Being suspicious that others are ever using rhetoric to manipulate, my warning lights go off when I see talk of coups and the like. After all, if the battle is that stark, then your allies have some claim to have you compromise your principles.
It’s difficult to disagree with John Hinderaker, however, when he writes:
What we are seeing here is a coup: a coup by the New Class; by the Democratic Party; by far leftists embedded in the bureaucracy and the federal judiciary. Our duly elected president has issued an order that is plainly within his constitutional powers, and leftists have conspired to abuse legal processes to block it. They are doing so in order to serve the interests of the Democratic Party and the far-left movement. This is the most fundamental challenge to democracy in our lifetimes.
For the moment, I still conclude that our goal, on the right, should be to ensure that the rule of law is followed to the greatest degree possible, by which I mean that we follow it, rather than escalating the lawlessness of the Left. That conclusion derives from my sense that the American people know what’s going on and a large majority don’t like it. The progressives are over-playing their hand, in other words, and the only way they win is if conservatives don’t convey a palpable difference.
In short, I’d edit Hinderaker’s headline that “A Liberal Coup Is in Progress” to make it “A Failed Liberal Coup Is in Progress.” The requirement, however, is that we stand up — stand up against the coup and for our principles.