The view from the left 7

“Liberals” do not see Hillary Clinton as a thief, a liar, a grifter, a bribe-taker, a traitor, a failure, an incompetent, a law-breaker – all the things she is – but as a woman. One of the “oppressed minoritiesaccording to Leftist twaddle. And those who didn’t vote for her to be president of the US are therefore “sexist“.

And they will not even look for anything good in President-elect Donald Trump.

Ann Coulter says:

With the self-assurance of everything else they’ve said wrong about Trump from Day One, the media are already announcing that he, too, will betray the American people.

Yes. Already – more than two months before he enters the Oval Office – the Democratic (mainstream) Press is claiming (falsely of course) that Trump is going back on his policy promises.

How do the Democrats justify supporting such a candidate as Hillary Clinton, and the Obama policies which a majority of American voters have now rejected?

After all, there must be some Democrats who are not out-and-out villains; some who do not think what the Clintons have done is morally good or politically wise.

How do they explain it?

Apparently they don’t even see it. Their version of what has just been voted against and what has been voted for is utterly different from ours.

Here’s Garrison Keillor writing at the Washington Post, saying that Trump won’t do what he said he would but will do a lot of harm anyway, and implying what a lovely world it would have been if only Hillary had won:

So he won. The nation takes a deep breath. Raw ego and proud illiteracy have won out, and a severely learning-disabled man with a real character problem will be president. We are so exhausted from thinking about this election, millions of people will take up leaf-raking and garage cleaning with intense pleasure. We liberal elitists are wrecks. The Trumpers had a whale of a good time, waving their signs, jeering at the media, beating up protesters, chanting “Lock her up” — we elitists just stood and clapped. Nobody chanted “Stronger Together.” It just doesn’t chant.

The Trumpers never expected their guy to actually win the thing, and that’s their problem now.

See how wrong he is?

They wanted only to whoop and yell, boo at the H-word, wear profane T-shirts, maybe grab a crotch or two, jump in the RV with a couple of six-packs and go out and shoot some spotted owls. It was pleasure enough for them just to know that they were driving us wild with dismay — by “us,” I mean librarians, children’s authors, yoga practitioners, Unitarians, bird-watchers, people who make their own pasta, opera-goers, the grammar police, people who keep books on their shelves, that bunch. The Trumpers exulted in knowing we were tearing our hair out. They had our number, like a bratty kid who knows exactly how to make you grit your teeth and froth at the mouth.

That paragraph is a whole education in itself for us conservatives. Let us take note. The people who have been supporting the policies of the last eight years – the Islamic terrorism, the invasion of Libya, the Benghazi outrage, the illegal immigration, the vast displacement of populations and the Muslim invasion of Europe, the aiding of Iran to become a nuclear power, the law-defying regulations issuing from the Oval office to cripple business and keep the economy stagnant, the staggering national debt, the corruption of the IRS, the FBI, the DOJ, the State Department, are  … librarians, children’s authors, yoga practitioners, Unitarians, bird-watchers, people who make their own pasta, opera-goers, the grammar police, people who keep books on their shelves.

They are people just like him. Nice, typical middle-class, tradition-honoring Americans. Who among us would have thought it, if we were not being told?

Garrison Keillor pities us; we will so regret what we have done, voting for “illiterate” Donald Trump.

Alas for the Trump voters, the disasters he will bring on this country will fall more heavily on them than anyone else. The uneducated white males who elected him are the vulnerable ones, and they will not like what happens next.

To all the patronizing B.S. we’ve read about Trump expressing the white working-class’s displacement and loss of the American Dream, I say, “Feh!” — go put your head under cold water. Resentment is no excuse for bald-faced stupidity. America is still the land where the waitress’s kids can grow up to become physicists and novelists and pediatricians, but it helps a lot if the waitress and her husband encourage good habits and the ambition to use your God-given talents and the kids aren’t plugged into electronics day and night. Whooping it up for the candidate of cruelty and ignorance does less than nothing for your kids.

Trump, you see, is “the candidate of cruelty and ignorance”. He never raised kids who could become highly-respected, high-earners – did he? Well, we’ve noticed that he did, but Garrison Keillor has missed it.

We liberal elitists are now completely in the clear. The government is in Republican hands. Let them deal with him. Democrats can spend four years raising heirloom tomatoes, meditating, reading Jane Austen, traveling around the country, tasting artisan beers, and let the Republicans build the wall and carry on the trade war with China and deport the undocumented and deal with opioids, and we Democrats can go for a long , brisk walk and smell the roses.

There’s an enlargement of the description of your average Democrat. Put aside your knowledge that George Soros, John Podesta, Huma Abedin, Donna Brazile, represent the Democratic Party. No. Think rather of gentle honorable people who – unlike us illiterate hicks – raise heirloom tomatoes, meditate, read Jane Austen, travel around the country, taste artisan beers.

Okay, I recognize the sort he’s talking about: pajama boy. Remember him? He sat in pajamas and specs warming his hands round a mug of cocoa, explaining to his dumb parents why they should vote for Obama and his wonderful health care proposals.

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I like Republicans. I used to spend Sunday afternoons with a bunch of them, drinking Scotch and soda and trying to care about NFL football. It was fun. I tried to think like them. (Life is what you make it. People are people. When the going gets tough, tough noogies.) But I came back to liberal elitism.

So Keillor is, by his own admission, a member of the self-annointed political elite (talk about “raw ego”!) whom we have recently written about quite a lot. The ones Trump has defied and defeated, whom we recognize as the globalists; the dictators who have decreed that jihadis, rapists, drug-dealers, murderers will flood into Europe and pour into America; the allies of Obama when he enabled, enriched, and encouraged the Iranian regime so they can go ahead and build a nuclear arsenal. The ones who let the Clintons corrupt the State Department and as many other government agencies as they could reach with their leprous hands.

And he fails to see the protestors who are now screaming through the streets of American cities, blocking traffic, setting fires, holding up badly spelt  banners, howling for blood, for the assassination of Donald Trump, beating up Trump voters, demanding that the election result be cancelled and reversed. He doesn’t see them as as cruel. He sees the gentlefolk who lined up patiently and voted for Trump as “cruel”, as “bullies”.

How is it possible to have so totally wrong a view of what is actually happening?

Don’t be cruel. Elvis said it, and it’s true. We all experienced cruelty back in our playground days — boys who beat up on the timid, girls who made fun of the homely and naive — and most of us, to our shame, went along with it, afraid to defend the victims lest we become one of them. But by your 20s, you should be done with cruelty. Mr. Trump was the cruelest candidate since George Wallace. How he won on fear and bile is for political pathologists to study. The country is already tired of his noise, even his own voters.

Oh? Just a few days after his election? Now where on earth did he get that from? In what world does this man live?

Like the media generally, Keillor goes on confidently prophesying what will happen with Trump, although none of their prophecies so far have been right.

He is likely to become the most intensely disliked president since Herbert Hoover. His children will carry the burden of his name. He will never be happy in his own skin. But the damage he will do to our country — who knows? His supporters voted for change, and boy, are they going to get it.

And how librarians, children’s authors, yoga practitioners, Unitarians, bird-watchers, waitresses, physicists, novelists, pediatricians, people who make their own pasta, opera-goers, people who keep books on their shelves, raise heirloom tomatoes, meditate, read Jane Austen, travel around the country, taste artisan beers will suffer! It’s too dreadful to think of.

Posted under liberalism, United States by Jillian Becker on Saturday, November 12, 2016

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  • Bruce

    Has anyone else read the comments on this piece over on the WaPo, where it’s originally from? It’s hilarious. The arrogant idiots clearly haven’t learned that calling us names doesn’t work any more. They honestly view us as uneducated hicks, rubes,and fools, and believe that Trump is going to destroy the economy. These bubble-dwelling, reality-ignorant, supercilious poster children for the Kruger-Dunning effect think it’s going just ducky under His Royal Asshattedness Obama I. Not a single mention of the historically low workforce participation rate, nor the record high rate of unemployment among young black people, nor any evidence they have a clue what quantitative easing is and how it’s been used to prop up the economy, and of course, not a bit about how important a manufacturing base is to any economy, not to mention national defense/security.. I sincerely do hope they double-down on the racist/homophobic/sexist/blah-blah-blah-ist crap. People are already mad about it after 8 years under Obama, and it’ll only help Trump in 2020, should he be able to better things during his first term. I’m still holding my breath on that, mostly because i fear what the RINOs will try to pull to undermine him.

    • liz

      Yes, the stupidity is enough to make your head explode. Leftist brainwashing invariably turns its victims into infantile tantrum throwing know-it-alls, who whine on cue about the ‘racism’, etc, of the responsible adults who are actually getting things done to save their whiney asses.
      After 50 years of this, you’d think they’d catch on! It’s really getting old.

  • Robbie

    Well politics is tearing my family apart, my sister is a Hillary supporter. Happy Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  • Robbie

    That video of Miley Cyrus crying that Hillary deserved to be President because she’s a woman made me wanna puke.

    This post hits the nail on the head, Jillian!

    • liz

      I saw one before the election of an old woman crying ‘tears of joy’ because she finally got to vote for a woman for President. It made me sick. At least Miley Cyrus has the excuse for her stupidity of being too young to have learned much. But it’s painful to see old people who are still that stupid! “There’s no fool like an old fool”…

  • liz

    Talk about “patronizing B.S.”! For one who (quite obviously) prides himself on being well educated and informed, Keillor’s ignorance and disconnect from reality is astounding. What an idiot! A “useful idiot”, to be precise.

    • Bruce

      Yeah… reading that, it’s one of those “i can’t even” moments.