I've said for years that liberals tend to wear their politics on their sleeve. I suspect they are far more likely than conservatives to plaster bumper stickers on their Priuses and Subaru's..."Feel the Bern" is ubiquitous, as are various slogans or symbols for left-wing causes, e.g. the equal sign, the LGBT "rainbow" symbol, the naive and almost child-like "Coexist" stickers, and of course, the clichéd potshots taken at the Koch Brothers, Rush Limbaugh, Republicans, et al (What ever happened to the whipping boy Halliburton? Must be as out of style as Jonathan Livingston Seagull.)
But it's one thing to be demonstrative with gaudy stickers pasted on your little potato peeler as you motor on down the road, or to spout off at the water cooler, on talk radio or in letters to the editor. It's quite another to burn American flags, throw rocks at police and assault supporters of your candidate's opponent, as has happened at numerous rallies for Donald Trump.
And, mocking Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan, many protestors in San Jose, Calif., last week were chanting, "The U.S. never was great." (Then why, pray tell, are so many millions of your countrymen literally dying to come here? Why the hell are YOU here? Couldn't pull yourselves out of squalor in your corrupt, hellhole country? Oh, I thought so.)
I've often said that there's a difference between ignorance and stupidity. Many liberals and progressives are intelligent and high achievers academically and professionally. Indeed, they frequently are valuable contributors to our society with their hard work and talent. But that doesn't change the fact that so many of them are ignorant. Ignorant of history, Econ 101, the U.S. constitution, the importance of the rule of law, and the crucial nature of the First Amendment. Blame the K-12 schools and utterly corrupt, far-gone higher ed for brainwashing these naive stooges.
But ignorance is too kind a term for many of the leftist riff-raff raising hell at Trump rallies. Some of them are ardent Bernie Sanders supporters, some are for Hillary, and many are probably just radical La Raza types who shove the Mexican flag in our faces and insult the country they came to for better opportunities. They froth-at-the-mouth with the silly notion that California and New Mexico really belong to Mexico (yes, and the Tooth Fairy really exists, and she's a xenophobic racist!)
Sorry to be so blunt, but many of these thugs are just plain stupid. They don't realize that the more they act out with their obscene antics, the stronger Trump's positions appear (and the more emboldened his supporters become). In many cases, the uninformed and apathetic Americans, even if they're not interested in politics, may decide, "Hey, I haven't paid much attention to this illegal immigration problem and the charge that millions of these folks don't want to assimilate and be productive Americans -- guess I'll check into it."
What they will discover is that, by golly, those who have been raising holy hell about the out-of-control flood of illegals and the unsecured borders have a damn good point: These people are trouble-makers, and offer nothing to strengthen our nation. They are anarchists, many of them, and only serve to underscore why we need to protect our borders. We can stop the thuggish behavior by lowlife ingrates. We can also prevent a flood of illegal aliens ("undocumented workers" in the left-wing vernacular) from taking jobs, driving down wages, overwhelming hospital emergency rooms, straining law enforcement, and flooding K-12 classrooms with non-English speakers who burden teachers.
This ain't rocket science. It's obvious, and quite pathetic. But it sure is red meat for the sensationalistic TV networks!
These left-wing extremists are shooting themselves and their causes in the foot, big time. But they are just too damned stupid to know it.