The splits in the electorate – on both sides of the aisle – this season seem so simple to grasp. Yet pundits and MSM reporters utterly fail to do so. They just can’t climb out of their ideological wells and templated storylines and look around.
It isn’t about their bubble. It’s about failing to identify that the dominant governing ideology no longer separates elected politicians.
But it sure still separates voters.
The GOP base doesn’t hate the Establishment GOP because we’re far right wing nutters. We hate the establishment because no matter how large a majority we give them to stop Progressivism, they continue to vote for it. The inexplicable is not why we’re angry at our party; the inexplicable is why those who campaign against Progressivism support the ideology they are – specifically – elected to oppose once they are elected.
And that anyone is surprised by that.
Since 1968 the Democrat Party has been at-war with itself. Multiple days of street riots that Chicago convention pitted the anti-war hippies against a party that had enmeshed the nation in Vietnam, not even tried to win, and wanted to continue to throw live kids into that jungle of death. The convention riots convinced the electorate not to vote Dem. Over the next generation – 24 YEARS – we elected only one Democrat, and that was due to the criminality of the GOP president, not the attractiveness of the Democrat party. We then ejected him ASAP and returned to the GOP for another three terms
Two plus generations after 1968, two more wars we haven’t even tried to win, yet for which Democrat pols have continued to vote, and the anti-war Dem base hates the establishment Dem candidate who both voted for those wars and destroyed Libya.
In both of these instances the party has left their base.
Republican voters have a demand that is both simple and reasonable: use the Constitution to govern. This is not the stuff of right wing whackoism. It is what made America great – and kept it great until the Baby Boomers.
Democrat voters have a demand that makes no sense in an America built on the rule of law and personal responsibility: infinitely enlarge the welfare state and open the borders to any & all who will vote them the power to do so.
Bill Clinton, the only successful Democrat president since Truman (who could never get elected today), navigated a center between these bases, helped (pushed) by a constitutionalist Speaker Gingrich. Bush 43 barely squeaked by Gore, aided by a Nader who played to the base that grew into Occupy Wall Street, elected Obama, and now advances Bernie Sanders.
Neither establishment party fits the templates of the media, but the media is too lazy (or too stupid; let’s not pretend future Nobel laureates go to J-School) to spend time & energy figuring it out. Those who do, like the fired Atkinson, get… fired. And you can’t pay the mortgage or attend the cocktail parties when you’ve been fired.
I’ve written many times on why the ideologies of Left and Right are split. The Right believes in law, order, good education and an increasing standard of living – all things rejected by Progressivism. We believe in these things because we have kids and want a fair, safe, better future for them.
The Left has no children (check Red/Blue demographics globally), so the future is not on their radar, only power today, which is ALL Progressivism is about.
The real question is not whether this split can be mended. No, the real question is whether it should.
Childless people are not suddenly going to support a better future if it costs them today’s desires. Parents are not going to stop agitating for a better future: we’re PARENTS.
This is why I so often post that secession is the only sane way forward. For parents to continue to live in & pay taxes to a government actively harming the future of their children is absurd.
The Left must be abandoned to the societal, moral and intellectual bankruptcy they demand.
And the Right must abandon them to ensure the better future we – must as parents – demand for our kids.