I’ve noticed lately that many of my progressive friends hate Trump (never President Trump). For many of these people, pre-November 2016, their only value was that they were nonjudgmental. I would often hear them say “who are we to judge” when discussing myriad political and moral issues. I always felt that was a rather precarious way to run a civilization, but I admired their consistency at least. That is gone. Trump is the one person everyone on the left of American politics can hate with a good conscience.
Many Democrats view the Trump presidency as illegitimate. Because of that, they have been calling for his impeachment virtually since he took office. I realize that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a slim margin, but that is the third time that has happened in American history. That is not the way we select our presidents in America.
The other galling “fact” is that the Russians helped Trump “steal” the election by influencing people who get their news from social media sites and by hacking the DNC’s emails. That was why they were going to impeach him for the first 2½ years of his presidency. Then the Mueller report came out and failed to fulfill their fantasies. The Democrats were all in on the Mueller investigation but, not to be deterred, the next day (!), the “whistleblower” decided that he had heard from a friend who had heard from a friend of nefarious dealings between President Trump and the Ukrainians and so he just had to tell his friend who worked for Rep. Adam Schiff! You get the idea, right?
If everything this man does is an impeachable offense in the eyes of his opponents (someone told me recently that Trump has lied more than 13,000 times since entering the White House! How silly), the problem MAY just be with the opposition, not the president. The Democrats’ obsession with destroying Trump is not an agenda and cannot be endorsed as such. The opposition is not an opposition; they are the boy who cried wolf. That is what I and about 44 percent of the rest of Americans who are likely voters believe. About an equal number believe the mass media and Democrats in the House led by failed screenplay writer Adam Schiff. One thing of note is that the “rising stars” in the Democratic Party such as “the Squad” have steered far clear of this fiasco as they know it is doomed to failure. I think less than 5 percent of Americans paid attention to the impeachment hearings. Clearly this is very important to certain Washington news junkies, but for the rest of the country? Not so much.
What I find most baffling are the headlines of the mass media and their cable “news” enablers. One particularly idiotic observer, absolutely tone-deaf to the sufferings of our men and women in uniform, actually said that Ambassador Sondland’s testimony was a “massive IED”! This after Sondland repeatedly said there was a quid pro quo (there always are in politics, particularly in foreign policy) and then, a few hours later said, “I asked the president what exactly he needed from Ukraine, he said, ‘I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. I want [President] Zelensky to do the right thing.’” (CSPAN, 11/20/19.) Well, with that kind of clarity, no wonder so many people are “sure” of what happened. Happily, not everyone is so sure: Support for impeachment among independents went from 49 percent at the start of the hearings to 34 percent by the end. (Stern, Vanity Fair, 11/21/19.)
The most interesting question is what will happen after Trump is not found guilty by the Senate and the Democrat candidates run on a single-payer, Medicare-for-all health care system, open borders (the abolition of ICE), the loss of tax-exempt status for churches (and I assume synagogues and mosques) that don’t endorse their views on marriage, abortion, adoption, etc., the confiscation of weapons they deem too dangerous for average Americans to possess, the packing of the Supreme Court until it has the ideological bias they prefer, the abolishment of the Electoral College, the isolation of our closest ally Israel and its branding as an apartheid state through the Palestinian-led BDS movement and massive tax increases for the top 10 percent of earners in America.
I honestly don’t know how public-sector unions, who have engaged in a quid pro quo with the Democrats for decades whereby in exchange for being their largest funder, the Democrats secure ever more money for more dues-paying members, higher salaries and wonderfully comprehensive and inexpensive health care, can support universal single-payer coverage. Democrats wonder that the poor don’t vote Democratic in larger numbers. How can public-sector union members continue to support a party that promises the destruction of their greatest perk? How can Jewish-Americans support what would effectively lead to the destruction of Israel, the guarantor that the Holocaust will never happen again? It boggles the mind.
I am a Never Socialism Republican. I will likely vote for Trump in 2020 unless a Democrat is nominated that does not support the above lunacy. (Michael Bloomberg probably has the best chance, and I would put up with his narcissism just to save American-style democracy and capitalism.) The Democrats won in the midterms in 2018 expressly because they did not run (or even mention) these issues. The current group of candidates are Trump’s best chance at re-election along with an economy that continues to percolate, bringing wage increases to all classes but particularly the blue-collar workers who have suffered wage stagnation since Nixon. Those working-class voters form the backbone of the Trump coalition, and I think turnout among these folks will be huge. I don’t think any of the current field of Democrats excite minority voters who are the backbone of the Democratic coalition. That is a serious problem. While my Democrat friends continue to high-five each other, the economy, the impeachment farce, the socialist lurch of the national party and the utterly uninspiring candidates running for president make a Trump re-election almost assured. If they thought the day after the 2016 election was rough, boy, I don’t know how they’ll deal with this.
The permanent government that employs many in this region, are right to be scared of the change Trump represents but it is overdue. We need to remember that most Americans view Washington, D.C., as part of the problem, not the deliverer of solutions. I know that’s hard to hear, but it is true. Never fear — the Republic will survive and, if the past three years are any predictor, prosper. Enjoy the holidays. 2020 will be an interesting year.
David E. Staveley writes from Monrovia, where he and Brittany Ralphie increasingly realize that their family’s new Bichon-mini poodle, Daisy, is really calling the shots. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.