If you haven’t noticed, the currency of the Trump era is doublethink.
To those who aren’t convinced that’s the case, look no further than the state of Georgia and Iran. Elites on the left have for weeks been calling for boycotts of the former over its recently approved law banning abortion after six weeks. At the same time, they are also embittered over President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from a controversial nuclear deal with the latter.
Now, I’m not a foreign policy expert, but I’m not so naive to believe we shouldn’t be working with our adversaries to create a safer world. There have, however, been plenty of criticisms of the Obama era nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Despite that, nearly every major Democratic presidential candidate has vowed — even with serious concerns from U.S. ally Israel — to reenter some form of agreement with the Middle Eastern country.
So what do Iran and Georgia have in common? Nothing. But while Democrats and progressive elites are rebuking the Peach State over its pro-life law — remember, Hollywood is threatening to quit filming in Georgia — they are also bad-mouthing the White House for pulling out of an embattled compromise with a country whose foreign minister last week, in the middle of Pride Month, defended the execution of LGBTQ people in the name of “moral principles.”
U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, the most senior openly gay official in the American government, said in response that Iran “has violated basic principles of the United Nations,” adding, “U.N. members should agree with the Declaration [of Human Rights] in order to be members. Criminalizing homosexuality violates the Declaration, plain and simple.”
Even still, earlier this month, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who is openly gay, became the latest White House contender to promise to “rejoin our international partners and recommit the United States to the Iran nuclear deal.”
That kind of doublethink really is astounding — a mental feat from progressive leaders that’s truly hard to comprehend.
Many on the left want to continue compromising and negotiating with a dictatorial regime so evil it executes those in the LGBTQ community, while at the same time vowing to isolate themselves from pro-life Americans in states like Georgia because, in the words of actor and activist Alyssa Milano, their perspective on abortion is “dangerous and deeply flawed.”
There is absolutely a time and a place to negotiate with our enemies, including Iran, but to meltdown and refuse to even associate with a state because its lawmakers — who have been duly elected by their constituents — passed a law for their own residents while remaining so painstakingly silent in the face of egregious abuse of human rights in the Middle East proves just how powerful doublethink and groupthink have become in 2019.
My point, really, is this: we have politicians who, for legitimate reasons, actively work with nefarious governments around the globe, but at home, refuse to extend that same courtesy to good-willed people who take moral umbrage with the act of ending a human life inside the womb.
Doesn’t that just seem a little off to you?