Whatever one makes of the existence of the “secret society” mentioned by FBI lawyer Lisa Page in a text message to her paramour, FBI Agent Peter Strzok, no one can doubt the existence of another beltway society whose existence is now about as secret as former Congressman John Conyers’ underwear (which a former staffer says he sported rather flamboyantly at a meeting, answering for all time the age-old question: “boxers or briefs?”)
But why dwell on Conyers’ underpants when the entire democratic delegation just showed it’s collective derrière? I speak, of course, of the ancient and royal Order of the Iron Butt, whose members took a stand by sitting down, turning the other cheek, as it were, and then plopping down on it. Because when they sat, they took a stand. Against what, you ask? Against the following statements by President Trump in his State of the Union speech:
* “Since the election, we have created 2.4 million new jobs, 200,000 new jobs in manufacturing, rising wages.” (News which Democrats greet with bitter glares and planted buns.)
* “Unemployment claims have hit a 45 year low.”
* “African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded.” (Congressional Black Caucus sits, scowls, and registers the worst reception of good news also ever recorded.)
* “Hispanic-American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history.” (Democrats stick to their seats, stoic as graven images.)
* “The stock market has smashed one record after another, gaining $8 trillion and more in value. 401(k), retirement pension and college savings accounts have gone through the roof.” (Even as Democratic tushes nearly go through the floor.)
* “Millions of Americans will have more take-home pay. Three million workers have already gotten tax cut bonuses.” (Still they sit, because everybody knows that your earnings really belong to the politicians, not to you, which is why they talk all that tripe about “tax give-aways.” You work, you earn, and it belongs to them first, and they dispense what they think they can afford to “give” you. It is the generosity of a burglar.)
* “Apple has just announced it plans to invest a total of $350 billion in America.” (Nope, not standing for that one.)
* “Chrysler is moving a major plant from Mexico to Michigan.” (Now they’ve stopped blinking too.)
* “Toyota and Mazda are opening up a plant in Alabama.” (Something’s gone wrong with Nancy Pelosi’s dentures. How does she do that?)
* “Last year the FDA approved more new and generic drugs and medical devices than ever before in our country’s history.” (I think one of them started to stand, got the facelift-death-stare, and sat back down again.)
* “We have sent thousands and thousands and thousands of MS-13 horrible people out of this country.” (Senator Schumer not amused. Could have used those votes. Keisters unite,….er, keep yer seats.)
* “The coalition to defeat ISIS has liberated very close to 100 percent of the territory just recently held by these killers.” (So confusing. To stand or not to stand for the troops, or for the war against the murdering savages of ISIS? Still, the Order’s order stands: “I shall not be moved.”)
* “Freedom stands tall over one more monument: this one. This Capitol. This living monument. This is the monument to the American people.” (Freedom? The American people? Puleeze. Talk to the tochus.)
Exactly what is it about the statement that, “In America, we know that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the center of the American life,” that is so repugnant and utterly distasteful that an entire political party would rather remain seated in churlish disgust than do anything which might reaffirm an historically self-evident truth? Why must they respond with sullen disdain when the President praises a 12-year-old boy for his patriotism, saying that, “Preston’s reverence for those who have served our Nation reminds us why we salute our flag, why we put our hands on our hearts for the pledge of allegiance, and why we proudly stand for the national anthem?” Has the left anachronized decorum and respect as well?
How can those who purport to represent the people look into the disconsolate eyes of parents who have lost their children to the savagery of those who should have never been here in the first place, and remain seated in idiotic defiance of the obvious need to defend the territorial sovereignty of America’s borders and tend to the physical safety of American citizens? At what precise point did citizens who obey the law and pay their taxes become the enemy of the government they fund and the representatives they elect? What is at the foundation of that constipated intellect which prefers the lawbreaker over the law-abiding, the entitled over the provider, and those who would disfigure and destroy the culture that transformed America into a world power over those who embrace and enhance it? Why are people who play by the rules called deplorable while those who break the rules are called dreamers?
Of the President’s speech, Nancy Pelosi said, “What he is doing is bringing tears to the eyes of the Statue of Liberty.” Now I will grant that Ms. Pelosi is an absolute treasure trove of extraordinary incoherence and that, as Bill Buckley said of Eleanor Roosevelt, “following [her] in search of irrationality was like following a burning fuse in search of an explosion; one never had to wait long.” But why should a statue cry like a sentient person over a reaffirmation of the values which energized a nation, while an ostensibly sentient person hears those same values and sits like a statue?
In his book, Ameritopia, Mark Levin said of utopianism that, “It ignores, rejects, or perverts the teachings and knowledge that have come before — that is, man’s historical, cultural, and social experience and development.” In practice, this means that experience itself becomes the enemy, and anything which underscores the truth of that experience is paradoxically denigrated as false. “Especially threatening, therefore,” Levin continues, “are the industrious, independent, and successful, for they demonstrate what is actually possible under current societal conditions — achievement, happiness, and fulfillment — thereby contradicting and endangering the utopian campaign against what was or is.”
So that the predicted and welcome news of economic growth that accompanies the lifting of the heavy federal boot from the throat of private enterprise, or the simple reminder that, “Our motto is, ‘In God We Trust,’” inevitably provokes a response among progressives very much like that of the witch doused with water. Swaddled in the discredited ideological superstitions of the last century, superstitions which have wrecked havoc and destruction from Pyongyang to Venezuela, from East Germany to Tiananmen Square, and from the inner city to a nearby faculty lounge, the left must steadfastly ignore or belittle anything which disproves or even challenges the supremacy of the state and its masterminds (even those masterminds who forget to wear their pants to meetings).
So they sit, glowering in angry defiance not only at one president, but at the exceptional character of the people and the nation he represents. Because when the Congressional Black Caucus sits unfazed and unmoved by news that black unemployment is at the lowest rate in the nation’s history, the problem is not with the news itself. The problem is with the Congressional Black Caucus. And when an entire congressional delegation can’t bring itself to applaud and affirm that the building in which they conduct the people’s business is in reality, “a monument to the American people,” the problem isn’t the building or the people who sent them to that building to represent their interests. The problem is with that congressional delegation and an ideology that is every bit as worn out, outdated, bloated and discredited as its proponents.