As I get older, one of the more amusing aspects of following technology and politics is seeing various enthusiastic young people tout something they’re claiming is a new and exciting change in “the way things are done.” The reason it’s amusing is that what they’re touting isn’t new, it’s often quite old.
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This past November saw Democrats take back the House of Representatives, and a wave of new Representatives coming in from all backgrounds. In terms of diversity, it was a stark contrast to what you’ll see on the Republican side. They’re also bringing in a new energy and ideas. A few of them have attracted a lot of attention from the media and various liberal outlets. That’s all well and good, but there’s also a big pitfall that can await them.
The 2018 mid-terms saw the Democratic Party take back control of the House of Representatives. Among the new representatives are a group who have been pushing a more liberal agenda. That’s not a bad thing, but their supporters have a bad habit, egged on by the “professional left.” That is, much like various of the Tea Party on the Right, they’re enamored of catchy slogans than actual nuts-and-bolts policy. When asked what they think the phrase they’re using means, they come up with a wide variety of answers. That’s rather difficult to put into legislation, but in one case, it turns out that they don’t understand what they’re asking for.
Reading through the news over the past month, I’ve seen a lot of stories about worried people. Texas ranchers are facing difficulty in getting loans, farmers in the South and California are wondering if they’re going to be able to harvest their crops, thousands of people in coal country are worried about losing their health insurance, and farmers in the plains are concerned about losing export markets. Yes, they’re facing real problems, and they’re not happy. But here’s the thing: They all voted for Donald Trump and for Republicans for Congress.
My past three posts have been about the areas that went overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in this past election, and why they’re going to be disappointed, to put it mildly. Those aren’t the only places like that, and most of them are going to suffer the same disappointment, along with those who are suddenly finding out that the Republicans and Donald Trump meant what they said about repealing or “reforming” various programs and taking certain actions. Although my nasty side is looking forward to it, at the same time my better side is worried about it. You see, I live in a place like those. Very rural, clannish, virtually entirely white, and yes, things have been declining for years. It’s a place that went 2-1 for Trump, and during the campaign I heard all the reasons and justifications for it. Most of which were the result of cherry-picking statements, hearing what they believed, and a healthy dose of denial.