In 2016 both political parties experienced a complete makeover. It was debatable as to which would survive the change.
Several stories swirled around the circular news barrels a few days ago saying the Democratic Party only had $400,000.00 cash on hand. The headlines were not exactly accurate, but close enough. What is true is that despite Democratic grass roots “enthusiasm”, Republicans raised $132 million in 2017 compared to the Democrats raising $67 million. For December, the Democrats report $6.7 million cash on hand with $6.2 million in debt.
Going into the 2016 elections there was much discussion about the changing nature of the political parties. The Democrats bet heavily on the “color” of the American electorate. With her deplorable comment, Hillary Clinton sealed the deal on the minority coalition strategy made up of disparate and angry niche groups which the Democrats “defined.” My favorite was white Hispanics. She threw out the traditional Democratic base of blue collar workers in exchange for the militant factions of several groups including the feminist movement, extreme gay activists, extreme transgender activists, African Americans, Muslims, Hispanics, anarchists and groups like Antifa. The foundation of it all was a litmus test on abortion. If you were pro-life in any way, not only were you not welcome, you were told to get out. The coalition included the extreme wings of just about every aggrieved group in the nation and was tinged with violence.
But it wasn’t her alone. Barack Obama actually put the plan into motion as illegal immigrants flooded over the border and unaccompanied minors were imported into the country by the hundreds of thousands and scattered throughout the nation to undisclosed locations in an attempt to shape the color of the electorate by 2050.
The Republicans also had a problem…mostly caused by the shift at the national level of the group the Democrats just threw out. The Tea Party movement of the early Obama years attracted those disenfranchised voters whom the Democrats found to be deplorable and irredeemable. The remnants of the old Rockefeller Republicans which still controlled the party were shaken to the core as the upstart Donald Trump sensed the change and capitalized on it. The Romney/Bush dynasties were caught off-guard. It’s tough to run for office from the country club bar. Like spoiled children who couldn’t get their way, they stormed off to their bedrooms screaming and crying all the way.
Going into 2017, you could see an uncomfortable alliance between the so-called establishment Republicans and the shell-shocked Democrats as they appeared to join forces to overturn the election. Bad move. The inconvenient truth that those who lost election in both parties are now facing is that Trump is succeeding. Their efforts to upend the election…some of which will land more than one of them in jail…have failed. The public is finally waking up from the brainwashed stupor in which it found itself at the end of Barack Obama’s administration. They are realizing they have been had.
The fundamental mistake of both losing groups is underestimating that Americans are actually proud to be Americans notwithstanding whatever niche the Democrats want to pigeon hole them. In a world full of dictators and bad guys and global gazillionaires, the American public of all colors and persuasions and sexual preference and gender are not willing to throw the American Dream and American Exceptionalism out the window. They believe in American values and American fairness. The definitions of those concepts may have morphed a bit over the years and continue to change…but they are still fundamentally American.
While the Republican miscalculations were centered around family in-fighting, the Democratic mistakes were more substantive. Immigrants of any color, both legal and illegal, want to come here for the American Dream…not a life of welfare and political manipulation by a governing class. Like all of us, they want a chance at success. What allows that chance of success is a level playing field. What keeps that playing field level is Rule of Law. We are all equal under the law. All of the time…not just when it suits the political whims of those who assume to be the governing class.
At the most fundamental level, I agree with the Democratic assumption that the color of the American electorate is changing. My question is so what? We are all Americans. Had they simply let it happen naturally, perhaps they could have solidified the goal of being the dominant political party in the future. But that’s not what happened. They tried to press it and threw out their base in the process; displaying some of the ugliest politics I have ever seen.
The fundamental rule in politics is make friends…not enemies. Don’t call people names. It pisses them off. Tell the truth. It will come out anyway. Offer a vision…not hate and anger. The Democrats violated those fundamental rules on a mammoth scale.
The Democrats are in deep trouble. As the news of their misdeeds and miscalculations continues to be revealed into the light of day, it will only get worse. With no clear leader except those laden with anger and hate, some serious soul searching is in order. Their media allies cannot continue to carry them as the public begins to realize what they are being told on television does not match the reality they are experiencing.
Looking what the party of Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy has become is sad.
Mark G. Mangie