Monday, December 12, 2016

Double Standards Dept.

     Remember how the press reacted to any mention of Chelsea Clinton, or of Malia or Sasha Obama, from the Right? That didn’t happen often – persons on the Right generally regard the children of political figures as uninvolved with politics and properly left out of its maneuverings – but when it did, the backblast from left-liberal commentators was ferocious, wasn’t it?

     Now remember the Left’s treatment of Dubya’s two daughters.
     And Sarah Palin’s kids, especially Trig.
     And now we have the offspring of Donald Trump:

     Protesters in the city may chant, “Love trumps hate,” but that’s not stopping some from piling on Donald Trump’s family.

     “You can’t be a Trump supporter in the city,” an old Buckley School classmate of Donald Jr. admitted to The Post.

     “I wanted to throw a fund-raiser for [the elder Trump last spring], and my fiancĂ©e was like, ‘Don’t you dare! You’ll never get one ounce of business again in this town,’ ” said the classmate, who has his own hedge fund.

     Ever since the president-elect’s win in November, his family’s life in the Big Apple has been turned upside down. With 78.5 percent of city voters casting their ballot for Hillary Clinton, liberal New Yorkers are still waging an anti-Trump campaign — often aimed at his three oldest children, Donald Jr., 38, Ivanka, 35, and Eric, 32, all born and raised in Manhattan.

     Illuminating, isn’t it? Really sets the seal on that “Love Trumps Hate” slogan we’ve seen so much of lately. But then, it’s been said often enough that if it weren’t for double standards, the Left wouldn’t have any standards at all.


     The toxicity of the Left’s mantra that “the personal is political” is nowhere more evident than in leftists’ treatment of the relatives of political figures. When they take aim at the incontestably innocent, such as the Palin children, it’s clear that they have no evidence or arguments with which to advance their positions. Their hope of prevailing lies in personal destruction: assaults on those who are connected by blood or marriage to their opponents, in the hope that the related political figure will be daunted by the damage to those he loves.

     Now and then it works. However, I don’t expect it to work on Trump’s children. With one exception they’re all adults, personally accomplished and capable of looking after their own interests. The exception has Donald and Melania Trump to protect him.

     The venom is likely to seek a more vulnerable target, probably the Trump grandchildren. And the press is likely to ignore the venom spewers...when it isn't openly collaborating with them.

     There isn’t a lot more to say about this, except that it should all be recorded. Every incident should be documented: participants, surroundings, date and time. The accumulation of evidence that leftists are not good people and should not be taken for such has already proved valuable and will become critically so as the mound grows.

     Nothing about a man is more important than his character. How he treats children is among the best of all pointers to it.

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