Offering proof that there is no lesson so obvious that it cannot be ignored, today’s political and social media landscape demonstrates, time and time again, in ever more bewildering ways, that the Left hasn’t come to terms with why Trump won the Presidency and why the Democratic Party lost over a thousand federal and state-level elections these past 6 years.

Consider this random smattering of face-palm-inducing examples:

  • The press and social media went bonkers over Melania Trump’s shoes.
  • In Los Angeles, Columbus Day is now Indigenous People’s Day.
  • Tolerating and whitewashing Antifa’s violence.
  • Trump won because of Russian hacking.
  • Trump won because the secret racism of every right-wing American finally had a chance to emerge.
  • Trump is a fascist, racist, Nazi, white supremacist. Stephen Colbert gives Trump a Nazi salute.
  • The new Star Trek series using the bad guys – Klingons – as surrogates for Trump supporters.
  • Jennifer Lawrence blaming Hurricanes Harvey and Irma i.e. “Mother Nature’s rage” on Trump and his supporters.
  • Lefties like Maxine Waters go bonkers over supposed white supremacists being out to get them, but dismiss Radical Islam.
  • NFL players sitting or kneeling during the singing/playing National Anthem at football games.
  • A sudden, out-of-the-blue mania regarding the confederate flag and statues of anyone who wasn’t a saint (and perhaps some who were), and a tolerance and even advocacy for night-time vandalizing.
  • An emerging Democratic party agenda that consists of “uniform positions on at least five issues. Specifically, any Democrat who wants to be taken seriously must support a single-payer health-care system, a $15 minimum wage, free college tuition, affirmative support for sanctuary cities along with minimal immigration controls and, finally, a contender must completely embrace Black Lives Matter and engage in a probing courtship with the radical pseudo-group the ‘antifa.'”
  • Ignoring and belittling the working class whites that used to be the core of the Democratic party.
  • Endless new “OFFS” moments in identity politics and the culture wars.
  • A sitting Congresswoman states that that the National Rifle Association is a domestic security threat.
  • A former president who can’t retire quietly, like his predecessors did.
  • A university has instructed its teaching assistants not to use the phrase “last name,” in order to be more inclusive.
  • A prominent big-city liberal mayor openly declares against the very concept of private property rights: “I think there’s a socialistic impulse, which I hear every day, in every kind of community, that they would like things to be planned in accordance to their needs. And I would, too. Unfortunately, what stands in the way of that is hundreds of years of history that have elevated property rights and wealth to the point that that’s the reality that calls the tune on a lot of development … if I had my druthers, the city government would determine every single plot of land, how development would proceed.”
  • Disinviting people who would speak anything but established, pre-approved liberal orthodoxy from college campuses.
  • Embracing a septuagenarian socialist as the darling of the progressive/young people’s wing of the Democratic Party.
  • Twitter assholes wishing death and despair on hurricane victims, because they live in red states.
  • Major social media platforms censoring and demonetizing right-leaning content.
  • Continued hate-riddled condescension from late night TV political comedians like Stephen Colbert and Samantha Bee.
  • Protestors hang a sign at Boston’s Fenway Park that says “Racism is as american as baseball.”

I ask those of you on the Left who embrace some or all of this: Do you want to get Trump re-elected? Do you want the people who you pissed off with your excesses to give you another middle-finger salute come Election Day, 2020? It’s the only thing that makes any sense, given how you’ve not only perpetuated the behavior that roiled the rest of the country enough to elect an untethered orange id to the Presidency, you’ve decided to double down, to kick it up a few notches, to “go big or go home.”

If you are a liberal who cringes at these excesses, what are you doing about it? Do you, in the interest of solidarity or unity, equivocate or dissemble? Do you look the other way? Do you accept this as an unpleasant but unavoidable element of your side of the aisle?

Trump has been President for 9 months. You’ve got 3+ years until the next election day. Despite your fantasies and deep desires, it looks like nothing sufficient to force him out of office is going to materialize, so you’re likely stuck with him as your President for the duration. If you want a shot at restoring your party to power, you might want to come to grips with why it was run out of power, via the 1000+ aforementioned electoral losses, in the first place.

Your choices: Start behaving like rational adults, or continue to alienate the people who you drove away with your antics in the first place. Sane behavior may not satisfy your desire to lash out, but it’ll be a damn sight better for both your sanity and for the nation.

Peter Venetoklis

About Peter Venetoklis

I am twice-retired, a former rocket engineer and a former small business owner. At the very least, it makes for interesting party conversation. I'm also a life-long libertarian, I engage in an expanse of entertainments, and I squabble for sport.

Nowadays, I spend a good bit of my time arguing politics and editing this website.


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