Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Democratic Realities

Voters, Like Customers, are Always Right

One of the more interesting revelations to come out after Trump's election victory is the number of prominent Democrats taking extreme positions in vain attempts to prevent Tump's inauguration.  These folk are doing so against the backdrop of Trump's electoral victory.  

But sometimes the issue is just so big that radical action is called for.  Now this nativist rebellion is not coming from a bunch of far left, redneck Democrats.  This is not the Hollywood elites fantasizing about making the script of some C-Grade movie into a real-life documentary.  It is a reaction coming from what would normally be regarded as mainstream, responsible, constitutional, moderate Democrats.

Here is a tasting from the Democrats buffet table:

 A Democratic lawmaker is desperately lobbying the Electoral College to shun Donald Trump, and vote for Hillary Clinton — even though he conceded Monday that the Republican won the election “fair and square.”  The plea from Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) comes a week before the Dec. 19 vote, which is expected to affirm the results of the Nov. 8 election, in which Trump beat Clinton with 306 Electoral College votes.

“We’re 5 wks from Inauguration & the President Elect is completely unhinged. The electoral college must do what it was designed for,” Himes wrote Sunday night on Twitter in response to Trump’s gripe that NBC “Nightly News” is “biased, inaccurate and bad, point after point.” [New York Post]
Clearly the gentleman is a sandwich short of a picnic--or his ideology has driven him into the unseen realms.  Now at this juncture the normal, rational response of his colleagues, friends, co-workers, fellow Democrats etc. would be to take him aside and suggest he take a few deep breaths, chill out, take advantage of global warming, and go skiing.  But no--we fear that this is not the state-of-play any longer.  Now the response of his colleagues will likely be to blame  everyone who does not have the appropriate levels of guilt and pity for causing Representative Hains such apoplectic pain.

Now, fast forward to the splenetic calls for election recounts, in turn followed by confirmations of election night results.  John Podesta, Clinton's right hand person, Democratic luminary extraordinaire has found a new issue.  Russia-the-Grinch stole the election.  Somehow the Kremlin seduced all those rubes in "Blue Wall" states to vote for Trump.  Good old John is fast becoming the latest victim of Trump-Derangement-Syndrome, a newly identified disease that is now deeply concerning the authorities at the Centre for Disease Control.  It's spreading like wildfire through the ranks of the Democratic Party's cognoscenti.

These trends and disease vectors are beginning to alarm scientists and commentators.  If Russia stole the election in 2016, might it have stolen  the 2008 and 2012 elections?  Maybe, just maybe, Obama's electoral victories were due to Russian cyber warfare.  Obama and the country may have been the victim of  Russian attempts to use Obama's ethnicity as a weapon.  Russia (maybe) believed that if a black man were elected President it would destabilize the entire republic.  Maybe Trump's victory is  just the latest manifestation of Russian racist manipulators of a gullible electorate.  Russia racist "black man as President" strategy failed to undermine the US, so now they have manipulated the elections once again.  This time they have raised Trump up to the highest office--but as we all know, Trump is a closet Klansman.  See, we got there in the end--and it only took a couple of sentences.  Trump's victory is immoral and illegal, lacking integrity because of  raaacism.

Naturally, the Democratic Party Cheerleaders' Squad, otherwise known as the Main Stream Media danced an energetic jig, cheerleading the efforts of their leftist heroes.
 This week's Mainstream Media Scream features one of many media efforts to question the legitimacy of President-elect Trump's victory by highlighting concerns that the Russians influenced the election on his behalf.  On CBS Face the Nation, for example, Slate's chief political correspondent, Jamelle Bouie, raised the specter that the election was, "In some sense illegitimate."
What "sense" would that be, we wonder?  And so it rocks and rolls.

Look, Trump may turn out to be the worst president ever--and, like most countries--the US has had a few.  But for goodness sake, don't blame the voters by snidely implying they are ignorant rubes, gullible, and so easily manipulated.  Even if it were the worst case--and the voters have indeed made a mistake--they will learn from the experience and do better next time, like most of the rest of the human race.

But the Democratic Party's cognoscenti are in danger of demonstrating that their particular ignorance is invincible and beyond hope.  Terminal, even.  They owe the voters far more than that.  If this continues it will eventually lead to serious questions about whether the Democratic Party will survive, or whether it will split apart like rural farmland in a Kaikoura earthquake.

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