Democrats generally hate Donald Trump. That’s to be expected; November was the most stinging and unexpected defeat their party has suffered in over a generation. How they’ve handled it since then has been a complete embarrassment for both the party and the nation. It’s almost all bad as they do their best to taint the President before he actually takes office.
“Almost all bad.”
There’s good news. I was talking to one of my children, a high school senior, when she pointed out something that I’d speculated about recently. Some in her school were planning a walkout to protest the inauguration. It was canceled essentially over shame. The kids who were going to do the walkout got sick of hearing about giving Trump a chance. They grew sick of being called conspiracy theorists over Russia’s influence in the election. Most importantly, they couldn’t get enough students together who were willing to label themselves as victims.
That’s really what we’re seeing: self-proclaimed victims of a system that didn’t give them what they thought they deserved. By being so opposed to the concept of a Trump Presidency before it’s even a reality, they’re throwing their own credibility out the window. Perhaps they perceive a future when Trump fails and they can come back and say, “I told you so.” Unfortunately for them, if he doesn’t fulfill their vision of a political apocalypse descending on the nation, even their mild criticisms in the future won’t be able to hold water. Why? Because they’ve overplayed their dissent in the weeks preceding his inauguration.
It’s one thing to oppose bad policy. The Federalist Party, which (for full disclosure) I’m helping to build, is ready to oppose bad policies regardless of which party or politician proposes them. We have nothing against Donald Trump, the Republican Party, or any other party for that matter. In fact, a good chunk of what the GOP and Trump have proposed ahead of his inauguration fall right in line with the small-government, pro-freedom philosophies we espouse.
What many Democrats are doing is attacking the person rather than waiting for him to do something tangible that they oppose. We saw this to some extent before when Barack Obama won the election in 2008, but pre-inauguration opposition from Republicans was nowhere near the opposition we’ve seen from the Democrats towards Trump. This is very bad for them. It makes them seem less like ideologues and more like blind dissenters flailing around in search of a pillow to beat up. They’re making themselves look like victims before Trump even has an opportunity to prove their point.
This is driven by the media. It’s hard to tell who is more infantile between left-wing journalists and pampered Hollywood crybabies. Both are bad, but the media is the one that still holds some sway over the populace. Thankfully, most people, even Democrats, are ignoring or laughing at the celebrities who are throwing tantrums. The press, however, is getting Democrats juiced up. They’ve pounded several ideas into the heads of easily influenced liberals. It was Comey. It was WikiLeaks. It was the Russians. It was Podesta. It was Weiner. It was… it was…
Lest we start fist-pumping in celebration, we have to remember that this is a silver lining, not a win. Sadly, the left knows how to play the victim card adeptly and they’re reaching people. These protests, obstructions, and disruptions have a negative effect on the psyches of millions of Americans. Moreover, it puts Trump in a poor position on the international stage as propaganda around the world will paint America as a nation that doesn’t believe in its own leaders. Now more than ever, we need Trump and the GOP Congress to come out of the gates with clear victories and stunningly positive results to silence the critics as best they can. The ones that won’t be silenced can be made to look like fools for continuing to oppose prosperity. There were a lot of careers ruined in the early 80s when Ronald Reagan’s achievements made his opposition look like fools. We need that to happen again.
If the GOP can get some policy wins that positively affect the nation, the liberals playing the victim card can be neutered. It won’t be easy. There’s opposition coming from every angle. However, this is a grand opportunity to do further damage to the Democratic Party by showing voters (and the world) that their loss was everyone else’s gain.