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Democrats Are a Disgrace to the United States Senate by The Elephant's Child

What a day!

What explains the spectacle, the scandals and the melodramas? Victor Davis Hanson takes on the question, and deals with it quite successfully. Do read the whole thing, it’s not long.

Francis Menton, the Manhattan Contrarian asks: “What Is This About Not Accepting the Results of Elections?” (last Monday).

The fundamental thing that distinguishes the United States from everywhere else in the world is our collective commitment to our Constitution. What does that mean? It’s not a long or complex document. It defines the structure of the government (legislative, executive, judicial), and lays out a series of rights in the first ten amendments. But most fundamentally, it provides for an electoral process for selecting our legislative and executive officials. Commitment to the Constitution means accepting the results of the elections, and the subsequent peaceful transfer of power. During my entire life up to now, that has been how it worked. Now, not so much.

Democrats, having just had an 8 year successful presidency, with the first Black President, and preparing to elect the first woman as president for another 8 years and another Democrat triumph, were totally unprepared for a loss, and a loss to Donald Trump was somehow more than they could bear. Those in power had never imagined that Donald Trump either could or should win the 2016 election.

In an article from the Wall Street Journal, Shelby Steele explains: “For many on the left a hateful anti-Americanism has become a self-congratulatory lifestyle.

It began in the 1960s, when America finally accepted that slavery and segregation were profound moral failings. That acceptance changed America forever. It imposed a new moral imperative: America would have to show itself redeemed of these immoralities in order to stand as a legitimate democracy.

The genius of the left in the ’60s was simply to perceive the new moral imperative, and then to identify itself with it. Thus the labor of redeeming the nation from its immoral past would fall on the left. This is how the left put itself in charge of America’s moral legitimacy. The left, not the right—not conservatism—would set the terms of this legitimacy and deliver America from shame to decency.

The Democrats’ behavior at this hearing and in this confirmation process has been so far from what was intended by the Constitution, it is embarrassing. They clearly don’t care about truth, honor, a hearing conducted by the United States Senate, only about removing Brett Kavanaugh from any possibility of serving on the U.S. Supreme Court—because he might rule against their agenda. The Supreme Court is supposed to be about the Constitution and the law, not about feelings. This is why the Democrats deserve total condemnation for their behavior. This is the third time they have pulled this kind of stunt. Even today I have heard Democrats claiming that Justice Clarence Thomas, confirmed to the Court in 1981, is a sexual predator. Claims made during his hearing, and rejected. Inexcusable.

This has been a total Democrat smear, as has been their posture when their power is questioned or rejected, as it has been. The economy is booming in a way previously unseen in the 21st century. Unemployment is near record lows, and the stock market is reaching new highs. Domestic energy production is reaching record highs. Trump is helping to crush the Islamic State, he has beefed up the military, restored good relations with Israel and with the moderate Arab world. It’s clearly bad enough that Trump won, but he is actually suceeding, when he was supposed to be crude and incompetent. The failures of the previous administration are being fixed, one by one. That’s the source of the fury, which is now focused on Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his family. Disgusting.




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