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The left is now reaping what it sowed

A Democrat literally responds to Trump's 2016 victory
This is an actual Democrat’s
respond to Trump’s 2016 victory

For four years, since his election, Donald Trump has been met with a never-ending wave of hatred, hostility, and downright total opposition by the Democratic Party and its many very partisan supporters in the mainstream press, the academic community, and in the general public.

If you are conservative, I am sure you’ve all seen it. Not only has it been impossible these past four years to have a reasonable conversation with Democrats about Donald Trump, your opinions and thoughts are routinely treated with insulting contempt and scorn when you tried. Trump was a racist and evil, despite there being no credible evidence to that effect, and if you tried to find out what the evidence was for such a slander you were immediately slandered and called the same.

Trump himself has faced this same level of irrational hate continuously since his election. And it is irrelevant that he often descends to the same tactics. In the climate created by the left since the Obama administration legitimized the use of slander in political discourse, what other choice did he have if he wished to survive?

Lies in fact has too often comprised the only tactic used by the Democratic Party and the left since Trump’s arrival. They lied when they claimed he was an agent of Russia. They lied when they claimed Russia was working to get him re-elected.

They lied when they said no one in the Obama administration spied on Trump’s campaign, when in fact that spying was pervasive and continuous, even before Trump took office.

They lied when they claimed Trump had built cages to put illegal immigrant children in cages, when in fact those chain-link enclosures had been built by the Obama administration.

They lied when they claimed Trump had expressed support for neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, when he had instead repeatedly condemned such positions, clearly and forcefully. One only had to read or listen to his remarks to see this..

They used lies and slanders in their effort to prevent the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh.

Democrats have even gone so far as try to blame every single COVID-19 death on Trump, a ridiculous and disgusting accusation on its face.

And they lied when they tried to impeach Trump, claiming he was trying to instigate a fake investigation into his political opponent, Joe Biden, when in fact Trump’s concerns were valid, Biden had used his position as vice president to garner payoffs from Ukrainian business interests.

This list is only a sampling. I am sure my readers can cite numerous other examples.

In every case, the lies and slanders thrown out by Democrats since 2016 have been proved to be exactly that, lies and slanders. Never once did any of their absurd charges stick. Even their own hand-picked investigators in the Mueller investigation could find nothing.

Worse, even after every one of these accusations was unequivocally proven to be a bald-faced lie, Democrats and their supporters continued to spout them. The proven facts meant nothing. Their hatred of Trump was all that mattered.

These lies were all rooted in one basic fact: From the day Trump won the 2016 election, the Democratic Party and its partisan supporters in the press, academia, and the general public have refused to accept the results of that election. Granted Hillary Clinton won the popular election, but that is not how our presidents are chosen. They must win a majority in the electoral college, and Democratic support is heavily concentrated in the high population coastal states. It does not matter if their presidential candidate wins in a big landslide in those states. The larger victory margin there gets them no additional electoral votes.

To win, you have to convince the entire country, geographically. Hillary Clinton did not do this, and lost legally.

And yet, from the moment the votes were counted the Democrats made a concerted effort to discredit the count. The problem wasn’t that the Democrats were questioning the results. All candidates and their political parties have that right. The problem was that when it was clear there was no evidence the votes were illegitimate at no time ever did they accept this fact. For example, this is Hillary Clinton in May 2019: “You can run the best campaign, you can even become the nominee, and you can have the election stolen from you.” And again in September 2019: “[Trump] is an illegitimate president.”

Clinton reflected the intellectually dishonest attitude of the entire Democratic Party and its supporters. Time and again I would come across Democrats who bluntly told me they thought the 2016 vote was stolen, and Clinton should be the president. None could ever cite any evidence. All would become insulting when I asked for it.

Failing to find evidence that the count was wrong, Democrats then banded together to resist the Trump presidency. For the past four years the only real policy position expressed by Democrats has been simply to oppose anything Trump proposed, completely and utterly.

This why this Babylon Bee satirical post rang true and was also so funny: In Genius Move, Trump Supports Impeachment, Forcing Democrats To Oppose.

The Democratic Party opposition to Trump had almost gotten that ridiculous.

What has made this opposition especially harmful is that it has now expanded beyond Trump to an outright hatred of all his supporters. It has now been used as a justification for violence, looting, and doxxing of those ordinary Republicans, including sometimes even attacks on children.

The Democrats are now reaping what they sowed. Their lies for the past four years has destroyed any trust by Republicans of anything Democrats do. It is perfectly reasonable today for Republicans to doubt the results of this election, to suspect a fraud perpetuated by the Democrats. Those same Democrats have demonstratively shown their willingness to lie and cheat about almost every political issue for years. That they are also now fighting any investigation or audit of the election count only increases that distrust.

The increasingly dismal future

I have made it somewhat clear a number of times that I am in great despair about this situation. I however am not in despair of the possibility of a Trump loss (though I admit I do not wish for such a loss). I can accept a Biden presidency, especially if the vote is reviewed and recounted properly.

What fills me with despair is that it is now impossible to have a fair election that both sides will accept. Everyone has become angrily partisan, which means that everyone has stopped thinking. The only thing that matters is to win, by any means necessary.

If people were thinking fairly — especially the Democrats — there would be little or no resistance from anyone in trying to clear up today’s doubts about the 2020 election. Democrats, in good will, would respect the Republicans doubts and work to ease them. They would also be willing to accept the possibility of a Biden loss should the evidence require it.

They do not. They have no good will. Instead the Democrats respond with anger, hate, and attacks. This is the same treatment Trump received for four years, and like him, Republicans are now responding in kind.

Thus, I can predict that come inauguration day on January 20, 2021 half the country is going to be spitting mad, no matter who ends up taking the oath of office.

In such a situation rational thought and the rule of law are both abandoned, and the only option is war, violence, and endless hate. We can already see this occurring during protests. Routinely violence now breaks out. And though that violence has so far always been instigated by Democratic Party partisans, it is increasingly forcing Republicans to respond in the same manner.

The nation is descending into a McCoy-Hatfield-type feud, that will last generations, accomplish nothing positive, and lead to the decline of civilization.

Members of the Hatfield and McCoy clans

The worst part of this is that I can see no way out. The only way this can change is if the Democrats and their partisan supporters finally admit that in a open and free society you don’t always get what you want, and the opposition party has a right to exist.

I see no evidence of this happening. It remains impossible to have a rational and civilized conversation about these issues with almost every Democratic Party supporter. At no time do they ever admit that they might be mistaken, that there might indeed be issues with the vote count, and these issues should be addressed.

Instead, they dismiss the evidence with a wave of the hand, and have turned to censorship, persecution, blackballing, and the silencing of dissenting views, rather than open debate.

And it appears that in self defense, Republicans are increasingly responding in turn with fury, anger, and mindless passion, which can only lead to a worsening of the situation. And because of the intransigence of the Democrats, they have no choice.

In his play Caesar and Cleopatra, George Bernard Shaw ably captured this terrible state of affairs, and how foolish it is. Cleopatra has had an enemy assassinated, thinking that will cement her place on the throne. A mob of the murdered man’s supporters storm the palace.

[The uproar in the streets again reaches them.]
Caesar: Do you hear? These knockers at your gate are also believers in vengeance and in stabbing. You have slain their leader: it is right that they shall slay you. If you doubt it, ask your four counselors here. And then in the name of that right [he emphasizes the word with great scorn] shall I not slay them for murdering their Queen, and be slain in my turn by their countrymen as the invader of their fatherland? Can Rome do less then slay these slayers, too, to show the world how Rome avenges her sons and her honor.

And so, to the end of history, murder shall breed murder, always in the name of right and honor and peace, until the gods are tired of blood and create a race than can understand.

This is the path we are traveling, and until I find one Democrat partisan willing to admit to the possibility they might be wrong, and is willing to sincerely look at the data I and other Republicans present, I do not expect that path to deviate much from this dark road.

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30 comments

  • Bill Black

    The .babylonbee.com website has great satire! It’s really funny. Snopes doesn’t like the site and neither does CNN!

  • LocalFluff

    They lie everytime they open their mouths, even when they brush their teeth. One can literally hear how their craniums are shaped so that they cannot wear glasses and a baseball cap at the same time.

  • wayne

    Jordan Peterson –
    “Nihilism, Totalitarianism, and The Divine Individual”
    excerpt from New Years Letter to the World 2016
    https://youtu.be/MdsVC_qR4t0
    5:33

  • Ian C.

    “The only thing that matters is to win, by any means necessary.”

    The beautiful essence of politics. It fills me with joy for I will fear no evil.

    “the only option is war, violence, and endless hate.”

    If that is indeed the only option, then let’s embrace the inevitable, get good at it, and enjoy it.

    “I can see no way out.”

    Once both sides openly admit that all options are on the table and have demonstrated their seriousness, then we can talk, negotiate, and perhaps carve out areas of shared (again) values, civil behavior, and good and happy relations. Never close the door completely.

  • Robert Moore

    I happened to walk the battlefield at Petersburg on Friday and had feeling we are heading toward a second Civil War but this will have significant global participation as it is having now.

  • You could replace ‘Republican’ with ‘American’, and the post would read the same.

    I would have to say that the Progressive effort through history has been impressive. You can look through history and see how ‘magical thinking ‘ has destroyed empires. This is pretty well covered in “Suicide of the West” Kock Smith 2006.

    Mediocrity, being so common, will inevitably draw all to it. ‘Tending toward the mean’, I believe it’s called. I’m thinking there is a connection between this phenomenon and societal actions. Gravity wells and all.

    Do we really need to do this again?

    Just tired of seeing what could be a Golden Age of Human thought, ability, and achievement go to naught for the petty power aspirations of a few.

  • john hare

    Part of the problem is the either or nature of too many people in their political thought. When I reply that I don’t like Trump to a rabid supporter, I often get a lecture about getting all my info from mass media. And this from people that are aware that I haven’t had a television in a dozen years and don’t do twitter or Facebook. I am a businessman and I read a Trump bio a few decades ago with my conclusion being that I would not want to do business with that man. Also, I disagree with many of his policy positions. That many of the positions Democrats advocate are disastrous doesn’t make it any easier to talk with them either.

    I think Trump was the lessor of two evils in this election as well as the last. I am seriously unhappy with the rhetoric from both directions. I have no problem believing that there are serious questions about this election. I do have a problem with escalating a bad situation absent solid proof. I also have a problem with calls for escalation of violence, though breaking into my house or attacking me and mine could result in weight gain in 220 grain increments.

  • LocalFluff

    Appenzellerland is the smallest canton of Switzerland (essentially an independent country). They go to the town square to vote by raising their hands. Until 1991 only men voted, and by raising their swords.
    https://www.appenzell.ch/en/culture-traditions/customs/landsgemeinde-open-air-assembly.html
    (Note that it has subtitles in German, because their dialect is too hard for most Germans to understand. Until the late 1800s all of Germany had as a strong local identity)

    One day the train suddenly stopped. The engineer, with his uniform cap lop-sided jumped out and walked across the lane of a villa just next to the rails, rang the bell and an old woman opened. He handed her a postage packet. When he whistling walk to work the post master had caught him:
    “- Hoi, Herrn Fritzli! I have mail for Witwe Aerni. Could you stop by there today? She has problems walking.
    – Sicher!”
    That’s a society where democracy can work! “Voting machine”, what the F!?

  • LocalFluff

    The video I linke to above is only 20 minutes, it loops in different languages. Here in English:
    https://youtu.be/RVr9uSPDFTo?t=2386

  • wayne

    It’s time…
    “Start up the Rotors”
    Kelthuz
    2017
    https://youtu.be/SxrkkmEe80I
    2:47

  • James Street

    I don’t think this Civil War we are in will turn hot, and that keeping tension low is a big reason President Trump is playing this so low key and letting people like his legal team do the heavy lifting.

    Another reason is almost everyone knows the mainstream media lies for the Democrats so they get at least part of their news from the many alternative sources, which is why blogs like yours are so important.

    That’s why this headline based on Rasmussen Polling is believable:
    30% of Democrats Believe Election Stolen from Trump — 75% of Republicans Believe It Is Likely Election Was Stolen from Trump
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/wow-30-democrats-believe-election-stolen-trump-75-republicans-believe-likely-election-stolen-trump

    I’m still comfy that President Trump will be sworn in for his second term on Wednesday January 20, 2021.

  • Cotour

    James Street:

    I think what this clearly demonstrates is that voting in America is dead unless there are rock solid ways developed and implemented that can not be manipulated under any circumstances. And the Democrats will NEVER and can NEVER agree to finding this solution. The Democrats need the voting system to be as loose and unsecure as possible lest they never be able to reliably acquire any political office in America.

    And I would not exactly use the word “Comfy” to describe Trumps chances of overcoming these what most can agree is a fraud and corrupt election effort. Maybe the word might be pessimistically optimistic? One way or another it will be Trumpian.

  • MDN

    I have been cogitating on Bob’s point about the incessant lying about DJT for some time now and think we need to take a page from the British and enact stronger slander legislation.

    For instance, it was aggressive but reasonable imho to criticize DJT’s initial Charlottesville comments as they were open ended, and thus subject to (even intentional) mis-interpretation. However, that the Democrats and the press could legally continue their racist trope for 4 years after numerous (and initially almost immediate) clarifications by DJT was nothing more than open and intentional slander that should carry legal liability. It is OK for the press to force politicians to speak with precision and clarity, but it is NOT OK to allow them to ignore public clarifications and forever present an initial articulation as the truth.

    The media is a business and does what it does because it is how they make money. So having the ability to sue their asses off if they engage in blatant slander is the solution. In our current law it is OK for non-public figures like Nicholas Sandman, the Covington kid, but not for public figures and politicians to sue over slander. I’m not quite sure how we got to this position, but it needs to be changed as mandating truthful reporting is always the right answer.

  • Cotour

    1. D.J. Trump is not a politician, or lets say he is not a stereotypical politician that is. To say the least, and there in lies his value.

    2. The Constitution gives everyone, especially a politician, all the rope they need to hang themselves. Trumps learning curve in this regard was never adjusted by him to be maximized. Old habits die hard, he is trained in on leading and moving forward in some way shape or form and not accepting excuses. The stereotypical politician is never really moving forward and always is blaming someone else.

    3. And given #1 and #2, its best to take Trump seriously and not literally.

  • eddie willers

    ‘Tending toward the mean’,

    In both definitions of the word ‘mean’.

  • Milt

    Like Robert, I fear that we may be on a path toward something like an actual civil war in this country, or at least a completely dysfunctional federal government. (I know, I know. We have one of those already…)

    As he writes:

    In such a situation rational thought and the rule of law are both abandoned, and the only option is war,
    violence, and endless hate. We can already see this occurring during protests. Routinely violence now
    breaks out. And though that violence has so far always been instigated by Democratic Party partisans,
    it is increasingly forcing Republicans to respond in the same manner.

    The nation is descending into a McCoy-Hatfield-type feud, that will last generations, accomplish
    nothing positive, and lead to the decline of civilization.

    The worst part of this is that I can see no way out. The only way this can change is if the Democrats and
    their partisan supporters finally admit that in a open and free society you don’t always get what you
    want, and the opposition party has a right to exist.

    In the last paragraph, Robert notes that one of the things that is needed to reverse this trend is for the Democrats to acknowledge the value of a free and open society. Unhappily, a free and open society appears to be the LAST thing that the “progressives” want, and to imagine that they still have some attachment to a system in which an opposition party has a right to exist is completely missing the point of what has been happening in this country over the last few years.

    Again, I agree with what I take to be Robert’s main point. That is, our politics have become so poisoned that even under the best of circumstances, it would be exceedingly difficult to go forward, now, to create rational, bipartisan policies for the sake of solving the very real problems of the country as a whole. But what if — as appears to be the case — the left does not even WANT to reconcile with anyone? What if, instead, they want simply to take power and turn this country into a very different kind of entity? Like the Hatfields (or the McCoys), what if their goal is to KILL OFF (figuratively or otherwise) their enemies and not to “reconcile” with them?

    In point of fact, what we have been witnessing is not so much an election — however flawed the vote counting may have been — but a COLOR REVOLUTION in which the radical left, having seized (in classic Gramscian style*) most of the institutions of this country, went on to parley their command of the media-entertainment complex (with supporting roles played by everyone from high tech to big pharma) to an October Revolution-style victory at the polls.

    *https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Gramsci
    https://www.thoughtco.com/cultural-hegemony-3026121

    A news flash for anyone not paying close attention: There has been a revolution in this country. The radical left won, we lost.

    And now that that they have won, they seek not to reconcile with their enemies, but to DISMANTLE the remaining institutions of our republic so that they will — they imagine — never have to deal with any organized opposition again.

    The question, of course, is (1) will we recognize that a revolution has indeed taken place, and (2) what will we “do” about it?

    The left, based on their spectacular success in fomenting a color revolution in the United States and their effective command of all
    of the most powerful institutions in this country no doubt believes that at this point “resistance is futile,” but that remains to be seen. Since *we* are now the “resistance,” what are we going to do to thwart the left’s plans to build a socialist one party state in this country?

    Or are we “comfortable” with that?

  • Edward

    Robert wrote:
    The only way this can change is if the Democrats and their partisan supporters finally admit that in a open and free society you don’t always get what you want, and the opposition party has a right to exist.

    The Democrats remind me of 3-year-olds throwing tantrums every time that they don’t get their way, and their parents (the adult-like Republicans) caving in and giving them their way, encouraging this bad behavior. It has happened over and over for half a century. No wonder it will take multiple generations to change the behavior of the infants of the Democratic Party. How does a parent turn his spoiled brat into a civil human being?

    This all started when the Greatest Generation caved in to the Hippy Generation, and it was helped along when Ted Kennedy got away with killing Mary Jo Kopechne, seeking a scapegoat rather than seeking help as her air pocket slowly ran out of oxygen. The Democrats even reelected Kennedy to the Senate, because the “ends” of having an extreme liberal in office justified the “means” of letting him get away with his crime. Even ethics and morality fall to the left’s desperate need to get its way.

    It all snowballed from there.

    These days, to get what they want, Democrats are willing to vote for corrupt felons and falsify votes, and their temper tantrums have become more important than preventing the spread of the deadly Wuhan Plague From Hell (not from China, honest to non-God). The rest of us must suffer great sacrifices by following draconian directives in order to save just one life, except that the Democratic leadership and protesters need not obey those same directives, just as Kennedy did not have to make any sacrifice for not saving the one life that he could have saved. Such sacrifices just get in the way of getting what they want.

    I would say that there is a double standard at play, but the Democrats have no standards to follow, because having standards would only get in the way of getting their way. This is another reason that it will take multiple generations to change the behavior of the infants of the Democratic Party. They first must accept that they must follow standards and principles — not “the ends justifies the means.”

    Ironically, even the Democratic Party leadership is having trouble controlling its own people, such as Anti First Amendment (antifa) and (Only Selected) Black Lives Matter. These years, they are the ones throwing the worst temper tantrums. Just like the Brownshirts, the leadership has difficulty controlling the violent arm that it created.

  • wayne

    Milt-
    Good stuff.

    Ref-
    “A news flash for anyone not paying close attention: There has been a revolution in this country.”
    –yepper, and it happened about 100 years ago, starting with the “progressive era.”

  • wayne

    Murray N. Rothbard
    “American Economy and the End of Laissez-Faire: 1870-WW-2”
    Lecture 11 of 13 – “Woodrow Wilson and World War I”
    Fall of 1986: New York Polytechnic University
    https://youtu.be/JmZ5Lcad3Mk
    1:28:15

    “Where did Benjamin Strong – head of the Federal Reserve – come from? Rothbard continues to reveal the individuals who shaped our world and wars. Morgan’s empire brought us the irrational and useless WWI. Foreign policy today rests upon this Morgan outlook. The Versailles Treaty was a harsh thoughtless division of lands and economies. Many powerful politicians get their start under Wilson. Roosevelt and Hoover were both progressive Wilsonians. 1913 gave us the Federal Reserve and the income tax……”

  • wayne

    Murray N. Rothbard
    “American Economy and the End of Laissez-Faire: 1870-WW-2”
    Lecture 12 of 15: “The Great Cooperation”
    Fall of 1986: New York Polytechnic University
    https://youtu.be/VIaOuSt13v0
    1:29:41

    “Public housing, planned cities, government power plants, and coerced unionism were all part of the great cooperation between corporations and government through WWI and WWII. Milton Friedman proposed the withholding tax in WWII. Statistics came into being. Cartels were created to manage many industries, e.g. railroads and food. Unions were pro-war forces. Fascism was considered great. Civil liberties were dropped. Coolidge continued as a Morgan man……”

  • Lawrence L

    When one side resorts to violence–and does so without consequences–there is no basis for rapprochement. Dialog has to be just that: a verbal exchange. When our freedom of speech is ‘violence,’ and their actual violence is freedom of speech, how do we reconcile?

    At some point an event will trigger violent retaliation from the right. Once the left internalizes that they, too, can be hunted down, beaten, their homes and family put in peril will they back off? It’s entirely likely that an entire cohort of left-wing radicals will never accept anything less than complete power. They have no idea how small a minority they really are because the rest of us have been waiting to see how things play out. Once the line is crossed, they will find out.

  • MrSatyre

    “And it appears that in self defense, Republicans are increasingly responding in turn with fury, anger, and mindless passion…”

    Fury? Yes. Anger? Well, redundant, but okay. Mindless passion? Examples? None.

  • Luke

    There is a typographical error under Mr. Hatfield’s picture: it’s “Anderson ‘Devil Anse’ Hatfield” although “Devil Arise” sounds interesting.

  • Larry Brasfield

    I am fully in agreement with the article except for “Granted Hillary Clinton won the popular election”.

    That need only be granted if it refers to the published tallies, none of which were challenged or subject to audit.

    After what we have seen from 11/4/2020 onward, it is clear that there is extensive, systematic fraud perpetrated by Democrats in many areas where they control the election process. Granted, the fraud was never so blatant as it has been this year, but it is pure speculation to suppose that the effect of the fraud was less than the popular vote margin in the published tallies for the 2016 election.

  • Cotour

    The Simpon’s nailed it in 2008, but once again they accuse others of what in fact they are up to.

    https://youtu.be/47QZ6PoHl44

  • LocalFluff

    Mark Dice sums up the voting machine stuff:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4ytpqVeB58

    2½ minutes into it Trump speaks as the Swedish prime minister visited the White House.
    “- One of the things we’re learning is that it is always good, it’s very old fashioned, but it is always good to have a paper backup system of voting. It’s called paper. Not highly complex computers, paper.”

    Of course, something we have discovered in Sweden is that even a perfect method of voting doesn’t cure a sick people hating themselves, actually voting like this.

  • Andrew M Winter

    Caption on the photo of Hatfiled has his name wrong.

    His name is not Devil Arise Hatfield. His name was Devil Anse Hatfield. Anse was his first name. He earned his non de guerre “Devil” for his actions depicted in the Costner/Paxton film about the feud.

    Other than that, all I can add, (since I have watched this unfold for decades now), is

    And?

  • Andrew M Winter: Thank you. Error on my part was due to my increasingly poor eyesight. Misread the “n” as an “r” and “i”. Now fixed.

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