Calling Attention to the Promise of “Insurrection” Before the Real Thing Comes

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I believe part of the duty of people who make a point of paying attention is to challenge little curiosities before they become big problems.  Nobody will miss political brawls in the street, so if pundits and readers aren’t commenting on less, then what’s the point?

In that spirit, take a look at the sentence I’ve italicized in the following, from Ian Donnis’s TGIF column on RIPR last week:

Writing in The New Republic, Graham Vyse says Democrats are getting motivated by a populist backlash against Trump. Here’s a noteworthy excerpt featuring Providence native Tad Devine: “ ‘I think the calculus is changing almost by the minute,’ said Devine, a Democratic consultant who was Bernie Sanders’s senior strategist during last year’s campaign. ‘The public reaction to Trump’s presidency is boiling over.’ Devine predicted opposition to Trump will become a political movement unlike any in the U.S. since the Vietnam War. ‘I think we’re going to see a genuine insurgency in this country,’

Is it me, or is this strikingly casual reportage of a Democrat operative’s promise of “genuine insurgency”?  Add to it this:

The blasé manner in which the media describes opposition to Trump from within the bureaucracy is stunning. “Federal workers turn to encryption to thwart Trump,” read one Politico headline. “An anti-Trump resistance movement is growing within the U.S. government,” says Vanity Fair. “Federal workers are in regular consultation with recently departed Obama-era political appointees about what they can do to push back against the new president’s initiatives,” reports the Washington Post. No one who professes support for democracy and the rule of law can read these words without feeling alarmed. The civil service exists to support the chief executive—not the other way around. And yet, when White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that career officials who disagree with White House policy are free to resign, the collective response in Washington was outrage—at Spicer!

And put this in the mix:

In what’s shaping up to be a highly unusual post-presidency, Obama isn’t just staying behind in Washington. He’s working behind the scenes to set up what will effectively be a shadow government to not only protect his threatened legacy, but to sabotage the incoming administration and its popular “America First” agenda.

He’s doing it through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action. Normally you’d expect an organization set up to support a politician and his agenda to close up shop after that candidate leaves office, but not Obama’s OFA. Rather, it’s gearing up for battle, with a growing war chest and more than 250 offices across the country.

I know Ian Donnis probably about as well as I know most people in Rhode Island media, and I like him more than most (not the least because he humors me more!).  But the way things are developing, I worry about a future in which conflicts escalate, and I honestly question how much people in the news media will stand up for the likes of me while the Left defines fascism down as an excuse for violence and then, especially, their insurrection puts them back in power.

Oh, at some point, the more moderate folks in the media and other institutions of social power will realize that things have gone too far.  My fear is that by the time they begin acting as their sincere principles should dictate, it will be too late, and even then they’ll temper their support so as not to have the leftist mob turn on them.



  • Mike678

    Perhaps. IMHO, I think the media is blowing this out of proportion to create fear, viewership, and to assist their favored party by firing up their base and giving them an exaggerated feeling of mass. E.g., look at the sheer dishonesty in the media’s reporting of the ICE roundups the other day.

    Do we expect those who created and live in the swamp to bow out gracefully? No way. Trump and his administration should push on, doing what he promised and the Dems and their lap-dog media will march in lockstep screaming and gnashing their teeth–all the while creating fear and dissension mountains out of molehills. Give it time–children can’t keep a tantrum going forever–unless, of course, they want to lose even more seats next election. Perhaps the far left fights so hard and is so hysterical because they know Trump can succeed–and his administration’s success will show the progressive agenda for the miserable failure it is. Note the recent rise in immigration requests from that leftist paradise Venezuela …

    Finally, those misguided individuals that promote violence to prevent free speech should remember that the First Amendment is protected by the Second Amendment :-)

    • Merle The Monster

      Hi Mike
      Is the New York Post part of your “lap-dog media” or is it mainstream media or just media you agree with so its OK..
      “Make Russia Great Again”
      Merle The Monster

      • Mike678

        Why don’t you fill us in, Merle? Do some research, think about it, examine your own biases and share your results with us. Consider it my gift to help you grow.

        • Merle The Monster

          Well Mike I figure that it is you that should fill us in since you used the phrase “lab-dog media” not I. But to get the ball rolling I consider the New York Post to be a tabloid publication with its huge headlines and bizarre stories and at best is good for a laugh along with a groan and not to be taken seriously. Our current Prssident has much to say about the media so it is now a hot topic. I can’t wait to read what your thoughts are on this subject

          • Mike678

            Sorry Merle, your opinion is nice, but holds little value. President Trump states his opinion but also provides some examples to prove his point. This, I am sure you understand, makes his argument stronger. Not correct, but stronger. Perhaps you could do a little research so that we could have an informed argument vice a fact-free discussion all to common these days. Prove to us why the NYP is little more than a joke. Then move on to Rolling Stone, Time, the WaPo, CNN and so forth. Prove me wrong. We await the depth and breadth of your findings….

  • The Misfit

    Insurgency is what Trump promised. Drain the swamp and upend all the norms. And you have bought in because you think your little conservative sacred cows will come home. So now we see the way they hope to achieve this revolution. Through unbelievable incompetence. People are calling it reality TV. It is closer to pro wrestling. As fake and as staged and as seat of the pants management style make it up as it happens. If you want to talk about insurgency this is what you and the tea party have brought to the big stage.

    • Mike678

      Perhaps you may want to look up what an insurgency is before you appear even more uninformed that you do already.

      • The Misfit

        Thanks Mike for responding and for your suggestions. I will certainly try to become better informed. Now………….. Go get your shinebox

        • Rhett Hardwick

          Mr. Trump is keeping faith with is voters, not many politicians can say that. Like it, or not, his voters do approximate 50% of Americans. I think they ask reasonable questions, such as why is it necessary that 22% of working Americans draw their pay check from the government. Do we really need 1 in 5 to “govern” us?

          • Mike678

            You are, of course, correct. Trying to educate the willfully ignorant, however, is a daunting task.

          • Rhett Hardwick

            “A daunting task” Shouldn’t be. where I say “i in 5″, at 22%, it is almost equally close to “1 in 4″. That figure is “all in”, military, teachers, “street trades”.

          • The Misfit

            Well you are right and wrong. Right that Trump is true to his voters but wrong on the numbers. Almost 40% of voters didn’t vote. That is the largest group of eligible voters. The next group were Clinton voters. Trump voters constitute less than 30 %.

          • Rhett Hardwick

            Playing with numbers, try this one. If you eliminate California and a 100 mile radius around NYC, Trump won the popular vote.

  • Rhett Hardwick

    I think that once again, Fred Reed has his finger on the problem:

    http://fredoneverything.org/internal-secession-and-the-road-to-ruin-two-countries/

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