Friday, 24 November 2017

No More Donkeys

I am all for demonstrations against Donald Trump. But only if at least the organisers, and preferably everyone involved above the necessary age, had been just as vigorously opposed to his three immediate predecessors, and would have been just as vigorously opposed to President Hillary Clinton.

All political parties are least worst options, but never was that truer than it is of the American Democratic Party. If it nominates another Establishment liberal in 2020, then it will deserve to die by means of a second defeat at the hands of Trump.

It is, after all, the party of Japanese-American internment, of the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, of the enforcement of the Jim Crow laws throughout the entire century of their existence, of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, of the repeal of Glass-Steagall, of Bill Clinton's trigger happiness, of the perennial failure to sort out healthcare, of Obama's bombing of eight countries in eight years, of the fix that nominated the unelectable Hillary Clinton instead of the electable Bernie Sanders, and of the ridiculous attempt to blame Trump's victory on "the Russians". 

If it is still like that in 2020, then it will deserve to die, and it will deserve the supreme indignity of having been killed by Donald Trump. But no one should have anything to do with any demonstration against him unless at least the organisers, and preferably everyone involved above the necessary age, had been just as vigorously opposed to his three immediate predecessors, and would have been just as vigorously opposed to President Hillary Clinton.

If I were a sufficiently prominent figure, then I myself would be organising such demonstrations, with carefully selected speakers to fit the bill and to say so from the platform. Yet another reason, I suppose, to want to send me to prison.

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