Skip to comments.What Democrats Still Don't Get
Posted on 09/11/2018 12:22:23 PM PDT by real_patriotic_american
Since the election, there has been ample speculation about how Trump happened. Last week, Obama offered his hypothesis: resentment and paranoia on the right. He lamented the destruction of the Republican Party and the ensuing demise of America because of the divisiveness and bigotry propagated by the president and those who support him.
It seems that most on the left agree with Obamas view. Progressives purport that enthusiasm for Trump is bolstered by white fragility an insecurity that white voices, once dominant, are now being drowned out by increasingly influential minority groups bolstered by demographic changes. Trump is their white knight, ushered in to defend their right to power and superiority.
While it may be easy for Trumps opposition to dismiss him as the personification of white supremacy, it is also ignorant of the meaningful concerns of the Americans who voted for him. Real, significant changes in American culture and morality that have occurred over the past decade have varied the priorities of the populace, and it is unproductive to discount these in favor of blanket accusations of racism and resentment.
As America has moved quickly and drastically to the left, it has abandoned a portion of its citizenry who still hold to what are now considered traditional mores. So, while many who voted for Trump may have indeed done so out of insecurity and fear, these feelings were primarily instigated not by changes in demographics but by changes in values. CARTOONS | AF Branco View Cartoon
The progressive revolution has taken on many forms since the turn of the century, successfully shifting opinion on issues like sexuality, gender, race, immigration and welfare. Take gay marriage: In 2001, 31% of Americans favored same-sex unions. In 2009, the percentage had only increased to 37%. By 2017, that number had surged to 62%. In only eight years, public opinion changed by 25 percentage pointsmore than four times than it had during the previous eight years.
Regarding racism, in 2009, only 26% of Americans viewed it as a big problem. By 2017, that number had more than doubled to 58%. Along party lines, 32% of Democrats and 18% of Republicans saw racism as a major issue in 2009. During the eight years of Obamas presidency, those numbers shot up to 76% for Democrats and 37% for Republicans.
A month after Trumps election victory, Issie Lapowsky of Wired noted that, despite a Republican win, the country is indeed moving to the left:
Over the eight years Barack Obama has served as president, public opinion in the United States has shifted decisively leftward. Think about it. When Obama came to office, he still hadnt publicly supported same sex marriage. Last year, the White House was lit up in rainbow colors to celebrate the Supreme Courts decision to legalize same-sex marriage. Over the last year, bottom line-driven businesses have boycotted entire states over discriminatory policies against LGBT people. A law prohibiting transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice just cost North Carolinas Pat McCrory the governorship. Undocumented immigrants have come out of hiding, banding together online to discuss their struggles. And in November, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada all voted to make recreational marijuana legal.
Shes right: the majority of Americans are becoming more progressive, particularly on social issues. This isnt surprising. Evolving views on things like sexuality, race and immigration are to be expected after eight years of the most progressive presidency in history. Plus, millennials, soon-to-be the largest generation in existence, are extremely left-leaning, and, now in their 20s and 30s, have an influential voice in civic discourse. By nature, progressivism continually advances, conquering new moral, cultural, social and political territory with every step. In recent years, the movement has been extremely successful in gaining ground. Those left behind have barely had time to take it in.
Yesthere is real fear, and, to Obamas point, perhaps some resentment amongst those who are not on board the progressive train. But, despite what many on the left claim, this has more to do with the changing moral, social landscape than it does racial identity and so-called bigotry. And it is not only the changes themselves that have caused anxiety, it is the attitude of those who promote these changes.
Ben Shapiro correctly pointed out that Obamas lectures are exactly what got us Trump in the first place: Obama, like many on the left, is incessantly dismissive of the concerns of conservatives and Trump supporters, condescending their beliefs as a hatred for diversity.
Even moderates and conservatives who may agree with progressives on social issues like gay marriage and racism are resistant to the lefts apparent self-righteousness and the hyperbolic emotionalism with which their ideas are pushed. They observe the lefts unwillingness to engage in intellectual dialogue, their ceaseless patronization of opposing views and their growing distaste for America, and they recoil.
After Obama, Americans werent necessarily looking for a Republican hero. They were just looking for a heroa leader who would defend them rather than demean them. They werent looking for eloquence, politeness or even decency. They wanted to be seen. They didnt care much whether or not Trump mirrored their values, as long as he protected them.
What Democrats still dont getand may never understandis that there are good, decent people who voted for Trump because they have genuine hesitations about the direction the left is headed. Trump may not be a beacon of morality or even a champion of conservatism, but he is, whether progressives like it or not, indicative of more than white fragility. He represents the concerns of millions of Americans who feel that their country is being overtaken by postmodern, morally relative cynics who favor socialism, hate religion, deprioritize the family and stifle patriotismpeople who are against many of the principles and institutions many argue have made America so successful.
As of late, Democrats, with the fearless leadership of Barack Obama, have only confirmed their fears. Time will tell how their strategy plays out.
Public opinion of many of these things has not changed at all....that is bullshit. What has changed is the reaction to folks who disapprove of anything the progressives demand.
You get shot. You get called a racist or bigot. You get censored. You get marginalized and bullied.
Things have not changed nearly as much as the writer thinks it has......the election of Trump proves as much.
They wonder why they got Trump.
They are why they got Trump.
It's a blessing we're up against people who only own an ideological hammer... to them the world's always a nail. And we will go on winning...
—”Even moderates and conservatives who may agree with progressives on social issues like gay marriage and racism are resistant to the lefts apparent self-righteousness and the hyperbolic emotionalism with which their ideas are pushed. They observe the lefts unwillingness to engage in intellectual dialogue, their ceaseless patronization of opposing views and their growing distaste for America, and they recoil.”-—
Bingo. For example, I couldn’t care less about same-sex marriage, and Trump NEVER even talks about it. But when I look at SJW socialist insanity, I’m more convinced than ever that Trump’s political enemies are much more dangerous than the Left pretends that Trump is.
That’s another thing they don’t “get”.
I'm not sure that signals a move to the left. It may signal nothing more than to end the stupidity of the WAR ON DRUGS as presently constituted.
I'm not going to fry my brain smoking weed. But I am also not going to support spending an inordinate amount of law enforcement time and dollars on a problem which, by most reliable measures, has less of an negative impact on society than DUI. The libtards can own the political blowback as soon as they start regulating and taxing it.
Homosexual countries are third world countries.
Unless there is a Christian revival, America will become a third world country.
NEVER ARGUE WITH A STUPID PERSON, THEY WILL DRAG YOU DOWN TO THEIR LEVEL AND BEAT YOU WITH EXPERIENCE
What Democrats Still Don’t Get
“..... Im more convinced than ever that Trumps political enemies are much more dangerous than the Left pretends that Trump is”.
You are absolutely right and that they are more dangerous is an understatement. They would eliminate us if they could do so and I’m serious.
Even conservatives who are against racism...
Like most opinion pieces that deal with it, this one operates from the incorrect assumption that racism is a problem on the right. 95% of the conservatives I know do not care about race at all and have no problem with any good person of any color.
Race is primarily a liberal obsession, who are more fixated on it and it's impact on every aspect of our society than any political group since WWII Germany.
-—I’m not sure that signals a move to the left. It may signal nothing more than to end the stupidity of the WAR ON DRUGS as presently constituted.——
Right. The article presumes that public opinion movement on two issues where even libertarians might agree doesn’t constitute moving “Left”.
“Live and Let Live” Libertarianism isn’t “Left”. Especially when you see how into authoritarianism and violent thought control the current Left is.
Antifa alone is enough to make moderates recoil and say
“Hey, wait a minute...”
Add Common sense.
17 years ago muslims killed 3000 Americans to promote islamic sharia law.
Now the left openly embraces them.
The US Flag
We got TRUMP because more people woke up..
Both Democrats and Repbs...that the federal government was a scam..and they were the ones getting scammed..
Scammed by the democrats but even worse being scammed by the GOP .. all talk and did nothing ...just like now
-—”Like most opinion pieces that deal with it, this one operates from the incorrect assumption that racism is a problem on the right. 95% of the conservatives I know do not care about race at all and have no problem with any good person of any color.”——
The modern Left says that acting like and working toward a color-blind society and saying you “don’t see color” is “racist”.
Who are the real racists, again?
The list is very long.
My concern is not "white fragility."
My concern is that the people who obsess on gender and sexual identity are not those who focus on saving today for retirement tomorrow, like I did.
The "progressive revolution's" focus on whites is really going to be a focus on the amassed savings of whites that tomorrow's progressive social justice warriors will see as a hoarded unfair share.
Progressive grasshoppers will be coming after the ants' savings, once they're done demonizing the ants to the rest of the SJW grasshoppers.
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