Until this year’s presidential election, you would have had to look long and hard for any significant media coverage of what terrible shape Democrats are in – and have been in for years.
If you relied on mainstream “reporting” you would “know” that Democrats had the White House, would continue to have it for the forseeable future, were more than likely to take the Senate and might even hit for the trifecta and win the House of Representatives as well.
Republicans? A dying splinter group comprised of old White men and evangelicals who were quickly being shoved back under the rocks they came out of by women, and Blacks, and Latinos, and Gays.
In other words, the death of Republicans and the predominance of Democrats was gender, race and sexual orientation-based.
And, hey, it had to be true. Because Democrats and mainstream media said so.
Republicans are now have the White House. And the Senate. And the House. And 2/3 of all Governorships. And 2/3 of all statehouses.
How and why did that happen?
Well, Heather McDonald, writing for city-journal.org, thinks the main reason is that Democrats have racialized politics, by heavily, mercilessly attacking White citizens, that they have made the party unacceptable to them.
Here are the first five paragraphs of Ms. McDonalds’ article – with a strong recommendation that you use the link I’ve provided and read the rest as well:
Democratic pundits are calling on their party to court working-class and non-coastal whites in the wake of this month’s electoral rout. But the Democratic Party is now dominated by identity politics, which defines whites, particularly heterosexual males, as oppressors of every other population in the U.S. Why should the targets of such thinking embrace an ideology that scorns them?
The most absurd Democratic meme to emerge from the party’s ballot-box defeat is the claim that it is Donald Trump, rather than Democrats, who engages in “aggressive, racialized discourse,” in the words of a Los Angeles Times op-ed. By contrast, President Barack Obama sought a “post-racial, bridge-building society,” according to New York Times reporter Peter Baker. Obama’s post-racial efforts have now “given way to an angry, jeering, us-against-them nation,” writes Baker, in a front-page “news” story.
Tell that valedictory for “post-racial bridge-building” to police officers, who have been living through two years of racialized hatred directed at them in the streets, to the applause of many Democratic politicians. Black Lives Matter rhetoric consists of slogans like: “CPD [Chicago Police Department] KKK, how many children did you kill today?” “Fuck the police,” and “Racist, killer cops.” Officers have been assassinated by Black Lives Matter-inspired killers who set out to kill whites in general and white police officers in particular. Gun murders of law enforcement officers are up 67 percent this year through November 23, following five ambushes and attacks over the November 18 weekend that left a San Antonio police officer and a U.S. marshall dead. A few days before those weekend shootings, anarchist wannabes in Austin led a counting chantbased on the template: “What’s better than X dead cops? X + 1 Dead Cops.”
President Obama welcomed Black Lives Matter activists several times to the White House. He racialized the entire criminal-justice system, repeatedly accusing it of discriminating, often lethally, against blacks. At the memorial service for five Dallas police officers gunned down in July 2016, Obama declared that black parents were right to fear that “something terrible may happen when their child walks out the door”—that the child will be shot by a cop simply for being “stupid.
Obama put Brittany Packnett, a leader of the Black Lives Matter movement, on his President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Packnett’s postelection essay on Vox, “White People: what is your plan for the Trump presidency?” is emblematic of the racial demonology that is now core Democratic thinking. Packnett announces that she is “tired of continuously being assaulted” by her country with its pervasive “white supremacy.” She calls on “white people” to “deal with what white people cause,” because “people of color have enough work to do for ourselves—to protect, free, and find joy for our people.”
Is Heather McDonald onto something? Is she right about the degree to which Democrats in general, and Barack Obama in particular, have racialized the party?
Personally, I don’t know if Ms. McDonald’s premise is entirely correct. But I am certain that, if not the single main factor in disassociating White voters from the Democrat Party, it is right up there as one of the main ones.
How do Democrats resolve this and re-open the party to people of all races…without being the definition of racists that they have used to attack Republicans?
I don’t know. I really don’t. But I do know that they better figure it out and have a viable answer by election day, 2018.