The epic hypocrisy continues.
Last October, the Democratic Party furiously insisted that it was dangerous and undemocratic for Donald J. Trump to suggest that he might not accept the results of the 2016 election. Today, while their leaders stand mute, a large, prominents and vocal segment of that party and its leadership is refusing to accept the results of the 2016 election.
The #1 task fasing Donald Trump, say his critics (and his supporters too), is to heal the divisions and rifts in the nation. His foes (I’m a critic, not a foe) say that he is the primary cause of those divisions and rifts. (Of course, the primary cause has been the intentionally divisive Presidency of Barack Obama.) Now 59 members of Congress, all Democrats (it may be over 60 by the time I write this), have intentionally signaled to their constituents that they want and intend the division to continue, and indeed to worsen. They are leading their constituents to oppose and reject the government of the United States. They are rejecting their duty as representatives of that government, showing disrespect to the citizens who chose its leadership, encouraging civil discord and risking violence.
Their conduct is exactly like a citizens group holding a protest demanding that the government extinguish fires burning out of control around a town, then marching to each conflagration and tossing gasoline on it.
Piers Morgan, of all people, a British citizen and tabloid journalist who was sharply anti-Republican and anti- conservative in his unsuccessful run as the successor to talk show host Larry King on CNN, demonstrated that even he has a firmer grasp on this nation’s ideals and traditions than many Democrats, writing in part,
Friday is Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration, a moment that comes every four years and which heralds the very cornerstone of American democracy. This should thus be a time for national unity, reflection and celebration. Instead, it’s been turned into a bile-laden battleground…
Oh the irony of those who hate Trump because they perceive him to be a nasty, spiteful, bullying piece of work, themselves behaving like nasty, spiteful, bullying pieces of work.
As if this wasn’t bad enough, Congressman John Lewis decided to mark the occasion of MLK Day by dismissing Trump’s presidency as illegitimate. There is no more serious charge to level at a presidency, or indeed to the American democratic system itself. Lewis, 76, knew exactly what he was doing…he was fully aware that by saying he doesn’t believe Trump is a ‘legitimate president’, he was lighting the touch-paper for a new round of frenzied Trump-bashing in the lead up to his inauguration…
Forgive me if I don’t join in this chillingly predictable tirade of abuse at the President-elect… The sustained campaign right now to delegitimize Trump’s presidency before it’s even started is not just a disgraceful attack on Trump…It’s also a disgraceful attack on American democracy and freedom. As Franklin D. Roosevelt said: ‘On each national day of inauguration since 1789, the people have renewed their sense of dedication to the United States.’ Friday should be a day when the country comes together, not a day when it splinters even further apart. Trump, whether you voted for him or not, whether you love him or loathe him, is the democratically elected President of the United States. If you refuse to accept it, then you flip the bird at democracy.
And when you insult democracy…you insult America.
And perhaps the first extended opinion by Piers Morgan that I have ever agreed with in my life.
I could expand on Morgan’s final point, as the culture within the Democratic Party has increasingly curdled with anti-American positions, values and conduct. I’ll just note at this time that it appears to be a seriously corrupted institution, and its response to Trump’s shocking election has exposed the depth of the malady. How much damage this irresponsible and unethical conduct will do to the nation, its institutions and democracy itself is unknown and unknowable.
This is the most shocking aspect of the fiasco, perhaps. President Obama could have prevented this before it began, or ended it once his party began it. All he had to do was to be the responsible, just, unifying President of all the people that he promised to be before he was elected. All he had to so was to tell the nation, his supporters, his party and particularly his race that January 20 was a day to honor America and the Constitution, and to come together as a people. There would have been nothing unusual or radical about such a statement, and it was clearly the right and Presidential thing to do.
Obama chose, deliberately and with full understanding of what his choice meant, to allow the divisions in the nation to fracture along the fault-lines he stressed, and to undermine his successor by feeding disunity.
This is signature significance, and delivers the final, damning verdict on the leadership and character of Barack Obama.