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The Left's contempt for democracy boomerangs

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Submitted by Dave (United States), Jan 15, 2021 at 18:15

I agree that Trump's selfish refusal to accept electoral defeat has encouraged the delegitimization of government and subsequent mob violence. That's unfortunate, because there are plenty of reasons for conservatives to explode; Trump just lit the match. Despite all this, being a sore loser is not an impeachable offense, and Trump did not explicitly call for violence.

Let's start with one of the main reasons why Trump was elected in the first place: The huge problem, often minimized, of millions of uninvited, undocumented aliens. Aside from the cost, crime and occasional horrific terrorism, their presence is an affront to the democratic process in its flouting of the will of the people as reflected in immigration law. Yet, those who want secure borders have been labeled racists and "deplorables" by the elitists who think that they know better. Trump's no-nonsense stand on border security resonated with people who felt ignored and condescended to.

As a further provocation, we have seen months of rioting and destruction in several of our cities by leftist radicals. Despite these lawless actions, which victimized so many small businesses, many in the media and congress nevertheless called them "peaceful demonstrations", a shocking denial of reality. Liberal journalists have helped to justify the riots by selecting news stories, some very trivial, which allegedly prove that the police are racist abusers and that racism is systemic in America, a patent absurdity.

Abetting and fueling these delusions, our college campuses have become breeding grounds for a McCarthyist trend of promiscuous accusations of racism, creating a totalitarian atmosphere where our most precious democratic right, free speech, is disrespected. Non-conformist speakers are shouted down and the slightest utterance offensive to woke sensibilities can result in censure or job loss. Conservatives are contemptuously excluded from academia, as though colleges were ideologically cloistered social clubs. The damage done to young minds is only beginning to be felt.
Furthermore, the multi-year effort by the Democrats to impeach Trump for Russian influence collusion, an effort with no demonstrable substance, showed contempt for the 2016 election which Trump won fair and square.

While Donald Trump may not have graduated magna cum laude from charm school, the obvious distaste which many people have for him personally has been used to leverage a sort of coup against him.

It's been said that what goes around comes around. Ultimately, the Left has set a terrible example in its arrogant disregard for law and the will of the people. In politics, however, as in physics, every action has an equal and opposite reaction, which is what we are seeing now on the Right.

The most constructive strategy for conservatives is to keep cool, stay in the Republican Party, and help make its winning ideas of a strong defense, respect for individual freedoms and traditional Western values stronger and represented by the best candidates possible.

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