Who Are the Deplorables?
I’ve been thinking about the term “deplorable” on a much deeper and analytical level than I had previously. From the moment Hillary Clinton uttered her “basket of deplorables” statement, we, on the Right, have largely accepted the label. The understanding, of course, being that most conservatives do not actually act in “deplorable” fashion. Yet, the opportunity to show the country exactly how the Left feel about anyone with whom they disagree was presented on a silver platter. Mrs. Clinton quickly attempted to employ some damage control by clarifying her remarks, but the damage had already been done.
The sane, good natured, and moral individuals, who make up most of the Republican voter base, were characterized as immoral and essentially evil. Now, this isn’t an attempt to divorce the Right from the term, it is merely a look into the types of individuals the Left are so quick to dismiss and demonize, exercising their perceived moral-superiority.
Before we get into discussing the Americans Hillary Clinton castigated as vile, let’s wrap our heads around what a deplorable human being actually looks like. The adjective, “deplorable,” literally means: very bad in a way that causes shock, fear, or disgust: deserving to be deplored. How many conservatives do you know who embody the spirit of that definition? Exactly. The fact of the matter is that most conservatives are not “very bad,” by any objective meaning of the phrase. Thus, most conservatives are not, by definition, “deplorable,” according to the definition.
What Characterizes a Conservative?
Conservatives, despite what such upstanding individuals as Hillary Clinton would have you believe, do care about their fellow Americans. Conservatives care about EVERY American regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, etc. We believe the country needs a strong military, which protects the nation from foreign attacks, invaders, or malicious interests. Secure borders, enforced legal immigration policy, and an agency tasked with removing lawbreaking illegals (ICE), ensures that this country can set and enforce qualifications for lawful entry, protecting our citizens from adding to our entitlement pool and fostering assimilation to the American way of life.
We believe that freedom brings about a certain degree of responsibility that is unquestionable. If we are free to make our own lawful choices regarding how we live our lives, we are also responsible for the consequences. Conservatives are protectors of that freedom, as well as its associated responsibility. Should that responsibility be shifted to the government, the freedom of choice for the individual also is inevitably eroded. Most conservatives also believe in common moral decency, as well. This extends to the political sphere, the private sector, and our everyday human-to-human interactions. While most conservatives are not in favor of “thought policing” or “government censorship,” many would agree that individuals ought to exercise their free speech graciously.
Why Would Anyone Characterize Conservatives as “Deplorables?”
This is simple. Many members of the Left employ the tactic of attacking the individual rather than debating the principle. A move that essentially has no value in a debate, as it fails to weigh one principle versus another. With this in mind, character attacks are a hallmark of the Left. Demonize the person pushing a particular principle with which you disagree, and you can delegitimize the argument, altogether. That is the hope, anyway, of any person who engages in this type of dirty debate tactic.
In fact, this has become more than just a debate tool of the Left. Often times, their entire strategy, platform, or campaign is solely built upon characterizing the opposition as heartless or immoral, usually by twisting their opponent’s values into a perversion of its original meaning and intent. We’ve seen this overall strategy in play for years, as George W. Bush, John McCain, and Mitt Romney were all cast as utter villains by their Democratic opponents. This, of course, was aided by constant confirmation by the mainstream media.
Hillary Clinton was feeling bold, “pumped up” by years of unanswered mistreatment of Republicans by Democrats and biased media, when she decided to basically write a pro-Trump campaign ad with her hilariously false comment. She failed to realize that all of her incredibly biased focus groups can’t possibly give an accurate assessment of the mindset of the American people. She also, quite possibly, has managed to convince herself that conservatives are actually “deplorable,” according to her perverse view of the world. It’s no wonder this type of intellectually dishonest language is rampant among the side of the aisle that condones any immoral behavior that will bring them votes. Yet, the label still remains. Conservatives wear it like a “badge of honor,” remembering how the name actually sheds like upon the darkness gripping the group residing left-of-center. If anyone is unaware of America’s “Deplorables,” take a moment to educate them about who conservatives really are, including how much we really care about our country and the individuals within it.