Arsonists, Firefighters, and Ersatz ‘Unity’

One of the few advantages of stupid zombie arguments that just won’t die is you can quote pieces you’ve previously written. This, of course, is a post about President Biden’s supposed divisiveness. From some asshole with a blog two days after the election was called for Biden (boldface added):

Since the election was called for Biden, lots of Thought Leaders and Professional Politics Knowers have been calling for Democrats to “reach out to Republicans”, “heal the nation”, and other similar blather.

This is a con.

When Democrats lost in 2016, they were told they had to reach out to Republican voters–fair enough, Democrats did lose. But when they win, they’re also told… to reach out to Republican voters. Yet no one is saying Republicans, who lost both the electoral college and the popular vote, need to reach out to Democrats. That never happens.

It’s all the more ridiculous when you look at how many, if not most, major metro areas reacted Saturday after hearing that Biden had been declared the victor. When Democratic areas are rejoicing like we had just blown up the Death Star, that’s a sign that Republicans have a lot of work to do. If we weren’t in a pandemic, strangers would have been spontaneously hugging and high-fiving each other. If the reaction to your candidate losing is similar to that of a dictator being toppled, let’s just say you have some more [work] out to do.

And then there’s the healing. For the first two years of Trump’s term, Republicans controlled it all: Congress, the White House, and the courts. While they lost the House in the midterms, they were still running things for the most part. To the extent there is damage that needs healing, it is they who inflicted it.

Our discourse, such as it is, needs to put the burden on Republicans–who were rejected nationally–to do the work. Anytime, a Democrat is asked about this, they should turn it around and ask, “How many Republicans have you asked this question? What should you expect Republicans to do?”

…it’s time the supposed party of personal responsibility actually take some.

As Comrade Driftglass once put it, both arsonists and firefighters are passionate about and knowledgeable of fire, but they are not the moral equivalent of each other. Until a large majority of Republicans stop assaulting democracy, no Democrat should buy the ersatz unity bullshit.

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