Culture Wars/Current Controversies

Republicans Have a Long Row to Hoe If They Want Revenge

In a thought-provoking commentary about what the Republican majority in Congress might do to respond to past dishonest Democratic investigations, Victor Davis Hanson compares the Democrats’ attempt to bring down Trump and dehumanize his following to the Greek understanding of destructive madness. Hanson invokes the Greek goddess of retribution, Nemesis, who vents her wrath on those who commit wicked or defiling acts. It is hoped this stern goddess may visit vengeance on crazed Trump-haters, thereby confirming the ancient teaching that “what goes around comes around, of Karma, of Nemesis, of payback.”

Under the new Republican congressional majority, Hanson points out, probes can be launched into the misdeeds perpetrated by Democratic politicians and operatives. Those who lied by insisting that Trump “colluded” with the Russians, those who twice impeached the former president on less than credible evidence, and those who used the January 6 Capitol riot to badger and imprison their political critics while hiding the FBI’s role in these events, could conceivably suffer for their misconduct. The fact that the Left’s mendacious, demented standard bearer has been involved in multiple scandals, most recently for snatching unlawfully classified documents as vice president, will give congressional Republicans an exceedingly big target.

I’m not sure, however, that current events will work out like a Greek tragedy in which Nemesis, or the Erinyes (the Furies) wreak vengeance on the crazed evildoer.

For one thing, the evildoers in this case, unlike the subjects in Greek tragedies, are not driven by madness. Nor are they acting out an ancestral curse like Oedipus. They are nasty, clever politicians and leftist ideologues taking advantage of the hand they have dealt themselves.

What the organized Left has done by demonizing Trump and the rest of their political opposition and projecting onto their foes their own subversive actions has benefited the perpetrators. The Left in this country and elsewhere in the West has captured, among other prizes, public administration, the media, educational institutions, surveillance operations, and the military command. It can furthermore claim majority or near majority electorates, thanks to massive Third World immigration and the feminist and LGBT movements, while popular culture is almost entirely in the hands of its allies.

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