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National treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson has this to say: Who Are the Real Insurrectionists? Excerpt:
Recently, Democrats have been despondent over President Joe Biden’s sinking poll numbers. His policies on the economy, energy, foreign policy, the border, and COVID-19 all have lost majority support.
As a result, the Left now variously alleges that either in 2022, when they expect to lose the Congress, or in 2024, when they fear losing the presidency, Republicans will “destroy democracy” or stage a coup.
A cynic might suggest that they praise democracy when they get elected, only to claim it is broken when they lose. Or they hope to avoid their defeat by trying to terrify the electorate. Or they mask their own revolutionary propensities by projecting them onto their opponents.
After all, who is trying to federalize election laws in national elections contrary to the spirit of the Constitution? Who wishes to repeal or circumvent the Electoral College? Who wishes to destroy the more than 180-year-old Senate filibuster, the over 150-year-old nine-justice Supreme Court, and the more than 60-year-old, 50-state union?
Who is attacking the founding constitutional idea of two senators per state?
And if you think it’s bad now, wait until after this year’s mid-terms.
Plenty of (stupid) people are still making a big deal out of last year’s January 6th “insurrection” which was, really, trespassing mixed with a dash of hooliganism and vandalism. That’s not exactly firing on Fort Sumter. But while a tad over half of Republicans harbor doubts as to the legitimacy of the 2020 Presidential election, almost three-fourths of Democrats expressed similar doubts in 2016, and beat the “MUH RUSSIAN COLLUSION” drum from then until now.
Dr. Hanson concludes:
We are in a dangerous revolutionary cycle. But the threat is not so much from loud, buffoonish one-day rioters on January 6. Such clownish characters did not for 120 days loot, burn, attack courthouses and police precincts, cause over 30 deaths, injure 2,000 policemen, and destroy at least $2 billion in property – all under the banner of revolutionary justice.
Even more ominously, stone-cold sober elites are systematically waging an insidious revolution in the shadows that seeks to dismantle America’s institutions and the rule of law as we have known them.
Let’s point out that as a professor of classical history, Dr. Hanson knows his stuff here. He’s studied the fall of nations. He’s someone we should listen to when he talks about the decline of our own.
But as I’ve pointed out before, he’s short on offering solutions. And of late I’m wondering if that’s because he doesn’t really see a way back? Once the rot has set in – can we not reverse it or, failing that, cut it out?
Get out of the cities, folks.