Soon after Bush v. Gore was decided and George W. Bush was confirmed as the President-Elect of the United States, the New York Times published 5a number of columns with bits of advice and dire warnings for the incoming Commander-in-Chief.

Given the fact he didn’t win the popular vote, every decision he makes, the New York Times warned, had better be after he had received permission from Democrat leaders in Congress.

He was warned against making any nominations, pursuing any item of his legislative agenda and nominating anyone to the Courts, particularly the Circuit Courts and the Supreme Court, without the endorsement of Tom Daschle in the Senate and Dick Gephardt in the House.

I believe it was Fred Barnes who wryly noted that the New York Times was demanding that Bush share the Presidency with his political opponents. Bush, the NYT demanded, should see himself as some sort of Second Class President, with only some of the powers and none of the discretionary Constitutional and statutory authority of his predecessors.

Bush may have not cared about his own reputation – which meant that he didn’t care about his party’s future prospects, or maintaining his fellow citizens’ confidence in his leadership – but he, thankfully, realized that even though he only got 50% of the vote, he won 100% of the Presidency, and acted like it.

The NeverTrump movement, as well as the Press, the Democrats they work for in Congress, and apparently a large number of judges in certain Circuits seem to believe that where Bush rejected the advice of the NYT, Trump was obligated to take it.

Yet, from signing Executive Orders, making nominations, proposing legislation, declarating National Emergencies, conducting foreign policy, and even giving instructions to his subordinates, Trump has refused to act as if he is any less possessed of the powers of the Presidency than any of his 44 predecessors.

This refusal by Trump to willingly hobble himself and accept Second Class status is another reason he is so hated by the Left and the NeverTrump tribe (those who have not yet made the full move to the Left like Max Boot).

They are not only enraged, but confused by it.

Which leads me Sarah Isgur Flores – previously the spokeswoman for former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

In a bid to blunt the entirely accurate criticism of the network as no more than a Democrat Party propaganda organ, CNN announced, to great fanfare, that it had hired Sarah Isgur to serve as a political editor in their coverage of the upcoming 2020 elections.

As can be expected, CNN’s newsroom – which has not had a non-Democrat in it for more than a decade – erupted in a rage at the very thought of a Republican infecting their newsroom, much less in an editorial, i.e. decision making, position.

Many rushed to their friends at Media Matters and coordinated their messaging with the DNC to protest Isgur’s hiring – the talking point being that her immediate past as a partisan operative rendered her being employed by CNN in such a capacity as “controversial”, “demoralizing”, “confusing”, etc.

This was, as can be expected of CNN and its staff, dishonest and yet another attempt to deceive their viewers. The sole reason Isgur’s hiring as an editor caused such consternation among CNN staff is the fact that she is a Republican. They would have happily welcomed her if she were a Democrat.

Predictably, CNN’s leadership, ever sensitive to the complaints of their fellow progressives, began to backpedal, making it progressively clear that Isgur was meant to be a token, a fig leaf for their propaganda operations for the Democrats in 2020.

First, they announced that while an “editor”, her decisions would be under strict supervision by a senior (Democrat) editor she would be reporting to. Then they clarified that the role would not involve any decision making authority despite the title. Then it was made clear that she would not even be allowed to have an oversight or reviewer role.

Ultimately, after stripping her of every possible ability to influence or meaningfully contribute to their coverage of the upcoming elections – the supposed reason for which she was hired – Isgur finally announced that even the fig leaf title of “editor” is now gone.

Now, one cannot begrudge Ms. Isgur trying to salvage something out of this debacle. Especially if she had made some major life altering decisions and let other opportunities go because she believed Jeff Zucker and his team were actually being truthful when they told her that they wanted another perspective to provide some tiny measure of balance to their newsroom.

But … again, mindful that I’m not in her shoes, I wish she had not sat by silently as she was publicly defenestrated and treated like a leper to appease a bunch of bad faith actors who would have certainly welcomed her if only she had worn a different colored jersey.

Sarah Isgur was made Second Class, and like, far too many Republicans before her, has chosen to grin and bear it. I wish she had had the wherewithal to have stood up and stormed out, burning it all behind her as she called them out for the lying deceitful partisans they are.

The problem is that Republicans have gotten used to accepting Second Class status. In academia, in entertainment, in journalism, in politics, in the corporate world, on social media … in the culture at large, open Republicans are now barely tolerated in the general population, much less leadership.

And far too many Republicans are okay with it.

In fact, a worryingly large number of Republicans spend an inordinate amount of time scolding other Republicans for refusing to accept the double standards, the polite fictions, the fundamental unfairness that come with Second Class status.

Like it was with Bush, almost everything Trump has done in office is greeted with panic words and phrases like “controversial”, “scandalous”, “unprecedented”, even, the “end of our democracy!” – often immediately echoed by many who call themselves Republicans.

When it is invariably pointed out that their predecessors – Republican and Democrat – have done the exact same thing to no notice or criticism, we’re suddenly inundated with fashionably furled lips and disdainful sniffing – “Whataboutism! {sniff!}”

But this goes beyond Trump. As stated before, this preceded him. And we cannot allow it to continue. We have to start refusing to let it go. We have to stop letting it slide.

Even if some foppish scold would sniff that we’re being “petty.”

When state universities in states like North Dakota have 95% of its Faculty and Administrative staff political donations going to Democrats and liberal groups, it’s not “petty” to demand state legislators to take a deep hard look at the school’s hiring practices and demand immediate action to fix the imbalance.

It is not “petty” to notice the care and skepticism with which the Washington Post treated the allegations against Justin Fairfax versus the reckless abandon with which they spread every rumor made against Brett Kavanaugh.

It is not “unsophisticated” to note the media’s silence in less than three weeks on Ralph Northam when he would be in the nightly news and Republicans in Idaho would be getting harangued by journalists three months from now with demands to denounce him if the Governor of Virginia were a Republican.

It is not “rude” for a Republican politician to defend his voters when they are slandered. I still seethe when I remember Greg Walden (R-OR) sitting silently by as Steve Israel (D-NY) said on national television, confident that neither Walden nor the host would challenge him, that Republican voters are primarily motivated by racism.

It is not “beneath” us to speak out when some airhead Hollywood starlet goes on stage to shriek that Republicans want to legalize rape, bring back slavery or put gay people in concentration camps.

It is not “wrong” for us to protest when tech companies ban, derank (e.g. Google Search has definitely deranked RedState search results) and demonetize conservative content based purely on ideology while they continue to advertise and demand that we pretend that they are neutral platforms.

I could go on. People are now having payment cards withdrawn, accounts closed and social service workers trying to get their children to say anything that would justify taking them away.

The point is; we need to stop accepting Second Class status and Second Class treatment – especially now that the Left is a tively recruiting the private sector to carry out its pogroms.

It’s time to drop the polite fictions.

Because, if you think the nightmare scenario of a person being unable to open a bank account, buy a house, buy a car, get insurance, or even just have electricity transmitted and water piped to his house because he said something that offended some group is too far-fetched … you need to think again.