That was the title of a post on February 19. That title is appropriate now, and so is the beginning of that post…
“Always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself.”
It is ironic that President Richard Nixon’s most profound quote, an ethics quote, in fact, should have come as he left the Presidency, in his farewell remarks immediately after resigning his office in 1974 as impeachment and removal seemed unavoidable. It is doubly ironic that his words so prophetically apply at this moment to the target of his own hate that destroyed Nixon, the Democratic Party.
That the entire, ugly spectacle of a great political party shredding its own ideals and capitulating to unreasoning, all-consuming hate as its sole reason for being is not a new observation at Ethics Alarms, but it has reached its apotheosis… the final, total corruption of the party that once styled itself as the herals of peace and love was cleared and paved once Democrats, pushed by the fanatics of the “resistance,” abandoned policy commitment and fealty to America ideals and principles. The party devoted its energy and passion to making its attack on Donald Trump entirely personal, betting that never ceasing ad hominem rhetoric abetted by the now almost completely submissive left-biased media would be sufficient to bring down the Trump Presidency, hopefully without the messiness of an election, but if not, then at the polls in November.
Never before has the brief for defeating an incumbant President been based on sheer hatred and little else. The reason why this is true becomes more evident every day, for Nixon was right. Hate is destroying the soul of the Democratic Party and its members. Its strategy of employing the atomic version of the politics of personal destruction, which the decried during the Clinton years, has torn the country apart to an extent that may have rendered it ungovernable.
There! Thank you, February Jack! You just saved August Jack the trouble of composing over 300 words. Now let’s talk about the hate assault of the Democratic allies..
- Bette Midler. What a great talent she was, and what a vile creep she is. Midler is also typical of the Hollywood elite and once-elite—who constantly show why performers should shut up and reform. They are, however, fine examples of their non-famous compadres on social media. Here was Midler’s tweet about Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention:
Hypocrisy is the coin of the realm up and down the Democratic Party. These fake progressives weep for the plight of illegal immigrants who avoid sufficient involvement in American society to speak English at all. Yet they think they can seamlessly use insults they would declare racist, sexist or otherwise proof of some form of cancel-worthy bigotry if they issued from a Republican, conservative, or heaven forfend, the President, and yet turn around and employ the same weaponized verbiage against those domestic enemies” (per Nancy Pelosi) with impunity.
Oops. Didn’t you read the “mustn’t insult immigrants” talking point, Bette? It was mailed out a long time ago. Midler was promptly flamed from the right and the left, and quickly tweeted out some boiler plate, saying, “I was wrong to make fun of her accent. America is made up [of] people who speak with all kinds of accents, and they are all welcomed always.” She was wrong, because it didn’t work. The original tweet is signature significance: you don’t write that if you genuinely believe “people who speak with all kinds of accents, and they are all welcomed always.” Note also that nowhere in her second tweet is any hint of an apology to the woman she insulted. Can’t do that; these “domestic enemies” don’t deserve that much decency.
Midler wasn’t the only “progressive” who attacked the First Lady for existing after her speech. “Seriously, fuck this bitch,” comedian Kathy Griffin tweeted. “Makes me want to vomit,” tweeted CNN political analyst and and White House correspondent Brian Karem. They were in the clear, though, because they didn’t impugn her accent.
- Joe Lockhart, CNN political analyst and former Bill Clinton press secretary, tweeted,
The “little snot nose” was Nick Sandmann, who gave an impressive speech about how he was defamed by the news media for the “crime” of wearing a MAGA cap.
Professor Turley has this one:
The personal attacks on speakers were beyond the pale…What happened to Sandmann was a disgrace for the media and he had every right to speak publicly about his treatment by the media.
Sandmann is a pro-life kid who wanted to demonstrate against abortion. He sought to play a meaningful role in his political system, which is what we all have encouraged. Indeed, CNN has aired many such calls for young people to have their voices heard. He was in Washington as part of the annual “March for Life.” This is one of those voices. Sandmann spoke about his horrific experience in being labeled the aggressor in the confrontation when all he did was stand there as an activist pounded a drum in his face… Why is this teenager “entitled”? Because he is discussing his role in a national controversy or his abuse by the media, including CNN? CNN settled with Sandmann. When did that become “entitled”? The message from these media personalities seems to be that Sandman is expected to simply stay silent….
As with Midler, Lockhart was not alone. Here was the tweet of CNN’s opinion writer Jeff Yang:
“Hey @N1ckSandmann, I watched your speech tonight at the #RNCConvention2020 with an open mind, thinking I might hear something that would convince me of your position that you were an innocent victim of a cruel media. I was disappointed, but not surprised, to hear otherwise.”
What? Sandman was the victim of cruel media. He was standing still, minding his own business, while an obnoxious Native American activist banged a drum in his face, and the mainstream media, including CNN called him a racist. This pure, blinding hate, nothing less.
- CNN analyst Asha Rangappa, tweeted,after f ormer United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, in her speech, denied the Democrats’ theme that the U.S. is a “racist country”:
Good one! Except that it wasn’t true, just a hateful lie. Nikki is Haley’s lawful middle name and a Punjabi name. to boot.
The Left needs to pay more attention to the wisdom of Richard Nixon. It may be too late.