- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 2, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Last week, Greenpeace protesters hung a 70-foot “resist” banner near the White House.

On Wednesday, comedian and political activist Sarah Silverman tweeted (caps are hers, not mine): “WAKE UP & JOIN THE RESISTANCE. ONCE THE MILITARY IS W US FASCISTS GET OVERTHROWN. MAD KING AND HIS HANDLERS GO BYE BYE.”

Last night, UC Berkeley had to cancel an appearance by right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos after rioters took to the streets, lighting fireworks, smashing windows and holding signs reading “No safe space for racists” and “this is war.”

Other than an outright war (for reasons I’m still not sure about) — what does this resistance stand for? Yes, I understand they don’t like President Donald Trump, but no one can argue he didn’t win the election fair and square, and everyone knew the rules of the game beforehand.

Rather than regrouping and concentrating on reconnecting in areas of the country where President Obama won twice but Hillary Clinton lost, it seems like the left is doubling down on crazy.

Physically attacking people — as what happened at Berkley last night — for not agreeing with you is fundamentally un-American. So is refusing to accept our election results. So is trying to undermine our democracy by threatening a military coup.

The left’s inability to understand a point of view other than their own is incredibly baffling, especially for a group that considers itself inclusive. Pro-life women who wanted to march in the Women’s March on Washington weren’t allowed, unless they subscribed to a women’s right to get an abortion. You can only be a part of their group if you believe 100 percent in their message.

An angry, hard-left mob will never win over the hearts and minds in flyover country, who don’t understand and can’t sympathize with the utter disrespect of law and order and shuttering of free speech on college campuses, as what happened at Berkeley.

Middle America wants jobs, economic opportunity, and a better life for their children than they had. Perhaps if the left were to speak to these issues — and fight for them — their revolution would come in the next election.

But for now, all I understand about this resistance is what they don’t want. They don’t want Mr. Trump. They don’t like his immigration executive order. They think his rhetoric is inflammatory. They don’t like his Cabinet picks. They don’t want him to be succeed.

Many have compared this growing resistance to that of the tea party movement. I don’t see it. For starters, the tea party had an agenda — they wanted government officials to pay attention to the growing national debt, were for smaller government, lower taxes and less federal spending.

What is this resistance’s agenda? What are they fighting for?

Until we know that, it’ll be awful hard to persuade others to join their war.

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