I voted for Sen. (ret.) Hillary. I did not vote for her because I liked her, but because the choice to vote for President-elect Trump was not a live choice for me for many reasons. I wanted Sen. Bernie so badly! This post is not about those reasons for my vote. This post is about the post-election reaction by all too many people who also voted for Hillary. And, here is my advice for you. Stop, please just stop. The reactions you are displaying not only mimic the very complaints you had about Republicans, but also are sowing the same reaction among Republicans that they sowed among you when they did the exact same thing. Here is a list of some of the things make me want to facepalm myself when I read about them or see them on TV. May I beg you to please make it your New Year’s Resolution to stop doing things like those listed below?
- I get it that we were disappointed that Trump was elected. But, some of you are talking as though the Apocalypse is around the corner. Before he even takes office, cities are already declaring themselves to not be subject to the entering administration, etc. “Resistance” groups are being started, and–God help us all–safe spaces are being created in various universities in which students need not hear about real life, or to put it another way, in which conservatives can be kept from speaking out. Here is the thing. This is exactly what happened eight years ago. Back then groups like Oathkeepers and the Guardians were started to “protect” the Republic from the incoming “Kenyan socialist usurper.” When I have pointed this out, I have been told that the difference is that President Obama was innocent of all that was charged against him, while President-elect Trump really is all the things you fear. Please, can you hear the sophistry and casuistic argumentation in your argument? There is NO difference between what you are doing now and what extreme conservatives did back then. Stop, please just stop.
- You were upset back then that President Obama was called a liar during a Congressional session. You were even more upset when people talked about how Michelle must really be a trans-gendered individual while making disrespectful comments about her arm muscles and her baring her shoulders. Yet, you consider it appropriate when the daughter of the President-elect, who was traveling with CHILDREN, is confronted by a gay couple angry about her father. I got to watch TV commentary in which various liberals supported the action as an appropriate act of political protest and/or political theater. Can you see the contradiction? Stop, please just stop.
- Many of you lined up to whale on the couple who owned a family bakery because they did not want to make a cake for a gay wedding. You argued that people in public venues had to respect any and all civil rights laws, even if it went against religious beliefs. Now from the Rockettes to fashion designers, you have people saying that they will refuse to work for the President-elect and his family, even if they place an order. All of a sudden, this is a principled belief that must be protected. All of a sudden, it does not matter that these are people in a public venue who either provide entertainment or serve the public. You hypocrites. I could almost wish that some in Trump’s family would place a fashion order with you and then sue you because you refused. Stop, please just stop.
- When Democrats had the Presidency (though technically they still do for 3 1/2 more weeks) you fought hard against the judicial doctrine of originalism. You rightly pointed out that the twenty-seven amendments to the Constitution show that either issues or changes in culture meant that the Constitution, as originally written, was simply not perfect and was deliberately written to be open to improvement. In fact, the Constitution did not even make it out of Congress without having the Bill of Rights added because of the lacks it had. But, after Trump had won sufficient electoral votes, you suddenly discovered “Hamiltonian democracy.” You discovered an originalism which allowed you to argue that the electors should all go faithless and vote for Hillary, or at least for almost any other Republican but Trump. In a worst case, you hoped to throw the election into the House of Representatives, thus delegitimizing Trump, to some extent, even if the House chose him. In the process, you have shot your arguments against originalism because you will not be believed on this subject again. (Except that I suspect that if you need to, you will quickly turn on a dime and pretend that you never supported originalism when you found it ever so convenient.) So, stop, please just stop.
- Various Democrats in Congress are essentially pledging to stop every bill and every presidential nominee that requires more than a 50% plus one vote. But, you have been arguing for cooperation for eight years, and blaming the Republicans for the years of government shut-downs, brinksmanship, etc. Democrats have just lost an election in a slap-on-the-face moment, and you want to go to a tactic that had much of the nation seething? You are most certainly trying to lose the Congressionals in two years, are you not? Stop, please just stop.
I could go on. Sadly, I could go on for quite a while. The incredible list of 180 degree turn-arounds makes my head spin. Giving up your principles just because you lost the election is not the way to go. Taking up every tactic you derided simply because Trump is wrong and Obama has been right is not a logically winning argument, nor one that will be believed by moderates and independents. Stop, please just stop.