“The influence of your personal character moderates the divisions of political parties…” —George Washington1 (1789)
In his extraordinarily forward-looking 1796 “Farewell Address2,” President George Washington1 recommended for our “solemn contemplation” and “frequent review, some sentiments which are the result of much reflection” and “which appears to me all important to the permanency of your felicity as a people.”
Among the most notable advice he offered was a warning about the danger of those who would seek to divide the nation in order to empower their own partisan interests. He noted that the “love of power and proneness to abuse it” would result in “cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled” political leaders who would “organize faction; to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put in the place of the delegated will of the nation, the will of a party.”
He warned that their “foolish compliances of ambition, corruption, or infatuation” would “usurp the applause and confidence of the people to surrender their interests,” and that we should “distrust the patriotism of those who, in any quarter, may endeavor to weaken” our nation’s bonds.
Here, Washington’s advice is as enduring as his legacy. The current partisan political tensions are more troubling than in any period since the 1960s, and his words are applicable.
The unanticipated election of Donald Trump3 in 2016 resulted in the rapid disintegration of the tenor and tone of discourse between Republicans and Democrats4. Given the latter’s rapid transformation from a once-proud political party5 into an unhinged socialist camp6, the systemic assault on Liberty has never been as organized, well-funded, and targeted as it is today. Nor did it ever have the tacit approval of a major political party.
Democrat strategists are now effectively applying that model to foment discontent among their largest voter constituency, women. And just as they’ve done with black voters, Beltway Democrats are operating on the assumption that female voters16 are equally susceptible to being duped. Recent polling research17 bears out the Left’s angry-female-voter strategy. More than 60% of leftists are inclined to protest, versus only 21% of conservatives. However, 43% of women report being interested in taking to the streets versus only 28% of men.
“This is what Democrats do,” said Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. “They try and divide our country. They try and incite anger.” She also referenced Democrat intent with their target constituents: “Let’s make women so angry,” they say.
Even Democrat Party Chairman Tom Perez thinks most of his constituents are idiots18.
Beyond the heated rhetoric of feminist protests, there are increasingly violent confrontations by leftists.
The latest manifestation of the Left’s new benchmark for hatred emerged with the so-called “antifa movement19” of masked and violent “anti-fascist” fascists. This mob is a malignant new strain from the ranks of Barack Obama’s20 repugnant 2011 Red October uprising by the “useful idiots21” of Occupy Wall Street22.
By contrast, it’s notable that the only mass political movement to emerge on the Right in the last two decades was the Tea Party movement23, a confederation of grassroots American Patriots24 who gathered in peace — and always cleaned up after themselves.
Consider the calm and civilized behavior of the Tea Party versus the Trump Derangement Syndrome25 mobs we’re now witnessing on the Left. This growing epidemic of cognitive dissonance is likely to grow even worse in the coming years.
The Trump administration has already built a considerable record26 of economic achievements benefiting Americans across the board, and Trump has promised to build on that record27 if Republicans maintain the House and Senate in the upcoming midterm elections.
Democrats, on the other hand, have come up empty-handed in terms of thoughtful policy proposals. All House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) offer is hate and disunity to hold their constituency together.
Last week, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), who narrowly survived that assault, warned against the growing intensity of hateful leftist rhetoric30, including that from Hillary Clinton31, who declared32, “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for. … The only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize and respect is strength.”
By “strength,” Clinton was clearly advocating confrontation, whenever and wherever possible.
This follows the Demos’ thematic call for public confrontation33 by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), including Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) encouraging agitators to “get up in [their] face” and former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder questioning the legitimacy of the Supreme Court and telling his minions to “kick” those with whom they disagree politically.
But the fear, hate, and disunity we are witnessing today was seeded by Obama. Recall his presidential edict to “argue with [Republicans] and get in their face.” And it was Obama who asserted, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” Of course, he was a disciple of hate34.
Regarding the latest leftist assaults on those with differing views, Rep. Scalise notes: “A healthy, strong democracy is not possible if anyone lives in fear of expressing their views. In America, we win battles at the ballot box, not through mob rule or intimidation. While it’s clear many Democrats refuse to accept the election of President Trump, if they want change, they need to convince people with their ideas and actually win elections, rather than call for violent resistance, harassment, and mob rule.”
But again, “We Hate Trump35” is the only platform Democrats have, and fomenting fear, anger, hatred, and division is all they offer.
It’s no coincidence that the title of the new book by The Washington Post’s non compos mentis associate editor Bob Woodward is Fear: Trump in the White House36.
Not surprisingly, however, WaPo and other Leftmedia outlets have been quick to jump on any Republican remark deemed to advocate violence. Case in point would be Trump’s acknowledgment at a Montana rally last week of a 2017 confrontation between Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte and an obnoxious Guardian reporter. “And by the way,” said Trump, “never wrestle him, you understand that? Never. Any guy that can do a body slam, he’s my guy.”
In a New York nanosecond, Trump’s throwaway remark prompted this response from the White House Correspondents’ Association: “All Americans should recoil from the president’s praise for a violent assault on a reporter doing his Constitutionally protected job. This amounts to the celebration of a crime by someone sworn to uphold our laws and an attack on the First Amendment by someone who has solemnly pledged to defend it.”
Meanwhile, their response to all the leftist promotion of violent confrontation: Zzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Of the Democrats’ hate-filled rhetoric40, noted Hoover Institution fellow Shelby Steele concludes: “The Left is still stalked by obsolescence. There is simply not enough menace to service its demands for power. The voices that speak for the left have never been less convincing. It is hard for people to see the menace that drives millionaire football players to kneel before the flag. And then there is the failure of virtually every program41 the left has ever espoused — welfare, public housing, school busing, affirmative action, diversity programs, and so on. For the American left today, the indulgence in hate is a death rattle.”
Unfortunately, at the current rate of Demo decomposition, the tenor of their awful rhetoric will cause outlier constituents to emerge from their ratholes and take to harassing members of Congress in restaurants and elsewhere. Unfortunately, we’re likely to see more violence, possibly even more targeting of members of Congress and the Judiciary for assassination, before the hate subsides.
Footnote: October surprise? There were packages with materials appearing to be homemade explosive devices delivered to the home of leftist billionaire George Soros and CNN’s headquarters in New York. Additionally, two suspicious packages containing “potential explosive devices,” addressed to the Clintons and Obamas, were intercepted at Secret Service mail-filtering centers.
Other devices were delivered to Democrat New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former Obama AG Eric Holder, all of which were return addressed to former DNC chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. (The holder package was actually returned to Wasserman Schultz.)
It is noteworthy that the Soros, CNN, and Cuomo packages were opened but the devices did not detonate — for reasons the FBI and ATF are investigating. The fact that none of the devices detonated calls into question whether they were intended to detonate or hoax devices intended to only make headlines. While the Left does not have exclusive rights to violent assailants, the timing of these device deliveries is questionable.
The MSM is running with “right-wing bomber,” but the devices could have been sent by a leftist in an effort to support the election of Democrats in the midterm elections. But regarding the perpetrator(s) of this most recent act of terrorism, recall that threats against synagogues and burnings of black churches in recent years, turned out to be those on the Left masquerading as “right-wing haters.”
For his part, President Trump declared, “Acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America.” Indeed they don’t.
He continued, “The full weight of our government is being deployed to conduct this investigation and bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice. This egregious conduct is abhorrent to everything we hold dear and sacred as Americans. In these times we have to unify. We have to come together.”
Three weeks ago, packages testing positive for a deadly toxin, ricin, were sent to Pentagon officials and the White House. A similar “white powder” envelope was intercepted en route to a Republican senator. A Utah man was arrested in connection with the Pentagon and White House packages.
Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
Pro Deo et Libertate — 1776