This is what we've been reduced to. this is how modern politics works.
So, it's a very hostile appointment. Hale fellow, well met, lovely family, I'm sure...but as far as YOUR family is concerned...if you breathe air, drink water, eat food, take medicine, or in any other way interact with the courts, this is a very bad decision. Well outside the mainstream of American legal thought. Not committed to Supreme Court precedents.
Gorsuch represents a breathtaking retreat from the notion that Americans have fundamental Constitutional rights.— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) February 1, 2017
Not that Nancy Pelosi particularly cares about "Supreme Court precedents," she just doesn't want a justice on the Supreme Court who might place value on the Constitution's restrictions on the power of the federal government. But she also knows that her messaging will be more effective if she paints him as someone who wants to see you die, your children gasping in the pollution-filled air as food poisoning riddles your body.
This is what we've been reduced to. This is how modern politics works.
When President Trump signed an executive order last Friday temporarily halting immigration from seven countries, you would've thought the world was coming to an end. The dreaded "Muslim Ban" was in effect! Islamophobia in America had been codified into law! OH, THE HORROR!
The actual policy, however, is nothing to get worked up over. Past presidents and acts of Congress have restricted immigration from certain nations or groups for a variety of reasons, and in this particular case, there is a logical argument to be made for halting the importation of refugees and immigrants until the government can figure out how to filter out potential terrorists from the crowd. We've already seen several European nations rush headlong into the refugee crisis, bringing millions of people into their nations, overwhelming their own systems. Rushing irresponsibly into the situation has led to cultural clashes that include multiple rapes and sexual assaults of European citizens.
Questions about the so-called "Muslim ban" were hashed out and answered after they first came up during the Republican primary...but why let little things like facts get in the way of a good story?
The left-wing media, after multitudinous rants accusing President Trump of using "fake news" to win the election, has apparently decided to jump on the fake news bandwagon themselves, purposefully painting Trump's immigration measure as a ban on an entire religious group. Chuck Schumer, apparently trying to get in a last-minute bid for his Oscar nomination, teared up as he declared the order "mean-spirited and un-American." Left-wing rent-a-mobs showed up at airports to protest. Taxi drivers went on strike (and then immediately whined & complained when Uber drivers stepped up to fill the gap). And across the nation, Democrats bought into the hype, questioning just what our nation has become, and how Americans could be okay with doing this thing that we aren't really doing.
Two weeks into Donald Trump's presidency, the pattern has already been established. President Trump takes some action to fulfill a campaign promise. Democrats and the media mobilize to spread false information about the president's action. Paid protestors are mobilized to give the impression of grassroots outrage. Across the nation, left-leaning Americans think the sky is falling.
I guess it shouldn't be a big surprise, but it feels as though, since Donald Trump was elected, our nation's collective IQ has dropped precipitously. Not that I'm laying this entirely at Donald Trump's feet; correlation, as they say, does not imply causation. I don't know whether it's always been this way, or if it's just more obvious now than it used to be. But either way, both sides have their "alternate facts." The only substantive difference seems to be that one side's propaganda machine is much more polished than the other's.
Are we really in for four years of this? May God have mercy on our souls.