Ann Althouse does a nice fisking job with a New York Times column by Gail Collins called “Let’s Fret the Night Together/The Biden campaign and the world it’s playing out in are making us all nervous wrecks.”
I saw it in my print Times, and wasn’t going to waste time with it: it’s another smug media bubble scream about how horrible the President is (just like they decided before he was sworn in) and how essential it is to elect a sexual harassing dementia case to replace him and restore honor to the office. Isn’t it amazing how so many people keep saying this as if it isn’t completely hypocritical and actually makes sense? That’s what hate and bias does to you.
A genuine friend on Facebook recently went on a rant about how “unfit”President Trump is. I’m also amazed that people keep saying this as if the fact that the people who didn’t vote for him think he’s unfit should matter at all. So vote against him in November then! The victory of a candidate you thought was “unfit” means you lost the argument, and you don’t get a chance to deal with that supposed lack of fitness until the next election. Democrats never accepted that, despite the fact that it is the way our system has always worked. They, like my friend, convinced themselves that they have a unique right, indeed a mission, to remove an elected President before an election, or, failing that, to make it impossible to govern, because their assessment of what constitutes fitness is the unquestionable right one.
Assholes. This is the beating, rotten heart of the totalitarian impulse that has divided the nation and now threatens our strength as a nation and liberty as a people.I am sick of hearing, reading about and watching it, but it is important to realize what it is. My friend is too marinated in a biased and emotional peer group to see the phenomenon for what it is.
Never mind Trump: an ideology and political party that believes it has to break a system because it doesn’t give them the power they crave are definitely unfit to hold that power. An unfit President is infinitely preferable. It will be a test of our system to make the right choice.
In the Collins piece, she says the President “isn’t qualified to be head of a local block association.” As an ethicist, I won’t argue against the proposition that President Trump is “unfit”—he doesn’t believe in ethics, and that alone renders him unfit for leadership in my assessment. (I did, after all, spend all of 2015 and 2016 making that case in dozens of posts.) However, President Trump is beyond question qualified to be President, because being President for nearly four years is the best qualification for the job anyone could have. It’s a unique job, and nothing prepares an individual for it sufficiently. Some Presidents have come to the job with as much relevant experience as one could possibly have, and still proven completely inept, like James Buchanan and George H. W. Bush. Others have become President with no relevant experience whatsoever, and shown immediate skill, even brilliance, at doing the job. Abraham Lincoln is the epitome of this model. The point is, however, that being President is the best qualification for the Presidency. (Trump also ran for the Presidency with more applicable executive and leadership experience than many past Presidential candidates, notably Barack Obama,) What Collins fatuously asserts is a tell, the biased complaint of someone who never has acknowledged that Donald Trump is a legitimate President.
That’s why I paid little attention to the column, though Althouse made some astute observations. She notes, for example, that Collins omits the riots and violence while listing what has her depressed, a convenient omission for a progressive. I especially welcome her slap at Collins’ complaining about the Electoral College: “an old topic and something that has absolutely zero to do with the list of things that “are making us all nervous wrecks.” It’s more of a retreat into a fantasy world. It’s like bellyaching that women have the vote. Or musing about the superiority of a “philosopher king.”
An this should leave a mark:
“Collins says she’d like Biden to challenge Trump to a push-up competition again. It would be “an excellent reminder that whenever the president tries to depict Biden as old and doddering, we’re talking about a physically fit 77-year-old whose age is being attacked by an out-of-shape 74-year-old.” Hey, Gail, the worry with Biden isn’t about physical strength. It’s about the brain….Body-shaming is out of touch with America. …Oh, and isn’t there something Hitler-y about this demand for physical fitness?”
We’ve all noticed, haven’t we, how the kind and sensitive progressives readily abandon their principles to attack the President, and feel justified in employing arguments that they would condemn if leveled against one of their own. How physically fit was FDR? Ike? JFK? Hillary?