In my last post “What Is Wrong with the Democrats?,” I discussed the fact that the Democratic party is moving so far to the left that it may nominate a presidential candidate who makes Trump look like the safer choice.
Here is an additional explanation of what is going on:
- In the short span of a generation, the face and focus of the Democratic Party nationally has shifted from a glorification of the working-class ethos to multi-culturist militancy pushed by the Far Left of the party.
- The narrow elite – people with national influence – coincides with the Big Four centers of cultural impact: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC.
- Liberalism which seeks to spread cosmopolitan relativism to the masses, by force if necessary, instead of spreading economic equality, is destined to leave a decisive slice of the American electorate in search of a new home.
- If the people who make branding news, and political decisions, are immersed in environments hostile to a coalition that represents a governing majority of the nation, cultural schism is the most likely outcome.
- Trump’s often coarse language on the issues serves as an attractant for the kind of marginal voters who were previously unmotivated by more conventional presidential candidates such as Mitt Romney.
- For the typical voter, the speech of normal candidates has them saying “What’s going on? I just want a job. Just get me a job. I don’t need the rhetoric. I want a job.”
- The question of whether Trump has remade, or can remake, the Republican Party on a less-ideological, but more strident, forge, is one that will persist past his presidency.
- A key to projecting the staying power of the Trump-made alliance between populists and conservatives is understanding not just the changing influences within this coalition but also the forces pushing Democrats further toward the multinational worldview that enabled the coalition to form.
- In the long run the Republicans have a demographic problem and the Democrats have a geographic (coastal) problem. What happened in 2016 is only the beginning. “Unchecked by the need to accommodate centrists in their own party, the Democrats are continually redefining the litmus test for acceptable liberalism.
- The 2020 election may determine whether the American electorate has altogether realigned, or merely had a hiccup.
Summary. Did 2016 represent a great revolt or just a great surprise? This is what the American voters will decide in 2020. It will truly be a momentous election.
A very good summary, Jack, of America’s current political dichotomy. The current crop of Democrat president candidates and most of that party’s candidates for both House and Senate seats have very little identification with the party of my parents and grandparents. At the same time, I think they would be appalled at even considering voting for Donald Trump. But, in the end, if President Trump is the only arrow in the quiver to maintain some balance in Congress and assure an American identity in the White House, I’m sure they would vote for Trump. In the last presidential election, I went through 17 Republicans and 2 possible Democrat candidates (who were never seriously considered by that party) and finally voted for Trump. And I’ll vote for him again this November.
This is about my attitude as well. Trump has huge liabilities but what are the alternatives?