Benjamin Franklin rightly observed that, “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” Most of the American left have managed to cross that line and are pitifully poor students of history, as the Democrats’ rush to impeach the President has evinced. In fact, I believe that the Democrats count on the general ignorance of their base as the continue to push the twin false narratives of the two hoaxes: first Russian and now Ukrainian. And they continue to value presidential decorum over substantive policies as an important parameter fueling their animus against President Trump.
Who remembers Teddy Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan — none of whom were models of presidential decorum, but they got the job(s) at hand done without any politically-correct nonsense? Now, in these politically unhinged years of the early 21st century, we are blessed to have a non-politico businessman at the helm — a man who doesn’t take crap off anyone, but simply gets the job done. This is something we haven’t experienced in many years, and look at where it has gotten us.
The political class has been exposed as thoroughly corrupted thieves and liars who are hell-bent on impeaching a duly elected president without any evidence of alleged criminal activity whatsoever!
The so-called “experts” have led us down the road to perdition with their nonsensical free trade and open borders policies in service of collectivism and globalism at the expense of individualism and nationalism. Thank God for the President who, despite the impeachment distraction, is removing the scales from our eyes!
While everyone seems to focus on the latest breaking news and commentary, I frequently like to review past articles that received little to no notice by most people. Occasionally, one of those (slightly) older articles contains golden lessons that can inform us greatly in the context of current events. One of my favorite opinion journalists, historian Victor Davis Hanson, examined the impact of the Lion in the Oval Office on national politics by surveying the scene in an excellent piece entitled, “Progressive Regression.” Here are some excerpts before we look at its message for the present day:
Donald Trump has certainly changed the rules of presidential behavior, through his nonstop campaign rallies, tweets and press conferences. What his critics call lowering the bar of presidential decorum by unfettered & often crude invective, Trump dubs the “new presidential.”
[I]t is eerie that almost all the canons of progressive orthodoxy no longer apply. And they will no longer be taken seriously after Trump is long gone. When Trump appeared on the national scene, an all-out assault on civil liberties followed, in a manner that is now irrevocable. The Left destroyed for good the idea that progressives are the protectors of constitutional freedoms.
No one again will have much confidence either in the FISA courts or any rationale for spying on any American citizen. The FBI may not recover its reputation. The Left more or less has canonized a parade of disreputable FBI officials. Comey alone has pretty much destroyed any idea that in the near future the FBI Washington office can again be trusted to be disinterested.
The Left is fine with the idea that the FBI, with a wink and nod from the CIA, can insert spies into an ongoing … campaign, on the rationale that embarrassing info might be collated, leaked, and thus useful to “insure” that a supposedly dangerous man would not be president. Any notions of conflict of interest are gone. The Obama Justice Department, FBI, and CIA destroyed that concept entirely.
Liberals do not care much whether Bill Clinton received a $500,000 honorarium in Moscow or that Russian interests gave millions to the Clinton foundation shortly before Hillary Clinton urged the government to approve the sale to them of 20 percent of U.S. uranium.
Is there still any notion of a confidential lawyer-client special relationship or disdain for stealthily taping private conversations of a client? Apparently not.
It used to be a progressive truism that “words matter”—as in the warning not to give voice to violent things because they may happen just because you said them. [W]ords today no longer matter at all. [T]here is no longer any accepted limitation on presidential hate speech.”
Liberals have effectively “established a new code of behavior for ex-security and intelligence officers. [T]heir opposition to the … administration begins the moment they become private citizens—while drawing on and sometimes monetizing their vestigial security clearances to enhance their invective against the sitting president.
In short, Hanson implies that nothing is out of bounds for the Left when attacking a sitting president, including the use of corrupt federal agencies and the media that most Americans expect to be non-political. Progressives are destroying US institutions in their pursuit of the President in a manner similar to rats fouling their own nests.
And that is exactly what we’ve seen unfold since Hanson penned this article in July 2018. They’ve ruined the reputations of federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies in their zeal to “get” President Trump. The politicization runs deep and may never be excised again. Will they be able to put that politicization genie back in the bottle the next time that there is a Democrat president in the Oval Office? (Heaven forbid that it’s any time soon!) Maybe, given the propensity of federal bureaucrats to vote Democrat, but another 5 years of cleaning out the Obama holdovers especially at the senior levels might result in some different outcomes for a Democrat president.
Democrats and the Left need to reap what they’ve sown; their political tactics need to be turned on them. Turnabout is fair play! But then the real solution is to ensure that the Left never get as close as they did to destroying the country had Hillary been elected in 2016. And the way to do that is to defeat them over and over and over at the ballot box. And to publicly shame them for their bad conduct, stupid public statements, and the historically failed policies they continue to push!