Washington Post: If Democrats Don’t Oppose Trump, Their Abdicating Democracy Or Something

Washington Post: If Democrats Don’t Oppose Trump, Their Abdicating Democracy Or Something


During the Era of Obama, dissent was not only un-patriotic, it was demeaned and termed racist. Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne has written plenty of opinion pieces deeming it racist, and has even gone as far as calling it “anti-statist,” which, in Liberal World, being anti-giant government is even worse than racism. But, now, we have Donald Trump, soon to be President Donald Trump, so

What Democrats owe the country


Millions feel vulnerable to Trump’s moves on immigration and doubt his commitment to equality before the law. We should be alarmed by his flouting of widely accepted norms governing conflicts of interest and the right to dissent. There is good reason to ask Democratic leaders to send unambiguous signals of resistance. (snip to the end)

If Democrats do not issue very clear warnings and lay out very bright lines against the most odious and alarming aspects of Trumpism, they will be abdicating their central obligation as the party of opposition. This is not a time for ideological and factional positioning or for focusing on the 2018 elections.

Before they even get to infrastructure, Democrats and all other friends of freedom must make clear that if Trump abandons the basic norms of our democracy, all the roads in the world won’t pave over his transgressions.

I’ll leave it up to you to read (or not) the rest of the piece for the full context and whining, but let’s just remember that the Washington Post, E.J. Dionne, and the rest of the Democrats were telling Republicans to sit at the back of the bus and keep their complaints to themselves. That it was a Bad Thing when the GOP actually used their central obligation as a party of opposition during the Age of Obama. Gridlock was anti-democracy and racist towards Obama.

When they objected to Obama’s extra-Constitutional use of Executive Powers, well, that was racist, and we were also told that “Obama won, get over it.” We were told that we don’t get to protest. If we wanted to pass our legislation and agenda, well, win the White House. Otherwise it’s against democracy. And racist. Don’t forget racist.

But, now, hey, it’s a central obligation for Democrats to speak up in opposition. Otherwise, democracy ends! What do the Democrats owe the country? Not much, considering they control neither the White House nor Congress. And will soon lose the Supreme Court for decades. And federal judges. And they’ve lost historic amounts of seats in state general assemblies, governors mansions, plus county and local seats. Why? Thanks to their policies. Maybe they should just sit at the back of the bus and let us drive.

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach.

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