We Can’t Go Back, Can We?

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By Erick Erickson

The nation seems to be in the midst of a hostage crisis. We, the people, are having to decide which political party will be the hostage takers. Do we stay with the Republicans and the erratic leader who has, at least, given us a good economy? Do we go with the Democrats, who offer us a few dozen potential leaders who are more stable but also more focused on upending the American economic and socio-political system?

For all the talk about Donald Trump upending American norms, his presidency has not been very abnormal. His personal behavior surely is and grates on voters. His policies are pretty mainstream. Among the President’s core supporters are evangelical voters because he has used his office and judicial appointments to protect them.

Progressive activists have harassed Christian educational institutions, Christian bakers and florists, Christian adoption and pregnancy agencies and even churches themselves. Progressive Democrats have pledged to drive them from business. I have a hard time blaming Christians for sticking with Trump in the face of this secular onslaught that much of the media ignores or downplays as it is happening.

 

For the left, it is not just that they won the popular vote but that Trump is the one who beat them. They created a myth that Russia actually stole the election. They reacted viscerally as Republicans tried to roll back the gains they made under Barack Obama. They also have hit on a core complaint against President Trump: His presidency may not be outside the norms of American discourse, but his personality is. He is always in everyone's face. He is always fighting. He is always in a rush to insult his opponents. The left and the rest of us are used to George W. Bush, who regularly had invective heaped upon him and always turned his cheek.

We had two mass shootings over the weekend. The Democrats rushed out to make it all about the President. When it turned out the shooter in Dayton, Ohio, was a radical progressive who loved Elizabeth Warren, the media demanded everyone be quiet because it did not appear his politics inspired his shooting rampage. That, by the way, is not something the media ever does when someone with right-of-center ideology opens fire. In those cases, it is always about his politics. In cases where a shooter has no ideology, the media mostly presumes he must be a right-winger. But when a Warren fan opens fire? You'd better shut up or the media will shame you.

In El Paso, the shooter was anti-immigrant. He believed they were invading. The media helpfully pointed out the President has run ads calling the situation at the border an invasion. The press tied the shooter directly to the President. Pundits called the President and his supporters racists. A man on Meet the Press, with no pushback except from the lone Republican panelist, said using the phrase "illegal immigrant" is white nationalism. Lost in all of this is that the shooter had progressive worries about overpopulation and the environment.

Our unusual President felt compelled to push back as progressives blamed him for the shooting. Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Democrat whose brother is running for president, circulated a list of Trump donors and highlighted their small businesses. Members of the press defended Castro: "It is public information," journalists said. So are their home addresses (on their local tax assessor's website), but I bet they would be outraged if that information got circulated. These were Trump donors, though, so much of the press and the left are OK with harm against them.

National discourse has gone insane. Partisans now view the other side as bad, the enemy or evil, not just opponents. What about those of us with friends across the divide? These days, there seems to be no home in politics for people who have principles and values but are willing to say that their own side might be wrong and neither side should give into hate. There is this sense there may be no going back to normalcy. We should all be troubled by that.

11 thoughts on “We Can’t Go Back, Can We?”

    1. We have a large number of Politicians, who upon taking their oath of Office are sworn to acknowledge that they will protect the Constitution so help them God. Once they are in office though, they do everything they can to say, oh I don’t agree with the first amendment, or the second amendment and the electoral college is antiquated and we should just accept the popular vote, and since the Midwest is just a bunch of hicks, why not just allow California, New York, Massacussets, and Oh we’ll throw in Chicago’s liberals too..and we can determine the President by just those 4 parts of the country voting. And by the way, since the Supreme Court isn’t voting always on the side of Liberals, there’s something wrong with it and it must be changed.
      I think that ANY politician, of either party, that does not live up to the terms of their sworn oath needs to resign in disgrace. If they do not think that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are important foundations of this country they have no business running for any office.

  1. It is a high time for adult and fact-based news reporting, as well as civil conversation on Social Medial, if we want to preserve the foundation of this country (the best in the world) was built on.
    • However, unfortunately today it all depends where one gets their information – a true journalism has disappeared with the 24/7 news cycle
    • As all of us know, if you repeat the miss-information often enough (and in multiple outlets), it will become a generally accepted fact
    • Everyone has the right to their own opinions (not facts) and life style choices, but nobody has the right to impose, intimidate, blackmail, dictate, or legislate as to how rest of us (individuals, corporations) should believe, think, and function.

    • Having had an opportunity to travel outside my native Finland since age 13, I learned long time ago that my way of thinking is not necessarily the only right one
    • There are three sides to each story – yours, mine, and the truth somewhere in the middle, since none of us are totally objective, nor do we have all the relevant facts on hand at the time.

    When small activist groups attempt to do that, what is that – Anarchy?

    • 4.6% are LGBTQ
    • 0.6% Transgender – now allowed to destroy women/girl sports
    • 1.0% Muslim

    So why are these groups a part of just about every (federal, state & local) political conversation and regulation, and often at the expense of the majority?

    PS – US Congress did not change the Dress Code for the Jews to wear kippah during the Sabbath, but for one Muslim to wear her headdress every day – What a Country!

    • As Einstein stated: “Education is not learning the facts, but teaching the brain to think”
    • Mark Twain: “Never argue with stupid people. They will drag you down to their level, and then beat you with experience”

    Check this out and draw your own conclusions – where are we today with Eight Steps to Destroy America
    https://rense.com/general62/destroy.htm

  2. NO WE CAN’T GO BACK . WE ARE A LAND OF LAWS AND JUSTICE AND IT HAS BEEN PUSHED OT THE SIDE FOR THE LAST 10YRS.BY OBAMA. EVERYTHING BECAME LACKED AND THAT STUPID FEEL GOOD CRAP. THE COUNTRY WAS DOING THAT WHILE UNDER THE COVER OBAAM WAS STEALING US BLIND AND MOVING HIS PEOPLE IN TO OUR COUNTRY WITHOUT GOING BY THE LAW IN THE FIRST PLACE. SOME OF THEM WERE GETTING A AUTOMATIC CITIZENSHIP WITH NO BACKGROUND CHECK. AND YOU WONDER WHY WE ARE IN A SEMI TROUBLE NOW. MORE THEN HALF THE CRIMES DONE UP TODAY HAS BEEN DONE BY ALL THE ILLEGALS FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES. IT IS ONLY ABOUT A 1/4 DONE BY AMERICAN CITIZEN. AND THE SHOOTINGS DONE BY GANGS AND DOPE DEALERS. THIS IS WHAT TRUMP IS TRYING TO REMOVE. AND LETS NOT FORGET THE SEX ABUSERS IN HOLLYWOOD AND THE CRIMINALS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES. THIS IS NOT OUR WAY AND NONE OF US WANT THIS FOR OUR CHILDREN. THIS IS WHAT TRUMPS CLEANING HOUSE REALLY MEANS. NONE OF THESE GO ALONG TO GET ALONG.

    1. I agree with you. I had been a Blue Dog Democrat who worked for Bill Clinton’s campaign. I voted for Obama twice. However, in 2016, I switched and became a Trump Republican. I think that the 2 terms of Bush and two terms of Obama really shifted this country away from supporting the middle and working class families to only focusing on the 1% millionaires and billionaires and other elitists, as well as putting immigrants, whether they be illegal immigrants from Central America, or H-1B workers from India, above American citizens. This needs to come to an end.

      When you have thousands of homeless American citizens in cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco shooting up drugs and defecating on the streets, all while silly Democratic politicians talk about being sanctuary cities and states, and spending all of their time and energy advocating for open borders and more immigrants to replace American citizens, then you need someone like President Trump pushing back.

      The Democratic party has moved so far to the left, they have become unrecognizable when compared to the party under President Bill Clinton. I don’t see myself ever going back to being a Democrat, and I hope that President Trump will win a 2nd term to really undo all of the damage done by Bush and Obama so that we can get the country back on the right track.

  3. “His personal behavior surely is [abnormal] and grates on voters. ”

    His behavior doesn’t grate on me. Does it grate on you Erick Erickson. I like his behavior a lot. It grates only on the people who let the corrupt mainstream media influence them .
    It’s about time we had a leader whose behavior was “abnormal”l and was not just another political hack. Someone who’s not afraid of the mainstream. Someone who calls them out, tells it like it is, and has the courage to do the right thing.

  4. Do we go with the Democrats, who offer us a few dozen potential leaders who are more stable but also more focused on upending the American economic and socio-political system?

    What do you mean “more stable”. You can’t be serious.

  5. Erratic president???? You want “erratic’ then go democrat. As a former democrat and now former republican I did not leave either party … they both left me. Democrats today are serious threats to the Constitution, Bill of Rights and the Electoral College. Know the history and methodologies of socialism and you will see what happened to other countries that went socialist … it is not pretty. If Trump is erratic there can be only one explanation … he is being compared to a new political normal that is destined, as stated by B Obama: ” TO FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE AMERICA” … now if you want that America … keep voting for s”table” democrats.

  6. We have lost the ability to deal with reality! We must look back to a kinder gentler time and see where this train went off its tracks… and use common sense to put it back.

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