Liberals Were Bluffing All Along

There’s more wind and tears coming from the left now that we’re mere days away from President Trump being a reality. But we know now what we should have always known: They were bluffing all along.

Rosie O’Donnell’s latest tweet provides the tell.

She would rather have everyone in the country subject to military law, suspension of Habeas Corpus, quarantines, curfews, and shoot-on-sight orders than she herself having to accept Donald Trump as president.

Bullcrap.

If she really meant it, she’d be fine with herself going to jail to do whatever it took to keep Trump out of the White House. And we know she wouldn’t be willing to suffer the inconvenience of prison–maybe a ride to the police station on Jan. 20th is about all she’ll do, mugging for the cameras the whole way.

Rosie isn’t the only one who’s bluffing. The whole liberal apparatus and the Democratic Party has been bluffing as they move along the five stages of grief from denial, through anger, bargaining, depression and finally into acceptance.

There’s Meryl Streep’s totally unshocking and fully expected potshots from the safety of a liberal bubble at the Golden Globes. Then there’s the full-page ad taken out by Rosie O’Donnell, Debra Messing, Ed Asner and a bunch of other leftist celebrities in the New York Times last week in which they call Trump a Fascist. I don’t know if that’s a particularly productive use of money, but it’s probably cathartic for them. And I’m not sure where catharsis fits in the grief stages.

And in the acceptance phase is the sad video of Emma Stone, Natalie Portman and Amy Adams singing Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.”

Presumably, there are many liberals in the government who also oppose Trump with all their being. My question is, if these liberals were so vehemently opposed to Trump all this time, why haven’t any of them in government actually, you know, blown the whistle on him? Why haven’t they risked jail, like Edward Snowden, to expose something so heinous about soon-to-be President Donald Trump that the country would absolutely reject him?

All the opposition files dumped on America, which ruined 2016 for so many, didn’t stop Trump. In fact, I think it strengthened him.

Not that they haven’t tried to stop Trump, but they were just bluffing.

For instance, Trump never released his tax returns. Speculation ran that they must be so awful, and full of smoking guns, that they couldn’t possibly be made public or Trump would be run out of the country.  But the privacy of tax returns is sacrosanct, at least according to the lawyer I asked (who isn’t an expert, and I’m not a lawyer).

The law, 26 U.S.C. § 6103, is pretty clear about the government not disclosing tax information. Even the president, currently Barack Obama, could not order Trump’s tax return to be disclosed. He’d even have a hard time getting his hands on it at all, unless he had a reason that stood up to public scrutiny (but he does have the authority to order a copy for the White House, just not without a specific reason). “So Trump will lose the election” is not a good reason.

I suppose if there were enough smoking guns, someone at the IRS (remember Lois Lerner?) might “leak” the information or otherwise brief Obama. They might “leak” the information to the press, also. But then what? Go to jail to stop Trump? Would a reporter rot in jail when a judge orders her to disclose sources (there’s no way the New York Times would not publish Trump’s tax returns if they got a verifiable actual copy, no matter who broke the law)?

Or would they take an unverifiable copy of a purported tax return from an anonymous source and publish it, a la Buzzfeed? I don’t think most legitimate press would do that.

If Trump is truly the despot these people say he is (“a Fascist America!”) then I hope to God someone has the temerity, courage, and conviction to expose it in 2017, 2018, or beyond. I would actually respect that. Even if it failed, at least they put their liberal heinies where their mouths are. But they don’t really care about that, only their own relevance.

I am the first to tell you I’m not the biggest fan of Trump. I opposed him in the Republican primaries. I would rather not have had the choice of Trump vs. Clinton in the general election. I didn’t vote for either. But I fully understand that making useless protest gestures, mocking, and spending money on anti-Trump advertising after the election is settled, is just dumb.

Trump exhibits some characteristics, even days from the Oval Office, that I find troubling. I find his dismissal of the legitimate press, along with the “fake news” press, to be self-serving and unstatesmanlike. I disagree with his positions on many issues. But I don’t pledge myself to his failure. But neither do the liberals who pretend to call for martial law and such idiotic sentiments. They just want to be heard, and to remain relevant. It’s really pathetic.

If the liberals who sign their names to newspaper ads, and appear in hastily-made desperation videos, were as serious as the founders of our country, they’d all risk arrest, even death, to stop the person they believe is a tyrant worse than King George III. Obviously, none of them, in or out of the government, believe that it’s worth their sacred honor, or their lives, to stop Trump.

They were bluffing because they thought people agreed with them and now they’re angry to find that people agreed with Trump more.

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Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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