As I keep saying, there is a clear reason why liberals and progressives always come out on the short end of the stick. And we should also know and understand that reason. It’s because a small-but-really-loud strain of unicorn progressives prefer drama over reality and almost always go after Democrats for being imperfect, while largely leaving Republicans alone. You’ve heard their excuse: “everyone knows” Republicans suck; they feel like the liberal police, enforcing their version of liberality on all Democrats, including those who represent red states. They don’t understand how the political system works, and they seem perfectly okay undermining liberals in the process. And one reason voters don’t like us very much is our inability to set priorities.
But there is another reason why they undermine us. Voters don’t like them. And because they represent themselves as speaking for all liberals, it means voters don’t like any of us. And voters don’t like them/us because of our tone deafness. The loudest progressives, especially those in the professional left, seem to have no clue what the average American cares about. It’s obvious when they speak, but it’s also painfully obvious when they talk about issues. Think it’s a coincidence that they seem to be concerned with the same things as Donald Trump? It’s not. Unicorn progressives spout much the same drivel as Trumpies do. Consider their pet issues and then compare it with the hardest-core Bernie Stans. (And no, I am not talking about all Sanders primary voters.)
- The worst Bernie Stans insist that the economy is in the shitter, when it most certainly isn’t, and they speak as if the Great Recession never ended. Note how their position on economy dovetails nicely with the Trump Dystopia.
- Unicorn progressives think NAFTA was what led to massive numbers of jobs leaving the U.S., despite the fact that experts who have studied it say otherwise. Note how well their complaints about economy dovetail nicely with Trump’s view of trade.
- Unicorn progressives whine about “Obamacare” almost as much as Trump and they demand that we just scrap it and replace it with “single payer,” with a stridency that matches that of the Deplorables class. Note how their “get rid of Obamacare” view tends to dovetail nicely with that of the Trumpies.
- Unicorn progressives think the most important issues of our time are the minimum wage and student debt. They’re important, of course, but the most important? Hardly. And there are many ways to fix those. Again, the stridency of demanding $15 and “free college” matches the stridency of the Trumpies step by step.
Completely by coincidence (I started writing this Friday), a comment was received last night by a supposed “progressive” who took issue with my contention that anger is wasted in politics. I normally wouldn’t repeat such nonsense, but I hear this kind of shit from the unicorn left almost daily. Read this and weep:
[T]he reason Dems keep losing is because they keep following the same DLC playbook. you cannot take $150 million from Wall Street executives who have been dismantling this country for thirty years and then run for president saying you’ll be tough on those criminals and expect that to resonate. you cannot cause complete turmoil in Yemen and Syria and fund the ‘rebels’ there in order to overthrow a foreign leader and run your pipeline.
you can’t get caught saying one has to have a private and public position and expect people to trust you.
people love to say Bernie isn’t a Democrat and talks bad about them — as if there’s nothing bad to be said.
this post is waaaay off the mark. there is not enough anger.
(Note: I did not edit the above, just cut and pasted as-is.) First of all, I used to do a lot of work inside the Democratic Party and I dealt with the DLC idiots when I was there, and they haven’t had much sway in almost 20 years. In fact, Obama’s win basically killed them. Hillary Clinton didn’t give those types the time of day and she basically kissed the Sanders campaign’s ass in the end.
Second, the $150 million figure came straight from his ass. Also, in a campaign where more than $2 billion was spent, $150 million would be a drop in the bucket, even if it wasn’t pulled straight from a rectum. And let’s be clear here: we’re talking about a race where Democrats were led by Hillary Clinton, who might troll “Wall Street” for money in a post-Citizens United world, against a GOP-led by a man who IS “Wall Street” money. He is entering office more corrupt than any president in history was when they left office. If you think this is a concern of most voters, well… tone deaf.
Third, anyone who thinks the Democratic Party in the United States caused the “turmoil” in Yemen and Syria is not just tone-deaf, but ignorant of history. We were asked into Yemen to help curtail terrorist activity that was killing their people. And Syria? Damascus has been “terrorism central” for decades and Assad is the most lethal dictator in history and his opposition is ISIL. Oh, yeah; and if you think this is the kind of thing the average voter makes a voting decision on, well, all I can say is, “Dipshit, meet the American voter.” Most voters want the government to handle foreign affairs; they don’t comb the papers and obsess over the goings-on in Yemen. I mean, were unicorn progressives around during the Iraq War? Americans obsessed over our troops, and didn’t care that 2.5 million people were forced to flee the country. And perhaps they haven’t heard, but the only thing they care about when they think of Aleppo is making sure the refugees don’t come here and kill them. Again, tone-deafness.
And finally, almost everyone has a public and a private position on virtually everything. It’s human nature. Someone may have a public position that women should always have the right to terminate their pregnancy and a private position that they can’t be with a woman who would do that. Most people who publicly pushed for a $15 minimum wage were privately hopeful to get $11 or $12. In other words, only tone-deaf people think the public and the private should always be exactly the same. Oh yeah, and all politicians say one thing for one audience and something else to another. It’s human nature. Duh.
As for anger, no one from the left has ever gotten anything simply by being angry. Leave that to the right. Let them be irrational.
It’s as if we progressives are sitting on the deck of the Titanic, and some of us seem to be more concerned with the quality of the wallpaper than with the fact that the ship is about to sink into icy water. I wonder how many unicorn progressives realize just how offensive the use of phrases like “low-information voter” and “voted against their own interests” are to the average voter? There is no magical bit of information that makes a voter “just enough information.” In fact, Id say too many voters have too much information these days. And NO ONE ever votes against their interests. Again, there’s the tone-defness. Just because you don’t understand their actual interests doesn’t mean they’re voting against their interests.
What’s wrong with government these days is that it’s being run by a radicalized major political party that insists on getting its way, even though its way is opposed by most of the public. They thrive on brinksmanship. They shut down the government to try to kill Obamacare, which is already established law. Fully 144 House Republicans voted to not pay our bills and to default on our debt back in October. They won’t consider any changes to gun laws, even when 92% of Americans approve of them. They have yet to pass a meaningful bill that would create jobs, and they keep making cuts that result in even greater job losses, at a time when we are trying to recover from the worst economic downturn since the Depression. They demanded that SNAP cuts be included in a farm bill that is absolutely necessary. They passed a sequester that everyone thought they were too smart to pass.
And, as things are about to get even worse, we have a unicorn progressive sector of the liberal who will argue till the day is done that Hillary Clinton wasn’t “good enough” and who will blame the Democratic Party killed itself because non-Democrats trashed the Party continually for the better part of two years. And they insist that the reason Democrats don’t win is because they don’t cater to the far left enough, even though Clinton and the DNC adopted almost all of Bernie Sanders’ agenda. They also think the average American voter cares deeply about everything they care about the most and nothing else. And they don’t understand why a Democrat in a red state or district has to be more “conservative than one who represents Los Angeles or New York.
Tone-deafness. It’s why we lose.