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Sick and Tired of the Moralizing

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Submitted by Phillip Bacchetti (United States), Jun 4, 2020 at 19:27

Dr. Pipes,

Thank you for the moral clarity in detailing your decision-making process. My path to the same decision was different than yours, but you have eloquently made it even more clear that I've made the right one.

As a Democrat, I have some of the same issues with Donald Trump, and until this week was planning to vote loyal democrat again. Then I saw a news story about the blocks-long lines of gun buyers at all the firearm outlets across the whole country. At first, I didn't like the optics, I had the same old gut reaction that I might normally have.

Then, it struck me me like lightning, something didn't compute.

It was more than obvious to (nearly) everyone that New York City needed early curfews and possibly military intervention, based on what had been happening previous evenings. Yet, Mayor Bill De Blasio literally INVITED another night of rioting, looting and destruction by setting the curfew that night at 11:00 P.M. Then, predictably, as night fell and the city was Burning, he released a statement that the curfew on Tuesday would be 8:00 P.M. Millions of dollars MORE damage, destruction and injuries unnecessarily occurred on Monday night. On Tuesday night, with police presence and some enforcement, the rioting and looting started to wind down.

Then I thought, let me get this straight, De Blasio and other fellow democrat city leaders across the country didn't live up to their duty to protect their citizens and the livelihoods of their people, the ones they profess to care about, their vulnerable minority communities. Yet, when it is politically expedient, these very same people will be out there shaming the public about gun control, and by that time I will own one myself.

This realization made me very angry, yet when I talked to some of my democrat friends, virtually all of them started moralizing about guilt for racism and white privilege, and trying to rationalize away what to me is not rationalize-able: Lawlessness and the violation of the sanctity of our property and our businesses. I thought, will it be our homes next? And that question is exactly why so many people are buying guns. Now I can't blame them. One of my friends even insulted me by asking where I was getting these ideas?

THAT was the moment that tipped the scales of personal outrage, and led me to deciding to vote for Trump. I realized that I have grown sick and tired of the holier-than-thou moralizing I see from my party, yet with very little in the way of accountability or follow through. At least Trump is willing to walk his talk about protecting the country.

Safety, of my family and livelihood, are of the utmost importance at this point, and like Mr. Pipes, I will in good conscience be voting for Donald Trump.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

I wonder how many others will, like you, recoil from the current rioting, semi-sanctioned by the Democrats, and vote for Trump.

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