I will concede — at least “arguendo” — that President Trump is awful. But I will not concede that he is uniquely awful. His Tweets and signature verbal provocations aside, he is arguably better than his predecessors.*
Which means that his cribbed campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” affixed to an ultra-simple red hat, is the last thing we should fixate on.
You know, as a symbol of “hate.”
Even Andrew Sullivan, in lambasting the media — and the left in general — over their insane over-reaction to the Covington kids’ non-existent “racism” and “disrespect” (“The Abyss of Hate Versus Hate, Intelligencer), could not help himself when it comes to the MAGA hat. Amidst his defense of the lads, Sullivan wrote that “they should not have been wearing MAGA hats to a pro-life march.”
Why not? Mr. Trump has taken pro-life action.
“They aren’t angels,” Sullivan went on, “they’re teenage boys.”
The President is no angel either. But he was duly elected. And he hasn’t started any unconstitutional wars** or suppressed the freedom of the press.
MAGA is said to be a statement of “white supremacy,” but, well, there are non-whites who find that absurd. For good reason.
This all indicates a deeper problem: an over-indulgence in symbolism — real and contrived.
In the immortal words of “motorist” Rodney King, “can we all JUST get along? Can we get along? Can we stop making it, making it horrible for the older people and the kids?”
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.
* Admittedly a low bar.