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Doesn’t that sound like terrorism? Oh, but the Democrats will break your stuff, therefore they must be justified. That seems like a sound argument to me!
Give me a break.
Shadi Hamid wrote an essay-style article in the Atlantic that was published on Sunday, suggesting that the left won’t know how to handle if Trump is reelected. In summary, he is advocating that, due to this sort of expected behavior from the left (since a bunch of adults acting like toddlers who aren’t getting their way is totally permissible), they should just get what they want. Somehow pacifying these snowflakes is more important than the country being run properly.
Here’s a little snippet of the article:
A loss by Joe Biden under these circumstances is the worst case not because Trump will destroy America (he can’t), but because it is the outcome most likely to undermine faith in democracy, resulting in more of the social unrest and street battles that cities including Portland, Oregon, and Seattle have seen in recent months.
For this reason, strictly law-and-order Republicans who have responded in dismay to scenes of rioting and looting have an interest in Biden winning—even if they could never bring themselves to vote for him.
I mean, Trump at least lets us keep our guns… so bring it on.
In presidential elections, once is a fluke; twice is a pattern. I struggle to imagine how, beyond utter shock, millions of Democrats will process a Trump victory. A loss for Biden, after having been the clear favorite all summer, would provoke mass disillusion with electoral politics as a means of change—at a time when disillusion is already dangerously high.
Biden is not the clear favorite just because he’s publicized more frequently. The media creates this illusion and we shouldn’t lose sight of that.
If Democrats can’t beat a candidate as unpopular as Trump during a devastating pandemic and a massive economic contraction, then are they even capable of winning presidential elections anymore? Democracy, after all, is supposed to self-correct after mistakes, particularly mistakes as egregious as electing Donald Trump—whose unfitness for the nation’s highest office makes itself apparent with almost every passing day.
For democracy to work, the losers of elections need to believe that they can win the next time around. Otherwise their incentives to play the spoiler increase. A breakdown of democracy is always a possibility, but the country is more resilient than it may seem, and consolidated democracies seldom break down in any circumstance. That said, this is one of those propositions that is better left untested.
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If the left is going to act like a bunch of babies, the LEAST effective method is to just give them what they want. Babies and toddlers test authority figures, not the other way around. Furthermore, the longer you don’t give in, the babies will get tired of it, especially with consequences. WINK WINK.
If Trump’s victory prolongs the already very prevalent delusion of the left, then that’s clearly more of a personal issue and not a political one. We have counseling for that.