By Robert A. Vella

The fracturing of the political Left has been well documented.  The last time in American history it had any cohesive power was during the Great Society years under LBJ, and it was that president who dealt the final death blow to its remarkable run of success by pursuing an unjust war in Vietnam.  The continuing demise of the Left has been so prolonged and so profound that today it would squabble over supporting the reincarnation of arguably the nation’s greatest president ever – Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

If that isn’t dysfunctional absurdity of staggering proportions, then I don’t know what would be.

One might think that the specter of a democracy-and-freedom-destroying megalomaniac in the White House would be sufficient to rally the Left against him in unity.  But, such formerly-reasonable thinking would be wrong.  The Left, unable to reconcile their worldview with the depressing realities surrounding them, are plunging headlong into divergent philosophical rabbit-holes.  They pop-out now and then to express anxiety over the legal crisis embroiling President Trump.  It would not be a stretch to refer to them as the Anti-Anti-Trump Left.

44 years ago this month, another U.S. President was forced to resign because the legal and constitutional crises he was embroiled in were certain to get him impeached and removed from office.  Despite his denial, Nixon was a “crook.”  Fortunately, the system worked properly back then.  For a governmental system fundamentally based on the rule of law and on the principle that no one stands above the law, “Tricky Dick” had to fall.  Had he not fallen, that governmental foundation would have crumbled into dust and America as an identifiable entity would have ceased to exist.

And, that is precisely the consequence and partially the intent of the Anti-Anti-Trump Left.  America has been on top for so long, and has committed so many contraventions against its own principles, that the longing for its downfall has reached critical mass.  Furthermore, cultural changes particularly among younger generations have in many ways rejected the notion of ethical standards and expectations for society.  Trump is seen either as a welcomed arch-rival poised against the greater evil, or as a victim of legal constructs which should never have been built in the first place.  At the opposite end of the Anti-Anti-Trump Left sits some mainstream Democrats who fear political retribution from rabid Trump supporters so palpably that they dare not mention the “I” word (i.e. impeachment) before this year’s midterm elections.  And, overseas, there is growing concern that vigorous prosecution of Trump in the U.S. will compel him into drastic action (e.g. false flag or wag the dog operations) to divert attention away from his domestic troubles which could have grave consequences for people and countries around the world.

Still, Americans who appreciate the necessity of upholding their nation’s principles are resolute and many of them fill the ranks of government, law enforcement, the judiciary, and other institutions.  They will attempt to hold Trump accountable for his alleged criminal behavior (which appears obvious at this point) and his further obstruction of justice (which seems destined to occur).  They will either succeed or they will fail, and no one today knows which will happen.  Should they fail, however, one thing is certain.  The democracy-and-freedom-destroying megalomaniac in the White House will be forever unchained.  Say “goodbye” to the rule of law and say “hello” to the arbitrary authority of a madman.

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Poem written by the German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

26 thoughts on “Editorial: Lamenting the absurdity of the Anti-Anti-Trump Left

  1. Your generalizations about The Left (Whom do you mean?) are not very helpful and one-sided by intent, a further political polarization but not constructive or informative anyhow.


      • The Left has been gravely oppressed in the McCarthy period, no chance for other ideas. The USA has subsequently a huge lack of demogracy, just two parties and a presidential system are not enough for such.

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        • Yes, and as The Pink Agendist detailed in his comment, the Left’s problems go back much further than even the McCarthy era.

          However, that is all somewhat tangential to my editorial. My critique addresses the Left’s loss of political identity and cohesion, the great dispersion and isolation of its philosophies, to the point where even the real and present danger of a fascist madman in the White House is insufficient cause to unify it in opposition. This realization is deeply concerning, and it would be in the Left’s own best interests to heed the warning.

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        • I do not like your categorical generalizations about the Left, still I do not know whom you are exactly talking about. Anyhow, there used to be powerful left parties in Germany (Socialdemocrats and Communists) in the 30s what could not stop Adolf Hitler, because one other non-Nazi party brought him finally to power in the German parliament. What can we learn from this? Everybody has to something in order to stop stupidity in this world.


        • It doesn’t matter what any of us like or don’t like. If this editorial and its commentary discussions – plus several years worth of similar posts on this blog – are insufficient explanation, then there’s not much else I can say to help you understand.

          The bottom line is this: America is a nation based on the rule of law. President Trump appears to have both violated and obstructed that law in the most egregious way. If the entirety of the Left – as the political opposition in the U.S. today – cannot appreciate and commit itself to applying the rule of law, then the full megalomania of Trump will likely be unleashed upon Americans as well as other free peoples around the world.


        • Your awareness of American politics seems rather limited. If you want a fruitful discussion, then you’ll need to become more familiar with the subject matter. However, this editorial is targeted for a domestic audience and I wouldn’t expect it to resonate with most foreign readers.

          As a German, I thought you would’ve been more interested in my recent post regarding the anti-immigrant violence that Merkel condemned this week.

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  2. Are you saying the left got overly obsessed with diversity and minorities at the expense of the white majority? So that’s why trump has risen?

    I do feel they aren’t making a loud enough stand against trump and his policies and his obscene behavior. Of course neither are the republicans. And the market likes trump, as do the people making money now. Short term gain is a mindset in its own.

    I sometimes feel this won’t go away until 2024 and by then we won’t recognize the US. Plus his cult will have grown even more.

    The cult is the problem…their ignorance, racism, anti science, anti climate change, religious fanaticism etc. will be the undoing of America.

    The last two sentences in your last paragraph says it all and I find it so frightening.

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    • No Mary, I’m not saying the Left got overly obsessed with social issues at the expense of the white majority. As I explained to banactee, I am saying that the various factions of the Left began to focus exclusively on their own particular agendas and philosophies after the 1960s while losing their kinship with other factions. In comparison, the Right is just as fractured as the Left; but, they prioritize cooperation with each other as a means to hold and wield political power.

      The specter of Trump should be a unifying cause for the Left, but that isn’t happening. Many on the Left seem to have a real problem with the ongoing criminal investigations and prosecutions of the Trump inner circle. Some don’t want to provoke his rapid rabid supporters and fear a backlash from them. Some are making a political calculation that keeping a low profile before the midterms will help elect Democrats. Some are philosophically opposed to the rule of law and its enforcement – a stance I find extremely disturbing. Some are anarchists or otherwise anti-American who relish the idea of Trump bringing down the U.S.


  3. I’m not sure the divisions of the left are as new as they seem. Rights were conquered in an exclusivist way. The 18th/19th century revolutions took power from the monarchies and nobilities and handed it over to the bourgeoisie. The white male, landowning, bourgeoisie. Minorities (including women and the poor in general) were excluded across the board. Fragmentation and fighting for smaller groups has been the only recourse for gaining recognition and status as full citizens.
    If more people in power “evolved” on the matter of treating others as full citizens more quickly, then perhaps splinter groups would become less necessary – and then people might be able to unite under a common flag.

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    • When faced with a fascist madman like Trump, that must become the immediate priority at least temporarily. Fragmentation of the Left then becomes a serious and unaffordable political liability. Progressive evolution on social issues would require way too much time. Please see my replies to banactee and maryplumbago.

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  4. The democrats pulled about 48 per cent of the vote in 2016 without a real message. Republicans and Libertarians together pulled more than that. The majority voted right of center. I don’t see any democratic candidate on the horizon who could make a challenge in 2020. And I don’t know that they can unite to find anything to run on. Bill Clinton ran saying the day of big government was over. Obama ran saying vote for change. He never said what kind of change in which direction but he won just the same against weak candidates who defeated themselves. I keep listening but I don’t hear anything. Crickets are loud however.


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