Thursday, June 1, 2017

To Teach Liberals a Lesson, Re-elect Trump

There have been a lot of conservatives this week saying, OK, that's it. we can't be good guys any more. We have to hit back at the left: their violent protesters, as at Berkeley and Middlebury, and now Washington State's Evergreen State College, their suppression of everything conservative; their open vileness towards President Trump in the Kathy Griffin severed head episode.

Chaps like Ace of Spades are saying, OK, that's it; I'm done being nice; I'm going to return blow for blow.

Look, I get it. That's why I now say that there is no such thing as justice, only injustice, because whatever the ruling class does when it is in power always amounts to injustice.

As in Barack Obama weaponizing the intelligence community against Republicans and non-liberal Americans in general.

The thing is that we don't have enough media to go blow for blow in the You Did It First department.

But the way to sort the left, as the Brits would say, is to keep the House and Senate in 2018 and re-elect Donald Trump in 2020.

And to do that we need the support of decent middle-aged Good Little Girls that right now are repelled by Trump's bar-room persona. They need to decide that the vile lefty Social Justice Warriors are much worse, and they need to be telling all their friends about the husband of a friend that lost his job because he wasn't "woke" enough at work. "I can't believe they did that."

The point is that this happened before. That was what The Sixties was all about. The left at the time thought it was carrying all before it, that fundamental transformation was right around the corner. Only it wasn't.

First, Richard Nixon was elected president in 1968. Believe me, that was a shock to our lefty friends, but never mind: the anti-war protests swelled, and National Guard troops fired on peaceful protesters at Ohio's Kent State University.

But then Richard Nixon won reelection in a 60-40 vote over uber-liberal George McGovern, the dream liberal candidate. Liberals were so angry that they ginned up an impeachment against Nixon for doing what every Democrat does before breakfast. You know, like weaponize the IRS against the Tea Party.

But the defenestration of Richard Nixon didn't stop the anti-liberal wave, because Ronald Reagan got elected in 1980, despite being an amiable dunce and a B-movie actor that just could not master the details of "governance."

Sound familiar?

Let the record show that it took from 1968 to the aftermath of 1988 for liberals to realize that their fundamental transformation had locked them out of the White House.

And then, don't forget, the Clintons and the rest of the liberal machine thought that their election in 1992 was Katy bar the door. Only it wasn't. The 1994 midterm was a shocker -- and I was there, volunteering for a GOP House candidate in Washington State -- as Republicans won control of Congress for the first time since 1952.

Maybe Marx is wrong, and history won't repeat itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.

But I'd say there's a darn good chance that we are going to see a repeat of the Sixties. And the reason is that the cultural enthusiasm for revolution and "resistance" just does not resonate with ordinary middle-class people.

The reason is not hard to find. Revolution and resistance are conceits of rich kids, Marxes and Ayers (son of a Commonwealth Edison exec) and people that have been converted to liberalism by their college experience. But most people just want kids and a job and a nice home; they do not have a clue what LGBT and intersectionality and critique are all about, and they do not understand the enthusiasms of the social-justice left.

Just remember, it took 20 years, from Nixon to Bush I, for liberals to realize that they had a problem. They had to be beaten by the evil Nixon, by the B-movie actor Reagan twice, by the colorless Bush before they would be ready to think that they had a problem.

How long to you think it would take this time?

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