The times they are a changing

Diverse — Drokles on November 13, 2016 at 2:38 pm

Jeg skrev tidligere at Demokraterne havde satset på at gøre de ekspanderende minoriteter/særinteresser til det nye proletariat/folk, hvis interesser man ville varetage og at dette så ud til at vare i al evighed da globalisering og metastaserende identiteter var fremtiden. Og at denne tankegang havde et indbygget problem, fordi særinteresser kommer i indbyrdes konflikt når de skal til at slås om de samme ressourcer. Når kryben er tom bides hestene.

Nu skal Demokraterne så finde ud af, hvad der gik galt. Hvorledes kunne Demokraterne selv dog vælge en uelsket og belastet kandidat som Hillary Clinton? Og hvorledes kunne amerikanerne dog finde på at Vælge noget så vulgært som Donald Trump? Dette er en mulighed for at lære og derfor en chance for at komme styrket tilbage. Men det er også en risiko for at fortrænge dybere ned i det yderste venstre

Meanwhile, across the country, Democratic activists, who lean well to the left, are conducting their own “reassessment,” and that’s sure to affect inside-the-beltway thinking, as well as future party personnel.

A post-election poll, for example, commissioned by a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders, concluded that the Vermont socialist would have defeated Trump by an “historic margin.” Others might question the plausibility of the poll—after all, it’s the ultimate instance of an unprovable hypothetical—and yet at the same time, it’s obvious that Democratic activists are eager to believe it.  Even today, just days after Clinton’s defeat, the Sanders people are already gearing up to take control of the state parties.

Also in the wake of the election, a tide of street protest is roiling the country, and that anger is contagious, at least to the left.  Here’re the words of one young protestor in San Francisco:

As a white, queer person, we need unity with people of color, we need to stand up.  I’m fighting for my rights as an LGBTQ person. I’m fighting for the rights of brown people, black people, Muslim people.

A Republican can dismiss such sentiments as just the ranting of a loony lefty.  And yet a Democrat can’t, because such voices are numerous, perhaps even predominant, at the Democratic grassroots. Moreover, the institutional Democrats in D.C., frozen out of power in the capital as they are, now lack any sort of political bulwark from which to repel the activist onslaught.

Indeed, the new trend of radical thinking has already bled into D.C.  We can see this from a November 10 news item in The Huffington Post: It seems that a Green activist working at the Democratic National Committee stood up in a DNC meeting and heckled Donna Brazile, the outgoing DNC chair.  As the young man, identified only as “Zach,” said to Brazile, “You are part of the problem,” referring to Brazile’s early support for Clinton over Sanders.  And then Zach added this nutty oratorical fusillade:

You and your friends will die of old age and I’m going to die from climate change.  You and your friends let this happen, which is going to cut 40 years off my life expectancy.

Whereupon Zach stalked out of the room.  Now that crazed bit of speechifying performance-art might strike most Americans as insane, but this is the mindset of Democratic activists these days: Losing has a way of running some people off the rails (assuming they were ever on them).

And so now we see the ideological predicate for that big pendulum swing looming dead-ahead in the Democrats’ future: Democratic activists, enraged by what’s happened in the last week, and blaming the establishment, are determined to “fix” the party’s problem, even if, in their shortsightedness, such “fixing” actually makes the problem worse.

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For republikanerne skulle det se bedre ud, skønt de mange der svigtede Trump og de mange der direkte modarbejdede ham. Dem må man regne som uden for indflydelse, eller i hvert fald sat i skammekrogen af, at Trump ikke blot leverede præsidentembedet, men leverede det med stil og uden at tabe indflydelse i de to kamre. Charles Krauthammer, der tidligere har våndet sig over Trumps kandidatur, fordi han mente det spærrede for en ordentlig kandidat og risikerede det republikanske partis indflydelse i mange år frem er optimist

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