Commentary by author & journalist Rod Thomson
President Trump’s remarks late last week were everything anyone could want out of an American President following Wednesday’s Capitol mob. As presidential as presidential comes.
But it won’t mean a wit to the Democrat leaders and media howling for Trump’s head since November 2016, who even with only 5 days left in his presidency are screaming at the sky for impeachment or the 25th Amendment, completely out of touch with reality and certainly disconnected from what would be good for America. Healing? No. What Democrat leaders ultimately still want is submission. Submission from Trump supporters. Submission from Republicans. Deleting President Trump’s personal Twitter and Facebook accounts started the wave of purges of conservatives on censor media platforms.
What is driving all of this is what is key. Sure, there is vitriolic hatred of Trump. But it always has been, and remains, a growing, deep disdain for the America that Trump and the emerging GOP represents. Working Americans. Middle class Americans. Traditionalist Americans. Religious Americans. Non-college Americans. Skilled trades Americans. Flyover Americans. Deplorables, in a word.
I know there are exceptions to this among my Democrat and media friends. And I still have many of both, though our divisions increase the strain and the tribalism. But those exceptions are among basic voters who are Democrat, not the hard-core Democrat and leadership. As it pertains to Democrat leadership in Washington, D.C., in the media, in academia, in Hollywood, in public education, in the permanent bureaucratic state.
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It was the Democrat leadership in Congress that officially changed House rules to the most idiotic form of woke speech, eliminating all genders and replacing them with vomitous nonsense. From Aunt Mary to Parent’s Sibling Mary and so on. It was the same leadership that brought in a man who ended the opening Congressional session prayer with amen and awomen. My rank-and-file Democrat friends agreed those were stupid and wrong. But my friends are not Democratic leaders.
It’s the same leadership that still wants to institute the Green New Deal, which is a fantasy that would turn to a dystopian nightmare. Sheer insanity, unhinged from reality. This is not about tax rates or health care coverage or level of military spending or even abortion; those traditional differences between right and left. This is something terribly different from the Democratic Party.
That’s why the Democrat direction is more and more frequently associated with radical elitists, not regular Democrats, certainly not old-line Democrats. Trump represented the opposite of those elitist interests — and they despised him because of those he represents. “They” in this case are an amalgamation of the extremists like AOC, the power-crazed like Nancy Pelosi, the dishonest media and the entrenched permanent staters protecting their turf, such as James Comey and Andrew McCabe.
So the culmination at the Capitol is blamed by all those folks solely on Trump. But while his incautious language on the day of the event was not helpful, it was obviously not incitement. The reaction is so much bigger than Trump, and growing. But the incalculably damaging actions of a handful last week will allow Democrats and the media to ignore the underlying dynamic.
Trump realized it is bigger than him with his speech following the mob actino, which was pitch perfect and needed. But it is irrelevant because in the end, as we will see in coming months and years, it was never about Trump in the end. He was just the willing lightning rod.
None of the “elites” have made any attempt to understand what the hundreds of thousands of peaceful demonstrators last week represented. By Democrats and the media focusing on the few who acted illegally and should be prosecuted, just like BLM and Antifa should be — people that Democrats frequently defended — they will perpetuate the two Americas. Maybe that is actually what they want. I doubt it is what most Democrats want. I know it is not what Republicans want. But perhaps open warfare on the supporters of their political opponents is precisely their goal.
Learning no lessons, making no attempt to understand, will doom us to deepening the divides and repeating this terrible dynamic with worse and worse outcomes. Because they are not seeking unity or reconciliation in any way other than complete submission.
Rod Thomson is an author, former journalist, past Salem radio host, ABC TV commentator and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Follow him on Clapper @rodthomson and Instagram. Like Rod on Facebook and follow him on Twitter