In November of 2016, the American political left lost its collective minds. Normally rational, cool headed people, people I know well, were talking about burning themselves in the streets in protest (I’m not kidding). How did we get there? How did the loyal opposition turn from the party that was limited to accusing the right of simply being anti-elderly, anti-healthcare, anti-poor people to the party burning cities?
Let us take a very short trip into the recent past, back to January of 2014, where President Barack Obama first declared that if Congress was not going to comply with his wishes, he would launch his “pen and a phone” legislative strategy; which of course is not a legislative strategy at all. It was his open declaration to bypass Congress wherever possible in order to accomplish his ideological objectives. The man who developed his legislative agenda for America in Bill Ayers’s living room had launched the first salvo in the war on Constitutional process. The left, and their journalist allies, declared this to be a perfectly legitimate counterpunch to a “do nothing” Congress.
In a move that was not talked about much, just a month later the Obama administration came very close to enacting a federal “rule” that would allow the FCC to place government monitors in newsrooms in order to ensure journalists only covered what the government thought it should cover. This, of course, was a monumental threat to Constitutionally-guaranteed free speech and a free, independent press. Stage two, if you will, in the war on process.
Just eight months later, the country watched in horror as an increasingly militarized Black Lives Matter took justice into their own hands in Ferguson, Missouri. Without rehashing every detail, the reader is reminded that Michael Brown, who had just robbed a convenience store with his bare hands, was shot as he cornered a white police officer in his patrol car. Every witness, and there were plenty, substantiated the officer’s claim that he felt his life was in danger. The facts and witness statements meant nothing. It was time for the city to burn. And thus the Lunatic Left™ in America was re-born, and given legitimacy by the press and the non-Lunatic Left as necessary to protect the people against the very government their party has so dutifully grown.
The American political left has always sought to erode the value of the Constitution, mostly because their ideas do not pass its protections. Due process, they argue, was written by “old, racist slave owners” and is thus illegitimate. The First Amendment does not apply to loosely defined “hate speech,” and is therefore illegitimate. The Second Amendment was never meant to cover high-powered, modern weaponry, and is thus illegitimate. The election of Donald Trump was a result of Russian meddling, and so it must be declared illegitimate.
People really do still think that, that Trump’s election was invalid which grants the presidency to Hillary Clinton. This is not a lack of understanding of how the Constitution works, but rather simply disregarding the value of the Constitution in the American political process.
So what do you do when you are a 22 year old living in New York City, and you have been trained your entire life that the Constitution is an outdated, racist document written by slave owners? Do you petition your congressman? Do you encourage the spread of Federalism, via the Tenth Amendment, which grants you all the liberties you claim are under attack? No. You can’t, because you have told anyone who would listen that the processes designed by our founders to protect your liberties are invalid.
So what do you do? You riot. You burn cars. You shout NOT MY PRESIDENT. You shout down conservative speakers on college campuses. You don a vagina hat and declare that you have thought a lot about blowing up the White House. You pose with a beheaded model of the president in the name of “the arts.” You recreate Julius Caesar’s stabbing at the hands of Brutus, but with president Trump as Caesar. You release classified security information to the press in an attempt to take down national security. You carry a rifle to a baseball practice, verify that your targets are Republicans, and you shoot.
The Lunatic Left has resorted to violence because they have convinced themselves that it is their only resort. There is no other way to protect themselves against the Nazis and the Russians currently in control of the United States. And this is a problem for the moderate political left to solve, but they are going to have to admit to a lot of political sins in order to achieve the peace.
Long live The Republic.
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