Much to Look Forward to
December 5, 2016
This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published December 4, 2016 by The Washington Times.
I was going to write today about the ongoing, insanely angry reactions by media, academics and students to the calamity that befell them on Nov. 8. There’s just so much out there.
If you were to ask Chicken Little himself about the progressive mindset since Election Day, he would find it unnervingly alarmist. “Tell them to chill,” he’d say, shaking his feathery head.
But you probably don’t need another litany of the vulgar, violent and panic-strewn incidents taking place all over America in the name of tolerance. It’s so absurd that you can’t even make fun of it with comic impact — even Newsweek’s printed cover story about Hillary’s big win.
This reminds me of when a satirical magazine did an entirely faux edition of a well-known supermarket tabloid. It wasn’t funny because the real thing was so close to the satire that you could barely distinguish it from the fake.
Let’s instead accentuate the positive by listing some things that should put a smile on the faces of deplorables and irredeemables all over this great land in 2017:
Instead of an ACLU activist, the next Supreme Court nominee will be someone who will restore a majority that believes in the original meaning of the Constitution instead of “penumbras’ and “emanations” from the progressives’ “living document.” We can expect a revival of the rule of law instead of a totalitarian, 21st-century version of the Earl Warren Court.
The federal sanctioning of the assault on voter photo ID laws and other election integrity laws will come to an end.
The leadership of the U.S. Justice Department will no longer answer to Al Sharpton, flout the law and function as the government muscle for Black Lives Matter, the Southern Poverty Law Center and other radical groups.
In that same vein, the Trump administration will stand firm in its support for the nation’s law enforcers and honor them for putting their lives on the line.
Those cast out of the official counts of the unemployed will benefit from reforms designed to alleviate, rather than worsen, the dependence on government welfare created by the Great Society and enforced by progressives for the past 50 years.
The Department of Health and Human Services will be run by a conservative, real life doctor — Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Price has analyzed and opposed Obamacare since well before it was jammed down the nation’s throat without a single Republican vote and he’s already come up with a cure.
We won’t have to accept the Democrats’ promise of more tax-subsidized abortions; taxpayer-funded, “free” public college tuition and “free” childcare; mandatory national service; new regulatory mandates on businesses; higher taxes; government dictates putting men in women’s locker rooms, or continuation of a radical climate change agenda that keeps energy-rich America dependent on foreign sources.
We won’t see the president of the United States offer any apologies for America to nations that routinely violate human rights, especially those of women and religious minorities. As in the days of Ronald Reagan, the foreign press’s sniffling disapproval of the “cowboy president” will be music to American ears.
The hollowing out of America’s armed forces will end, along with radical social experimentation and assaults on religious liberty.
And on the lighter side:
Harry Reid won’t be haunting the floor of the Senate anymore, screeching in that high-pitched whine of his about Mitt Romney’s “unpaid” taxes or the “billionaire” Koch Brothers’ nefarious schemes to control the known universe.
Nancy Pelosi, amazingly, will be back as House Minority Leader, thus providing endless caricatures of the Mad Liberal mind.
On Jan. 20, we won’t have to watch endless footage of Beyonce, Jay Z, Sigourney Weaver, George Clooney, Katy Perry, Madonna, Ru Paul and the rest of the Hollywood leftists cavorting at inaugural balls.
We’ll get to find out who the best actors are among TV news anchors as they try to pronounce “President Trump” without appearing nauseated. Some of them have just begun mastering “President-elect Trump.”
Finally, we won’t have to wonder what the first gentleman is up to when the first female president leaves him alone for any more than 20 minutes.
Yes, there’s a lot to look forward to.