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Saturday, July 01, 2017

Democrats, take the weekend off

Eitan D. Hersh, an associate professor of political science at Tufts University, has some advice for Democrats.

Lighten up and enjoy the holiday.

Hersh in a column in the New York Times hit a problem for Democrats.

They are too involved in politics.

It is not helpful -- or healthy.

From Hersh:
At backyard barbecues this holiday weekend, liberals will gab with one another about how much time they’re spending on politics. More than ever, they are watching cable news, and refreshing Twitter and Facebook feeds.
Many kept up with the recent special House elections. Some skipped work to watch the spectacle of James Comey’s Senate hearing. Others have been using a new technology called Resistbot to send text messages that are transformed into letters faxed to a representative’s or senator’s office. Yet, for all this activism, they have a sinking feeling that maybe they’re just spinning their wheels.
Americans who live in relative comfort are emotionally invested in politics, especially in the aftermath of the election, but in a degraded form of politics that caters to the voyeurism of news junkies and the short attention spans of slacktivists. They are engaging in a phenomenon I call “political hobbyism.” They desperately want to do something, but not something that is boring, demanding or slow.
You know what happens when you spin your wheels?

You burn yourself out.

The previous violent anti-American demonstrations from Democrats resulted in Carter whose incompetence led to the Reagan Revolution.

Democrats have no one on their bench as good as Carter.

Hersh's column was pretty good until the paragraph before the penultimate paragraph:
Donald Trump’s election was possible because both political parties mistakenly decided several decades ago to have binding primary elections determine presidential nominations. Rather than having party leaders vet candidates for competency and sanity, as most democracies do, our parties turned the nomination process into a reality show in which the closest things to vetting are a clap-o-meter and a tracking poll.
Um, Democratic Party bosses selected Hillary.

But Hersh nailed it in his final paragraph:
Democrats should know that an unending string of activities intended for instant gratification does not amount to much in political power. What they should ask is whether their emotions and energy are contributing to a behind-the-scenes effort to build local support across the country or whether they are merely a hollow, self-gratifying manifestation of the new political hobbyism.
Democrats have no plan. No clue. No alternative. Just a bunch of old solutions to problems long gone: equal pay, equal rights, civil rights, gun control, and abortion.

Four years ago, Republicans had no plan either.

Trump gave them one.

So Democrats should just relax, take the summer of, clear their heads, and come back after Labor Day to work on a new plan.

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  1. As Mark Steyn told liberal idiots everywhere, "Get a life."

  2. Hope they enjoy their veggie burgers. More meat for us. Good deal.

  3. Surbot Russell G.July 1, 2017 at 9:37 AM

    Fox had a poll out this morning; I missed the source. Being the 4th, the question was how many in various age groups described themselves as "patriotic". Gen M's nulled out--The next batch of local and national *.gov cartel bosses.

    I don't know about anyone else, but this year it's the second independence day for me, whether or not the Marxists celebrate anything. They're like rust--You can cover it up but you can't get rid of it.

  4. Time and events is rapidly passing the left by. After years of full-spectrum dominance it is a bitter pill

    1. I think it's called "Relevance Deprivation Syndrome".

  5. Congrats Don - nice blog post and link from the truly great Thomas Lifson at American Thinker.

    1. Thanks. Lifson's a good voice and one of the reasons to trust people on the Internet for guidance through the shoals of politics

  6. Hersh left out the superdelegates the Dems instituted to keep down the non-approved candidates

  7. That's good advice, Don. I'd object to giving it to them, but they are immune to learning anything beyond the narrative.

  8. Unfortunately it is just as frustrating for Republicans (at least for me) that after the work of the election, there has been no let up in the attacks (besides trying to get people to see how bad Ryan especially is for what we all thought we were voting for last November).

    The thing is that consensus can build from conversations, from shared thoughts like ...

    "Hundredth Monkey Effect: The hundredth monkey effect is a purported phenomenon in which a new behavior or idea is claimed to spread rapidly by unexplained means from one group to all related groups once a critical number of members of one group exhibit the new behavior or acknowledge the new idea."

    Thanks to the internet, it is possible to participate in the discussions which might change things right from home (I've written 3 articles for American Thinker, commented a lot, written the White House to stop relying on Ryan, and shared lots on Facebook and had maybe a hundred thousand retweets on twitter over the last 9 years -- so, even if I don't count personally, I have tried and I have participated). We all can -- and we can't stop fighting Democrat/Media hate and hypocrisy if they won't stop. They've even turned to violence, by which I mean they aren't close to stopping and thinking (like how can they defend rapists and killers just because they are illegals?).

    1. Keith, you hit on a frustration that many feel. Not me. I will explain in a post at 5 PM