As Democrats ponder why they lost, hoping to arrive at the solution to not convincing enough voters to support them, they have a serious – and unrecognized – problem. No amount of Democrat navel gazing, focus-grouping or think-tanking will enable them to arrive at the only solution.
What do these ten items have in common?
- Socialism improves the living standards of a nation
- Unionized public services improve the delivery and productivity (price/performance) of those services
- Redistribution helps everyone
- Man is causing climate change
- Progressive economics helps reduce income inequality
- Increasing the power and reach of central government improves life for citizens
- Whites are the cause of current-day maladies of non-whites
- Islam is intent on peaceful assimilation
- Cops are racist murderers
- Multiculturalism is the same as accepting assimilating immigrants
Easy – none of them are true.
But – and this is the problem Democrats have – these ten ideas also are the foundation of today’s American Left.
All ten listed items are lies easily refuted now that the internet is opening (and it’s not done) access to information to Joe Bag O’Donuts. Fifty years ago the NYT took to SCOTUS their ability to publish stolen government documents in The Pentagon Papers. Seeing what our government did and said behind closed doors was vanishingly rare. Now everyone has access to this level of information – it is expected, it has become foundational. And it is only the beginning of the changes we will see in governance due to the increased transparency this information brings to us about what our government “servants” are doing with – and to – us.
People are tired of being lied to. This is what drove Trump’s victory, animated Brexit, and is fomenting a general dissatisfaction with governments across the West (le Pen, Wilders, Farange….).
If your government lies to you, it really isn’t your government – it’s theirs.
If your government lies to you, your liberty is a lie as well.
Sure, we all know politicians lie to get elected. But we aren’t talking about promises to build a new road or a new factory in your town. We’re talking about importing terrorists, destroying your schools, reducing your standard of living to raise that of a gangbanger. With the increased access to information, and the increased willingness of people and groups (Assange, Anonymous, new media – fringe or otherwise) to publish that information, everyone not intentionally ignorant knows what is going on.
And Democrat voters are intentionally ignorant. Their leadership counts on it.
One cannot live in today’s world with the information available to anyone with a smartphone or a laptop or set top box with a browser, and not be aware everything on the above list is a lie… unless it is one’s intent to be ignorant.
Voting for a Democrat means either one believes their lies out of a desire to do so, or one is too uninformed to grasp that they are lies – which, again, is a choice. Either way, it is a self-limiting cohort. As access to information continues to grow, that cohort will continue to shrink. (And one would not be overly cynical in asking, “Is an ignorant citizenry the goal of those who unionized public schools?”)
Then when Democrat voters are dumb enough to nominate a presidential candidate who has been described by Left and Right for, literally, decades as a congenital liar, and who is unable even to fake sincerity, integrity or character, you see a blowout like the recent presidential election, and a net loss of hundreds of seats in statehouses and governorships across the nation, which is what the Democrat Party has delivered to their voters over the past eight years.
But… fixing this would require honesty. It would require accepting facts over feelings in discussion and argument. It would require telling the truth about those ten items – and more.
If Democrats did that they’d be overturning their entire governing philosophy.
Quite simply: Democrats can’t tell the truth and still be Democrats, and they can’t get elected if they keep lying. They can’t fool enough of the people enough of the time, and they can’t change that without rejecting who they are and what they stand for.
‘Tis a puzzlement.
(GOPe still is able to fool some of the people some of the time, but Trump proves plainly that they, too, are running out of voters living in self-imposed ignorance, willingly accepting their lies. The difference between the parties is that Democrats lie about the results of Progressivism; Republicans lie about rejecting Progressivism once they are elected.)
With the internet and the self-imposed loss of credibility of traditional media, neither any longer can fool enough even to win an election.