“The Mueller investigation is about removing President Trump from office and overturning the results of an election. We all know that. But it’s not the first time they’ve done this. The first time a Republican president was elected this century, they said he didn’t really win. The Supreme Court gave him the election. There’s a pattern here. Trump didn’t really win the election. Bush didn’t really win the election. Every time a Republican president won an election this century, the Democrats insist he didn’t really win. Now say a third Republican president wins an election in say, 2024. What are the odds that they’ll say that he didn’t really win? Right now, it looks like 100 percent. What do sure odds of the Dems rejecting the next Republican president really mean? It means they don’t accept the results of any election that they don’t win.
“It means they don’t believe that transfers of power in this country are determined by elections.
“That’s a civil war.”
—–Writer and journalist Daniel Greenfield in a speech he delivered last week.
I don’t want to believe Greenfield is right, though I have written essays noting the same phenomenon, and long before “the resistance” tried to take down Trump. This is essentially the reason I decided late in the 2016 campaign that I could not vote for Clinton even though I would not vote for Trump. Since the election, my analysis has been confirmed, though I spend time each day wrestling to the ground the inevitable conclusion that follows, because I don’t want to believe it, so I don’t. Greenfield, however, declares it outright in his next section, saying,
There’s no shooting. At least not unless you count the attempt to kill a bunch of Republicans at a charity baseball game practice. But the Democrats have rejected our system of government.
This isn’t dissent. It’s not disagreement.
You can hate the other party. You can think they’re the worst thing that ever happened to the country. But then you work harder to win the next election. When you consistently reject the results of elections that you don’t win, what you want is a dictatorship.
Your very own dictatorship.
The only legitimate exercise of power in this country, according to the left, is its own. Whenever Republicans exercise power, it’s inherently illegitimate.
The attacks on Trump show that elections don’t matter to the left.
The effort to hijack the Electoral College, the partisan conduct of the news media, the abandonment of core professional ethics by lawyers, historians, psychologist, ethicists, professors, journalists and judges to undermine Trump, the boycotts of the Inauguration and next the State of the Union, the multiple Big Lie narratives pushed by the press, the unprecedented insults and hostility from popular media, all dominated by the Left, the antifa, the attempts to constrict conservative speech, all of this and more is consistent with Greenstein’s diagnosis. On one side, I see the necessity of resisting his conclusion, to assume good will and citizenship from progressives and Democrats, if only to encourage ethical and responsible conduct by respect and trust. On the other side of the dilemma, the 2016 Post Election Ethics Train Wreck engineered by “the resistance” and their allies has broken my trust, and my respect as well. I hear my Democratic friends on Facebook spewing hate, bigotry, and intolerance, and getting dozens of “likes.”
If Greenfield’s analysis is wrong, tell me how.