Contrary to the claims that the “Stop the Steal” crowd are agitating for a fascist revolution, in reality, they see themselves as defenders of liberal democracy and the American constitutional tradition, however stupidly they may be going about it. At their worst, they are solely within the American know-nothing tradition, which also saw itself as a defense of liberal democracy against European royalism and papism. Yes, idiots like Michael Flynn have called for “martial law” but there were similar calls from liberals after the Bush v. Gore Supreme Court decision in 2000.
By Rod Dreher, The American Conservative
have had lots of positive feedback, but also negative, to my “What I Saw At The Jericho March” post, which summarized and criticized the Christian Trumpist-nationalist event in Washington over the weekend. In this post, I want to respond generally to a few of the main lines of criticism.
“This is not about Donald Trump. This is about America and the Constitution.”
Please. As one reader wrote to me on this point (I paraphrase here): “Could you imagine the same kind of march, and the same intense rhetoric, about Jeb Bush or any other Republican presidential candidate?”
Besides, the Constitution provides a structure through which we adjudicate disputes like this. The Trump stolen election claims were submitted through the system, and all failed. It is theoretically possible that every one of the courts, including the US Supreme Court, got it wrong. Courts are human institutions, and therefore fallible. If they have failed here, then we have to live with it. The institutions of liberal democracy do not guarantee inerrancy. But what is the alternative? The actual alternative, right here, right now?