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    When Normality Became Abnormal

    Another summary-type essay by Victor Hanson, which helps explain the all-encompassing rage progressives are venting:

    When Normality Became Abnormal
    Donald Trump is many things. But one thing he is not is a defender of the 2009-2016 status quo and accepted progressive convention.
    Hanson walks through a litany of issues, outlining the wrecking ball Trump has been to each one. His first example is the Iran deal:
    Everyone knew the Iran deal was a way for the mullahs to buy time and hoard their oil profits, to purchase or steal nuclear technology, to feign moderation, and to trade some hostages for millions in terrorist-seeding cash, and then in a few years spring an announcement that it had the bomb.

    No one wished to say that. Trump did. He canceled the flawed deal without a second thought.

    Iran is furious, but in a far weaker—and eroding—strategic position with no serious means of escaping devastating sanctions, general impoverishment, and social unrest. So a desperate Tehran knows that it must make some show of defiance. Yet it accepts that if it were to launch a missile at a U.S. ship, hijack an American boat, or shoot down an American plane, the ensuing tit-for-tat retaliation might target the point of Iranian origin (the port that launched the ship, the airbase from which the plane took off, the silo from which the missile was launched) rather than the mere point of contact—and signal a serial stand-off 10-1 disproportionate response to every Iranian attack without ever causing a Persian Gulf war.
    Here are a couple of more topics in the same vein:
    China was fated to rule the world. Period. Whining about its systematic commercial cheating was supposedly merely delaying the inevitable or would have bad repercussions later on. Progressives knew the Communists put tens of thousands of people in camps, rounded up Muslims, and destroyed civil liberties, and yet in “woke” fashion tip-toed around criticizing the Other. Trump then destroyed the mirage of China as a Westernizing aspirant to the family of nations. In a protracted tariff struggle, there are lots of countries in Asia that could produce cheap goods as readily as China, but far fewer countries like the United States that have money to be siphoned off in mercantilist trade deals, or the technology to steal, or the preferred homes and universities in which to invest.

    The Palestinians were canonized as permanent refugees. The U.S. embassy could never safely move to the Israeli capital in Jerusalem. The Golan Heights were Syrian. Only a two-state solution requiring Israel to give back all the strategic border land it inherited when its defeated enemies sought to destroy it in five prior losing wars would bring peace. Not now.

    The Palestinians for the last 50 years were always about as much refugees as the East Prussian Germans or the Egyptian Jews and Greeks that were cleansed from their ancestral homelands in the Middle East in the same period of turbulence as the birth of Israel. “Occupied” land more likely conjures up Tibet and Cyprus not the West Bank, and persecuted Muslims are not found in Israel, but in China.
    He describes the establishment Republicans, the likes of the GW Bush and Mitt Romney, not as opponents to progressivism, standing athwart history yelling stop!, in the words of Bill Buckley, but as passengers in the car, trying perhaps to reach over and tap the brakes:
    The Republican Party’s prior role was to slow down the inevitable trajectory to European socialism, the end of American exceptionalism, and homogenized globalized culture.
    Trump's populism is different.

    Like it or not, now lines are drawn. Trump so unhinged the Left that it finally tore off its occasional veneer of moderation, and showed us what progressives had in store for America.
    The strategy is not, as in 2008 and 2012, to offer a moderate slow-down of progressivism, but rather a complete repudiation of it.
    Trump’s political problem, then, may be that the accelerating aberration of 2009-2016 was of such magnitude that normalcy is now seen as sacrilege.
    I think progressive Democrats see that eight years of Trump may well be equally "of such magnitude," and leave most of their plans in the office round file.
    "We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them." —CNN's Don Lemon, showing how to stop demonizing people.

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    I think progressive Democrats see that eight years of Trump may well be equally "of such magnitude," and leave most of their plans in the office round file.
    Ummmmm………………………….. well, they can't figure out why Trump won - still can't - so lessons will be lost on them. Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden? Same old same old, two year forward.

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    Boy, this guy really understands whats going on. The Norms and Billys of the world don't see this?

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    Related but not absolutely on point.

    I had lunch with an more-or-less non-political friend. He was somewhat concerned about a Civil war but believed strongly that no private firearms could stand against a tank attack.

    He's right and I gave him the point.

    Then I told him that if this happened (which I pray will not), it won't be like that. No handguns or shottys.

    It will be people like me.

    Not me in any personal/political sense, just the skill set.
    "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    Related but not absolutely on point.

    I had lunch with an more-or-less non-political friend. He was somewhat concerned about a Civil war but believed strongly that no private firearms could stand against a tank attack.

    He's right and I gave him the point.

    Then I told him that if this happened (which I pray will not), it won't be like that. No handguns or shottys.

    It will be people like me.

    Not me in any personal/political sense, just the skill set.
    I'm not worried about a "physical revolution," but I am worried about a rise in political violence.

    I'm concerned we might return to the halcyon days Bill Ayers reminisced about in the op-ed pages of the New York Times, writing that he and the Weather Underground types should have done more bombing.

    That's a heckuva guy to have living in your neighborhood.
    "We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them." —CNN's Don Lemon, showing how to stop demonizing people.

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