The Democrats, the party of re­sis­tance

‘Pro­gres­sives’ claim that his­tory has been on their side since the French Rev­o­lu­tion

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - By R. Em­mett Tyrrell Jr.

One ex­pla­na­tion for the fe­roc­ity of mod­ern pol­i­tics is that The Po­lit­i­cal Party That Is Never Wrong is get­ting a fright­ful drub­bing to­day. More­over, it is com­ing from a man who has only sought po­lit­i­cal of­fice once in his life, our pres­i­dent, Don­ald J. Trump. Con­grat­u­la­tions, Don­ald! He is beat­ing the Democrats with poli­cies that have re­vived the econ­omy and ren­dered laugh­able ex-Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s pa­thetic claim that the “new nor­mal” is some­place around 2 per­cent growth. Pres­i­dent Trump re­sponds that his econ­omy is now grow­ing at a rate of some 4.2 per­cent, most likely even higher. Mr. Trump is also beat­ing The Po­lit­i­cal Party That Is Never Wrong with his ju­di­cial ap­pointees. He has had con­firmed 67 to the courts.

More than any of his pre­de­ces­sors at this stage in their pres­i­den­cies, and if all goes well he will have landed two ap­pointees on the U.S. Supreme Court shortly. Fi­nally, he is beat­ing The Po­lit­i­cal Party That Is Never Wrong by rolling back that party’s sti­fling reg­u­la­tions and an­ti­quated pro­ce­dures. The party is des­per­ate.

The Po­lit­i­cal Party That Is Never Wrong is led by sep­tu­a­ge­nar­i­ans who are ex­hausted and feck­less, and they are about to be re­placed by green­horns who are self-pro­claimed So­cial­ists. That is to say, the sep­tu­a­ge­nar­i­ans are about to be re­placed by Machi­avels whose pol­i­tics are at best lifted from the Euro­pean left or at worst lifted from Venezue­lans, some of whom have to stand in line for toi­let pa­per. The Democrats, at var­i­ous times in our his­tory, have called them­selves Lib­er­als, Pro­gres­sives, the left, and now So­cial­ists. They claim that his­tory has been on their side since at least the French Rev­o­lu­tion. Ev­ery ma­jor achieve­ment by mankind in such ar­eas as phi­los­o­phy, science, govern­ment, war­fare, and — for­get not — women’s stud­ies and sex hy­giene have been achieved by the Amer­i­can left.

That is why they are so fu­ri­ous to­day. In last week’s grilling of Supreme Court nom­i­nee Brett Ka­vanaugh, they threat­ened to break the law. Some ac­tu­ally did break the law, and they all charged Judge Ka­vanaugh with bar­baric be­liefs, griev­ous wrongs, and writ­ing for The Amer­i­can Spec­ta­tor, which was one of their few ac­cu­rate ob­ser­va­tions. Judge Ka­vanaugh’s wife had to re­move his chil­dren from the hear­ing rooms. Pos­si­bly she re­moved them from the en­tire city of Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and sur­round­ings.

Ac­cept­ing de­feat is quite in­com­pre­hen­si­ble to the left. That is why ev­ery con­tested pres­i­den­tial elec­tion of the mod­ern era — in fact, ev­ery con­tested pres­i­den­tial elec­tion in any era — has been con­tested by the left, not the right. In­ter­est­ingly, in re­cent years, as the left’s power dwin­dles, the num­ber of con­tested elec­tions has in­creased and grown more ran­corous.

1960 was a very close elec­tion, but if it were to be con­tested Richard Nixon would have had to do it. He would not put the coun­try through the or­deal of a re­count. His re-elec­tion of 1972 was one of the great­est land­slides in Amer­i­can his­tory, and The Po­lit­i­cal Party That Is Never Wrong im­me­di­ately put our coun­try through the tra­vail of Water­gate.

Few claimed the 1972 elec­tion was stolen by the fiendish Nixon — though I re­call one or two fa­nat­ics — but by 1974 The Po­lit­i­cal Party That Is Never Wrong had come to the re­al­iza­tion that there is more than one way to chal­lenge an elec­tion. Nixon went qui­etly and with dig­nity. He had af­ter all lied. When Bill Clin­ton faced im­peach­ment in 1998, there was no dig­nity. There was in 1998, as Mr. Clin­ton’s wife is demon­strat­ing to­day, only “re­sis­tance.”

The elec­tions of 1980 through 1996 were pretty much nor­mal, though The Party That Is Never Wrong did sense a glim­mer of hope in 1986, when Iran-Con­tra in­spired dark mur­mur­ings about Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan’s pos­si­ble im­peach­ment and, who knows, pos­si­ble in­car­cer­a­tion for life with­out pa­role? Then came the elec­tion of 2000 with all the left’s talk of “hang­ing chads,” re­plac­ing the Elec­toral Col­lege and, in Florida, dark ca­bals. Suf­fice to say that in Florida Ge­orge W. Bush won by 537 votes and with it won in the Elec­toral Col­lege. To

He is beat­ing The Po­lit­i­cal Party That Is Never Wrong by rolling back that party’s sti­fling reg­u­la­tions and an­ti­quated pro­ce­dures. The party is des­per­ate.

this day there are Democrats who will tell you that their can­di­date won, but not ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion, which is still in ef­fect.

In 2016 as in 2000, The Party That Is Never Wrong won the pop­u­lar vote, but it lost in the Elec­toral Col­lege by 304-227. Two years later, we are still wran­gling about the out­come with Democrats in the FBI, the CIA, the Democratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee, Bri­tish In­tel­li­gence, a law firm hired by the Clin­tons, and the mys­te­ri­ous Fu­sion GPS claim­ing Rus­sian col­lu­sion though no Rus­sian has been found. Once again there is talk from the Democrats of a Repub­li­can pres­i­dent’s im­peach­ment, though this time the Repub­li­can pres­i­dent might not be as nice as Richard Nixon in 1960 and 1974.

This time the Repub­li­can is Don­ald Trump, who has his fin­ger on the atomic bomb. R. Em­mett Tyrrell Jr., founder and ed­i­tor in chief of The Amer­i­can Spec­ta­tor, is the au­thor most re­cently of “The Death of Lib­er­al­ism,” pub­lished by Thomas Nel­son Inc.


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