Former First Lady Michelle Obama once famously said that “When they go low, we go high.” It was the right message under the circumstances, based on what we knew at the time. Fast forward two years and we have a deranged traitor illegally occupying the White House, a serial sexual assaulter on the Supreme Court, and a Republican majority that’s no longer even pretending to be anything other than corrupt. It’s time for a new slogan – and Eric Holder just gave it to us.
Here’s what former Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder said today: “When they go low, we kick ’em. That’s what this new Democratic Party is about.” He went on to clarify that he wasn’t referring to anything inappropriate or illegal; he obviously didn’t mean that we should literally kick people over politics. But metaphorically speaking, Holder has it right.
Simply because our side stood up fiercely during the Kavanaugh disgrace, people like Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell are already calling us a “mob” and worse. We’re seeing this kind of cartoonish overreaction from Trump and the GOP because they’re not accustomed to seeing us stand up for ourselves. It scares them. Liberals have always had the facts, the evidence, the morality, and the truth on our side. We just haven’t always been willing to shout the truth as forcefully as the other side has been willing to shout its carefully crafted and convenient lies. That’s rapidly changing.
This is our country. We’re the majority; we’re supposed to be in charge. Trump and his ilk are holding us hostage. Coming out swinging, metaphorically speaking, isn’t just appropriate – it’s the new mandate. No side ever won a war by worrying about whether they’re going to be seen as sufficiently polite by the people in the middle. The left is on the rise. Call us whatever names you want, but we’re taking over. When they go low, we kick ’em. Just don’t actually kick anyone, and we’ll be fine.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report