Democrats Can’t Take Their Own Medicine

Democrats Can’t Take Their Own Medicine, by Steven Hayward.

I can imagine Trump at some point next year getting up and saying, “Never before in all our history have these forces [the media and the opposition party] been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me — and I welcome their hatred.”

Actually those are the words of President Franklin Roosevelt in his last major campaign speech before the 1936 election. … FDR was much less subtle in 1932…:

That theory belongs to the party of Toryism, and I had hoped that most of the Tories left this country in 1776. But it is not and never will be the theory of the Democratic Party.

So Republicans should leave the country! …

I have a huge file of these. (I’m omitting my very large roster of “Reagan is Hitler” quotes.)

What I don’t have are any instances — not one — of a Washington Post or New York Times editorial calling out liberals for extreme or “divisive” rhetoric. That’s a one-way ratchet, as we all know.

Liberals are free to call Republicans any crazy thing they want, and even to suggest (like FDR) that they are un-American and ought to consider leaving the country, but if a Republican ever talks back, we see liberals get a case of the vapors. …

Let’s recur once more to Franklin Roosevelt in 1936 for an exit line: “But the resolute enemy within our gates is ever ready to beat down our words unless in greater courage we will fight for them.” Please remind me again of why Trump is uniquely ripping up our political “norms”?

Lots more at the link.