“Always read the comments because one day, they’ll be an army.” – Doctor Who
In 2005, I attended the Conservative Party of Canada’s national convention, surrounded by leftist protestors, banging on our convention center’s windows, I led a chant with the other Conservative youth:
“Get a job! Get a job! Get a job!” We counter-protested.
I still maintain the same distrust of the left. Their inability to accept that free-market capitalism is annihilating poverty all over the globe speaks to a significant moral and ethical failure on their part. Their observably false views on the efficacy of gun control are similarly concerning given the potential for tyranny within a disarmed population.
Just as must of this mistrust can be applied equally well to the right. Their inability to accept basic data on immigration in favour of their ideological pronouncements that “immigrants are desperate to enter a country to receive benefits,” and their inability to accept their own country’s war crimes, is deeply problematic.
When basic data is ignored, the ideology is usurped by something other than a desire to help. There is nothing patriotic or noble about the right-winger who parrots observably false talking points.
They claim immigrants are here for free social programs but data claims otherwise. They vitriolically endorse anti-science in the form of drug wars. They endorse policies we know fail to ameliorate the lives of drug addicts but instead ruin their lives.
Conservatives turn a blind eye to enormous government spending in the form of corporate welfare. They preach on, eloquently, concerning national deficits and then go on to ignore the most massive forms of our expenditures.
The necessity of attention to the comments section of anti-immigrant politicians such as Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, and Maxime Bernier, has become undeniable. The level of xenophobia within the comments is unparalleled during my lifetime. The total hatred of Islam, the rejection of all who wish to enter the country, none of these are echoed by the populist politicians but are views held by an alarming number of their supporters.
Walking away from the right is much like the suspicion one ought to have the left, not only is there a content disregard for truth in favour ideology, there’s a further concern as to how wretched this movement can become.
Echo-chambered ideology breeds extremism. Both sides can recognize it in the other. The right has never seen extremism to this extent within the left. The left has never witnessed the rise of white nationalism, and yet it’s happening before our eyes. Social media has lent itself to reaching out for like-mindedness where the virtue is having as little to do with possible with the enemy.
The left is so outlandish that any white man is problematic. The right has responded in kind that white nationalism is virtuous.
I’m happy to depart from the right at this moment and never join the left. Saying what’s true of the part is true of the whole, or what’s true of the whole is true of the part, has always been the logical and ethical error of racists. Claiming that one person’s crimes impune an entire race or gender, the propensities of gender or race impune the individual, has always been the sin of misogynists and racists alike.
The right has taken the race-baiting and bit onto the deadly hook. I can say now more than ever I proudly identify as a libertarian, a supporter of the individual and not any particular people group. I have left the right and sincerely wish the left were right. The comments section is alarming. It’s time to let freedom reign.