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For decades, Democrat politicians have based their campaigns on the idea that capitalism was mean to poor people. Trickle-down economics doesn’t work. Poverty and inequality can be cured only through socialism. The only reason for you to complain that your taxes are too high is if you hate poor people.
Now that Democrats are in charge, and are implementing their preferred policies, we are seeing their impact in real-time. Particularly on poor people. Inflation bothers rich people like me, but it’s devastating to those trying to live on $50,000 a year. Voters are starting to wonder if perhaps, just perhaps, centralized control systems are less humane than Democrats have claimed. Bernie Sanders is responding to this as one might expect, by demanding expansions of Social Security and Medicare. But other Democrats are reading the tea leaves differently.
I think that all Democrats can do, at this point, is double down on racism and global warming: “Ok, our fiscal policies are horrifying. But if you elect Republicans, they’ll kill black people and destroy Mother Earth! Do you hate black people? Do you hate our planet? No? Well then, you have no choice but to vote Democrat. Never mind the economy, the border, European wars, or all those other petty complaints. You vote on the side of the angels!” This is an interesting, but fundamental, change to our national discussion. But wait – there’s more!
Because Democrat policies were obviously destructive, Americans have long been hesitant to put too many Democrats in power. Bill Clinton was a “New Democrat”. Barack Obama was a saintly figure above earthly politics. Joe Biden didn’t campaign on anything – in fact, he didn’t campaign at all. No Democrat could win running on Democrat policies.
But the Democrat party continued our leftward surge with two institutions: the media and the Supreme Court. The media did their best to promote leftism, and the Supreme Court wrote new laws that Congress could never pass. This worked fairly well, for a long time.
But the internet has created problems for the old media. Fox News was the first crack in the dam, but The Daily Wire, Powerline, Ricochet, and many others have provided a source of alternative viewpoints that didn’t exist until recently. Not just conservative viewpoints. But alternative viewpoints. People started to think, just a bit.
And the Supreme Court has changed. It has recently developed an interest in the U.S. Constitution. Which is obviously a very serious problem for Democrats.
So I look at the Democrats being forced to change their message from hope for a better day, to simply avoiding mean tweets. And I look at alternative forms of media gaining a foothold. And I look at a new Supreme Court which seems more interested in our Constitution.
And I think to myself, “The Democrats have a very serious problem, here…”
Of course, my optimism is based on the idea that America selects its leaders via elections. If that is no longer true, then never mind – forget I said anything.
But if elections resume in the future, then perhaps the Democrats have a problem, and perhaps America has hope.
What do you think?
Are these changes as significant as I suggest?
Is there hope that America can climb out of the hole that we have dug for ourselves?
Perhaps things are changing. Perhaps there is hope.
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