The mourning after: ‘This is on all white people — even if they didn’t vote for Trump’
On this, the mourning after the morning after, Your Compassionate Squire wishes to address his liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances in language they can understand, the language of the 1960s.
And then the witch doctor, he told me what to do
He told me:
Ooh, eee, ooh-ah-ah, ting-tang, walla-walla-bing-bang
Ooh, eee, ooh–ah–ah, ting-tang, walla-walla-bing-bang
Oh, wait. I meant those sad-eyed 1960s folk songs we used to hear in coffee houses with dripping candles stuck into Mateus wine bottles.
Where have all the Democrats gone, long time passing?
Where have all the voters gone, long time ago?
Where have all the swing states gone?
Donald Trump won them everyone.
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Judging by the day after the mourning after, the answer to the last repeated question is: not any time soon. There has been remarkably little introspection from our liberal-progressive-socialist acquaintances and much denial.
A Trump voter crashes the party.
And the usual futile gestures (to quote from my favorite political movie, Animal House). Wednesday night, “from New England to heartland cities like Kansas City and along the West Coast, demonstrators bore flags and effigies of the president-elect, disrupting traffic and declaring that they refused to accept Trump’s victory,” The Associated Press reports.
In Boston, thousands of … protesters streamed through downtown, chanting “Trump’s a racist” … Flames lit up the night sky in California cities Wednesday as thousands of protesters burned a giant papier-maché Trump head in Los Angeles and started fires in Oakland intersections. Los Angeles demonstrators also beat a Trump piñata and sprayed the Los Angeles Times building and news vans with anti-Trump profanity.
Burned Trump’s head? There’s someone who will never get admitted to Camp Randall on football Saturday!
‘We owe him an open mind’
A hurting Hillary, in perhaps her finest hour Wednesday, said in her concession speech, “Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead.”
But our you-know-what acquaintances will have none of it. Especially the part about the open mind.
No, they are too busy playing the race card, frayed and stained through over-use though it is.
“This Is What White Supremacy Looks Like,” an angry polemic in The Nation scolds today. The author, a certain Damon Young, preaches: “Don’t be confused. Trump’s voters didn’t vote against their own interests, they voted for the preservation of white privilege — their paramount interest.” The Nation writer concludes with an obscenity-laced tirade: “White people are so possessed with clutching and cultivating and elevating white supremacy that they will endanger and outright sacrifice their own [F-bombing] lives to do so.”
Mr. Young makes clear that his own racial hatred makes little distinction between cross burners and (one supposes) people like John Kasich and Charles Krauthammer. “This is on all white people — who are complicit even if they didn’t vote for Trump.”
CNN political commentator and professional black man Van Jones talks about a “whitelash.”
The Corporation That Speaks in the Progressive Voice plays its race card face-up. Trump’s victory is the “Triumph of the angry white guy.”
True confession here: Your Humble Squire IS an angry white guy. (It’s a glandular thing. I blame my parents.) But he voted McMullin, not Trump.
Undeterred by such quibbles, editor Paul Fanlund contends, “Trump, eschewing Walker’s subtlety, demonized and ridiculed virtually everyone who was not a white male. That clearly worked far better than anyone could have imagined.”
Did you hear that, gentle reader? Mr. Fanlund just called the voters of Wisconsin racists. Good thing he’s not a name caller.
Except that Trump demonized and ridiculed virtually everyone — white males included. Jeb Bush? “Low energy.” John McCain? “I prefer heroes who weren’t captured.” Mitt Romney is “a total joke.” Ben Sasse “looks more like a gym rat than a U.S. Senator.” And Glenn Beck, “dumb as a rock.”
I don’t like the name calling either and have said so, you knuckleheads. But at least Trump is an equal-opportunity insult machine, the Don Rickles of politics.
Ben Carson? Herman Cain? Sen. Tim Scott? Diamond and Silk? Racist Trump supporters!
Try something new
In our big cities young black men are killing other young black men at rates not seen in 30 years. The liberal-progressive-socialist response: Blame Donald Trump!
So, perhaps it’s a case of chickens coming home to roost. For decades Democrats have been splintering America into ever-thinner slices by playing the politics of identity. Black, Latino, LGBT, immigrant, student, blue collar, women, abuse survivors — victims all.
I’ve been finding fault all year with Donald Trump and will continue to do so. But he got elected. Blame the voters — those “Deplorables” — all you want. It’s what losers do when they can’t figure out how to stop losing.
Couldn’t be the message: More free stuff, blame the cops. Couldn’t be the candidate: an over-programmed, pay-to-play corruptocrat seeking four more years of an Obama presidency in a change election.
God bless the lady but after 25 years Hillary fatigue took its toll. America was ready to try something new — and maybe a little crazy.
The primal scream of the day is followed by more bad news — “Last [Tuesday] night was devastating. But the hardest part for me was this morning, when I had to tell my 10-year-old son that Trump had won the presidency. He immediately screamed that we needed to leave the country. I’m not going anywhere.” — State Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison.
Really deep political analysis — “For some reason … the Dems could not seem to connect with the voters.” Monona Grove school board member Jeff Simpson.
Democrats, please listen to this man — “Make Alan Grayson head of the Democratic National Committee!” — Jeff Simpson again!
Then again, maybe crazy would have worked for them.
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