Weakness emboldens bullies, liars and cheaters. More often than not, the only way to force such unsavory characters to play by the rules is to punch them in the nose every now and then (metaphorically speaking, of course).
As Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonJuan Williams: Swamp creature at the White House Engineers say privately funded border wall is poorly constructed and set to fail: report Bannon and Maxwell cases display DOJ press strategy chutzpah MORE aptly noted, “We [the Right] go for the head wound, and your side has pillow fights.”
Too true. Democrats seem all too content bringing safety scissors, a sippy cup and diapers to political showdowns with bazooka-wielding Republicans.
Why? The GOP represents a minority of voters and the most economically unproductive parts of the country, making Republican bullying beyond egregious — and Democrats’ timidity too absurd to comprehend.
Unsurprisingly, the Democratic Party’s go-to political strategy – a pitiful mix of racing to concede defeat on critical issues, allowing Republicans to frame the debate and refusing to return fire when the GOP resorts to dirty tricks – has left America on the brink of catastrophe.
If Democrats have an iota of interest in standing up to Republican bullying, the gloves must come off. Indeed, the Democratic Party will quickly learn that standing up – forcefully – to Republicans will quickly earn them the trust and respect of the American people. After all, who doesn’t like a good Robin Hood story?
If Republicans engage in the ultimate act of political hypocrisy and fill Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgHarris faces pivotal moment with Supreme Court battle Club for Growth to spend million in ads for Trump Supreme Court nominee FEC flags McConnell campaign over suspected accounting errors MORE’s Supreme Court seat, Democrats must not waver in their response. They must pack the court without a shred of the hesitation, submissiveness and timidity that now defines their party.
Whether a future Democratic Senate installs a liberal majority or mercifully returns the court to an ideological balance is less important than teaching Republicans a long-overdue lesson: Bullying, hypocrisy and double-standards have consequences. Knock it off.
Moreover, Democrats must whip up their base by engaging in the fear-mongering that the GOP mastered decades ago. The only difference is that, while many Republicans rely on lies and racial scapegoating to claw their way to power, a regressive, Handmaid’s Tale-style reality is now increasingly plausible. Scare people with facts. It works.
To further knock Republicans off balance, Democrats must immediately initiate impeachment procedures against Trump for any number of high crimes and misdemeanors. Reportedly begging China’s president for reelection help seems like an obvious starting point.
And, while we’re at it, why on earth haven’t Democrats launched round after round of congressional investigations into the Trump administration’s evisceration of core American institutions and the unnecessary deaths of 200,000 citizens? Why aren’t House Democrats taking a page from the Republican playbook and hauling in an endless stream of witnesses just before a critical election?
Indeed, Republicans had zero qualms corrupting congressional authority when Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Memo: Trump’s strengths complicate election picture Obama shares phone number to find out how Americans are planning to vote Democrats’ troubling adventure in a ‘Wonderland’ without ‘rule of law’ MORE was in office. Remember the years of frivolous Benghazi investigations? Or the GOP’s political fishing expeditions into the IRS and Fast and Furious non-scandals?
What have Democrats done in retaliation? Nothing.
Should they magically sprout a spine, Democrats must make Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico states, replete with four brand new, deep blue senators. After all, wasn’t “No taxation without representation” the rallying cry of the American republic?
Moreover, consider that one vote in deep-red Wyoming (which contributes next to nothing to the American economy) is worth nearly four times more than a vote in California (the fifth-largest economy in the world).
How is that stunning disparity remotely acceptable in a democracy?
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The Democratic Party has eagerly waved the white flag of surrender on a…