A Few Salient Comments about This & That

Ronald E. Yates is an author of award-winning historical fiction and action/adventure novels, including the popular and highly-acclaimed Finding Billy Battles trilogy.


Whatever happened to the concept of the “loyal opposition” in America?

The notion of a loyal opposition essentially says that a person can be opposed to the actions of the government or ruling party of the day without being opposed to the U.S. Constitution or the democratic political system.

But today, the idea of a loyal opposition has been redefined to mean obstruct and resist.

Resist with physical violence against people with whom you don’t agree. Resist with violence against property. Obstruct and gridlock Congress. Resist by shutting down free speech. Resist by assassinating members of the party in power as we saw a few weeks ago when a Democrat left-wing nut job attacked several Republican lawmakers practicing on a baseball diamond, wounding Rep. Steve Scalise, a Capitol police officer, and two bystanders.

This is not what people like Thomas Jefferson had in mind when they hammered out our Constitution. While he and other founders argued that we should be reasonably tolerant of political speech, they stopped short of condoning the violent overthrow of our government or the vile and vicious attacks we see levied against our current president. It seems to me some Democrats and many others on the left would rather see the country fail than allow Donald Trump to succeed.

Like him or not, Donald Trump was elected to the office he holds by half of the country. He didn’t take it via a coup d’état. The vitriol directed at Donald Trump is unprecedented. I can’t think of a derogatory name he hasn’t been called. Then, there are the mainstream media which seem to have taken it upon themselves to destroy Trump and his presidency. Instead of their traditional role as responsible watchdogs of government, they are behaving more like rabid attack dogs. 

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