I know places where there is high poverty, poor education, a high percentage of single parent households, large numbers of out-of-wedlock births, lots of violence, and enormous drug problems. Generations have been living on the public dime, and despite various liberal programs the people there never seem to want to show any gumption to change that. Conservative politicians would have you think that if only you took away all those programs, it would force people to stop demanding government services and special treatment, get jobs, and lift themselves out of poverty. After all, “those people” are getting all sorts of things that “Real Americans” aren’t!
Saturday, there were a number of protest marches being conducted around the country and the world, with the largest one in Washington DC. They were marching about women’s rights and civil rights, and against the threat being posed to them by the Trump presidency and the Republican Congress. It’s a very real threat they were marching against, because a great many rights that have up until now been taken for granted are no longer safe.
Every Republican-held state has been busily passing laws to remove funding from Planned Parenthood clinics, and close abortion clinics. Every one of them has been passing laws that do their level best to remove or drastically reduce things like “equal pay,” maternity leave, and a host of other protections that women enjoy.
The marches are a start, but they are only a start.
Back at the end of 2013, I wrote a post about how political pundits don’t understand politics. More specifically, how political parties are actually structured and work. It’s somewhat (but not very) forgivable when it comes to them, because they’re used to thinking the “movers and shakers” of the party are based in Washington. I was reminded of that post when I read an article at Newsweek by Kurt Eichenwald about the myths that Democrats swallowed. I recommend reading it, but it matches what I saw a lot this past year, and more specifically, it’s been an ongoing feature of the frustrati, or the Purity Left for years. It’s why they’re destructive instead of constructive, and why they never achieve any of their goals, hence, my labeling them “the frustrati.”
It’s been seven years since I started this blog, and a lot has changed since then, and not just in my posting frequency. Back in late 2009, I was involved in a lot of discussions at a now-defunct blog on strategy about how we would turn New York into a “solid Blue” state, taking the the only two remaining Republican House seats left in the state. Look at the map after this last election? It’s almost solid Red. There are a couple of blue spots, but that’s it. Sure, there’s a majority of the seats still held by Democrats – mostly due to New York City – but outside of there, forget it. In many ways, it’s a microcosm of what we see in the country. Sure, large, very diverse cities went (or stayed) strongly Democratic, but outside of those, they switched, even in supposedly “safe” states.
For the past few weeks on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Bill has come out in his opening monologue with the statement of “Yes,this is really happening,” incredulous at the latest thing that Donald Trump has said. It’s not surprising in the sense that Trump has been saying things like this all along, in addition to lying about having said it and then turning around and saying it again. It is surprising that up until this Friday, it hasn’t shaken his support in the least, and that his polling numbers are where they are.