Like many of you, I foolishly thought the election of Donald Trump would cause at least some on the left to dial back some of their caterwauling. Instead, they turned up the volume, going so far as to hire celebs to lecture the electoral college and generally hoping against hope that “something” would prevent Trump from making it to inauguration day. When the day came and went, I thought maybe, just maybe, they would at least accept the reality of Trump’s victory, forgetting of course that lefties don’t accept reality of any kind. And since January 20? Forget it — they have cranked up their hysteria to eleven.
Forget the Berkeley riot and the protests and the 9th circuit — all of that was fairly predictable and made for TV. What’s troublesome to me is the behavior on social media, particularly from educated adults who should know better. Prior to the election, the anti-Trump posts on Facebook were largely attempts at humor: jabs at his haircut, silly memes, re-posts of SNL skits, etc. This was back when there was “no way” he could win. Between the election and inauguration, the tone changed to one of mild panic peppered with giddy excitement at every fake news story (“golden showers”) they hoped would somehow block Trump from being sworn in. Since Inauguration Day, every Trump appointee is Satan, Armageddon is on the horizon, and — worse yet — anyone who disagrees is fair game for heavy doses of arrogance and condescension.
I’ll spare you the many examples of this that have oozed down my feed the past three weeks. No doubt you’ve seen plenty enough already. One post from a former higher-ed colleague of mine will suffice:
We need to resist not only for ourselves but for those who disagree with us as well.
Whom the left hates most is their fellow citizens who don’t think as they do because, at its root, leftism is anti-human; hence the constant war they wage on individual rights and their hatred of capitalism. Anyone who likes the 2nd Amendment, private property, or keeping his money is a tobacco chewin’ yahoo who “votes against his self-interest.” The environmental/climate change movement demonstrates, more clearly than anything else, that not only do lefties have contempt for their fellow humans, they feel guilty about being humans themselves.
Many of these “resistors” on my wall are actual — not just virtual — friends. They are intelligent in many respects and well-versed in a variety of subjects (excluding American political history). You’d think some of them would practice what they get paid to preach and actually research the facts on gun crime, race relations, or climate change in an effort to have a fair debate. But the left does not use the internet to educate themselves, they use it to lecture the rest of us.
For those of you who don’t work in higher education or know many people who do, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. You know all those oh-so-erudite and sophisticated lefty professors who routinely thumb their noses at “the flyover?” Well, that’s where most of them are from. In the quarter-century I spent in academe, I could count on one hand the number of fellow students and colleagues who are of the Northeast-corridor, Oak Park, Napa Valley, blue-blood Ivy-League variety. The vast majority are from the center of Illinois, the hills of West Virginia, the Arkansas Delta… Their parents are factory workers, carpenters, farmers… And that’s perhaps the saddest thing of all — minus the degrees, they are the yahoos they hate.
Thanks in large part to the non-stop lecturing, arrogance, and condescension from the left, the Democrat party got taken to the woodshed in November. If they keep it up, they’ll live there for a generation.