Pointing a gun at Grandma

August 19, 2018

By now, we’re all used to hearing some mind-bogglingly goofy things from MSNBC guest commentators, but this one gives even John “That press conference was TREASON” Brennan a run for his money.  MSNBC commentator John Heilemann, referring to a poll that claimed 40% of Republicans agreed that President Trump had the power to shut down media outlets that engage in bad behavior, declared that he was “virtually certain” that if asked it in a poll, about 10% of Republicans would say it would be okay for Donald Trump to kill their grandparents.  

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/msnbc-trump-fans-okay-killing/

I suppose you could make the argument that the question was too vague and hypothetical (What if the media outlets were broadcasting classified information? What if the grandparents were terrorists? etc.) But let’s concede that both propositions are absurd. First of all, Trump has never threatened to shut down a media outlet.  For all their talk of him being an autocratic dictator, the media obviously have no fear of criticizing him constantly, which I suspect they would if they actually believed he were an autocratic dictator. Their attempts to conflate criticism of their bias and lack of fact-checking into an attack on free speech and the First Amendment itself sounded familiar, and then I remembered this famous scene from “Animal House”:

https://youtu.be/6PYb_anBMus

It’s also ironic that a liberal should accuse Republicans of being willing to let Trump kill their grandparents, since it’s eerily similar to an analogy that conservative humorist P.J. O’Rourke made years ago to the way liberals are always advocating for higher taxes for one new program or the other.  

O’Rourke explained that if you don’t pay your taxes, the government puts you in prison; and if you try to leave prison, they shoot you. Therefore, all taxes are taken at the threat of a gun. So when someone wants higher taxes to pay for some government program, you have to ask yourself, “Would I let someone put a gun to my grandma’s head and take her money to pay for this?”  Maybe for necessities like national defense you would.  But would you let someone rob your grandmother at gunpoint to pay for his college tuition or his cell phone or his clean heroin syringes?  Not likely.  Yet liberals think taxes should pay for all those things and much, much more.  

Now, tell me again: which side is more likely to be okay with pointing a gun at grandma? 

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  • Amelia Little

    08/20/2018 01:15 PM

    The liberals just don't get it......Donald Trump was voted into office because he understood what issues everyday people were concerned about, and stated specific solutions to those issues. And, everyday people agreed with (heck, millions probably had those same solutions in mind before candidate Trump related those solutions during campaigns. (Unlike those politicians who didn't bother going to the people to find out what WE THE PEOPLE wanted --in OUR government, not THEIR government--but instead looked down their noses saying THEY KNOW better than WE KNOW what we want--OMG--the deplorables!!!!) I have not agree with every single thing President Trump has accomplished so far--but it's actually pretty hard to come across WHAT this administration has accomplished (the list is long) especially if one gets his/her "news" from msm outlets who only complain about anything they can come up with in order to not spend time letting people know what HAS been accomplished--for the people and the country. (As opposed to for themselves and their lobbyists and big financial donors.)

    IMO, there are those liberals who project what they would (or would like to) do onto conservatives. They don't have a clue about how conservatives think, and even less of a clue about the workings of President Trump's mind.

  • Nellie Williams

    08/20/2018 12:07 PM

    I always from time to time forward you a message on instant messenger that I want to be sure that you review. I always get an immediate "Thank you for your message". All of a sudden for the last week I can no longer do this. When I try to send you a message, I no longer have a Mike Huckabee. When I try to look you up there are only Micheal Huckabee's and yours is a picture from years ago. I went ahead and sent the message, no Thank you or nothing. I think you have been blocked!

  • louis wachsmuth

    08/19/2018 06:16 PM

    Is there any tipping point where the evangelical leaders that currently are pro-Trump, would admit their support was a massive mistake? How exactly does the name of Jesus not get mocked by the evangelical's stand with the character of Trump?