Democrats and The Big Con

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Democrats and The Big Con

Gon­do­rff: There ain’t a fix in the world gonna cool him out if he blows on ya.

Hooker: I’ll take him anyway.

Gon­do­rff: Why?

Hooker: ‘Cause I don’t know enough about killin’ to kill him.

Paul New­man and Robert Red­ford in The Sting

Sin­cer­ity? I could fake that.”

Alan Alda as Hawk­eye Pierce, M*A*S*H,
“For­eign Affairs” Sea­son 11, Episode 3

Christo­pher Harper did a great job of explain­ing lib­er­al­ism in a recent post. I’d like to share a slightly dif­fer­ent perspective.

I have long sub­scribed to Charles Krauthammer’s rule fun­da­men­tal law of Amer­i­can pol­i­tics that con­ser­v­a­tives think lib­er­als are stu­pid while lib­er­als think con­ser­v­a­tives are evil. Let’s face it, some of the poli­cies that lib­er­als pro­mote are pretty stu­pid. But to ascribe many of the things lib­er­als do to sim­ple stu­pid­ity requires an under­ly­ing con­ces­sion that they are good-​hearted souls try­ing to do what they think is best for the coun­try but, as Ronald Rea­gan said, “they know so much that isn’t so.”

How­ever, see­ing the behav­ior of the democ­rats since los­ing the elec­tion in Novem­ber, and con­sid­er­ing their behav­ior going back to Teddy Kennedy’s orig­i­nal “bork­ing” of Judge Robert Bork in 1987, and his orig­i­nal immi­gra­tion reform back in 1965, it’s obvi­ous that, like in The Sting, they have been play­ing the “big con” for more than 50 years. In the space of a few hours, an entire party and their stenog­ra­phers in the Press went from being “hor­ri­fied” at the “direct threat to our democ­racy” that any­one might not accept the results of an elec­tion to not accept­ing the results of an elec­tion because John Podesta was too stu­pid to sniff out a phish­ing scam (hmmm… more evi­dence to sup­port Dr. Krautham­mer?). Even on what should be a deco­rous occa­sion for the “peace­ful trans­fer of power” in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives last week, Nancy Pelosi was ungra­cious enough to allege, with no evi­dence, that the elec­tion was “sub­verted by the dark oper­a­tions of a for­eign régime.” Every­thing they’ve done for the last two months has been to delig­itimize the new admin­is­tra­tion, and for one very good rea­son. They are scared to death that Trump might actu­ally Make Amer­ica Great Again.

Hav­ing painted Trump and his cab­i­net nom­i­nees as hateful-​corrupt-​xenophobic-​racist-​homophobic-​bigots who will be ded­i­cated to accom­mo­dat­ing their Russ­ian mas­ters to whom they owe their posi­tions, the democ­rats have taken the only pos­si­ble path out of the cor­ner into which they’ve painted them­selves. If Trump crashes and burns, they can say “we told you so” and if he suc­ceeds, their only option is to try to claim credit for hav­ing chas­tened or oth­er­wise boxed him in to pre­vent what would surely have been a dis­as­ter had it not been for their coura­geous stand against all they’re pre­tend­ing he claimed to stand for.

How can any­one take seri­ously this group who, after paint­ing Mitt Rom­ney (Mitt Rom­ney!) as the sec­ond com­ing of Satan four years ago, then urged the repub­li­cans to save them­selves from the Trumpa­colypse by screw­ing the rules and nom­i­nat­ing Rom­ney? Just like Hawk­eye in MAS*H, they have become very good at fak­ing sin­cer­ity, and I con­tinue to be stunned how so much of our coun­try can be so unin­formed as not to notice. I sub­mit that rather than think­ing lib­er­als are stu­pid, we con­ser­v­a­tives would do bet­ter to rec­og­nize that lib­er­als are power-​craving weasels who will do any­thing to accu­mu­late power for them­selves regard­less of whether it is good for the coun­try as a whole or for the peo­ple in it. It will make it even more enjoy­able to watch Trump’s cab­i­net get approved with a sim­ple major­ity in the Sen­ate after the Reid-​weasels abol­ished the filibuster.

Gondorff: There ain’t a fix in the world gonna cool him out if he blows on ya.

Hooker: I’ll take him anyway.

Gondorff: Why?

Hooker: ‘Cause I don’t know enough about killin’ to kill him.

Paul Newman and Robert Redford in The Sting

“Sincerity? I could fake that.”

Alan Alda as Hawkeye Pierce, M*A*S*H,
“Foreign Affairs” Season 11, Episode 3

Christopher Harper did a great job of explaining liberalism in a recent post. I’d like to share a slightly different perspective.

I have long subscribed to Charles Krauthammer’s rule fundamental law of American politics that conservatives think liberals are stupid while liberals think conservatives are evil. Let’s face it, some of the policies that liberals promote are pretty stupid. But to ascribe many of the things liberals do to simple stupidity requires an underlying concession that they are good-hearted souls trying to do what they think is best for the country but, as Ronald Reagan said, “they know so much that isn’t so.”

However, seeing the behavior of the democrats since losing the election in November, and considering their behavior going back to Teddy Kennedy’s original “borking” of Judge Robert Bork in 1987, and his original immigration reform back in 1965, it’s obvious that, like in The Sting, they have been playing the “big con” for more than 50 years. In the space of a few hours, an entire party and their stenographers in the Press went from being “horrified” at the “direct threat to our democracy” that anyone might not accept the results of an election to not accepting the results of an election because John Podesta was too stupid to sniff out a phishing scam (hmmm… more evidence to support Dr. Krauthammer?). Even on what should be a decorous occasion for the “peaceful transfer of power” in the House of Representatives last week, Nancy Pelosi was ungracious enough to allege, with no evidence, that the election was “subverted by the dark operations of a foreign regime.” Everything they’ve done for the last two months has been to deligitimize the new administration, and for one very good reason. They are scared to death that Trump might actually Make America Great Again.

Having painted Trump and his cabinet nominees as hateful-corrupt-xenophobic-racist-homophobic-bigots who will be dedicated to accommodating their Russian masters to whom they owe their positions, the democrats have taken the only possible path out of the corner into which they’ve painted themselves. If Trump crashes and burns, they can say “we told you so” and if he succeeds, their only option is to try to claim credit for having chastened or otherwise boxed him in to prevent what would surely have been a disaster had it not been for their courageous stand against all they’re pretending he claimed to stand for.

How can anyone take seriously this group who, after painting Mitt Romney (Mitt Romney!) as the second coming of Satan four years ago, then urged the republicans to save themselves from the Trumpacolypse by screwing the rules and nominating Romney? Just like Hawkeye in MAS*H, they have become very good at faking sincerity, and I continue to be stunned how so much of our country can be so uninformed as not to notice. I submit that rather than thinking liberals are stupid, we conservatives would do better to recognize that liberals are power-craving weasels who will do anything to accumulate power for themselves regardless of whether it is good for the country as a whole or for the people in it. It will make it even more enjoyable to watch Trump’s cabinet get approved with a simple majority in the Senate after the Reid-weasels abolished the filibuster.