racist. Some of them are. But most of them aren’t.
Most people didn’t vote for her, not because she’s a woman…they didn’t vote for her because she offered no palpable change whatsoever. Same old stuff. Trump represents a change. A terrifying change, but a change none the less. Hilary represented, well she represented very little actually because she protects corporate interests because she doesn’t call the police when questions from the debate are leaked to her in advance…I noticed we barely reported that. Not everyone that voted for Trump is a sexist or racist. How many times does the vote not have to go our way before we realise that our argument isn’t won by hurling labels and insults.
When will we learn that the key is discussion? If you are unwilling to discuss then you are creating conditions in which Donald Trump and people like him can thrive. But instead of persuading people to vote, Clinton just courted celebrity endorsements, and then lost…What’s going on? It’s almost as if the political acumen of Beyonce and Jay-Z count for nothing. And then she loses it and loses the election and she locks herself in her hotel because she’s too upset or because it never occurred to them to write a concession speech. Either way, Grow Up. I have no sympathy for her whatsoever. Be a better candidate.
But the thing is, I can’t say this to any of my friends. I’d get absolutely lynched if I said this because people like me won’t listen. I did this. This is my fault. Donald Trump!!!! The left if responsible for this result. Because the left has decided that any other opinion, any other way of looking at the world is unacceptable. We don’t debate anymore because the left won the cultural war…So if you’re on the right you are a freak. You’re evil, you’re racist, you’re stupid. You are a basket of deplorables.
How do you think people are going to vote if you talk like that to them? When has anyone ever been persuaded by being insulted or labelled. So now if you are on the right or even against the prevailing view you are attacked for raising your opinion. That’s why people wait until they are in the voting booth. No one’s watching anymore. There’s no blame, no shame or anything and you can finally say what you really think and that is a powerful thing.
The Tories in charge, Brexit and now Trump. And all the polls were wrong. All of them. Because when asked…people can’t admit what they think. They can’t admit what they think. They are not allowed to. The left don’t allow them to. We have made people unable to articulate their position for fear of being shut down. They’re embarrassed to say it. Every time someone on the left has said “You mustn’t say that.” They are contributing to this culture.
It’s time to stop moaning.
It’s time to stop crying over split Brexit.
It’s time to stop ignoring your opponents or worse trying to silence them. It time to stop banning people from speaking in universities. It’s time to stop reposting an article on your Facebook feed and think that it is political engagement. That banning a gymnast from doing what he’s good at because he insulted someone’s religion somehow achieves something. And sorry when did the Gymnast’s association starting thinking it was appropriate to start enforcing blasphemy laws? It’s time to realise that reading the Guardian doesn’t make you a Liberal. That retweeting Greenpace doesn’t lower you carbon footprint. And if my mansplaining is triggering you, you can either go to your safe space or you can engage and tell me what I’m getting wrong.
Because Trump just won the White House.
Being offended doesn’t work anymore.
Throwing insults doesn’t work anymore.
The only thing that works is actually bothering. Do something. And all you have to do is engage in the debate. Talk to people who think differently to you and persuade them of your argument. Its so easy and the left have lost the art. Stop thinking that everyone who disagrees with you is evil or racist, or sexist, or stupid, and talk to them. Persuade them otherwise, because if you don’t, I’ll tell you what you get, you get President Trump.