Non-Stop Fury towards the Loathsome Trump. Have Dems painted themselves into a Political Corner?

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January 31, 2018 by gregrabidoux2013

 

SOTU Trump pelosi

Never a good idea to eat lemons right before a televised SOTU.

 

Being the opposition political party at a televised State of the Union address is inherently a risky proposition. Look too enthusiastic and your loyalists wonder if you’ve jumped ship. Look too unenthusiastic even furious at good news in America and some  Americans may just wonder if you’ve jumped countries.

As far as optics, last night was not a good night for most of the Democrats who chose to be present in the well of the US Capitol building for the president’s SOTU. The ones who skipped it completely, well, I’m on record that I have no respect for either party who pulls that nonsense.

As President Trump touted his tax cuts, talked of companies like Apple investing some $350 billion back into the US market with plans to add some 20,000 jobs here and ticked off the names of companies who have given their employees $1-2,000 bonuses it was hard not to miss Dems like House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi in the audience. She seemed to have a look of utter disgust and revulsion perpetually frozen on her face during the whole evening. Perhaps, she was again thinking that this money was simply “crumbs” as she publicly characterized these tax cuts and worker bonuses just days before. Maybe it was the botox injections.

 

SOTU Trump pres

He took so many victory laps it was a wonder he didn’t run out of breath.

 

As the President talked of a roaring stock market setting record highs, noted several manufacturers, foreign based and domestic announcing plans to come back to the US and open factories, as he noted the arrests and deportation of violent thugs like those of the notorious MS-13 gang members, as he shared anecdotes of small business owners experiencing unprecedented growth in the wake of his pro-business agenda and the fact that African-American unemployment is at historical lows and gainful employment at historical highs (neither of which we experienced under former president Obama) it was impossible to miss the visceral, utter hostility in the faces and body language (they refused to stand or clap) of the Congressional Black Caucus Members.

They didn’t want to be there and were hell-bent on refusing to acknowledge any good news over the past year of this Administration. Even if that good news was actually historically positive for their caucus, for those they were created to serve and advance.

 

SOTU Trump bc

Can you still hate the messenger but love the message? Apparently, not.

 

All of which leads to the question-Have the Democrats who seem genuinely and non-stop furious and outraged 24/7 painted themselves into a political corner from which there is no escaping?

I don’t know about you but I find being enraged and furious constantly to be well, really and utterly exhausting. And on those rare occasions when I have been genuinely furious or enraged any thoughts of compromise or rational thinking seems impossible. However, once the extreme emotion dissipates then once again clear headedness returns and solutions that seemed to be evasive or invisible seem rather obvious and within reach.

In short, I found at a rather young age that being enraged or furious or extreme in my thinking or behavior does me no good. In fact, it only seems to harm me and those around me. So, I chose very early to put such nonsense aside.

Maybe the Dems need to choose to put such feelings aside too. It seems to be preventing them from truly being able to join in to accomplish great things for all Americans. This non-stop, ’round the clock rage may just be proving to be self-defeating and harmful as it so often is in real life.

But the sad reality of political life in America, especially in Washington DC as I learned when I worked there for several years is that rage and fury and hatred gets funded. Compromise, rational thinking and clear headedness does not.

 

SOTU Trump chuck s

Even funders want some results at some point Chuck.

 

And this is the political corner that many Dems have painted themselves into by their non-stop, often irrational hatred for a president that they long ago decided (about the time the mythology of Hillary Clinton’s electoral invincibility was destroyed) is a loathsome, sexist, racist embodiment of evil.

Tough to work with, compromise or even acknowledge someone that you or at least your supporters and especially those that fund you believe or have convinced themselves is about 50 shades of more evil than say, Darth Vader.

How do you backpedal from that position? How do you go back to your zealous loyalists who demand blood and say well, wait a second, maybe we can work with this guy on a few items that may actually benefit us all?

In short, if you have bought into painting the opposition as a complete and utter cartoon character of such wildly evil and malevolent proportions then even as good news for all Americans rolls in, or tales of genuine American bravery is told you must sit on your hands and stew in silent rage. Even as proposals are offered that would in the words of former US House Speaker and Democrat Top O’Neill get your party at least “half if not the whole loaf of bread” then you clearly must remain unmoved as your blood boils.

 

SOTU Trump Tip

The former Dem Speaker knew that hatred didn’t work for long in the political arena.

 

Meanwhile, the optics remain bad. Really bad. And pointless.

This all-consuming, continual hate against Trump and everything he is, proposes, accomplishes and stands for is already proving to be limiting. Even Dem Rep. Maxine Waters’ non-stop “Impeach 45” is no longer drawing crowds or cash.

The Democrats are fast approaching a political cross-roads, either they hold their collective noses and work with this president on items that will truly benefit them and their constituents or continue down the dead-end path of irrational, non-stop hatred.

The former at least allows them as a minority party to be at the table and help ensure that what is served is not completely distasteful. The latter may just find them completely outside looking in.

But characterizing every proposal, every policy, every speech, anecdote, trend, fact and idea as racist, sexist, loathsome and evil will not advance their party forward nor ensure even small victories for their loyalists. Or their funders.

Sometimes politically speaking, holding your nose is better than sitting on your hands.

Or, in the words of Tip O’Neill who was the top Dem during the Reagan years, “Hating the opposition does no one any good. Anyone can hate and do nothing. We are here to work with whomever the American people put into the Oval office.”

If it’s truly a good fight they want then it’s time for the Dems to get out of the corner and get back into the ring.

 

SOTU Trump s korean

Hatred alone is never enough. 

 

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6 thoughts on “Non-Stop Fury towards the Loathsome Trump. Have Dems painted themselves into a Political Corner?

  1. Melissa K says:

    Great Post! Funny and true. Dems do need to change their strategy 24/7 hate and fury ain’t working. And Nancy just needs to go away.

  2. Jonathan Klusmeyer says:

    It has been said many times that the Dems do not stand for anything except amnesty. Aside from that, they stand against Trump. Trump hatred can only get you so far in the midterm elections. This is not a winning strategy. The real clear politics average shows how Dems have blown the 13 point lead they had after Trump’s election. It is now down to 7. The hatred of Trump is truly standing in the way of Dems making any political achievements that they can campaign on. Although Trump’s 1st year in office was one of the most conservative first years of any president, the guy is really a populist. Many of the ideas he spouted during the state of the union were populist and/or liberal in nature. Dems need to get behind Trump on what they agree on (which is more than they would have agreed on with any other Republican president) and oppose him only when they feel it violates their ideals of their constituents. The Dems are in desperate need of leadership. Their current leadership is east and west coast. These folks are in an echo chamber. Maybe someone from the Heartland can tell them that $1,000-$2,000 extra in a working family’s wallet ain’t crumbs!

    • Mike H. says:

      There were plenty of populist/nationalist ideas spouted forth, but outside of infrastructure spending (except for the parts about stripping regulations), I struggled to find much that could be classified as “liberal”, which as someone who considers themselves a permanent resident of the left-wing, I would know what counts and what doesn’t.

      Point by point through his speech, Trump discussed his tax program, that despite arguments over what is and is not crumbs, was hardly a bastion of left wing ideology in action.

      Next, he talked about the economy, which any president would do regardless of party. Nothing particularly liberal or conservative there. Maybe the arrival of manufacturing jobs could be seen as something, but I don’t think the picture is as rosy as he’d like to paint it. After all, nearly every manufacturing job at the famous Carrier Plant has been eliminated now, though admittedly, the white collar office jobs have remained. In addition, the much touted Wal-Mart salary increases were offset by the closure of nearly 70 Sam’s Club stores. Even the much touted unemployment numbers for black Americans have jumped nearly a percentage point back to where they were when Trump took office according to the BLS. (https://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm)

      He then moved on to immigration. As a dyed in the wool member of the left-wing, I can assure you there was nothing there that was remotely palatable to that side of the aisle. Border walls, increased enforcement, ending chain migration, and ridiculously long paths to citizenship for dreamers are not going to be anything many liberals can get behind.

      I don’t think much in the North Korea bits of the speech was particularly partisan, though its just more of the same worrisome saber-rattling that he has long spouted. Not much there for those hoping for diplomatic solutions to grab on to, even if we can agree that the North Korean regime is completely terrible with no redeeming values whatsoever.

      Finally he moved on to healthcare, where in his efforts to be Obama’s exact opposite, he has tried to undo everything the Democratic Party set up with the dismantling of the Affordable Care Act. Not much hope for liberals there either.

      I do realize that in America, our political “center” skews a lot further right than most places in the world, but even correcting for this, I still cannot manage to find much “liberal” content to celebrate in Trump’s first state of the union address, unless you are referring to the “classical liberalism” of Milton Friedman. His speech was the same hollow partisan call for bipartisanship that I have heard time and time again from both sides of the aisle.

      On a final note, is it possible to drop the concept of “east and west coast” as a derogatory remark? Or the notion of the “heartland” as a superior place? There’s good and bad to be found in every corner of the country and believe you me the “heartland” has its own echo chamber problems to contend with as well. No region of the country is any better or worse than any other and we are all Americans.

      • Jonathan Klusmeyer says:

        The points that I consider to be liberal in his speech are:

        $1.5 trillion for infrastructure (try getting the Freedom Caucus to swallow that pill)

        Government interference in the free market by way of prescription drug regulation (which is fine with many republicans as an answer to Obamacare, but not for true conservatives)

        A pathway to citizenship for over a million illegal immigrants (his supporters are going to have trouble swallowing that even if it comes with the great wall of China…pronounce Jy-NA)

        The Heartland comment is a simple reference to the electoral map and cost of living difference. Democrat leader talking points ignore the midwest, south, and north. They clearly are not appealing to a large chunk of the electorate that they used to, as is clear from the last election. It would do them well to establish balance.

  3. Canesta says:

    Hatred at any level is time consuming, utterly tiring, and limits opportunities to “meet in the middle” for all. At the end of the day, the American people will continue to suffer for the decisions and actions projected by the public officials who are supposed to be working in the public’s best interests.

  4. Darryl Nettles says:

    First of all, a well-written piece here that gives much advice of how American political parties should truly attempt to work together for the benefit of their constituents and the entire nation – I get that. However, in some defense of the Democratic Party, the Dems are just doing what the Republican Party pulled all eight years of the “Honorable” Barack Obama’s Presidency. Let’s all recap, the GOP never could give a clear and rational answer as to why everything that Obama proposed was a “NO” for them, therefore, many people suspected there was just a racial undertone present from the Republicans. It becomes rather difficult to attract individuals from the opposite political persuasion and retain those in your own party, when you have Tons of “Negative” Energy – you get what you exude (Trump).
    I believe it was a very difficult decision for all of those Congressional members who decided NOT to attend the 1st SOTU address for Donald Trump, but what makes that decision “Nonsense”? Particularly, if the past couple of years of campaigning and Trump’s tenure as President of the most powerful nation in the world has been filled with nothing but Nonsense.

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