Victor Davis Hanson
Modern progressives assume moral and intellectual authority.
Consequently, their supposedly superior ends naturally justify almost any means necessary to achieve them.
Among the elite, the Democrats’ “blue-wall” states were once considered a testament to the wisdom of the Electoral College. When that wall crumbled in 2016 to Trump, the Electoral College suddenly was blasted as a relic of our anti-democratic founders.
The nine-person Supreme Court was once beloved. On issues like abortion, school prayer, same-sex marriage, pornography, and Miranda rights, the Left cheered the Court as it made the law and ignored legislatures and presidents.
Republican Court picks—Harry Blackmun, William Brennan, Anthony Kennedy, Sandra Day O’Connor, Lewis Powell, John Roberts, David Souter, John Paul Stevens, Potter Stewart, and Earl Warren—would often flip leftward. How could they not be swayed by the greater brilliance of their liberal colleagues?
From affirmative action to Roe v. Wade to Obamacare, apostate Republican justices for a half-century greenlighted legislating from the bench.
In response, was there any serious right-wing talk of packing the court with six additional justices to slow down its overreaching left-wing majority—or of a mob massing at the home of a left-wing justice? Certainly not.
Suddenly a narrow constructionist majority has returned matters of abortion to the states. And the once-beloved Court is being slandered by leftist insurrectionists as illegitimate.
Every sort of once unthinkable attack on the courts is now permissible.
Confidential draft opinions are leaked illegally. A senior senator threatens justices by name at the doors of the Court. The homes of justices are surrounded by heckling protestors. And the very life of a justice is threatened by a would-be assassin close to his home.
Consider also the Senate filibuster. Barack Obama not long ago ranted that it was racist and a 180-year-old relic.
Obama’s logic was infantile. When Democrats were in the Senate minority, he was giddy that the filibuster could slow down the Republican majority. Indeed, while a senator, Obama himself filibustered the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.
When Democrats were in the majority, however, a pouting Obama blasted the filibuster as a racist, Jim Crow roadblock.
Can the January 6 committee issue some universal declaration that defeated candidates should not question the integrity of an election, much less call for it to be ignored?
Apparently not. In 2016, a defeated Hillary Clinton claimed the winner Donald Trump was illegitimate—this from the architect of the entire Russian collusion hoax.
Clinton then trumped her own inflammatory rhetoric by urging Joe Biden not to accept the 2020 tally of the balloting if he lost.
Former President Jimmy Carter agreed that Hillary Clinton won the 2016 election and Trump was thus illegitimate.
Hollywood actors appeared in commercials, insurrectionary style, urging Republican electors to renounce their constitutional duties and instead elect Hillary Clinton.
On racial matters, the Left is most intellectually bankrupt.
During the recent confirmation hearings of African American nominee to the Supreme Court, Ketanji Brown Jackson, the Left alleged that tough questioners were racists and sexists for “bullying” Jackson.
Yet she got the kid-glove treatment compared to the character assassinations of past conservative nominees. Brett Kavanaugh was smeared as a teenaged rapist and targeted by former Democratic media heartthrob Michael Avenatti, now an imprisoned felon.
Currently, loud mobs of affluent, young white women have been circling the home of African American Justice Clarence Thomas—just one of five court justices who voted to let the states decide the status of abortion.
Thomas did not write the majority opinion that overturned Roe v. Wade—but then again, leftists have a toxic fixation with blacks who do not appreciate their condescension.
In the left-wing mind, the buffoonish Capitol riot on January 6 was an “insurrection.”
Yet the much larger May 31, 2020, riot that sought to storm the White House grounds and sent the president into a bunker was the sort of mob violence that “was not going to stop” in the words of now Vice President Kamala Harris.
The recent pro-abortion mob assault on the Arizona state senate, the Left insists, was an apparent cry of the heart.
What would the Left do if after 2022 midterms a Republican-majority Congress emulated its own infantile tantrums?
Imagine new House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) tearing up a Joe Biden State of Union address on live television.
How about the House impeaching Joe Biden twice, even as a private citizen in 2025?
Envision a 22-month, $40-million investigation of the entire Biden quid pro quo, corrupt family syndicate?
What if McCarthy booted left-wing congressional representatives from key select committees?
And what if conservatives showed up screaming at the gates of one of Barack Obama’s three mansions?
How odd that leftists are destroying the very customs and traditions whose loss will come back to haunt them when the Democrats lose the Congress in November.
Cry-baby tantrums won’t win over the public. These nonstop puerile meltdowns have turned off most Americans who tire of whiny narcissistic hypocrites.
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Excellent commentary. I would posit that an undercurrent of evil is also at the root of our problems. Denial of human nature and a reprobate spirit permeate our ruling class. https://empireoftruth.com/2022/06/29/shout-at-the-devil/
The progressive crybaby narcissism is a symptom of a larger problem, the loss of principal. Once upon a time we in the U.S. operated, at least overtly, under certain principals of fair play and consistency. We understood that the rules of procedure and engagement were more important than winning today’s contest, because in their absence the system is broken, hence no one wins. When there are no rules of fair play, only power triumphs, and things get ruthless. Individuals become unimportant and expendable, and today’s win is all. This is progressive fascism.
“Cry-baby” is appropriate. Leftism/Progressivism is immaturity expressed as a political philosophy.
Unfortunately, it’s infected enough of the population that I fear there aren’t enough adults left in numbers necessary to maintain a free republic.
The Democrats (elected and deep state bureaucrats) have become more and more lawless and have gotten away with this time and again, so when they don’t get their way within the law, their proclivity is to break the law. If the Republicans do not, when they take the House and Senate, aggressively take the Democrat law breakers to task and punish them to the extent of the law, the American Republic will perish. We may be past tipping point anyway relative to an imbalance in the American-demographic, and the imbalance is worsening with the Democrat’s open border policy. If the demographic of Israel became 55% Muslim (45% Jewish) would the state of Israel survive? NO!
As one of your admirers I am writing to you to request a comment regarding the present situation of the SC’s decision regarding abortion.
My son and his girl friend were murdered in 1980 near Davis,CA. After a number of years the case went to trial. The murderer was convicted and is now on death row at San Quentin. There have been many people protesting, not only in CA but through out the nation to not allow the death penalty to be used as punishment. There has been a great outcry to let these convicted persons be allowed to live.
Now it seems that many of these same individuals who oppose the death penalty are very quick to allow abortions. Is the death of an incent unborn fetus acceptable where as a known murderer is allowed to live?
Once again: thank you for your logic. It’s like dealing with a roomful of three year old’s having tantrums. I guess they think we citizens are stupid.
If we don’t like the aforementioned, why does america keep reelecting them?
Media propaganda cunningly plays on the imagination and works every time to persuade masses of people. And linked with victim-status self-identification and the desire for some external entity to take responsibility and care of everything. May the strong voices prevail of those with character and intelligence bolster the rule of law in a republic that supports our Constitution and the common good for all — as well as the respect for the individual human person. Mine is the voice of a hidden life of mother and grandmother, protecting life and nourishing love, which is all that matters in the end.
You’re a nut. You have zero credentials outside classical literature and military history. Opinions are like assholes (everybody’s got one) and you’re entitled to yours, but you are by no means any more persuasive than my crazy brother.
Perhaps then this site isn’t for you.
How about supporting that opinion with some sustained arguments?
Obama’s logic was infantile… there is a lot of that going around. Biden’s logic is senile, also infantile. I am perplexed by the naked idiocy of people in the public eye.