The whiny leftist spirit | VICTOR DAVIS HANSON

Modern progressives assume moral and intellectual authority. Therefore, their supposedly higher ends naturally justify almost any means necessary to achieve them.

Among the elite, the Democrats’ “blue wall” states were once seen as a testament to the wisdom of the Electoral College. When that wall crumbled in 2016 in the face of Donald Trump, the Electoral College was suddenly branded a relic of our undemocratic founders.

The nine-person Supreme Court was once beloved. On issues such as abortion, school prayer, same-sex marriage, pornography and Miranda’s rights, the left applauded the court as it passed the law and ignored legislatures and presidents.

The Republican court picks – Harry Blackmun, William Brennan, Anthony Kennedy, Sandra Day O’Connor, Lewis Powell, John Roberts, David Souter, John Paul Stevens, Potter Stewart and Earl Warren – often turned left. How not to be influenced by the greatest brilliance of their liberal colleagues?

From Affirmative Action to Roe v. Wade at Obamacare, apostate Republican judges for half a century have been given the green light to legislate from the bench.

In response, has the right seriously talked about packing the court with six extra judges to curb its excessive left-wing majority – or a crowd gathering at a left-leaning judge’s home? Certainly not.

But now?

Suddenly, a narrow constructionist majority returned abortion issues to the states. And the once-beloved court is being slandered by leftist insurgents as illegitimate. All sorts of once unthinkable attacks on the courts are now permitted.

Confidential draft opinions are unlawfully disclosed. A senior senator threatens the judges by name at the courthouse gates. The homes of the judges are surrounded by rowdy protesters. And a judge’s very life is threatened by a wannabe assassin near his home.

Also consider the filibuster of the Senate. When the Democrats were in the minority in the Senate, Barack Obama was stunned that the filibuster could slow down the Republican majority. Indeed, while he was a senator, Obama himself obstructed the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

When the Democrats were in the majority, however, a sulky Obama castigated the filibuster as a racist, Jim-Crow roadblock.

Can the January 6 committee issue a universal statement that defeated candidates should not question the integrity of an election, let alone ask that it be ignored?

Apparently not. In 2016, a defeated Hillary Clinton claimed the winner, Trump, was illegitimate – this from the architect of the entire Russian collusion hoax. Clinton then preempted his own inflammatory rhetoric by urging Joe Biden not to accept the 2020 ballot count if he loses.

Former President Jimmy Carter agreed that Hillary Clinton won the 2016 election and therefore Trump was illegitimate.

Hollywood actors have appeared in insurgent-style ads, urging Republican voters to abandon their constitutional duties and elect Clinton instead.

On racial issues, the left is the most intellectually bankrupt.

During recent confirmation hearings for African-American Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, the left alleged that the tough callers were racists and sexists for “bullying” Jackson. Yet she received the kid-glove treatment over the character assassinations of former Tory candidates. Brett Kavanaugh was vilified as a teenage rapist and targeted by former Democratic media idol Michael Avenatti, now a jailed felon.

Currently, raucous crowds of young, affluent white women surround the home of African-American judge Clarence Thomas – one of five justices on the court who voted to let states decide the status of abortion. Thomas did not write the majority opinion that overturned Roe v. Wade, but again leftists have a toxic fixation on black people who don’t appreciate their patronizing.

In the leftist’s mind, the Jan. 6 Capitol buffoonery riot was an “insurrection.” Yet the much larger May 31, 2020 riot that sought to storm the White House grounds and sent the president to a bunker was the kind of mob violence that “wasn’t going to stop.” in the words of current Vice President Kamala Harris.

The recent pro-abortion mob attack on the Arizona State Senate, the left insists, was an apparent heartbreak.

What would the left do if, after the 2022 midterm elections, a Republican-dominated Congress mimicked its own childhood tantrums?

Imagine incoming House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., tearing up a State of the Union address from President Joe Biden on live television. How about the House impeach Biden twice, even as a private citizen in 2025?

Are you considering a 22-month, $40 million investigation into Biden’s entire quid pro quo, the corrupt family syndicate? What if McCarthy expelled left-leaning Congressional representatives from key select committees? What if conservatives showed up screaming at the gates of one of Obama’s three mansions?

How strange that leftists are destroying the same customs and traditions whose loss will come back to haunt them when the Democrats lose Congress in November.

Crybaby’s temper tantrums won’t win over audiences. These incessant childish tantrums have put off most Americans who tire of whiny narcissistic hypocrites.

Victor Davis Hanson is a Distinguished Fellow of the Center for American Greatness and a Classics and Historian at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. Contact him at

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