Well we're three-quarters of the way through the first year of the Officially Worst President Ever Who Will Bring About the Apocalypse. Or at least that's what you'd think from all the overblown rhetoric flying around. 'How did this happen?' you hear to the accompaniment of wails and gnashing teeth. 'Why don't they (his supporters) […]
Well we're three-quarters of the way through the first year of the Officially Worst President Ever Who Will Bring About the Apocalypse.
Or at least that's what you'd think from all the overblown rhetoric flying around.
'How did this happen?' you hear to the accompaniment of wails and gnashing teeth.
'Why don't they (his supporters) see he's a monster?' they ask.
'Why don't they impeach him?' they demand.
Let's take that last question first. The reason they don't impeach Trump (aside from a Republican majority in both houses of congress) is that impeachment is a trial. To have a trial you have to have a crime. Being crude and obnoxious is not a crime. Heck being a bad president, if that's your belief, is not a crime just a misfortune.
Second to last question. Because his supporters don't think he's a monster. Most probably don't think he's a saint either, just better than the alternative.
As to the first question the answer is it's the wrong question.
First of all let's consider what did happen, bare facts no opinions.
What happened was a reality TV show host and high-end real estate tycoon who had never held public office beat a seasoned politician with: time in the White House, time in the Senate, time in the State Department, the endorsement of a sitting president, overwhelmingly favorable media, good campaign intelligence, and a campaign chest at least twice and possibly as much as four or five times as large.
Is any of that in dispute?
If not, let's go on to the obvious question.
What was it about Hillary and her supporters that made Trump a viable alternative to enough voters in enough places to carry the Electoral College?
Like a great many simple and straightforward questions there is more than one answer. The combined weight of Hillary's various scandals, the fact she carried Bill's baggage but without the charm, the fact the cultural left is getting scary to ordinary folks, etc.
But there's one reason that stands out and it's only getting worse.
Leftists are so unbearably self-righteous it's hard to stand them.
This was shown in stark relief when Hillary coined that phrase 'Basket of deplorables.'
More recently Tim Commerford, bassist for the group Rage Against the Machine, commented on the DACA controversy, 'Anyone who voted for him is racist, he's a racist. And as a racist who voted for a racist, you have an opportunity to make it right, and admit that you made the wrong decision.'
This is not exactly new. We've had our noses rubbed in the fact that those on the utopian left consider themselves our moral superiors.
They're against racism, sexism, homophobia, poverty, war, and injustice. Unlike the rest of us who want to bring back slavery, put women back in the kitchen and homosexuals in prison, impoverish the working class, wage total war against the rest of the world, and sell justice to the highest bidder.
You see, you can't just be wrong with them your opinions have to come from active malice.
'I think affirmative action was a well-meaning experiment but has probably hurt more than it's helped.'
'You're a racist!'
'I think minimum wage laws destroy opportunities for low-skilled workers to advance.'
'You want people to be poor!'
'Since more people want to come to America than we can possibly accommodate, it makes sense to choose from among them those who are most likely to assimilate and contribute to our country.'
'You're a redneck xenophobe who hates anybody who's different!'
When you get that message as an in-your-face rant from an addled second-rate rapper you might get mad, but you'll likely shrug it off and forget about it.
But when you get it from a smug self-righteous church lady in tones so holier-than-thou it makes your blood pressure go through the roof, what do you do?
You watch how much Donald Trump drives them to apoplexy and you inwardly smile a little.