Con Men Left and Right and the Persistence of Donald Trump
Since President Trump “lost” the election, I’ve had some Anti-Trump acquaintances approach me saying, “NOW do you believe us?!!! Isn’t he TERRIBLE?!!! Weren’t we RIGHT?!!!”
As though their chicanery proved their views, and everyone MUST agree with them. I usually refer them to Professor Stephen Pressers’ piece “How to Restore Faith in the Constitution” showing the dubious quality of their “victory” but this just makes them more upset. It reminds me of Trump’s Lead Counsel’s remark at the end of the Impeachment Fiasco: “We’re not going to be SORE WINNERS.”
The Anti-Trumpers are sore winners. They cannot rest until EVERYONE agrees with them, confirms their views, supports their delusions. This follows from a real lack of confidence (or possibly even a guilty conscience) in their triumph.
The “Biden” Administration is speedily implementing Obama-ism on steroids, but it seems nervous (partly because polls show their unpopularity). Controlling the entire national state, suppressing alternative views, garnering “support” from all institutions, domestic and foreign, is not enough.
I’m reminded of the frequent allusion to “The Wizard of Oz” movie, where the fake, “all-powerful” wizard is exposed behind the curtain as an amplified Con Man. “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!” he shouts. Continue to believe the fraud even against the evidence of your own eyes and reason.
It’s going to be interesting to see this all unfold. Despite the pain of watching a beloved country torn to shreds, possibly destroyed as a Republic, nothing quite like this has occurred in our history. “America, America, God Shed His Grace on Thee.”
By: Professor Garrett Ward Sheldon
Professor Garrett Ward Sheldon is the author of many books and articles on American Political Theory, including THE POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY OF THOMAS JEFFERSON; THE POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY OF JAMES MADISON; and THE HISTORY OF POLITICAL THEORY: ANCIENT GREECE TO MODERN AMERICA.
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