Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
Kanye West visited President Donald Trump at the White House Thursday, appearing with football legend, Jim Brown, at the Oval Office. The meeting, designed to bring attention to prison reform, took a dramatic turn when West engaged in a protracted monologue covering topics such as his love for President Trump, the power of the MAGA hat, and the link between welfare and the Thirteenth Amendment. Needless to say, the speech, which was all over the map, was vintage Kanye, inclusive of a few bad words that ought not be uttered in a public forum held at the Oval Office.
His pro-Trump style should have come as no surprise as West has stood out amongst celebrities for his unbridled support of the President. The media and members of the press have often criticized his position, but this time, as the left has been prone to do recently, they went way too far.
Tara Setmeyer, a CNN news analyst called West "an attention whore, just like the president." Donald Lemon audaciously said West was, "the token negro for the Trump administration." And former Congressman Bakari Sellers disgustingly quipped that West "is what happens when negroes don't read."
Still others have claimed that West, a self-made billionaire, is mentally ill and exploited by the President.
Sadly, their response has been emblematic of the left's approach to political discourse in this country, and Americans should pay careful attention to it. The past few months have seen Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders kicked out of a restaurant merely for being her. More recently, Senator Ted Cruz and his wife were harassed at a Washington, D.C. restaurant while having dinner to the point where he had to be taken to a back room until the "activists" could be removed.
And of course, we all saw the disgusting display of arrogance and destruction displayed to a judicial nominee with an absolutely impeccable personal and professional record by the Democrat members of the Senate and Democrats nationwide.
Apparently, Former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton believes this approach to political discourse is defensible as she declared that she could not be civil towards a political party that is trying to destroy those things she stands for. Former Attorney General Eric Holder was quick to join the choir by encouraging Democrats to "kick" Republicans when they go low.
Clearly the Democratic Party has crossed the line from impassioned speech to destructive behavior. Its willingness to take debates on policy to the level of personal insults, character assassinations, racist slurs, and intimidation is uncalled for and destructive to the fabric of the nation.
But really, isn't this horrible behavior just par for the course for the Democratic Party? Despite a few years' respite where it pretended to be the Party of Civil Rights, tolerance, and civility, the Democratic Party has now returned to its fundamentals; ones rooted in slavery, Jim Crow laws, and intolerance. How quickly we forget that the Democratic Party defended slavery in the South and then, after losing an absolutely unnecessary war, solidly planted its flag on the gorge of continued racism and segregation.
Yes, the Democrats cooled it for a while when they fooled minorities into believing that they cared about them by passing Civil Rights legislation during a Democrat Administration, legislation pushed by Republicans. But now, it is beginning to appear that their pro-tolerance position was merely temporary.
Make no mistake, elitism, divisiveness, and intimidation are the Democrats' key weapons, and they use them liberally. Why? Because it is the party of Progressivism, which contains, at its core, the idea that they have all the right answers because they are the experts. Anyone who dares stand in their way is merely ignorant and should not be heard.
This whole deterioration in the Democrats' agenda and the exposure of their true character brings up a very timely question for Americans this midterm election cycle: are these really the people we want in power? Is this really the direction in which we wish to take our Great Experiment?
On November 6, we will learn the answer.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and serves in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com to arrange a lecture or book signing.