Chicago took down its Trump signs.1 The city no longer deemed him worthy of its respectful brown placards. Removing the signs in this destitute sanctuary city is probably more of an honor to a Republican than putting them up, but no one would argue that payback and disrespect are a sign of the times. This is just another example of how the more perfect union the country was founded on may be gone forever.
More perfect union means this
At the end of 2016 our more perfect union can be summed up with a few short words:
Give me what I want or else
There is so little respect in this country that smearing a public figure’s reputation before he has even started to do the job he was elected to is not only perfectly acceptable, but condoned by public figures and the media.
That wasn’t bad enough, so agitators decided to smear the mechanism that got him elected and the people who voted for him, too. The big difference this time is that the agitators weren’t just fringe activists, but big names in politics. Why? They were afraid they wouldn’t get what they wanted and no price was too high.
Democratic Party hypocrisy hits a new low
The stunning Democratic reversal on who would refuse to accept an election loss has turned into a divisive joke. Nancy Pelosi summed up her party’s hypocrisy when she spoke of threats that Trump would not accept the election’s outcome:
We have never, in the history of our country, as hard fought as our divisions have been, ever not accepted the results of the election.2
Well, they aren’t accepting them now.
Trump wasn’t to blame, after all.
Constitution’s preamble gets stomped. Does anyone care?
We have stomped, defiled, and trampled almost every thought that went into the first few sentences of the document we were founded on. Even “We the people” has become a bad joke thanks to the unprecedented leverage given to those who can’t vote and aren’t citizens.
Political ambition has made a mockery of justice, domestic tranquility, the general welfare, and even the blessings of liberty. Too many elected officials charged with guarding those principles opted for just the opposite: disunity and division.
Take domestic tranquility. The recount efforts and the Electoral College circus that now seems inevitable will escalate the campaign to drive the people apart as whole states become ensnared in the crusade to overturn the presidency. No matter what happens, the next president will be a fraud to Americans who voted for the loser.
Politicians green and yellow
Who makes you angrier, Mitt Romney or Jill Stein? They seem like perfect opposites, but the pair has one thing in common. They used their influence to further shred our more perfect union.
There has been more than a little cowardice on the conservative side. Public figures eager to crash the Trump train have come slinking back to curry favor with a winner. After dividing conservatives with their words they have now chosen to drive us even farther apart by seeking a voice through the new president. The bigwigs will get what they want. Trump doesn’t have much of a choice if he wants to get things done.
A more perfect union means more than the opportunity to make a name for yourself. Responsible public voices don’t make disunity a goal, a simple concept lost on Republicans like Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan, Mark Kirk, Lindsey Graham, and others who tried to derail the conservative quest for the White House without offering up a viable alternative.
Republicans are paragons of political virtue compared to their adversaries. The rabid extremity of Stein’s efforts to overturn the election will eventually be revealed for the hoax they are, but the seeds of doubt have already been sown. Ironically, Democrats are arguing against the last-ditch effort to induce electors to refuse to cast their votes for Trump by questioning “the votes of delegates in the Electoral College who are not bound to follow the will of the people.”3
That doesn’t make a lot of sense, but neither does anything else to do with this election.
Stein, Democrats opt for anarchy over unity
Rule by the people on behalf of a more perfect union is being co-opted by loud voices throwing money around and raising doubt with little or no proof. Will lack of evidence that the election was rigged, tampered with, or otherwise illegitimate make a difference?
Unless anarchy is the goal there is no longer anything to gain by destroying Trump’s presidency. Anyone who participates is a traitor to this country and our Constitution.
There is no reason why we have to face massive social and political upheaval in January. Little has changed. The people who cast their votes this year are the same people they have always been. The economy is moving along, not much better or worse than it was before an election that tore the country apart. What changed? The voices of those in the public eye.
These voices are killing our more perfect union.
After this fiasco plays out that union will be forever changed.
What comes next?