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‘Civility is for Suckers’

I wrote at Politico today about Democrats and the mobs:

…seeking to make it impossible for our elected representatives to do their business isn’t an expression of democracy but a transgression against it.

But our system is increasingly held in low regard on the left. The 2016 election was somehow stolen and the mechanism that gave Trump his victory, the Electoral College, is illegitimate. The Senate, which confirmed Kavanaugh and gives small, red states the same representation as large, blue states, is also illegitimate. Finally, the Supreme Court, now home to two Trump-appointed justices, is illegitimate, as well.

That’s a lot of illegitimacy, all stemming from one lost presidential election. Imagine if Democrats lose another? The fact is that if you believe an institution is legitimate only if you control it or it works in your favor, you never truly believed in its legitimacy to begin with.

Perhaps the Democratic fever will pass, if the party gains some power again, as Clinton suggested in her remarks. Perhaps it’s only a passing mood, whipped up in reaction to the provocations of President Trump. But it’s notable enough that one of our major parties is showing signs of contemplating a divorce from our system as it currently exists.

 

Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com. 

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