The emerging strategy of the traumatized and indignant Left since the debacle of last November 8 has been, it seems, to try to cause President Trump to snap, so he would do something that unequivocally justifies removing him from office. Actively trying to drive your elected leader nuts is border-line treasonous, of course, so this strategy is unethical, but never mind: so far, it’s not working. Instead, President Trump’s foes are the ones snapping like dry twigs in the woods. The spectacle is unprecedented in U.S. history, and should be so embarrassing to the un-snapped members of the President’s opposition that it is disturbing that they are not yet wearing bags over their heads and thinking about witness protection.
The anti-Trump forces could justifiably be ashamed to be associated with all the academics who have thoroughly beclowned themselves, like Harvard’s deluded Larry Lessig, and the long-snapped government ethics specialist Richard Painter, who is back to peddling a false theory of how the 25th Amendment works in order to bootstrap an impossible plan to remove Trump. Then there is the risible $10,000,000 ad campaign by frustrated billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer, calling for Trump’s impeachment without being able to articulate a single basis that would pass logical, legal or Constitutional muster. Maxine Waters is going full demagogue (you never go full demagogue) in her own obstinately ignorant proclamations that an elected President can and should be removed because the Congressional Black Caucus disapproves of his tweets, while the official leadership of her party—which, incredibly, just added disgraced cheat Donna Brazile to its ranks, signalling it vales and priorities— opposes the most uncivil and boorish of Chief Executives by routinely seasoning their own diatribes with words like “shit” and “fuck.” Meanwhile, the defeated Democratic standard bearer in 2016, Hillary Clinton, is on a tone-deaf “blame everybody” tour while multiple scandals surrounding her own campaign revive and emerge, as she establishes herself as the least graceful, whiniest, worst loser in American Presidential annals by approximately ten laps.
All of this and more is certainly bag-worthy, but compared to developments this week, they are badges of honor. Behold:
Newsweek—not The Onion, now, but Newsweek and other news outlets, are reporting that thousands of prgressives and Democrats in Boston and Philadelphia will commemorate the anniversary of Donald Trump’s election by...wait for it…”screaming helplessly at the sky.” Over 4,000 Facebook users in the Boston area have RSVP’d to attend the November 8 event at the Boston Common, and another 33,000 have expressed interest.
The organizers’ Facebook post makes the cogent appeal, “Come express your anger at the current state of democracy, and scream helplessly at the sky!”
Johanna Schulman, an activist and one of the organizers of the protest, told Newsweek, “This administration has attacked everything about what it means to be American. Who wouldn’t feel helpless every day? Coming together reminds us that we are not alone, that we are part of an enormous community of activists who are motivated and angry, whose actions can make a difference.”
No, Joanna. Watching a large group of what presents itself as the opposition to Donald Trump literally throw a public tantrum and scream at the sky can only make sane and mature opponents of the President question if the progressives offer anything positive and preferable as an alternative. This is an epic example of incompetent dissent and counter-productive advocacy. It marks “the resistance” as juvenile, insubstantial, desperate and impotent beyond a reasonable doubt. Sreaming at the sky is not just the act of losers, but of silly losers.
The fact that the opposition to Donald Trump isn’t humiliated by resorting to such a self-debasing display is res ipsa loquitur for clinical, not merely metaphorical, Trump Derangement.
But wait, there’s more!
One can hardly speak of “the resistance” without including the anti-Trump mainstream news media. It also entered the Valley of Embarrassment this week.
CNN anchor Don Lemon, who has already explored depths of unprofessional journalistic conduct never before visited by members his profession by getting drunk on the job during the last two New Years’s Eves, decided it was appropriate to read an open letter he had authored to President Trump and Gold Star Widow Myeshia Johnson regarding the partisan “gotcha!” the latter engineered to attack the President with the assistance of one of Maxine Waters’ Congressional Black Caucus cronies. Needless to say, Lemon is supportive of Johnson and condemns the President.
It is unprofessional enough for a journalist to personally take sides in a public dispute, especially one as jaw-droppingly cynical and phony as this one. This kind of partisan advocacy is right out of Keith Olberman’s playbook. Ironically, Lemon pulled his grandstanding stunt the same day CNN, of all places, announced that it was branding itself the network of “Facts First.” But even that isn’t the most embarrassing aspect of Lemon’s conduct.
He became so overcome with the power of his own words that he broke down in tears. On the air.
When Walter Cronkite announced the death of President Kennedy live, his oaken voice shuddered a bit, and he appeared, as he took off his glasses, to perhaps just blink away a tear. Had he followed the new standard of professionalism pioneered by Don Lemon, he would have torn at his garments, pounded the desk, and shouted, “WHY?WHY? WHY?”
And then, of course, screamed helplessly at the sky.
Lemon’s deportment was so far from professional standards that it doesn’t qualify as journalism. It was self-indulgent political theater. If CNN had any professional integrity at all, it would tell Lemon that any similar outburst will send him to MSNBC via FedEx overnight express. CNN doesn’t, of course. If it did, Lemon would have been fired for getting smashed on the air while representing the network. But after all, when it comes to proclaiming opposition to Donald Trump on CNN, anything goes.
As with the Sky-Screamers, Lemon’s infantile display is a gift to Trump and Republicans. The President regularly behaves like a petulant child; if one wants to show the right way for leaders to conduct themselves, one does not scream at the sky. The President too often lacks self restraint; if one wants to make the case that this is unacceptable, one does not break down weeping on the air.
For almost a year, given the most easily criticized character ever to occupy the White House, the opposition mounted by Democrats and progressives and “the resistance” has consisted of escalating levels of alienating, ugly, unprofessional and undemocratic rhetoric and behavior, all having the effect of making Trump’s critics seem more like what they claim to deplore every day. This is a betrayal of their duty to provide competent and respectable opposition. Now they have reached the stage of self-destructive absurdity.
Even President Trump knows that it is ludicrous to scream at the sky. Why would a rational citizen prefer the leadership of people who don’t know that? Even President Trump knows that breaking down weeping on the job is unprofessional. Why should anyone heed the criticism of someone who can’t even grasp that ?
When will the Left be embarrassed enough by these pathetic, desperate, childish methods and indulgent spectacles to abandon its current course and become responsible?
Or is it, like the President, incapable of embarrassment?
It is difficult, if not impossible, to be ethical if you are incapable of embarrassment.
Graphic: Washington Times