A great article by Yoram Hazony in Quillette:
I know that many liberals believe that this rejection of Trump’s legitimacy was directed only at him, personally. They believe, as a liberal friend wrote to me recently, that when this particular president is removed from office, America will be able to return to normal. But nothing of the sort is going to happen. The Marxists who have seized control of the means of producing and disseminating ideas in America cannot, without betraying their cause, confer legitimacy on any conservative government. And they cannot grant legitimacy to any form of liberalism that is not supine before them. This means that whatever President Trump’s electoral fortunes, the “resistance” is not going to end. It is just beginning.
This is absolutely true. And “conservative” doesn’t mean Republican. To the people breaking windows in Portland, Biden and Harris are very conservative. Never mind that they don’t look conservative to you. The marauding crowds see them as such, which is all that matters. They would see Bernie Sanders as conservative, too, the second he got inaugurated. The second he gets in office, Bernie – or anybody else – becomes an emissary of evil.
Remember Obama? I wrote about this back in 2009 but nobody noticed. The Lefty circles were all rah-rah for Obama until the day he won the election. Literally, on the next day they started ranting about how he’s not good enough, not radical enough, too conservative, etc. Yes, to the majority of the population words “Obama” and “conservative” don’t belong in the same sentence. But the majority of the population isn’t beating up drivers and burning buildings. The “protesters” perceive the whole system of power and every established institution within our society as intolerable violence. And the moment you join the system – even with the goal of reforming it – you become an agent of violence.
Biden and Harris are going to be the next Trump. Everybody is going to be the next Trump. For as long as we grant even a modicum of legitimacy to the “protesters,” it won’t end. They’ll want more and more. You can’t appease them. You definitely can’t appease them by throwing them such an old, dessicated bone as Biden. The Resistance is just beginning. Historically, the only way it stops is when somebody really unhinged is brought to power by the “protesters” and he drowns them (and everybody else) in blood.
There is an alternative. It’s not to grant them legitimacy. It’s to stop saying, “yes, some people went too far but the cause itself is good and most protesters are there for that good cause.” With all due respect, this is a position of a useful idiot. Historically, the useful idiots get drowned in blood immediately after the shock squads of “peaceful mobs.”