Dear liberal protestors,
I’ve been watching from the sidelines as you’ve been protesting. I’ve watched as women showed up in distasteful costumes to speak out against Trump and vie for “women’s rights.” I’ve scratched my head as thousands descended upon airports to decry his immigration policies, while obstructing travelers from getting to their destinations. I’ve listened to angry, screaming men & women and sadly watched as violent rioters prevented conservative speakers from presenting on college campuses.
Through all of my observation over the past few weeks, I have to say: you’re turning me off.
I dunno, maybe your goal is not to get me to understand your position, but to make a point. Is that correct? Are you more concerned with voicing your dissent than bringing people into your cause? Do you care more about hurting the man in charge than you do about actually bringing people together so love can “trump hate?” Because, if I can be so bold, that’s exactly what I believe you’re doing.
I’ve always felt respect for and tried to understand liberal causes and concerns. I have often believed that the intent of a liberal’s heart is quite genuine, it’s just that I disagree on what the longterm implications are of the liberal agenda. Despite this, I’ve enjoyed having conversations to better understand where people of other viewpoints are coming from. But these past few weeks and months, I have felt myself becoming not just saddened by what I’m seeing from your side, but an actual aversion to your cause.
I have begun to associate your protests with an illogical, emotional, closed-minded, hypocritical position. The desire to engage in conversation has lessened as I’ve realized there is no “conversation” with someone who is so angry, they are willing to burn flags or vandalize private property or hurt police for merely doing their job.
Do you realize at your most recent protest at Berkeley, a Trump supporter was sprayed in the face with pepper spray? Fires were set near the campus bookstore, and a new dorm was damaged? That commercial-grade fireworks were thrown at police as protestors held signs that said, “This is war”?
As a concerned fellow American, I have to tell you: your protests are having the opposite affect of being productive.
The type of behavior being displayed is closing the door for real conversation with people like me. And I dunno, maybe you just really, truly don’t care about bringing people together. But if you don’t, how can you yell that love trumps hate if you aren’t even willing to hear the other side?
The unfortunate thing is that there are a lot of liberals out there who don’t agree with your approach, but regrettably, they’re being lumped in with the likes of you. And so you’re not only hurting yourself, but now you’re actually putting a halt to any productive results of your protests.
I’m writing this to you in love. I care about you, and I care about the issues that burden your heart. But I’m starting to feel like this is a one-way street, and I’m the only one who actually wants a relationship. Am I right? Are you breaking up with me?