We Tried It The Easy Way

I posted this link last week – Glenn Reynolds in USAToday on how David Brooks and establishment-y pundits like him led to Donald Trump.

This passage caught my attention; the Tea Party preceded  Trump by a good 6-7 years.  We were civil, orderly, and we left the world a much better place than we found it, even in little ways, as shown in this story from a San Francisco counterprotest:

In San Francisco, too, tea party protesters met pro-Obama activists and picked up their trash. “John,” author of The City Square blog wrote: “As Obama supporters moved along in the line to get into the fundraiser, they left behind an impressive amount of trash … Tea Partiers shouted ‘pick up your garbage’ and ‘this is San Francisco, what about recycling?’ There was no response. They chanted ‘Obama leaves a mess.’ Still no response. Eventually, a tea partier (wearing the black cowboy hat) crosses over and starts to pick up the trash on his own. Other tea partiers join him. Another manages to find a trash bag. Soon the trash is being collected.”

It’s true. I was there.  It was an amazing outpouring of motivation, passion, and equanimity.

But it was spontaneous and from the right, so it had to be destroyed.  And between the media and the establishment GOP, it was.

Yet the tea party movement was smeared as racist, denounced as fascist, harassed with impunity by the IRS and generally treated with contempt by the political establishment — and by pundits like Brooks, who declared “I’m not a fan of this movement.” After handing the GOP big legislative victories in 2010 and 2014, it was largely betrayed by the Republicans in Congress, who broke their promises to shrink government and block Obama’s initiatives.

So when you shut down peoples’ peaceful, reasonable assembly for redress of grievances, what do you expect is going to happen?

So now we have Trump instead, who tells people to punch counterprotesters instead of picking up their trash.

When politeness and orderliness are met with contempt and betrayal, do not be surprised if the response is something less polite, and less orderly. Brooks closes his Trump column with Psalm 73, but a more appropriate verse is Hosea 8:7 “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.” Trump’s ascendance is a symptom of a colossal failure among America’s political leaders, of which Brooks’ mean-spirited insularity is only a tiny part. God help us all.

The whole thing is worth a read.

5 thoughts on “We Tried It The Easy Way

  1. “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” – John F. Kennedy (who these days would be considered a far right wing Republican if he were running for an office)

  2. If frustrated people try polite dissent but get stomped, they’ll try impolite dissent. If they still get stomped, they’ll either cower in subservience or rise up in violence.

    If Leftists and RINOs were smart, they’d let the ratchet slip a notch to take the pressure off until conservatives lose interest and go back to their jobs and families. There’s always next year, next election, next president to tighten the ratchet back down.

    Trump is a symptom letting us know we’re at Step 2. If his agenda gets stomped by Liberals and Establishment Republicans, which way will frustrated Americans respond? And how much are you willing to risk on that bet?

  3. People who do not learn form history have know nothing to of risk.

    FTFY. Lefties are too wrapped up in the myth of “progress” and the “arc of history” to actually learn any history. If they did, they wouldn’t be leftists after seeing what all the National and International Soci@list governments did to their people. What do you expect when you get a group of people who are determined to denigrate all history before their time as being unenlightened, brutish, and evil?

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