Gloria Steinem, center right, greets protesters at the barricades before speaking at the Women's March on Washington during the first full day of Donald Trump's presidency, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington. Organizers of the Women's March on Washington expect more than 200,000 people to attend the gathering. Other protests are expected in other U.S. cities. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The Women’s March

Unlike the vandals yesterday, the Women’s March is a proper exercise of the First Amendment. It is drawing attention from the media, there is no violence, and the people have united around a common theme.

Good for them.

It is worth noting that many supposedly objective reporters seem awfully joyful about this march. It is also worth noting that this march is not so much about women’s rights as it is about sore losers. This march would never have happened had Hillary Clinton gotten elected. It is only happening in response to Donald Trump as a protest against him.

It is very relevant that liberals have protested every Republican inauguration since Richard Nixon in 1969. They even protested Ronald Reagan’s landslide win in 1985, or at least would have done so more aggressively except for the blizzard that kept people off the streets. This is what the left does when they lose. They cannot help themselves. They may invent and imagine new grievances and excuses each time, but it happens every time.

That’s all well and good, but I think there is a mistaken premise underlying this march. These people may pat themselves on the back that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, but she won the popular vote because of major urban areas in a handful of states that always go Democrat. In fact, if both Hillary Clinton’s vote total and Donald Trump’s vote total did not contain California, Trump would lead the popular vote.

In addition to the fact that this nation relies on an Electoral College to pick the President, thereby ensuring widespread support, it is also means that this Women’s March, though large in number, does not really related to a vast array of people in the country. Polling suggested one reason Democrats switched from Barack Obama to Donald Trump was because these Democrats thought Hillary Clinton cared more about bathrooms than jobs.

The Women’s March only perpetuates this by fixating on one size fits all social issues — abortion on demand in every state, men in women’s bathrooms in every state, massive burdens on the taxpayers of every state, etc. I dare say a lot of these people would find common ground with the right if they argued for their lifestyles in their states, without a one size fits all federal approach.

But the won’t.

This march is not so much about affecting an agenda or even changing minds. It is about convincing the left that there is nothing wrong, they are not out of touch, and they should block and obstruct everything possible. Of course there is something wrong. Hillary Clinton lost states no Democrat has lost since Ronald Reagan. Blaming the Russians or emails provides false comfort, prevents a real examination of the loss, and works to Donald Trump’s advantage.

For many, many Americas, 62.98 million of them at least, the Women’s March just reinforces their support for President Trump and for many of us who supported neither major party candidate, it makes us thankful we wound up being wrong.

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