Apples and Oranges, Geese and Ganders
January 20, 1961 was a cold, crisp day. The Thirty-fifth President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, in his impassioned inaugural speech, urged, “My fellow Americans: Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” He remarked, at Amherst College, October 26, 1961, “I look forward to a great future for America, a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint…” It was a beautiful speech, exploding with pride and patriotism for his country – and – American exceptionalism.
Fast forward to the candidacy of the Forty-fifth President, Donald J. Trump, whose slogan “Make America Great Again” has been denounced and deconstructed, ad infinitum, by the hard left, as being xenophobic, nationalist and racist. Their ambition is to torpedo American ingenuity and the leader who personifies it.
Former First Lady, Michelle Obama, speaking before the 2008 Democratic National Convention, praised the values her parents inculcated in her and her brother. At the 2016 Republican National Convention, First Lady-to-be, Melania Trump, whose heart radiates with patriotism, expressed her love for this country and the values her parents taught. She is a native of the Republic of Slovenia, when it was part of communist Yugoslavia.
Melania was unjustly accused of plagiarism. The progressive machinery decided that Michelle had sole proprietorship of the words “value”, “respect” and “achievement.” She has been accused of illegally entering this country, using “chain migration” to do same for her parents and birthing Barron as her
At a taped CNN town hall, April 21, 2020, Melania Trump, addressing students whose lives had been impacted by COVID-19, stated she was “proud of the examples you have become.” Michelle Obama, at age 44, finally decided that “for the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country.”
This past April, Michelle Obama began a PBS series of storytelling for sheltered-in-place children. Cheers from her acolytes. To commemorate Juneteenth, Melania Trump read from Angela Johnson’s “All Different Now”. Jeers flew like shrapnel.
Oh, those apples and oranges!
At a San Francisco fundraiser in April 2008, Barack Obama insulted “bitter” small town Pennsylvania voters, who, “out of frustration, cling to guns and religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them.” He walked it back by claiming he “did not say it as well as I should have.” The mainstream media was nonplussed.
Progressives verbally rampaged over President Trump’s remarks, regarding the August, 2017 Charlottesville, VA, White Nationalist rally, and its left-wing counter protest. “There were fine people on both sides.” When he clarified this with “There were some very bad people” in both camps, the left went into myocardial infarction, from which they have yet to recover.
Geese and ganders.
Ralph Northam, physician-cum-Virginia Governor, has demanded citizens mask up in public, calling it a life or death issue. Yet, over the Memorial Day weekend, he was observed at Virginia Beach, not only barefaced, but snuggling up for selfies. His spokeswoman, Alena Yarmosky, thus explained, “He was outside and not expecting to be within six feet of anyone.” President Trump, along with the First Lady, attended several Memorial Day events, unmasked but totally social distancing. Joe Biden conducted the mask-shaming glee club.
When President Trump, speaking before the Israeli-American Council stated
that some American Jews “do not love Israel enough,” the left pronounced him a bigot. Anti-semite Jessse Jackson, in a Washington Post interview, 1984, referred to Jews as “Hymies” and New York City as “Hymietown”. He backpedaled, stating he did not realize these words would be published and, further, they were “non-insulting colloquial language”.
To a Jewish person, “hymie” is tantamount to the “N” word.
President Trump joined the 2020 Independence Day celebrations at Mount Rushmore. Protests were planned ahead of this Black Hills, South Dakota event, and his speech was declared racist. When in 2008 presidential candidate Obama visited, CNN hailed it a “fitting stop”, as was the 2013 tour taken by Michelle Obama and daughters. In 2016, Bernie Sanders stopped by and declared the monument an “incredible achievement”.
Joe Biden avowed, in a May 2020 Breakfast Club radio appearance, “…If you have a problem figuring out if you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.” His buddy, black South Carolina Representative Jim Clyburn, “cringed” at this remark, but waved it off. “He’s not a perfect person. None of us are.” Biden “should be compared to the alternative, not the Almighty.”
“Sleepy Joe” held a Skype’d press conference, as Canada geese outside his windows drowned him out.
“They’re cheering. That is what they’re all about,” he trumpeted.
Cheering your racist gaffe, Joe?
Mary Himlin is President of the Kendall County Republican Club