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Friday, July 28, 2017

The Elitist Party vs. the American Party

Ted Van Dyk was Humphrey's assistant in his ill-fated 1968 campaign, and policy and platform director for George McGovern’s campaign. A decade ago, formally left the party and began commentating in the Wall Street Journal.

He came close to expressing what happened to Democrats, who lost the working class.



From Ted Van Dyk:
Three statements in recent years illustrate why former Democratic voters have abandoned their party.
 First, Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign remark that small-town Americans “cling to guns and religion.”
Second, Michelle Obama’s statement, also in 2008, that “for the first time in my adult lifetime I am proud of my country.”
Third, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 characterization of Trump supporters as “deplorables”: “They are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America.”
Barack Obama's anthropological observation was a dead on about how elites view western Pennsylvania -- the birthplace of Jacksonian America (the Whiskey Rebellion pre-dated his 1824 race by three decades). They see rural America as Jesus freaks with guns.

And his wife's brief moment of candor mirrors the feelings of many African Americans who feel as though they are put upon strangers in their own land. In her eyes, white slavers dragged her from Mother Africa and forced her to attend Princeton and Harvard Law

And Hillary was honest about how she and her fellow elites from both parties see the hinterlands, as a racist, xenophobic, and unevolved land filled with ignorant people who cannot handle more than two forks and a spoon at their dinner plates.

"None of these statements had anything to do with national security or economics. They revealed a mind-set that many voters find offensive — a huge cultural chasm that cannot be bridged by offering voters economic goodies," Ted Van Dyk wrote.

He was part of the Great Society that has poured trillions into projects and granted the affirmative action that Michelle Robinson and her future husband both enjoyed. We went from black people having to do twice as much to get half as much to doing half as much in school to get into Harvard, or in their cases, Princeton and Columbia, respectively.

"Decades later, urban black communities in particular are in crisis. School dropout and incarceration rates, high black-on-black murder and other crime rates, births out of wedlock far outnumbering intact families, pervasive drug dealing and use, and a disgraceful poverty rate should shame all of us," Ted Van Dyk wrote.

However, I would point out that there has been progress among the people covered. Poverty rates among native Americans has dropped in the past half century. We are importing poverty through illegal immigration. One in four impoverished Americans (45 million) are illegal aliens (11 million).

Still, given all that money, our poverty rate should be far lower, even with illegal aliens.

We are importing illegal aliens because the elites wrote off the working class. They closed our factories in the name of the environment. They exported our jobs in the name of free trade. They lowered our wages in the name of open borders.

President Trump has opened eyes -- and outed the RINOs once and for all.

They call this the Cold Civil War.

I agree.



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14 comments:

  1. This is a vindication of the idea that politics is downstream from culture. A possible corollary is that culture transcends class. Here we have a billionaire president who identifies more strongly with those embracing God, guns and religion than he does with his own class. Examples are everywhere. The Democrats and their wealthy enablers were able to drive the culture as long as they seemed to be doing so for the advantage of the working classes, but when they began alienating those people with direct offended that offended their cultural preferences the spell was broken. What had been skillful manipulation of this delicate interplay turned into ham handed interference. It's hard to get the natives to believe in your divinity after they've seen you bleed. Ask Captain Cook.

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    1. ...direct insults that offended...
      Damn autocorrect.

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    2. Stupid autocorrect! Insults and Offended have only one letter in common.

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    3. Mine interposes words, too. Don't ask me how.

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    4. Well, whatever, but that's a damn good post, Doc. Nailed it.

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  2. If the elite are successful in taking out OUR President it could become a hot civil war.

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    1. Might not matter after Capito, McCain, et al, pulled the pin on the party and tossed it behind them. I'm not sure the party can recover from their betrayal. And if any of them have any kind of good committee assignments after pulling that shit then McConnell should get his ass kicked too.

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    2. They didn't pull the pin on the party. They did exactly what the party wanted. This type of behavior is what earned them their chairmanships.
      Reuben J

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  3. Want Senator Kid Rock? Because this is how you get Senator Kid Rock!

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    1. Fookin A I want him. Up 3 on StabYouNow already. She might as well start packing her office. Turn out the lights, the party's over...

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    2. The big story may be how Kid Rock is absolutely trouncing other Republicans.

      Do you think the GOP establishment will get a clue that we're sick and tired of their crap, too?

      No, I don't think so either.

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    3. "Michigan utilizes an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary."

      Which means the GOPe can pull a Mississippi Cochran and have the Democrats pick Stabenow.

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  4. The GOP seems to have a death wish.

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  5. We went from black people having to do twice as much to get half as much to doing anything at all"

    FIFH, but his point is very well taken.

    BTW Notice how his examples constitute groups the Left wanted to "save".

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