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Since my Ottawa office is right on Wellington Street across from Parliament Hill, I figured I’d provide what coverage I could of this weekend’s Big Bad Trucker Rally here in Canada. I went outside at noon on Friday with my trusty iPhone. Here’s what was going on at that time. It was still pretty typical […]
Late last year, pre-COVID, I told my family I wanted to go to the next Trump rally anywhere near home (Atlanta). I considered going to the Nov 2018 rally in Macon, GA, Trump held to support Brian Kemp, as it was only a two-hour drive but didn’t adjust my schedule and the opportunity slipped by. A 2019 rally in Panama City Beach, FL, caught my eye, but it was a weekday, and I just couldn’t fit in the five-hour drive. Same problem with the Charlotte, NC, rally in March this year–the last opportunity before everything stopped.
When Trump chose Tulsa to host the restart of his rallies, I realized it would be only a two-and-a-half-hour drive, as the 19th fell in the middle of a work trip to south-central Oklahoma. But with my work schedule and the expected line to get in, there was no way to make it on Friday night. I discover the next day that the rally had been moved to Saturday–perfect, as my client is not working weekends.
I’ve been making dinner and listening to the huge “Howdy, Modi!” rally in Houston with President Trump and Prime Minister Modi. It’s pretty enjoyable. It appears to be a huge crowd, and the Fox youtube clip I’m watching begins with awesome pounding drums.
After the drums stopped in a fabulous climax, a lovely young woman sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.” When she finished, the crowd burst into chants of “USA! USA!” After the Indian anthem, the crowd began chanting “Modi! Modi!” as the president also applauded.
“Send her back, send her back, send her back!” the crowd thunderously chanted at a recent Trump rally. They were referring, of course, to Rep. Ilhan Omar, originally from Somalia and one of the main, malcontented mean girls of what has been recently designated as the “Squad.”
One commentator compared the chanting to “two minutes of hate” from George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, the dystopian novel about a nightmarish authoritarian regime. Seriously? Leftists, whose numbers terrifyingly continue to swell, have been hating on America every second of every day for the last fifty years or more. They hate America, they hate the Founding Fathers, they hate every facet of our history, they hate our customs, they hate Judeo-Christian religion, they hate Western civilization, they hate capitalism, they hate self-reliance, they hate beauty, they hate truth, they hate sexual and gender normalcy, they hate “whiteness” itself.
It is well known that dictatorial regimes employ religious symbolism to appropriate God to their secular causes. The National Socialists in Germany in the ’30s (i.e., the Nazis) were an outstanding example of this, endorsing “positive Christianity” and asserting that “God is with us” on propaganda posters. The Trump regime has now taken the next step on their road to ultimate power by sending the First Lady of the United States, whom many until now regarded as an innocent, simpleton concubine of the great leader, to lead a mass rally of sheep in the Lord’s Prayer as a preliminary to a Trump rally.
So it begins.
Ms. Trump’s choice of prayer, also known to Christians as the “Our Father,” was clearly a deliberate attempt to invoke the idea of the Fatherland. The prayer is filled with autocratic, monarchial imagery of a subservient people, thanking the leader for a crust of bread and begging for pardon from the king. Numerous observant SJWs noted that Melania Trump, dressed in bright red reminiscent of the Nazi flag, appeared to read the prayer, and that her middle European accent was comical when it wasn’t blood chilling. Some even suggested that her hair was more blonde than usual.
Do an experiment… On YouTube, search up the rallies for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and compare them. (Search for “Hillary Clinton rally” or “Trump rally”, use the “Filter” feature to narrow it down, and compare the rallies on any given day. Some of them have multiple entries.) https://youtu.be/qsE1EUtZgJ8 Preview Open
Donald Trump held a rally in Prescott Valley, AZ, this week. I figured that this more rural setting would feature less conflict than his many appearances in downtown Phoenix, allowing me to actually chat with some of Trump’s fans. I’ve been #NeverTrump since he descended the golden elevator last June, yet remain intrigued about his primary victory and the passion of his supporters.
Whether one is an ardent supporter of Donald Trump or whether one detests the man with every fiber of their being, as Americans some basic principals must be agreed upon by all. Starting with all must agree that the First Amendment must not be infringed. Freedom of speech must be held sacrosanct in order for […]
For my friends and friendly email correspondents who loathe Donald Trump and cannot grasp why I support him for the presidency, I frequently advise them to go to a Trump rally. I don’t view this as a substitute for discussion and argument, but seeing the man speak at length, in person and surrounding yourself with his crowd and their vibe has a positive psychological effect that syllogism and algebra cannot capture.
This does not mean that I expect my friends to go to the show and immediately become Trump supporters. But what the experience will achieve, I contend, is that the view of Trump rallies as infernos of incipient fascism filled with ignorant, frustrated losers, stoked by a leader egging his followers on to orgies of racist violence — i.e., the basic media narrative — will come to look pretty silly.
Why is this important?