The Flight 93 Election: 2016, 2020, and 2024

Max Boot, No, this isn’t a ‘Flight 93 election.’ Trump already crashed the plane.

Mr. Boot begins by reminding us of the nutjob who famously wrote, “’2016 is the Flight 93 election: charge the cockpit or you die,’ … arguing that if Hillary Clinton won, ‘death is certain.’”

 Said nutjob’s thesis was that, what with all the demographic changes, white folks had to take back the country by electing Trump, or their civilization would crash and burn.

Boot ends this way:

I do not want to be a mirror image of the right-wing alarmists by claiming that America won’t survive a second Trump term. As Adam Smith said, “There is a great deal of ruin in a nation.” But even a cursory examination of the candidates’ records makes clear that our future is far more endangered if Trump wins than if he loses. Only Biden has any hoping of rebuilding the airplane that Trump crashed.

Well, if Trump wins in 2020, we will all get to learn exactly how much ruin there is in America.

With that thought in mind, let me ask this question. The demographics, they are still a-changin’. Right now, Georgia is purple. By 2024, Texas will probably be blue. That is, if you actually let everybody vote.

So, for the Flight 93 crowd, what’s the game plan? Presumably, their plan is to enlist Trump to make sure lots of people won’t be able to vote in 2022 and going forward. Their plan will be to destroy democracy in order to save it. If that isn’t what they mean by the “Flight 93” metaphor, then what the hell do they mean?

And so, let me close with this slightly dated but still highly relevant performance: