It really is fascinating to follow my Facebook feed these days. The left lost the election, and that was a surprise. But it is even more surprising to see how they are reacting to it. And, if they lost the election, they are really losing the post-election. They seem to be disqualifying themselves for the foreseeable future.
A lot of them are saying they must not accept the election result, but go out into the streets to protest. This is an open declaration that their political goals take priority for them over the democratic process itself. In other words, if they ned to lie, cheat, break rules, break laws, in order to get what they want, they will, and won’t think twice about it.
This presents the rest of us with a painful choice. Can we allow people to participate in the electoral process who refuse to respect the electoral process? This was the argument for outlawing the Communist party: it called for the overthrow of the constitution by violence. That is just about the line that a large number of leftists are now crossing with alacrity.
One of my acquaintance says this is justified because Trump is a “potential Hitler.” But anyone acquainted with history knows that Hitler came to power largely because of rioting in the streets, brownshirts versus Communists. And that the Communists were the first in. Just as leftists are demanding happen today.
Moreover, if it is justified to riot in the streets because Trump is a “potential Hitler,” is it justified for a similar mob to lynch someone as a “potential murderer”?
Moreover, when some leftists advocate impeaching Trump—never mind that impeachment is supposed to be for high crimes and misdemeanours, not for political reasons—others invariably reply that, no, they fear Pence even more. A traditional conservative.
These guys have seemingly deliberately read themselves out of the democratic project, and pretty much out of the culture. Worse—out of the realm of sanity and respect for moral right and wrong.
Maybe they are just being hysterical. If so, it is obviously not a good idea to let them near the levers of power. They are unsound of mind. We are lucky if they are now to some extent removed from it.
Or maybe--I think more likely—they are expressing what they really think. If so, it is obviously not a good idea to let them near the levers of power.
It is almost like watching the sudden collapse of the Soviet Union. Or the Wicked Witch of the West melting in the Wizard of Oz.