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Tuesday, July 03, 2018

They must not want to beat Trump

"Mark E. Kern is an American video game designer best known for being a team lead on the video game World of Warcraft and a founder of Red 5 Studios." -- Wikipedia.

He's a big deal in the gaming world.

He had some advice for the political world on Sunday in a string of tweets:

"1. Okay let’s talk about how to beat Trump. Specifically, how you can get me, and millions of others back to voting for Democrats like I used to.

"2. First, you have to want me back. Stop being butt hurt that I voted for Trump and stop trying to get me punched, fired or thrown out of restaurants. You need us back if you want to beat Trump. Stop pushing us into ditches. You’ll lose again.

"3. Second, embrace free speech. You used to, and it opened a lot of doors for progressive values because we were free to express controversial ideas at the time like LGBTQ rights. You would riot if speech was muzzled and rightly so. Stop shadowbanning and deplatforming.

"4. Next, stop campaigning on “resist” and “impeach” and have a real message again. Hope was a powerful one for Obama and Hooked me back then. You need to find a positive message to rally around a great vision for the future. Right now your message is hate and fear and zero vision.

"5. Next, embrace middle America and our country again. You can have a vision for what America should be, but stop saying America and middle America had to go. Make America everyone’s home. Be welcoming. Right now you just want to burn it all down. Not a good look.

"6. Fight for jobs for everyone. People want to work. And stop fetishing tech. Not everyone can be a web programmer and we need food and power and dirty jobs. Value hard work in blue collar industries and help them too and hold their jobs in the respect they are due. Fight for them.

"7. Finally, fight for equal rights and opportunity. But please stop trying to force everyone to live your way. Stop trying to criminalize every minor thing and get rid of political correctness. Learn to laugh again and embrace comedy as figurative, not literal. Leave fiction alone.

"8. It’s about having a vision the build up America, instead of one focused on tearing it down. Evolve it, don’t destroy it. Campaigning on “he and his base are evil Nazis” is just wrong and doesn’t work. A lot of us used to vote for you and share your values."

"9. You don’t have to do all of this overnight. But just showing me and  millions of others that you are willing to move in his direction would do a lot to get me to take a second look. Want to beat Trump? Take a page from your own speaking points and start to LISTEN. For real."

This is pretty vanilla, basic, and sound advice. If a competitor is beating you, figure out what he is doing, emulate it, and then improve upon it.

The reaction to his tweets was as you would expect. Lots of FY and that sort of garbage. But Kern was pretty upbeat and sunny in dealing with his critics, eventually tweeting, "I’m loving all the new followers and support. Moderates have a strong role in culture and politics."

That is how a winner approaches life, which explains why so many people were so enraged by his comments.

They do not want to win. They are ill-prepared to govern again.

Rather than taking an analytical approach to the situation, the people on Twitter got all emotional, which is the default status for Twitter.

But that now is the default status for liberals as well. They are wasting way too much time on their emotions, and investing way too little time on the task of winning again. They wallow in self-pity, refusing to move on from yesterday.

I don't think they want to win. They are not over 2016.

Today marks the 155th anniversary of another devastating loss by Democrats: Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg.

Remember what William Faulkner wrote?

"For every Southern boy fourteen years old, not once but whenever he wants it, there is the instant when it's still not yet two o'clock on that July afternoon in 1863, the brigades are in position behind the rail fence, the guns are laid and ready in the woods and the furled flags are already loosened to break out and Pickett himself with his long oiled ringlets and his hat in one hand probably and his sword in the other looking up the hill waiting for Longstreet to give the word and it's all in the balance, it hasn't happened yet, it hasn't even begun yet, it not only hasn't begun yet but there is still time for it not to begin against that position and those circumstances which made more men than Garnett and Kemper and Armstead and Wilcox look grave yet it's going to begin, we all know that, we have come too far with too much at stake and that moment doesn't need even a fourteen-year-old boy to think This time. Maybe this time with all this much to lose and all this much to gain: Pennsylvania, Maryland, the world, the golden dome of Washington itself to crown with desperate and unbelievable victory the desperate gamble, the cast made two years ago...."

He wrote that in 1948 -- 85 years after Pickett's Charge. The South took a century to get over the Civil War.

Now, every Democrat can go back to when it is not yet nine o'clock on that November evening in 2016... "Maybe this time."

It is a waste of time and energy to try to rally the shell shocked. They are stuck in the past.

They need to move on to the present. They need to see that hey, middle class white people do matter.

Kern gave them great advice in tweeting, "Not everyone can be a web programmer and we need food and power and dirty jobs. Value hard work in blue collar industries and help them too and hold their jobs in the respect they are due. Fight for them."

Someday, when they are ready, they will realize this.

Too soon?

It is just too soon.

Maybe in 153 years.

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27 comments:

  1. Even if the Dems followed Mr. Kern's nine points, I don't think I could believe they really believed, or would implement, what they'd be preaching.

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    1. Exactly what I was thinking while reading this.

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  2. Being a Southerner, I know what you mean about "not getting over it," but I don't think it's exactly accurate to say we were stuck on the Civil War. At Appomattox, Grant treated Lee with (heartfelt) respect and treated the Confederate troops with generosity by letting them retain their horses and providing the starved men with 25,000 rations. Lincoln's attitude toward the defeated South was similar ("with malice toward none, witt charity for all").

    What kept the resentment alive was the North's subsequent treatment of the South, exploiting it economically and consistently looking down on Southerners (black and white) as backward and uneducated. That continued throughout the 20th Century and is still present to a lesser extent today.

    If the Democrats had modeled their reaction to Trump's win after Grant and Lincoln, we'd likely be in a good place as a country today. But they didn't. Instead they went the route of demonizing and demeaning their enemies. If they persist, it make take more than 153 years...but then it's unlikely that the Democratic Party will survive that long. Far from it.

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    1. I believe it was Faulkner who said “The past is not dead; it's not even past."

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    2. Thing is, the South got what it wanted. Reconstructuon went away and the federal government allowed the South to put blacks unto 2nd class status with Segregation.

      That lasted for abou 100 years AFTER the Civil War.

      So, explain again how mistreated the South was?

      It, under Democrats, left Congress and the Union. It then fired the first shot starting the Civil War. Afterwarfds it segregated blacks and terrorized them if they were uppity.

      In Denton, Texas we have on our town square a memorial to the Confederate soldier with a white water fountain and a black water fountain.

      One of the universities in Denton, Texas Womans University, helped convince the city to forcibly move an entire black community because it was too close to the school and black men may rape white students.

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  3. I don't know that the South took a hundred years to get over the Civil War, Don, but I knew people in my youth who remembered first hand the atrocities of Reconstruction, and they sure as hell never got over that.

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  4. All he's asking is that the Dems return to reality. The problem with this is that it would require a major restructuring of their party and doing things that would offend a few constituencies. Such a project would take several years, and would require leadership that I have not seen in that party.

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    1. In 2009 the GOP was being given last rites, and all the intellectuals were discussing what they needed to do to regain relevance. The consensus was that they needed to be more like the Democrats. Democrats were literally talking about being a permanent majority party.

      Then Obama performed his first miracle and brought the GOP back to life.

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    2. Obama's first miracle was to turn wine into water. THEN, he resurrected the GOP.

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    3. Obama turned water into whine.

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  5. The history of the postwar South was inevitable after Lincoln's murder. Bad move there, guys. The D'rats would love to do the same today. To Trump, of course, and figuratively even if not always literally. Another bad move. Sometimes simple mindless destruction isn't the answer. But some people never learn.

    In any event, Kern is dead wrong on #3. The D'rats haven't been about free speech for at least forty years.

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  6. This is one of Don's best pieces in my opinion. Lucid writing even without the wonderful Faulkner piece, itself still hard to read without emotion. A visit to Gettysburg should every citizen's obligation.
    Cicero said once that if one wanted to create a state with unchanging tradition it was best to place it away from the coast since exposure to external foreign cultures was bound to keep changing its nature away from its original form. Today we see faint echoes of this "truth" such as it is in an emigrant founded country no Roman could ever imagine but which has been imternally drifting apart for a few decades now. Cicero's Republican Rome underwent 4 civil wars in its last 80 years, all marked by savagry. There was never political compromise until most of its old leadership was dead and an absolute ruler installed.
    The calls Mr Kerns makes for civil discourse and tolerance will never be heeded. Another ancient figure, Thucydides, whose great work is manadtory reading in our War Colleges, reports that the people most dispised and assaulted in civil war are those who advise restraint and take neither side. They are hunted down by both combatants and eagerly dispatched as enemies to both. These are the 'moderates' in our world.
    Many on our side think a replay of Chicago in 1968 will keep R in power in 2020. This could be true but even if so the kulture war will not abate in the least. One side wants to rule the other with a Savage will to power, compressing its enemies into souless nodding brutes, jumping at every jolt from the PC cattle prod its Masters deem necessary to maintain ordered obedience or to satisfy a momentary lust for vengeance. The other just want to be left to their own devices and wander freely to say and do what they wish. Every once in a while, it seems, men just have to have it out to get along.

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  7. Actually, I see the Democrats as sheltering behind a stone fence, and Trump’s tweets are cannon balls.

    You do not want to be behind a stone fence when a cannon ball hits the front of it.

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  8. Yeah, I’ve been to that field at Gettysburg. A total fool’s errand. Wide open space, all uphill (I walked it and was gassed by the top) and then murderous fire. Lee’s worst decision of the war. Gave Abe the opportunity to issue the Emancipation. Which very few blacks seem to appreciate today. Sad.

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    1. That was Antietam. Lincoln was out of money, but the French and British concluded the South could not take and hold any par t of the North. Desperate for cash, Lincoln turned to the Abolitionists for cash and emancipation (such as he made of it) was the price. 50,000 Union soldiers deserted when the news got out.

      As for Gettysburg, it was no different from Burnside's go at Fredericksburg.

      Lee had expected JEB Stuart to come crashing down on the Union rear as Pickett advanced, but Stuart ran into some bad luck in the shape of a green kid named Custer.

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  9. Thoughtful and reasonable advice -- but these concepts go 180 degrees vs the grain and DNA of who and what the communist, er, democrat party has become. He is asking people to be gracious, patriotic, humble, and open minded. The communist/DNC party maybe has 3 people with those qualities in the entire US. Ain't gonna happen

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  10. Kern is talking to a different Democrat party. The party of Al Smith and Harry Truman, whose leaders came from the ward-heelers who dealt with people day-to-day and knew how to handle problems.

    That party died on the mean streets of America and in the rice paddies of Vietnam.

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  11. Family on both sides at Gettysburg.
    Also Shiloh and Antietam..
    The Civil war was always a subject in my family. TG

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  12. Kern gives great advice, but the democrats can never follow it because embracing middle-America would be the equivalent of giving the coasties the middle-finger. And the democrats do have a message: open borders, free college, free health care, illegals first with Americans second, and fuck you guys and gals working for a living...at least that's what I've picked up from them.

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  13. Whatever (flawed) vision there is on the left is with the socialists. That's a problem for dems. For every voice of reason speaking to dems, like Mr. Kern, there is an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes pulling dems ever leftward.

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  14. The Democrats haven't been capable of following those nine points since the days of Zell Miller and Joe Lieberman.

    Today, it's like asking a rabid dog to sit and shake hands.

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  15. Wonderfully well said, Don, and heartfelt.

    Still, the Democrats still prefer to have Mad Maxine Waters as the voice of their party, and are now eagerly embracing the Communist from NY as they move ever-leftward. They aren't about to listen to the voice of reason, and I'm glad they won't!

    This suits me fine, as I prefer the Democrats to be entirely demolished, crushed into the ground, never to rise again; they're doing it for me, and I thank them for making their stand so crystal clear!

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  16. What far too many Dems are wanting, desperately wanting, and needing even, is superiority. Not physical (tho health is ok), but intellectual and most especially moral.

    Moral superiority.

    By amoral atheists - the need for moral superiority.

    They would rather lose than do what it takes to win, change and listen to people, favor real American normals the way they are.

    They'd rather lose than do that because "that's not who they are". (Oh wait, is that the NeverTrumps?).

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  18. "For every Democrat, not once but whenever she wants it, there is the instant when it's still not yet eight o'clock on that November evening in 2016, the balloons are in position in their nets, the confetti ready, furled banners are already loosened to break out and Hillary herself with her pantsuit waiting for CNN to declare her the winner it's all in the balance, it hasn't happened yet, it hasn't even begun yet, it not only hasn't begun yet but there is still time for it not to begin against that position and those circumstances which made more men than Pedesta and Rhodes look grave yet it's going to begin, we all know that, we have come too far with too much at stake and that moment doesn't need even a Democrat to think This time. Maybe this time with all this much to lose and all this much to gain: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconson, the world, the golden dome of Washington itself to crown with desperate and unbelievable victory the desperate gamble, the cast made twenty years ago...."

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