Derek Hunter, Unify?
I have to choke back laughter every time I hear some leftist whine about the country needing “unity” now that the election is over. I have a two word answer, though not the two words I’d like to use (which start with “f” and “y”): no thanks.
Listening to Democrats pretend to care about everyone, or as Joe Biden regularly reads off a teleprompter, “I will be President of all Americans,” really does make me sick. Given how these people have acted for at least the last 20 years, I’m down for anything Republicans do to oppose and thwart everything they attempt to get done, down to something as basic as renaming post offices.
Remember who these people are, and what they’ve done.
George W. Bush was “not my President,” they screamed. He was “selected, not elected!” He was the original reincarnation of Adolf Hitler, and progressive groups held conferences about “taking our country back,” as if a foreign enemy had invaded. Hillary Clinton famously barked, “I’m sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and disagree with this administration, somehow you’re not patriotic. We need to stand up and say we’re Americans, and we have the right to debate and disagree with any administration.”
After the 2008 election, everything flipped on its head. Debate and disagreement was not only no longer patriotic, it was racist. Dissent was met with attacks, smears against the motives and characters of those engaging in it. Opposing the federalizing of health insurance became the new cross burning, pointing out how 5 million Americans lost their health insurance and tens of millions more ended up with plans so expensive and with deductibles so high they’d never actually get the benefit of insurance was a hate crime.
Just like that, overnight the party of the anti-war movement embraced wars when Obama started them, no matter how irrelevant they were to our national security (Libya, anyone?).
Everything was different, the rules changed without notice. If you held the position Barack Obama held just 4 years earlier on gay marriage, you suddenly became not only “wrong,” but a horrible homophobe who might as well have set fire to a gay bar after blocking the doors to prevent escape.
How do you “unify” with that? And why would we want to?
Democrats are the al Qaeda of politics – they want you dead, so how do you negotiate or find common ground with that? You can’t, and they don’t really want to either, it just sounds nice. They want everyone to live the way Kamala Harris started her political career: on their knees.
I think we’ll pass.
It’s too late to reconcile. Four years of the Trump administration being under constant, false attacks for everything anyone could think of – from the Russia hoax to the emoluments clause – there is no going back. Compete and stern opposition is the new “norm” Democrats established, not us. If they don’t like the new normal, they have only themselves to blame.
But they don’t really regret the new normal, they only regret the prospect of being held to it themselves.
A lot of Democrats, if you actually listen to them, have no interest in compromise or even getting along. Left-wing goons still attack Trump supporters on the street and the Democrat media still ignores it. Every pejorative term that can be flung is still being flung. The accusation of being a Nazi is so common from the left now that they casually toss it out there, as Christiane Amanpour did on CNN last week in a scripted show openly comparing the Trump administration to Kristallnacht (she did apologize, eventually). Why would you work with that?
No, I’m not interested in unity, not with that. I’m interested in victory. I’m interested in denying them victories, any victories on anything. I’m in favor of holding them to the same standards they set for everyone else, the same rules applying to them. And that, more than anything else, is what they absolutely do not want.
Democrats made this bed, they don’t get to order us to lie in it. If they want unity, first they must stop ripping the country apart and smearing anyone who won’t bow to their will, and then only maybe…but still probably not.
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