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Why Do They Hate Donald Trump? by The Elephant's Child

I think many of us have been trying to make sense of our current world, perhaps a little more so than usual. David Gelernter had an article in the Wall Street Journal yesterday that helps in understanding.

Every big U.S. election is interesting, but the coming midterms are fascinating for a reason most commentators forget to mention: The Democrats have no issues. The economy is booming and America’s international position is strong. In foreign affairs, the U.S. has remembered in the nick of time what Machiavelli advised princes five centuries ago: Don’t seek to be loved, seek to be feared.

The contrast with the Obama years must be painful for any honest leftist. For future generations, the Kavanaugh fight will stand as a marker of the Democratic Party’s intellectual bankruptcy, the flashing red light on the dashboard that says “Empty.” The left is beaten.

The phrase that jumped out at me is “the coming midterms are fascinating for a reason most commentators forgot to mention: The Democrats have no issues.  And it is true.

I’ve been trying to grasp this idea for some time. Democrats accepted the idea that our national past was deeply shameful, and it was the job of their party to redeem the disgraced nation in the eyes of its citizens and in the eyes of the world. That was the moral imperative, and the Left put itself in charge of America’s moral legitimacy. This gave them enormous political and cultural power. They settled themselves in to fight racism, sexism, prejudice — all the evils they abhorred. Gelernter again:

For now, though, the left’s only issue is “We hate Trump.” This is an instructive hatred, because what the left hates about Donald Trump is precisely what it hates about America. The implications are important, and painful.

Not that every leftist hates America. But the leftists I know do hate Mr. Trump’s vulgarity, his unwillingness to walk away from a fight, his bluntness, his certainty that America is exceptional, his mistrust of intellectuals, his love of simple ideas that work, and his refusal to believe that men and women are interchangeable. Worst of all, he has no ideology except getting the job done. His goals are to do the task before him, not be pushed around, and otherwise to enjoy life. In short, he is a typical American—except exaggerated, because he has no constraints to cramp his style except the ones he himself invents.

Gelernter sees Trump as an unconstrained average American, a parody, not the thing itself. Many Americans, he says, were ashamed when Ronald Reagan was elected — a movie star? But the path he chose for America was an enormous success, and he turned out to be a great president. Perhaps this country was intended to be run by amateurs, not bureaucrats and lawyers.

One of the biggest complaints about Trump is that he is not one of us, he was never a governor, nor in Congress, or even in the army. Which clearly is a good thing. He is an outsider, not molded and formed by an enormous slow-moving bureaucracy. He was elected because he was an outsider — because he likes simple ideas that work, his certainty that America is exceptional, and because he believes in getting the job done. It is not Donald Trump who is a threat to democracy — it’s politicians. Who is questioning the legitimacy of our basic institutions like the Electoral College and the Supreme Court? Who encourages mobs to attack political opponents in restaurants?

So with a caravan of some 7,000 angry young men who are advancing on our Southern border, we are to accept open borders? Worry about “white privilege”? About eliminating ICE, our border police?  The Left is trying to claim that Republicans don’t want illegals because they have darker skin. It has to be about racism. The Left wants open borders because illegals are apt to vote Democrat, and everything now is based on a Democrat return to power. Somehow in putting themselves in charge of America’s moral legitimacy, they’ve neglected to learn about America and American history, American economics, American relations with the rest of the world, and what ordinary Americans believe is important. They have no ideas.

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