I read with a chuckle today this Washington Post article. The writer is perplexed and annoyed that Trump would go on Alex Jones’ radio show. The charge leveled at Trump is that his “more controversial assertions…come from the murky swamp of right-wing, libertarian and flat-out paranoid sources.”
I’m not a Trump supporter, but goodness me, I didn’t realize that libertarian views slithered out of a murky swamp.
Let me try to understand. Free speech, freedom of the press and freedom of religion (the First Amendment) slithered out of a murky swamp. The right to privacy (the Fourth Amendment) slithered out of a murky swamp. The right to a speedy trial and a jury (the sixth amendment) slithered out of a murky swamp. After all, the Bill of Rights is a “libertarian” document.
That must mean that “safe spaces,” the banning of classic literature, the promotion of internet censorship, the attack on Christmas, and mass government surveillance floated down from the heavenly spheres.
Apparently, if you question the official story about anything you yourself crawled out of the murky swamp of slimy libertarianism.
What I find interesting is how obviously terrified the writer of this article is of rising “fringe” media. Apparently I should trust the traditional media outlets but turn my back on information I might stumble across in the backwaters of the internet.
How about this. I’ll receive all my news with a healthy dose of salt, mainstream or otherwise. I’ll do my own research. I’ll come to my own conclusions.
I’ll hold Trump to the same standard that I hold Hillary, or Bernie or Obama. That is, when it comes to my political views, I’ll hold them all up to the Constitution, Bill of Rights and ultimately, to Scripture. I’ll dunk them in the murky swamp of libertarianism (they might meet folks like John Locke and Thomas Jefferson hanging out down there). I might even be tempted to consider an article from a “fringe” website.
I might be tempted to do that because freedom of the press means anyone can take up the reporter’s mantle. What makes me leery is not an investigation of the moon landing. What makes me leery is some reporter from the Washington Post presuming to tell me what I’m supposed to believe and what I’m not.
That, my friends, is totalitarianism. But maybe totalitarianism floated down from the heavenly spheres.