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You know her comments crashed over any line pf decency, propriety and civility because the mainstream media largely ignored them. “We take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic,” Pelosi said on MSNBC. “And, sadly, the domestic enemies to our voting system and honoring our Constitution are right at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with their allies in the Congress of the United States,” ,Of course, being a den of hacks, no follow-up could ever occur on MSNBC. Only Fox News, the New York Post, and some conservative outlets thought the Speaker of the House declaring an entire political party and its President “domestic enemies” was something the public has a right to know. CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post, NBC News, Politico and other AUC members buried it, though such rhetoric is a call to insurrection and violence, coming from the same party that wouldn’t rebuff Maxine Waters and others who called for the harassment of Trump administration officials in public places.
No, this is not the equivalent of President Trump calling the mainstream media “enemies of the people,” which, it should be noted, caused that same mainstream media to decry the words as a prelude to an authoritarian take-over. The media is not the government, and all citizens can do to journalists who betray the trust the Founders put in the Fourth Estate to keep the public objectively informed is to stop believing them, which, thankfully, a large portion of the public has. In contrast, for a powerful elected official to call the party in the White House “domestic enemies” is indescribably wrong, and I say that because my inner thesaurus fails me.
“I was shot because of this kind of unhinged rhetoric,” House Republican Whip Steve Scalise said. Representative Dan Crenshaw (R., Texas) called the statement were “gross and divisive;” while Senator Kelly Loeffler called them “appalling.” Not bad, but those adjective still don’t measure the amazing breach of democratic norms Pelosi’s words represent. (Remember, Democrats have been saying it is Trump who endangers democracy by his breach of “norms,” like firing an unethical and incompetent FBI Director.) Pelosii’s hateful rhetoric is only slightly less divisive than the beating of Charles Sumner on the Senate Floor.
Her words were also flamingly hypocritical. Pelosi’s Democrats have orchestrated one attempted coup after another, working to deliberately undermine the public’s faith in their government, nation and Constitution, and using leaks, conspiracy theories, falsified documents, support for lawlessness and manufactured narratives to to it. No party has done such damage to America since the Civil War. Even the news media’s efforts shouldn’t be able to keep cognizant Americans from figuring out “what’s going on here.”
It is clear, to me anyway, that we would not be seeing such unstatesmanlike rhetoric if the Democrats weren’t coming to the realization that despite all their attacks (indeed because of them) Donald Trump is likely to win re-election. Rasmussen’s polling has him at a 51% approval rating, the highest of his term. No incumbent with that high a rating has ever lost. Joe Biden became the first Democratic nominee who received essentially no “bounce” from the convention. The addition of Kamala Harris to the ticket alienated as many voters as it pleased. Across the country, Black Lives Matter and antifa mobs are laying waste to Democrat-run cities, while the news media persists in calling riots “mostly peaceful,” wishing and hoping against hope that the public is that gullible. Evidently it is not.
Joe Biden’s advantages in early polls, always dubious anyway, are falling away. The lack of enthusiasm for his candidacy is palpable, and his party counting on hatred of his opposition to motivate voters rather than passion for what he represents flies in the face of Presidential election history.
Glenn Reynolds wrote years ago that all the Democrats had to do was not act crazy to beat Trump, and they couldn’t even do that. Now that acting crazy has had the predictable result, it is too late for them to do anything but act more crazy. They can’t condemn the violence in the cities, because they have fully embraced Black Lives Matter. They can’t stand for the rule of law and law enforcement, because both their Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates contributed mightily to “over-incarceration,” and are trying to pretend otherwise. They can’t push the #MeToo button too hard, because Biden is a serial harasser. Their gun control issue is dead, because their allies are tryning to cripple the police just as Democratic mayors seem willing to let the mobs do their thing.
The Democrats devoted virtually their whole convention to ad hominem personal attacks on the President. leaving the Republicans to go the proven Ronald Reagan route, and stand up for America, its values, and its history. meanwhile, Black Lives Matter leaders are tweeting things like this, from Shaun King…
Nah. I’m not going to call for peace. We’ve tried peace. For years. Y’all don’t understand that language. We are calling for a complete dismantling of American policing. It’s NOT broken. It was built to work this way. And mayhem is the consequence. You earned it.
Twitter hasn’t touched that violence exhorting tweet. Good. Let social media’s double standards be obvious beyond denial. Let the Black Lives Matter leadership, now joined at the hip with the Democratic Party, openly proclaim their true objective, which is not justice, but power.
The Democrats stacked the deck, dealt themselves a losing hand, and now they are screaming that the game is fixed. It’s repulsive and embarrassing. Were it not for the pandemic and the President’s own ugly leadership style, Democrats would be facing a 1972-style wipeout.
They might get there yet. It depends just how crazy they can be.