As of Thursday, we once again have a Democrat majority House, and after promising voters to focus on improving the environment and helping Americans with issues like health care, the first thing they did was move to impeach President Trump. It took California Rep. Brad Sherwood all of 30 minutes before he reintroduced the articles of impeachment that he introduced in 2017 but that went nowhere because back then, adults were in charge. Also, because his move for impeachment was based on Trump having committed “high crimes and misdemeanors,” and he couldn’t name any then and still can’t – although now, the lack of grounds will be much less of an impediment.
Sherwood, however, seemed downright dignified compared to newly-elected first Muslim Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, who went before a crowd to crow about impeaching Trump and not only used one of the foulest profanities in existence, but did so in the context of quoting what she allegedly told her young son about the President. If she were a Republican, liberals would already be on the phone to Child Protective Services.
Just to make it clear how shaky the actual case for impeachment is, Rudy Giuliani ran down the list of possible allegations and shot them down one by one, like clay pigeons.
It will fall to Speaker Pelosi to hold the lid on her colleagues' self-defeating partisan grandstanding without clamping down so tightly that the far-left hotheads in her party overheat and explode.
One thing that’s become shockingly clear ever since 2016 is that, while the left claims that Trump is “angry” and stirs up fury, hatred and divisiveness (I’ve been to Trump rallies: the people there seem quite cheerful and optimistic, and Trump is often funnier than most stand-up comics these days), the true boiling hot rage exists almost entirely on the left.
Still unable to accept that voters rejected their corrupt, entitled and condescending candidate and took a chance on an unproven quantity who promised to do something other than keep barrelling along in the wrong direction for another eight years, Democrats have rationalized their defeat by blaming it on Russian conspiracies, Facebook memes or their opponents being racists and Nazis…anything to avoid having to deal with the fact that their cherished policies simply don’t work and never have in any place they’ve been tried.
This has led them into a kind of dark, political tunnel vision that cries out more for psychiatric intervention than for the voters to entrust them with power again.
Over the past two years, by virtually every metric, things have been going pretty well. Taxes were down, business was booming, unemployment hit historically low levels, and Trump was fulfilling his promises to renegotiate trade deals, crush ISIS and bring the troops back home. Some of these were issues Democrats claimed to support in the past (they’d even voted for building a border wall and moving our Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem, back before they thought anyone would ever actually expect them to do it.) Even the things they attacked Trump over most furiously (“That monster is separating children from their ‘parents’ at the border!”) were mostly things that Obama did first, and they didn’t even bat an eye.
(At the link, Victor Davis Hanson offers an even more thorough recap of all the ways in which 2018 was actually a very good year.)
Yet while most Americans felt happy and relieved, those on the left acted as if Armageddon was upon us. They seem locked in an unbreakable cycle of rage and despair. Celebrities couldn’t even gather to hand each other golden trinkets in celebration of their latest billion-dollar-grossing movie without wailing and raging about how horrible everything was because Trump was President.
Now, with Democrats restored to power in the House (maybe, as Trump predicted, Americans got tired of winning, or else voters just put them back in power so they’d finally stop whining), you’d think these sourpusses would lighten up a bit, but no. They’re still sucking lemons 24/7.
A new Axios/SurveyMonkey poll found that while large majorities of Americans are optimistic about their own futures and the US economy in 2019 (that’s 90% of Republicans and 63% of Independents), 54% of Democrats are pessimistic and think the economy will do badly (I’d tell them not to worry so much about the economy; the GOP Senate will block most of the House's destructive impulses.) They see nothing but gloom and doom, unless they are in complete control of the government. This is what happens when you let politics become your religion.
Despite the left’s attempts to politicize absolutely everything, there is more to life than politics. Most Americans don’t get up every morning and indulge in a Two-Minute Hate because Trump is President. If they weren’t totally lacking in empathy, maybe they’d realize most people’s lives don’t revolve around whether Democrats have their rear ends in the seats of power or not.
When Democrats rant and rave that we have a President who’s an unqualified narcissist; who thinks he knows more than everyone else around him, but who really knows nothing about foreign policy, defense or economics; who lies to our faces and surrounds himself with power-abusing, pocket-lining knaves and yes men; and who is violating people’s civil rights, dividing Americans, politicizing and corrupting our institutions, and shredding the Constitution by issuing illegal executive orders, we can just reply:
“Welcome to how the rest of us felt from 2009 to 2016. But we didn’t let it turn us into raving lunatics.”