... and this presidential term has only just begun.
I was alive and politically aware during the post 9/11 W. Bush administration, and back then, I saw my fair share of leftwing nonsense. I vividly remember, for example, a young lady shrieking hysterically at me on a Boston street because I had the audacity to question the motives of an ANSWER-driven protest against the war in Afghanistan. Afghanistan, mind you. Not the legitimately controversial war in Iraq. Believe me, Bush Derangement Syndrome was a real phenomenon and a toxic one. All the same, it doesn't hold a candle to what is happening now.
As I announced on a private post on Facebook recently, I'm officially over the schadenfreude. What was funny for the first couple weeks is now an aggravation. Some folks just need to shut up for a second and calm the hell down before someone gets killed.
So you don't like Trump. I get it. I didn't vote for him either. But you need to stop lying about what he's doing. That executive order on immigration, for example? That wasn't a "Muslim ban." Millions of Muslims were still classed as eligible to travel to the US, and my Muslim students - of which I have a fair number - were left completely unmolested. Trump's order was, in fact, a narrowly targeted - and time-limited - halt on migration from countries that are destabilized and consequently unable to vet their citizens.
And yes, we as Americans have the same fundamental right as the inhabitants of any other sovereign nation: the right to control whom we welcome to our shores. As much as I would like to embrace everybody, we must be prudent in the use of our resources or else end up helping no one.
You're asking us to deny the evidence of our supposedly lying eyes, but we can't do that. We know what has happened in Germany since Angela Merkel threw open her country's doors to all comers, and we know it's been a disaster. We know the Boston Marathon bombers were migrants, as were the perpetrators of other terrorist attacks on our soil. You can debate the effectiveness of Trump's order or criticize its implementation, but if you're in contact with reality at all, you KNOW safeguards are needed to protect the people - Muslim immigrants included - who are already here.
Another thing you need to stop doing? Objectifying yourselves. Here, I'm thinking of the ladies of the self-proclaimed Women's March in particular. I honestly don't know what you expected to accomplish by being intentionally vulgar, but I do know that I resent - deeply - your attempts to boil down a woman's interests to the state of her private parts. It's damnably difficult to vote with my vag; that's why I - along with most women of my acquaintance - vote with my mind.
But more than anything else, you need to stop forcing yourselves on your neighbors. The absolute worst way to get people to listen to your concerns is to scream at them and/or attempt to browbeat them into submission. And yet, you keep doubling down, hijacking every pursuit, no matter how apolitical, for the sake of your own ideological ends. Car forums? Local gardening clubs? Cooking groups on Facebook? These are not the places to air your fears about Trump. I'm sorry, but you need to have some sense of propriety.
At this point, I feel a bit like a broken record, so I think I'll stop here. Let me end, though, with a tidbit of adult wisdom: You can't control what other people think of you, nor can you coerce people into accepting you. The love and affirmation you evidently crave cannot be won via the muzzle of a gun. Forget this, and you get leaders like Trump - living, breathing rebellions against cultural totalitarianism. Why? Because people don't take kindly to being bullied into silence.
You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar -- or with self-serving attempts to justify your own political violence. Punching Nazis? There's no way in hell I'm granting you that power -- especially since you do a shit job at identifying who the real Nazis actually are.