“We have met the enemy, and he is us,” is a famous line from “Pogo,” a popular politically satirical comic strip that ran from 1948 to 1975.
That same line could also be the Democratic Party’s new catchphrase. Its leaders have turned into the very thing they claim to despise.
One day after she lost her second bid for the White House, Hillary Clinton called for peace and unity from her supporters.
“Donald Trump is going to be out president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead,” she said. “Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power, and we don’t just expect that — we cherish it.”
Disregarding that we’re a constitutional republic — not a Democracy — the “peaceful transfer of power” was short-lived.
Six months later, Clinton launched a political organization dedicated to resisting the president, his agenda, and his administration, a move that immediately poisoned the political climate.
In the 18 months since, Clinton went from resistance, to hostility, and finally to outright confrontation — and fellow Democrats listened.
"You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about," Clinton told CNN, ignoring that all political parties want to destroy their competitors’ agenda — that’s their whole reason for existence.
She added that political courtesy could only return when the Democratic Party took control of at least one chamber of Congress.
And with that statement Clinton transformed the Democratic Party into the very thing she claimed to oppose. “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”
What’s worse, everyone on the left listened — especially after Judge Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice after a bitter confirmation process.
Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., revealed that his wife had received a text message that included a video depicting a beheading.
In response, Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., observed, “These vicious threats have to stop. This cannot be the new normal — there is absolutely no place for violence in our political discourse. Democratic leaders need to denounce this behavior.”
He didn’t get the response he was looking for.
Martin Cizmar, senior editor for Raw Story, tweeted, “Boo boo little baby.”
Scalise, it should be remembered, is still suffering from life-threatening wounds he suffered at the hands of a Bernie Sanders-supporting gunman at a congressional baseball practice.
Also in response to the Kavanaugh confirmation, a Minnesota special education teacher asked for a willing person to assassinate the new associate justice.
"So whose [sic] gonna take one for the team and kill Kavanaugh?” she asked Saturday on Twitter, after the Senate confirmed him as America’s 114th Supreme Court justice.
Democratic calls for violence have escalated to the point where Eric Holder, the former chief law enforcement officer of the United States, told a group of Democratic supporters, “When they go low, we kick them.”
Republican National Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel gave a recap.
“Maxine Waters incites violence against @realDonaldTrump’s cabinet,” she tweeted. “Cory Booker pleads for activists to ‘get up in the face of some congresspeople.’ Hillary Clinton says ‘you cannot be civil with’ Republicans. Now Eric Holder wants the mob even angrier.”
The left claims to support the empowerment of women — but only so long as they remain in line. When Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, gave a lawyerly, well-reasoned argument to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the left pounced.
An NBC News columnist claimed that Collins was under the thumb of her white, male counterparts, and a New York Times columnist called her a “gender traitor.”
In addition to showing their misogynist side, the left demonstrated a capacity for homophobia and racism.
Alleged comedienne Chelsea Handler claimed that the GOP was anti-gay in one sentence, and then attempted to out someone she apparently thought was gay in the next.
“If you’re wondering why Republicans took a sick day today, it’s probably because it’s #NationalComingOutDay,” she tweeted Thursday. “Looking at you @LindseyGrahamSC.”
Rap artist Kanye West triggered the left Thursday when he visited the White House in support of the president.
Former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile suggested that the visit was a return to slavery.
"Kanye West has set us back 155 years," she claimed.
CNN’s Don Lemon referred to the visit as a "minstrel show."
During her 2016 campaign, Clinton labeled Trump supporters “deplorables”; but it was she and the left that had earned that moniker.
Clinton, the Democratic Party, and liberal media outlets should take a long, hard look into the mirror. If they still retain a hint of self-awareness, maybe they’ll finally realize that “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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