PETER HITCHENS: "Think Trump is bad? Wait until you see what comes next... "
"After years of taunting, spiting, ignoring and scorning the rest of us and our opinions, the liberals have now created a monster. President Trump is entirely their fault. But they blame others. On they ploughed with their mass immigration, their diversity and equality, their contempt for lifelong, stable marriage, their refusal to punish crime, their mad, idealistic foreign wars, their indulgence of drugs, their scorn for patriotism, their schools and universities, turning out graduates with certificates they can barely read."
Sophisticated conservatives are, of course, embarrassed that Trump is their designated standard-bearer. Their current talking point is that Trump is not their fault, because liberals created Trump.
That's a bunch of self-serving spin, of course, but there's a lot of truth to it. How long did we think we could tell a private businessman that if two gay men want a wedding cake, he HAS to make it for them, even though his conscience tells him that gay marriage is an abomination. Did we think there would be no blowback? Did we think that ridiculing a court clerk for refusing to issue a gay marriage license wouldn't cause any resentment? That woman just thought that she was refusing to carry out an immoral order, like an army grunt who refuses a lieutenant's order to shoot a civilian. I don't see her that way, but that's how she sees herself, and that's how millions of others see her. Then we used the criminal justice system and the courts to enforce those "immoral" orders. Well, guess what? In a brief time, the shoe will be on the other foot. They are free to change the laws without fear of a Presidential veto. What's more, they're going to have the courts packed with conservative judges from stem to stern because they are now the people who do the nominating as well as the people who do the confirming. Remember when we did not listen to their concerns? Well, sparky, they ain't gonna listen to ours now.
History doesn't move in a linear fashion. It advances in a series of cycles, and those cycles include periods of reaction and retrograde motion. Some gears are now about to shift, and life is going to suck for some of us.
In the long run, it'll suck for all of us if we don't start listening to one another.
I was struck with the humble, conciliatory tone of Trump's acceptance speech in the wee hours after election day. He said the right things. I hope he is also capable of actually doing good things, because he's now the guy who's gonna take us to the prom, even though we were hoping somebody else would ask.