You know how some Jews take offense when people make dumb comparisons to the Holocaust or to Nazism? That’s how I feel when I read ridiculous comparisons between what the Democratic Party is doing — or more likely not doing — to resist Donald Trump and actual resistance movements around the world. All these Democrats are trying to do is co-opt the term resistance without actually resisting.
I was criticized when I said that the January 21 women’s march wouldn’t amount to anything unless it resulted in a real movement instead of a mere show of hands. But those protests were only to demonstrate opposition to Donald Trump taking office. Now he’s been in office for more than two months and wreaking havoc, and where has the resistance been? Nonexistent. Lesson learned: there’s no point having a bunch of stupid demonstrations if you don’t have any follow-through.
Some propaganda is personal, not serious. After the September 11th attacks, journalistic outfits that ought to have known better laughably compared George W. Bush to Winston Churchill. Now the same media outlets, many of them even liberal Democratic, are calling Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch “charming” and intelligent. Even if you admire Gorsuch for some reason, the one thing that he certainly is not is charming. Yet everyone keeps saying it. Which makes it true eventually.
According to WikiLeaks, the CIA uses a program called Weeping Angel to turn Americans’ smart televisions into bugs that work even when they are powered down. It turns out that the CIA is spying on Americans like the NSA was at the time of the Edward Snowden leaks. But hey, if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear, right?
Most presidents begin their first term by proposing legislation. Not Donald Trump. It isn’t surprising that he does everything differently and this is no exception. However, his approach of issuing a blizzard of executive orders — which is amusing considering how much he criticized this practice under President Obama — marks a major departure in the way legislation happens in the United States. Could this be the way that dictatorship begins coming out with a bang but with a whimper?