Over the weekend, things started to get nasty. At least 100 times, I have been told to sit down and shut up because Trump won. Most of them were on the right of course, but not all of them. Quite a few were liberals, being their usual paternalistic selves, reminding me that, had Hillary won, I would be asking the Trump supporters to sit down and shut up.
Of course, that’s ridiculous. If Hillary had won, I would be gloating like a mofo. And I wouldn’t waste my time asking Trumpies to go along because I’ve been alive for the last eight years and it hasn’t happened yet.
There are more than 1,000 posts on this blog and my writing appears other places, as well. I don’t tell anyone to sit down and shut up. Ever. I simply advise them of the consequences if they continue to say stupid shit. Of course everyone has the right to say stupid shit; it’s one of the things that makes this country great. You get to say stupid shit and I get to tell you why it’s stupid. You can tell all the lies you want and I get to call you a liar and prove you wrong. That is what makes free speech great.
We on the progressive side of the debate have a clear duty for the next two years. (Yes, I said TWO, not four.) We must spend the next two years aligning the entire progressive movement with the Democratic Party and we have to make sure every Democrat who runs wins in a walk We can end 2018 with 60 seats in the Senate and at least 250 in the House and by 2020, we can take even more. We did it before and look at what happened. Compare the 36 years ending in 1980 with the 36 since 1980. The fact is, liberals do not have the luxury of demanding perfection from Democrats or insisting that the Democrats running for office fully embrace the entire liberal agenda at all times. In reality, we haven’t had that luxury for many years, despite the fact that many professional lefties and unicorn progressives seem to have missed the memo.
Hillary Clinton was a great candidate, even if you didn’t think she was as good as Bernie Sanders, and she lost because we did not support her sufficiently. We did the same thing with Kerry in 2004 and Gore in 2000. Hell; I can go back farther; Dukakis would have been a better choice than Bush 41 and, if we had supported Carter in 1980 sufficiently, we may have missed the nightmare that has been the neocon era altogether.
I will not shut up about Donald Trump, because he very well may be the only possible presidential choice who could eclipse George W. Bush as the worst president in history.
I will never shut up about the overall evil that is the current Republican Party because I believe evil must be met with equal force on the part of the good.
I will never shut up about laughing at the fuckwits who claim to be “political junkies,” but who swear that both major parties are basically the same.
I will never shut up about the ignoramuses who think elections are an afterthought and that marches are how you get shit done. Name one time when laws or hearts and minds were ever changed by a protest alone.
In short, I will never shut up. The Republican Party’s current incarnation has to go and I will say and do whatever is necessary to accomplish that.
I ain’t going anywhere. Not for a good long while…