Skip to comments.All Politics are National
Posted on 01/27/2014 2:49:03 PM PST by Starman417
It was famously said "All politics are local". And there was some truth to that statement in the not-so-distant past. But leftists have changed it to the philosophical opposite. The democrats have always been a collection of diverse pressure groups each with a distinct, though occasionally overlapping, ''cause". These groups were often at odds to some degree with each other in their interests or pursuits, but they remained silent when another pressure group within the Democrat party is pursuing its interest. That is where the great change has occured. The leaders/organizers of these various groups have learned that by supporting other pressure groups pursuing their interests that they will reciprocate allowing each small pressure group to flex the muscle of roughly half the population.
I saw this firsthand while attending a city council meeting in Arlington, Virginia. This council (5 democrats, no Republicans or others) wants to build a 5 mile long trolley at a cost of at least 300 million dollars. Both sides invited members to speak for or against the proposal. The left had every identifiable pressure group come out to support this fiscal monstrosity. Did you know that Trolley construction is supported 100% by the gay community? So was every community center employee. And apparently blacks like Trolleys more than buses, too.
This was a micro example of what Democrats have done nationally, turning distinct pressure groups into turn-key protesters or supporters, depending on the law/initiative/regulation involved. It's why gay marriage has gotten support (and legalized) after losing thirty some odd times in state elections. It is why our Republic has become the "tyranny of the majority" of a Democracy.
Republicans have not learned to stick together in response. The second amendment groups remain non-partisan. Pro-life groups will not come out and support other conservative groups or causes. Evangelicals stayed home rather than vote for a Morman (Of the Evangelicals that did vote, 27% voted for Obama). The list goes on and on.
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