Civility: Anyone who hoped that cooler heads would prevail after the Democrats lost their full-scale war against Justice Brett Kavanaugh was soon disappointed. Instead, the left has doubled down, trashing every institution they say contributed to their loss.
In just the few days since Kavanaugh joined his eight other colleagues on the Supreme Court, liberal journalists, pundits and leading Democrats have:
- Attacked the Senate as an undemocratic institution.
- Questioned the legitimacy of the Supreme Court.
- Attacked the Constitution.
- Eagerly talked about packing the Supreme Court with liberal justices.
- Called for still more aggressive tactics against “enemies” on the right.
- Remained silent about calls to murder and mayhem from their own ranks.
Shortly after Kavanaugh’s confirmation, the talk on the left immediately switched to how the country’s own institutions had failed.
Kavanaugh Appointment ‘Undemocratic’?
They complained about the Electoral College, because Trump won with a minority of the popular vote. If Hillary Clinton were president, Kavanaugh would never have been named.
They attacked the Senate as undemocratic, because each state gets the same number of Senators, no matter how big or small their population. So Senators from small conservative states helped put Kavanaugh on the bench, despite opposition from big liberal states.
As NBC reporter Ken Dilanian put it in a tweet: “the idea that North Dakota and New York get the same representation in the Senate has to change.”
MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell went even further. He charges that:”The Senate is now deeply undemocratic and getting worse every single day.” He called it “an unfixable crime against democracy.”
The leftist ThinkProgress called the Senate “an immoral, anti-democratic institution.”
Michael Tomasky, writing in the New York Times, said that Kavanaugh’s confirmation not only exposed fatal flaws in the Senate, but created “a severe legitimacy crisis for the Supreme Court.”
The Washington Post’s Anne Applebaum darkly observed that “Americans are living under the rule of a minority” — as though the U.S. had suddenly turned into apartheid South Africa.
Packing the Court
When not blaming the nation’s Founders for adding “quirks” to the Constitution like the Electoral College and the two-Senator-per-state rule, the left is now openly endorsing the idea of packing the Court with liberals by adding extra seats. (As though this would add legitimacy to the court.)
Never mind that the last time a Democratic president tried this — FDR in the late 1930s — it failed miserably and was a stain on his presidency.
Meanwhile, leading Democrats continue to egg on the fringes of their party with increasingly violent-infused rhetoric.
On CNN this week, Hillary Clinton declared that “you cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for.”
Former Attorney General Eric Holder advised Democrats that “when they go low, we kick them.”
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez told supporters in a fundraising email that Democrats had to “make Republicans pay” for Kavanaugh. And another liberal group talked about how a “day of reckoning is coming for Republicans.”
At the same time, Democrats have been silent about calls to violence — even murder — from their own ranks. In fact, their only real complaint is the Republicans’ use of the term “mob” to describe the left’s angry, violent mobs.
So, let’s sum up. Democrats are tearing down several institutions of the U.S. government, including the Senate, the Supreme Court, and the Constitution. And they’re tacitly endorsing violent actions.
And for what? Because one seat on the Supreme Court shifted slightly to the right?
When it comes to being sore losers, it doesn’t get much worse than this. But this isn’t a Little League game. The left’s childish, inflamed rhetoric threatens to do real, lasting damage to the country.
Here’s an idea no one in the Democratic ranks seems to have considered: Act like grownups. Shake off this loss. Move on.
And above all, show some respect for the institutions that make American great.
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