There comes a time when one must realize and accept that one's argument lost. This is something that every adult experiences.
It needn't mean accepting that you were wrong. Or that you didn't "deserve" to win. No, just that you didn't. You lost. The game's over. It is time to move on. To be quiet. To go home.
I can't but think that any objective viewer cannot help but see that we here in America have reached such a time. -That the big "argument" that has been going on -- the one about the underlying worth of our nation and the value of the principles on which it was built -- has been publicly won. And that in the nation's favor.
Yes, you can still think that we, the winners of that debate, were wrong, but the fight is in fact over. Now all that's left is acceptance of that fact, or denial and self pity.
In a real sense that argument was won a year ago last November. Or, one could argue, even before that, when Donald Trump took out all his adversaries and got the Republican nomination. That because among his adversaries was a voice for every argument for what makes up good government here in America. The other side in the election itself was simply the remnants of power trying to hold on to the same -- with old, stale, ideas and jaded, empty, promises.
But the losing side on that clear November night a year past didn't, couldn't, wouldn't accept it. They were certain that they were somehow right -- that they had been all along -- and that all that was needed was a bit of time and some loud, coordinated, voices of "reason" -- and then the nation as a whole would see and follow and be thankful.
Uh uh. 'Twas not to be.
This past week or so has, to borrow a phrase, "put the kibosh" on all of that. The Stormy Daniel debacle on CBS's 60 Minutes, the news out of Korea (how funny -- yes, and revealing -- to see those two things set side-by-side as if they were equals), the restoration of the bull market on Wall Street, and now... and now... the Roseanne show revival and its 18 million plus viewers.
You, Dear Coasties, lost.
You in editorial position at the NY Times and the WaPo, you lost.
You Hollywood types -- despite all your self-assurances (to say nothing of your self-congratulations) and despite your pretty faces and lovely gowns, you lost.
You in the news rooms, with your deep, serious, sonorous, voices, you lost.
We the people listened. We were unimpressed.
Your machinations of power, your lies, your corruption and attempts at control. They all failed.
You may still believe in yourselves -- in your supposed cause (whatever that may be?) -- but no one else does. In fact we are no longer even really listening. Well, except for a chuckle.
Trump not only won on election night, but he was won again and again ever since.
You can deny it. But you cannot any longer even pretend to be winning.
America remains ours.
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