Is the “Politics of Personal Destruction” Alive and Well in America?

Since the 1990’s, the knives have been out and the “politics of personal destruction” has been in full force by the left in trying to shut down dissent on the part of people and candidates on the right.

DELRAY BEACH, FL – They say that politics is a “full contact sport” and that if you can’t stand the heat, then get out of the kitchen, but is trying to ruin another person’s reputation and life for partisan political purposes really acceptable, and morally right, in our society? 

The answer should be a resounding “NO”, as it is an abuse of the 1st Amendment of guaranteed free speech. No, it is not against the law to “bad mouth” someone else (including a political opponent), but if what is said about that other person is false, demeaning, and personally damaging to that person’s reputation and good name, it is morally wrong, that is, if we have any moral indignation left anymore.

This trashing of another person, especially in politics, seems to be practiced mainly by the liberal left rather than by the conservative right (just what the late radical author of “Rules for Radicals”, Saul Alinsky advocated). Since the 1990’s, the knives have been out and the “politics of personal destruction” has been in full force by the left in trying to shut down dissent on the part of people and candidates on the right. It all started by the “verbal lynching” of the late jurist Robert Bork, and then, Supreme Court nominee, Clarence Thomas in his confirmation hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee. In the Thomas case, some tawdry sexual allegations were presented by a former colleague to try to besmirch his reputation and thereby hoping to have him drop out of the confirmation process. It did not work, he was confirmed, but the bogus charges are still brought up on occasion to discredit him and his decisions on the Supreme Court. Besides Bork and Thomas, there has been a whole list of political opponents of the “right” who have come into the cross hairs of the loony left and have been made part of the left’s “politics of personal destruction”. Here’s a list of the other victims of this immoral practice of personal vilification.

  • Newt Gingrich
  • Donald Trump and his wife, Melania
  • Herman Cain
  • Allen West
  • Betsy DeVos
  • Mike Pence
  • Sarah Sanders
  • Tom DeLay
  • Rick Scott
  • Dinesh D’Souza
  • Rick Perry
  • Scott Walker
  • Tucker Carlson
  • Brett Kavanaugh etc. etc.

The charges against all of the above were baseless or were exaggerations of policy or political view disputes that were turned into personal attacks, using innuendo and untruths to damage the reputations of those people for partisan political gains.

In addition, look at how the “hated” IRS had been used by politicians (Democrats) to harass and hurt people and groups who were political opponents. All this under the guise of an Obama Administration that was supposed to be open and fair to all sectors of our society. The word “transparent” was mentioned over and over again by Obama and his campaign flunky’s. It looked like the “modus operandi” of how politics was run in the City of Chicago (Obama’s hometown) and had been attempted in Washington, D.C. with Obama at the helm leading the charge. This was just one of the scandals that the media refused to cover, as no arrests were made by a partisan Justice Department under both Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch. Today, besides the almost daily attacks by the media on President Trump, we had witnessed the brutal attack on the personal integrity of then Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, in his confirmation hearing. Kavanaugh, despite the vicious onslaught by dubious accusers and partisan Democrats, was confirmed by the Senate and is now a Supreme Court justice.

Since the Democrats are expected, as of now, to be big losers in the election of 2020 (by professional bettors and not the liberal leaning polling organizations who predict Trump will be the loser), you’ll probably see a ramping up of the “politics of personal destruction”, by the Democrats, to try to rev up their base and the “low information” voters, in an attempt to try to impugn the integrity of their opponents in order to garner votes (Saul Alinsky must be smiling in his grave?). Let’s hope their efforts fail and President Trump is re-elected along with a Republican House and Senate, so that our economy doesn’t go into the dumper as a socialist-oriented Democrat is voted in as president. 

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