It’s been quite a week or so since Election Day. Between the press trying to explain why Donald Trump won (hint: Hillary Clinton sucked as a candidate), the Leftists deciding to make friends and influence people by calling Trump voters and third party voters racist/sexist/homophobic/stupid/fascist/Nazis/traitors/insert-insult-of-the-day-here, and a lot of millennials crying more than Tammy Fae Baker cutting onions, it seems the country might be in need of a break from politics.
That’s probably what Vice President-Elect Mike Pence thought when he attended a presentation of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” in New York City last Friday. During the performance, not only did he get booed, but one of the actors, Brandon Dixon, delivered a monologue that included the following statement:
We, sir, we, are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us — our planet, our children, our parents — or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir. But we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us. All of us.
Afterwards, President-Elect Donald Trump tweeted his disapproval of the actor’s actions and requested an apology. Mr. Dixon tweeted back saying “conversation is not harassment.”
And with that, we have our latest addition to the Leftist Lexicon.
What Leftists think it means – talking to someone about your opinions and why you’re right
What it actually means – two or more people exchanging ideas
That’s right, Leftist kiddies. Conversation is a two-way street, meaning when you stop talking, you need to let someone else talk for a while. What Dixon did, as noble as it may seem on the surface, was as much of a conversation as when I speak to my dog. Not to say my dog isn’t a great conversationalist, mind you. It’s just that I don’t speak Dog.
Now, before you get your First Amendment panties in a bunch, let me make something perfectly clear. The actor and his fellow castmembers have the right to speak their opinions without fear of censorship by the government. Even if there is a soon-to-be-Vice President in the audience, the government has no business forcing silence on a dissenting opinion.
Ah, but there’s the rub. The government wasn’t trying to shut down a dissenting opinion. It was not a conversation, but a monologue. If the cast gave Pence a chance to respond, then it would be a conversation. But as yet, we have not heard whether the cast of “Hamilton” is going to allow Pence an opportunity to respond in the same manner in which he was spoken to, but let’s just say I’m not holding my breath for that day to come.
The Left loves to operate like this. They want to dominate the discourse whenever they can because they really don’t have a good response to opposing ideas. You’re either with them, or you’re lower than a worm’s codpiece. Not exactly a good way to start a conversation.
Then again, the Left really doesn’t want a conversation because the more you question their reasoning, the more it becomes evident reason just isn’t in their wheelhouse. Just try to nail them down on any topic. Global warming, the Electoral College, what wine to serve with free range gluten free tofu patties. If you’re lucky, you’ll get out of the conversation with your sanity and a few good tofu recipes. (My favorite: throw the tofu in the garbage and order a pizza.)
If the Left really wants conversation in the era of President Trump, they are going to have to get used to the idea theirs isn’t the only opinion out there. If the “Hamilton” cast is any indication, I get the feeling it will be a while before they’re ready for an actual conversation.
Say, when a Democrat becomes President. And even then, it’s iffy.