Skip to comments.There's No Stopping America's Political Realignment
Posted on 12/04/2020 8:07:51 AM PST by Kaslin
With a month in the rearview mirror since November's presidential election, we now have sufficient perspective to offer some broad conclusions about the state and nature of our politics.
This election confirmed and crystallized many already-ascendant political trends. Partisans of multiculturalism and the Orwellian "anti-racism" movement suggest an America increasingly balkanized along racial lines, but the emerging reality is quite a bit different. President Donald Trump, despite the left's four-year effort to tar him as a uniquely menacing bigot, made substantial inroads among both young Black men and Hispanics. On the other hand, donor-class elites -- Wall Street, Silicon Valley and corporate America writ large -- broke overwhelmingly for the Democratic challenger, Joe Biden.
To those who, Rip Van Winkle-like, may have been asleep for the past 20 years, this may come as a bit of a surprise. And for those octogenarians who grew up in the New Deal era, the bemusement may be even more stark. Long, long gone are the days where the Democratic Party was the political vehicle for the downtrodden, oppressed "little guy" and the Republican Party the vehicle for conniving, Mr. Burns-esque plutocrats.
The reality is nonetheless something roughly resembling the precise opposite. Today, it is the Democratic Party that disproportionately comprises and represents the college-educated elite -- purveyors of the addlebrained "woke" catechism, dispensers of redistributionist noblesse oblige. And it is the Republican Party that disproportionately comprises and represents a multiethnic, non-college-educated working class -- the Rust Belt and Sun Belt "deplorables" of Hillary Clinton's ire who, pace Barack Obama, still cling to guns and religion. Though it is true that exit polling data suggest Blacks and Hispanics did not quite mirror whites in breaking so sharply along educated lines, the conclusion is nonetheless apt that our partisan duopoly now fractures more along lines of class than along lines of race.
Elites are often puzzled by this. Democratic elites, prone to word-vomit the full litany of social justice "woke"-isms, are often in denial as to how unpopular "defund the police" and the Green New Deal are with the public. And Republican elites, stubbornly moored to laissez-faire fundamentalism and limited government as intrinsic ends, rather than instrumental means, are often in denial as to how miniscule the political constituency is for a corporatist right-liberalism detached from the day-to-day needs of the working class.
But there is no putting this genie back in the bottle. Our now-rapidly accelerating political realignment will not slow down any time soon.
Presuming the Electoral College formalizes Joe Biden as our next president, the next four years are potentially ripe for crossover opportunity. The beauty of an unfolding political realignment in which so much is in flux is that there may well be more Venn diagram overlap than meets the eye. Conservatives must remain constantly vigilant about a far-left capture of the frail and deteriorating Biden, but it would also be a mistake to preemptively write off the possibility of any bipartisan cooperation whatsoever.
On economic matters, there is room for legislative deal-making on the need for an industrial policy that reshores strategic supply chains and spurs greater domestic investment in advanced manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and semiconductors. The GOP's more populist wing, which was already vocal about hawkishness on China, the downsides of free trade absolutism and the need for a greater economic resilience on the home front, was buoyed by a global pandemic that saw its worst fears realized. Biden has expressed support for some variety of a pro-manufacturing industrial policy -- and it is incumbent upon Republican watchdogs to ensure such a policy, if enacted, does not manifest itself in the form of venal, Solyndra-like crony capitalist boondoggles.
On Big Tech, too, there is strong bipartisan outrage at the status quo. Conservatives and progressives may be angry at Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter's Jack Dorsey for different reasons, but it is still easily foreseeable that there might be room to collaborate on antitrust reform or on reform of Section 230 -- the 1990s-era legal immunity giveaway to the Big Tech giants. Partisans from both sides are increasingly coming around to the view that these goliaths must be reined in.
It is deeply unfortunate that Trump appears headed for an Electoral College defeat. The next four years could be rough. But there are always silver linings to be found amid the rubble.
It’s not a division over politics.
It’s a division over law and order.
The Republicans want law and order.
The Democrats politicians want dirty money.
You said it.
It will occur either by ballot or bullet but it will occur.
The next four years could be rough. But there are always silver linings to be found amid the rubble.
silver lining? Where does one find a silver lining in a work camp? In a country under US control?Where does on find that silver lining in ration cards? In eating pets and zoo animals?
Josh Hammer, you are full of it - that being rationalization - the second oldest profession.
The author makes some good points, but his concluding paragraph is accepting of the fraud that is the 2020 election. That’s not going to cut it.
Conservatives need to ditch their normalcy bias. “Democracy is a train, your ride it to where you want to go. Then, you get off.” The “democrats” are getting off the train.
CNN exec Zucker provided extremely valuable services to the Biden Campaign AND the Democratic Party
far in excess of Federal election Law. Ergo, Zucker has unwittingly opened up himself and CNN to criminal prosecution.
<><> Project Veritas, monitored and recorded CNN’s morning editorial conference call for some two months....
<><> CNN PTB are heard plotting the “news of the day”
<><> CNN head Zucker dictates the network’s editorial slant.
<><> Zucker and his henchmen are in lockstep
<><> CNN was heard manipulating news items, hand-picking stories to be reported, and how they will be presented......
<><> CNN itself decided Hunter’s laptop story should be ditched to save Joe Biden’s ***.
<><> Many voters said they would not have voted Biden if they knew about the contents of Hunter’s laptop.
<><> CNN made sure candidate Biden was protected at all costs.
<><> CNN is a criminal accessory after the fact, aiding and abetting, colluding in the Democrats’ election steal.
<><> L/E needs to uncover when CNN knew about the election steal....and when did they know it?
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“defund the police”, the “Woke
-ists” say they really don’t mean it literally. Time and again elRushbo says WORDS MEAN THINGS
Rationalization isn’t the only thing he is full of. One thing he is not full of, is the power of truth winning the day.
This is WAR
THIS IS WAR.
This is not a nicey- nice red versus blue your team versus our team game anymore
Honestly I thought the game ended right when Trump won and they started this Russia collusion garbage. Indeed with the illegal locking up of general Flynn for 3 1/2 years we can see now that they started the war way back then
And we can now see why our great president finally had it with that idiot Sullivan and Freed general Flynn
This week in this war hearings week has been spectacular and there’s been so much evidence presented that only the super idiot Democrats could possibly say that there’s no voter fraud
It’s very possible that leftist judges gum up the works with these lawsuits but it does seem like we’re getting quite a bit of traction and the main problem we have now her pussy ass Republican Legislature’s they don’t want to step up and do their constitutional role
Furthermore the Supreme Court is unlikely to step into that role either and so we’re going to be left with the morass which is fine as these deadlines pass
“This is WAR”
Exactly. Freepers are too soft. I’ve had the same hatred for liberals since day 1 I joined FR. I laugh at these clowns on the forum who started crying on the forums a week after the election when memory serves we had 8 years of obamatard yet here we are..
This fool thinks Biden really won. 😱
On the other hand, we will never appeal to secular Jews, Black women and Asian-Americans (which is odd because they are extremely successful and they had worked hard to get where they are in America today.)
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