Many readers of The New Americana and supporters of the nascent Federalist Party are aware of our deep intellectual and philosophical reservations over the new President’s announced propensity for seemingly unhinged comments and a love for using the government’s immense and fearsome powers.
Yet our intellectual concerns did not prepare us for the unexpected. Not Trump’s victory, a surprise of the planets-aligned-just-right variety, but rather for the absolute discomfort of the smug, sanctimonious and despotic far left which was ready to assert dominance over American politics, culture and the economy with a Hillary victory.
And then it all fell apart in the evening hours of Election Day.
The quietest bus ride on public mass transit (which I despise) in my memory was the early morning of November 9th. Yes, the morning after – no, The Morning After – Donald Trump’s surprising, meteor-strikes-Earth victory.
I was operating on three hours’ sleep, having stayed up to watch the results trickle in, the mounting mass media commentator meltdowns and finally at around 3 AM Eastern time, the Donald Trump victory speech. Unwilling to risk driving in a fatigued state or fall asleep in stalled traffic, I boarded a crowded and funereally quiet bus from New Jersey into midtown Manhattan around 7 AM.
The difference that morning was striking and it was immediate. There was stunned silence – 9/11-type stunned silence – among the New Jersey passengers, from a state which Hillary won by nearly 15 points. But the subways in New York were just the same.
Mind you, this was rush hour. Typically, I’ve observed there’s someone always babbling, yapping idiotically into a phone no matter what the hour. But this day, there was dead silence among the passengers in deep blue People’s Republic of New York City. A quadrant of the country where Hillary (or more precisely, The Candidate Who Is Not The Man Whose Name We Shall Not Speak) won by between 80 and 90 percent, where Trump supporters are just as likely to be suffering from Oppositional Defiance Disorder as any affinity to Le Grand Orange.
There was one exception. I passed a young woman, beaming with a smile from ear to ear. I saw her, and for a moment, I could not contain my poker face. It was, “Hey! Someone else is happy these people …. these people … got what was coming to them for a long time.”
She stood in stark contrast to the pasty white faces of all the other commuters.
Yet that silence was, is, misleading.
But the left is retrenching. They are still arrogant. They are still disdainful of the rights, concerns and feelings of anyone else. The noncompliant. The Unwoke.
In the last two months we’ve seen the left act out its unhinged emotion. Trump’s election is not the cause; the left has been hateful, spiteful and hypocritical for eons. It’s what they do.
But Trump’s election has now made it socially acceptable to act out, to intimidate and to threaten. In short, Trump’s election has now helped unmask the left’s true nature, revealing to many Americans the real danger in the sharp leftward turn in American politics over the last quarter century.
With a modus operandi which blesses the attitude that the end justifies the means, the left is now poised to defy the federal government at every turn. Its dominance of state and local governments, including enforcement agencies such as prosecutors’ offices, indicates that selective enforcement, implicitly-sanctioned discrimination and outright nullification of federal and state laws may become the order of the day.
We should be ready to see state and local governments erect overt obstacles to federal laws, and to federal government enforcement at every turn, no matter the jurisdictional rights at issue.
But the battle will extend to the private sector, as it has for decades. Large companies, whose middle management may be dominated by closeted Marxists, may be the first battleground you’re not ready to recognize. These will be the sites of the first flouting of basic laws. We’re talking data privacy, including health information privacy (HIPAA) and internet privacy. We’re also talking the likelihood of overt political discrimination the likes of which this nation has never seen in the private sector.
I fear we are entering, if we are not already in the midst of, an era of “the laws be damned, the rules be damned.”
These are the dangers which emerge when the Left’s moral sanctimony merges with its confidence that it may act with impunity.
All these trends are the product of converging and sometimes contradictory currents, as intellectual arrogance and personal disdain get fueled by a real sense by Leftists that their salad days are over.
While conservatives – and indeed, Federalists – fret about a narrow November victory unlikely to be replicated absent, the new administration’s haphazard policy pronouncements and emotional inconsistency, the left is in the throes of a full blown pity party which it is using as its excuse to do what it’s always wanted to do.
That is, to trample on the rights of its opponents, to remake American society and to use the fearsome power of The State to subjugate enemies. All in the name of equality, naturally.
So, right thinking Americans, get ready for the fiercest attacks on Judeo-Christian faith, basic Constitutional rights, the traditional family and masculinity in general, Western civilization and capitalism which you’ve ever seen or imagined.
The Left imagines it’s behind and it’s late in the fourth quarter. So get ready for its two minute drill.
Will we be ready for – and will we have the fortitude to fight, withstand and repel – these attacks?
Image courtesy of Gage Skidmore.