Ever wonder why folks on the political Left come so unglued when things don’t go their way? Issues & Insights has some thoughts. Excerpt:
There are plenty of candidates for the most hinge-free response to the draft. But before we go further, we’d like to highlight Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren descent into madness. Watch the video with the audio muted. Does her body language, the spasmodic gesturing, the pointed finger remind anyone of a 20th century figure whose speeches we’re used to seeing in black-and-white newsreels?
Heaven help us.
Warren’s fevered tirade clearly shows we have reached the point that the left has decided that policy will not be made like sausage but through tantrum, intimidation, and riot. If the Supreme Court doesn’t rule its way, then the Court is illegitimate, stolen and therefore has to be destroyed to save itself from making incorrect rulings. As John Daniel Davidson so eloquently noted for The Federalist, “whenever the left feels they have lost control of an institution, they try to destroy it.”
But what should we expect given the childish outbursts and lawlessness following the 2016 election of Donald Trump? The Antifa riots and violent Black Lives Matter mobs that were tacitly approved, and in some cases supported, by the Democrats? And a hard-left press that strangled its last shred of credibility by trafficking the Russian dossier it new was fake, and then insisting in the most maniacal ways imaginable that only it can determine what is acceptable speech in the U.S.?
If anyone wonders where this started, we need go back no further for the answer than 2000, when Democrats demanded the Florida presidential ballots be recounted and recounted until enough votes could be found to give Al Gore the state, and the White House. A peaceful transition of power was not in their plans.
What I don’t see mentioned in this article is something I think the authors overlooked – the fundamental insecurity behind this kind of behavior. I’m not certain as to the source of that insecurity. Maybe it’s because the people acting out like this know, at some deep hidden inner level, that their policy proposals are horseshit. Or maybe it’s because they know that, given the chance for an honest vote and full airing of both sides, the average voter would reject their horseshit policy proposals.
In either case, leftists have been trying for some time to shift the Overton window in American politics, but it seems increasingly that they have succeeded mostly in moving the Overton window of the Democrat Party; that is, they have become the party of moochers, looters, ivory-tower academics and a small urban elite.
That’s leaving the GOP a lot of room in which to operate.