Like many people, your humble correspondent was surprised by the election results. Relieved, if not exactly happy, but very surprised.
Congressional Republicans now need to get serious about doing the things they’ve been promising to do since the party gained control of the House in 2010. Trump, after all, is their doing. Had they more forcefully opposed the lunacies that Obama has foisted on America (often illegally), the Trump phenomenon never would have happened.
There is no guarantee that the Republicans will step up to the plate now but the necessary first step has been taken. Stop playing defense and start playing offense while you can. No more excuses, please.
And speaking of excuses, Democrats immediately went into their standard litany to explain the defeat; sexism, racism, homophobia, blah, blah, blah. Sexism is their specific default setting for Hillary. No intelligent, well-meaning person could possibly disagree with her liberal policy prescriptions so those who do must be ignorant, bigoted yahoos.
The post-election analyses coming from liberal publications clearly demonstrate this. They’re all essentially the same; resentful, sexist old white men can’t abide women or America’s changing demographics (except that 53% of white women voted for Trump too). It’s as if one liberal wrote the template then sent it out to all other liberals to tweak it, put their own names on it, and publish it online. Within 24 hours of the election, there was a veritable blizzard of these nearly identical, whiny, excuse-making pieces.
Several of them got one thing right when they called the election America’s “Brexit moment.” Of course, to them that’s a bad thing. Curiously, however, some left-wing Californians have organized “CalExit” to promote California’s secession from the United States (didn’t somebody already try that?).
These articles also often sneeringly note that many Trump supporters don’t have college degrees. That reinforces liberal condescension toward conservatives as liberals seem incapable of understanding that having a college degree is not a prerequisite for having reasonable opinions. Bill Buckley once wrote that “liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.” How right he was!
Much has been made of how gracious and conciliatory Hillary’s and Obama’s post-election statements were. And indeed they were. Both said all the right things and struck the right chords. It’s just a shame that neither of them meant a word of it.
Yes, yes, yes, we should all come together. Lions and lambs, don’t you know? But we won’t because liberals don’t really want to. Progressivism’s goal is not unity but power, and identity politics is a fundamental part of its divide-and-conquer strategy. Obama and Hillary have built their careers on that divisiveness. Thank you, Mr. Alinsky.
For a brief moment in the aftermath of an unexpected defeat, they pretended to make nice with all those deplorable nazis who cling to their religion and guns. But, as someone famous once said, “what difference, at this point, does it make?”
We see their true colors in the post-election protests by angry progressive mobs, though didn’t they just criticize Trump for not being willing to automatically support the outcome of the election? It is curious, too, that liberals are so concerned about the popular vote which Hillary narrowly won. Vox populi and all that. Bad old Electoral College. Yet, how often have liberals worked to have courts overturn the results of popular referenda when they didn’t care for those results?
Oh well, at least the odious Clintons soon – finally! – will be gone (until Chelsea runs for something). This defeat means that their clout within the Democratic Party will disappear along with all the big donations to the Clinton Foundation. Some of those foreign government donors might even come around asking for their money back.
Trump and the GOP have two years to begin repairing Obama’s damage. Time to get to work.