The American Left has lost its mind. It’s not just that they are incoherent on a whole host of issues, but now they are so recklessly anti-Trump that they would rather see the country they live in suffer misfortune than experience any success attributable to our President.
Downplaying the historical significance of the first meeting between a U.S. President and a North Korean head of state, I heard one “expert” on the radio say, with all the sophistication of a fifth-grader, that other Presidents could have done it, but “they didn’t want to.” To the geniuses on the Left, maintaining negativity re Trump is the thing, so they are praying the incipient rapprochement between the President and Kim Jong Un falls apart in some way—their nightmare is the Korean Peninsula becoming denuclearized and peaceful as the result of anything The Donald does.
And I’m not so sure they wouldn’t prefer to have nuclear ballistic missiles aimed at us¹ from Pyongyang than admit that President Trump did a good job at the Singapore summit. I used to think that the Left was too ideological, that they would push a social agenda forward regardless of the collateral damage. Like the Soviet Union, say, or Cuba. They love their social engineering ideas even if actual people suffer. You see something similar at work in their global warming activism. In a crusade pretty far removed from science, they protest against CO2, against the greenhouse effect—you know, things that make this planet habitable—to the point where I’ve come to doubt that they truly believe their own climate hysteria. Maybe they are just using it as a tool to get us to do what they want, like put up windmills and drive exploding electric cars. That would at least explain why they warn us of the perils of warming, yet shun any data that indicate we are not warming. But not warming—wouldn’t that be good? I guess not. Did you know that we’ve been cooling for the past two years? Shhhh!!
But there is more going on here, of course, than simply Leftist ideology versus conservative-populist thought. The Left is not ideologically opposed to peace, or in favor of global warming, but they want control, and in pursuit of that they are reckless. What American in his or her right mind would actually want a recession, except knuckleheads on the Left, as a means to discredit Trump’s economic policies (see under Maher, Bill; asinine comment)? And who thinks it has been in any way helpful to this country to keep yammering about the Russians? If they were civic-minded, the Left would hope that there is no collusion for the special counsel to find, but of course, they hope the opposite. And they will keep pretending to look for it regardless of anything to find, because the investigation itself is disruptive to the Trump Presidency, and that will do.
This is cultural nihilism, aka insanity. I don’t have to defend everything about The Donald to write that he seems to be basically a decent person, and is doing just fine as President. You could argue against those points if you wish, but you really should bring more to the table than—you hate Trump. And that seems to be the common thread running through much of the Left’s antics today. They sniff that they are “progressive” while displaying the temperament of children. Sadly, they also wield the power of grownups, controlling the mainstream media and a big chunk of the political machinery. Plus, they can organize, and have no scruples to speak of. Those things should worry the rest of us.
I see their handiwork in the small community where I live. The large storefront window of a print shop on the main drag is plastered with a bounty of hateful anti-Trump posters and messages (he’s awful, doesn’t like immigrants, is a white supremacist, must be impeached, etc.) and of course, a sign that says “Hate is not welcome here.” It’s beyond parody. If I wanted to mock an anti-Trump business by exaggerating the presentation of mindless, over-the-top messaging, I could not outdo this actual window.
And in this forward-thinking community, a group has formed calling itself “Unifying for Democracy.” It’s basically Democrats getting Democrat politicians together to attend meetings with locals to discuss how to elect more Democrats. Well, fair enough, but the premise is disingenuous—unifying for democracy? Here’s a quote from one of the organizers as it appeared in the local newspaper, citing the question they hope to resolve:
“How do we get the democracy we want?”
Maybe I overreact, but what a bizarre, Orwellian statement that is. The democracy they want? Such as what? A democracy that excludes people who disagree with them? You know, people who lack progressiveness (and voted for Trump)? I think that’s it. Oh, they claim to be concerned about things like corporate influence and gerrymandering, and let’s say they are up to a point, but let’s also face it: this is all about their angst over President Trump. See, I’m pretty sure they had the “democracy we want” when Obama was President. Yeah, I doubt that they’d be all about having political meetings at the Presbyterian Church if we had a President Hillary Clinton right now. Their problem is they would like a “democracy,” but without the risk of lowbrow democratic outcomes like the election of a populist President.
By all means, work to persuade others to vote with you, but don’t claim that democracy is broken when you don’t get your way. We hear it all the time now, how our President is a threat to our democracy. How we must remove him to save our democracy. The closer we look at those claims, though, the more we see machinations of the Old Guard, the losers who don’t want to let go of their ability to control us. Not in pursuit of some high ideals, but just power for its own sake. I guess you could call that an ideology: the Ideology of Power. They would steer us away from democracy. We should not let them.
And here we are. As those who decry hate are themselves the haters; who decry fascism, themselves the fascists, so it is with people who now proclaim that President Trump is a threat to our democracy—they are themselves the threat. Ask yourself: who’s more likely to riot in the streets to get what they want, “progressives,” or Trump supporters? Two out of the last three Presidential elections were disappointments for me. I lived through Mr. “Pen and a Phone” for eight years and didn’t bemoan our democracy, demand impeachment, require a support group, throw a tantrum, or burn anything down. I accepted the will of the idiots who elected him.
That’s the deal with elections—there will always be those who are disappointed with the outcomes. That’s why we have elections, because we don’t all see things the same way, because we are a country with diverse takes on what direction we should go as a nation, what issues need to be addressed, and how; and what candidate is the best choice to lead us. We sort these things out through elections, and guess what happens in a couple more years? Yes! Another Presidential election! If you don’t like the President we have now, elect someone else. Pretty simple. That’s democracy, and much to the chagrin of the “progressives,” it’s alive and well.
¹ 6/29/2018 UPDATE. In an interview published in Rolling Stone, Leftist freak Tom Steyer is asked about relying on established checks and balances in our government to reign in Trump and “correct the course,” rather than going for impeachment. Steyer responds, “I remember 2006. What happened is that George W. Bush, he put us in two disastrous wars and we were headed toward the biggest financial disaster since the Great Depression. So if the answer is that we need those three things to happen for a course correction, I’d prefer to move a little quicker. How about that? But I take your point. Maybe we can have, like, a nuclear war and then we get a real course correction” [emphasis mine]. After the interviewer commented that such an idea was “sobering,” Steyer took back the remark about nuclear war.