I'll credit The Doors for today's headline. The legendary California band released its debut album an incredible 50 years ago, and the group's second album, also released in 1967, was titled "Strange Days." One of its tracks was "People are Strange."
Both titles apply to the bizarro world of 2017 American politics. Let's take a few moments to contemplate the developments...
One of many bitter battles unfolding in the opening months of the Trump administration is the one between the federal government and sanctuary cities (New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, Denver, et al). The same liberals who love to say, "It's the law of the land" when it applies to gay marriage, and who think nothing of states shoving radical transgendered bathroom/lockerroom laws down the throats of conservative communities, flout the law when it comes to obeying federal immigration policies.
Enter the Trump administration, which has stated it will drastically cut federal aid to sanctuary cities until they come into compliance. Liberals, being the pompous and arrogant individuals they are, think they're above the law when they believe they have the moral high ground. They're going to fight this tooth-and-nail.
And what has evolved? Why, an old fashioned states' rights battle, that's what! Yes, believe it or not, left-wingers who for years likened states rights to the southern racists of the 1950s-60s; the same people who normally love an expansive and assertive federal government, are invoking the 10th Amendment and challenging the federal policy under the guise of states rights.
What's more, a surprising number of liberals have actually been purchasing firearms in recent months, so great is their paranoia about the Trump administration. Yep, they're relying on the Second Amendment to help protect themselves against what they perceive as a tyrannical, overbearing federal government. As Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland proclaimed, "It gets curiouser and curiouser!"
And let's not even get too far into the issue of surveillance. Suffice it to say, these aren't your father's Democrats. The Left used to go ape-shit about Big Brother prying into what private citizens were doing -- starting with old-school wiretapping in the days of land lines and Richard Nixon, and continuing well into the Internet/email era.
Remember how one of the leftist talking points when the Patriot Act was first enacted was that "I don't want the government snooping into what books I check out of the library." Why, the good liberals of the American Library Association were in high dudgeon!
In recent years, the leftists stood by blithely while the Obama administration constructed and oversaw the world's greatest surveillance state. And this week, liberals have circled the wagons to defend pathological liar and perpetual dupe Susan Rice as she tries to justify the former administration's spying on Donald Trump and his associates, and the leaking of names of U.S. citizens caught up in the dragnet -- even if incidentally. Ah, for the good old days...
One last irony to illustrate my point. Remember a few years ago, when liberals lionized Wikileaks and Julian Assange? Transparency advocates could hardly contain their glee when Wikileaks released a boatload of classified cables from embassies across the world -- most likely costing more than a few people their lives. Well, that didn't last long. As soon as oddball Assange began divulging thousands of emails that exposed the Democrats for the lying, hypocritical and cynical frauds they are, Wikileaks became like pond scum to the Left.
I could chastise the Dems for being erstwhile advocates of the "nuclear option" in the Senate but now up in arms against it (thanks, Harry Reid!), but that fits more into the hypocrisy/double standard category than the strange evolutionary one.
It's all quite a spectacle, and it's rich watching the likes of CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times and Washington Post turn themselves inside out trying to sound rational. They might as well be a drunk/stoned 18-year-old struggling to appear sober while a police officer shines the flashlight into his eyes in search of dilated pupils, red and blue lights flashing menacingly in the background.
Strange days have tracked us down