Back at the end of May, the Republican Party of Kentucky gave a shout out to the Meade County Republican Party, stating “When it came down to the 2020 election, the Meade County Republican Party didn’t play games. Congratulations to them and all of our grassroots activists for flipping Meade County from Democrat to GOP!”
I couldn’t help but chuckle at the misdirected praise. Don’t let me steal the local GOP thunder, but if we are going to be honest, everyone knows the true credit for turning Meade County red doesn’t go to the grassroots activists of the local GOP. The reason this county, like so many others, has flipped red has to be credited to the Democratic Party, or more specifically the inability of the Meade County or state level Democratic Parties to separate themselves from the extremists who have taken over the DNC.
Former Republican President Ronald Reagan famously said, “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party; the Democratic Party left me.” It is this sentiment that drove myself and countless others away from the party, and it is the DNC’s love affair with the far left, progressive wing that stands to be its ultimate demise and/or our country’s as well. But don’t take this middle of the road conservative’s word on it. Let’s venture across the centerline with a couple staunch left minded Democrats and see what they have to say about the current state of the union and their party.
Journalist Kevin Drum makes no bones about being a liberal, and he is well known both nationally and in the D.C. circles as a veteran writer for both Mother Jones and Washington Monthly. Recently, Drum penned a piece titled “If you hate culture wars, blame liberals.”
In this piece, he makes the bold claim that, “it is not conservatives who have turned American politics into a culture war battle. Since roughly the year 2000, according to survey data, Democrats have moved significantly to the left on most hot button social issues, while Republicans have moved only slightly right.”
To support his claims, Drum turns to David Shor, who according to Drum, is “a data geek who identifies as socialist but is rigorously honest about what the numbers tell us.” What a breath of fresh air in today’s political climate—men willing to go against their own beliefs in pursuit of truth!
Shor told New York magazine that in 2020, the Democrats gained roughly 7 points among white college-educated voters but support dropped several points with blacks and almost 10 points with Hispanics. According to Shor, Democrats had “raised the salience of an ideologically charged issue that millions of non-whites disagreed with us on.”
In the last four years, according to Shor, “We’ve ended up in a situation where white liberals are more left wing than Black and Hispanic Democrats on pretty much every issue: taxes, health care, policing, and even on racial issues or various measures of ‘racial resentment’.”
“Black conservatives and Hispanic conservatives,” the self proclaimed socialist Shor says, “don’t actually buy into a lot of these intellectual theories of racism. They often have a very different concept of how to help the Black or Hispanic community than liberals do. If we polarize the electorate on ideology—or if nationally prominent Democrats raise the salience of issues that polarize the electorate on ideology—we’re going to lose a lot of votes.”
In plain English, that translates into there is nothing more offensive to millions of black and brown Americans than a bunch of young white hipsters running around in skinny jeans proclaiming themselves as the racism and sexism police of America or the political party that panders to these woke white far leftist.
Drum agrees, stating that the party “has been pulled far enough left that even lots of non-crazy people find us just plain scary…Democrats have stoked the culture wars by getting more extreme on social issues and Republicans have used this to successfully cleave away a segment of both the non-college white vote and, more recently, the non-college non-white vote.”
Drum says that the whole woke movement and liberal dismissal of crime and safety issues has soured the majority of moderate voters from both sides, and the pandering to the progressive base “risks outrunning the vast middle part of the country, which progressive activists seem completely uninterested in talking to.”
Risking the complete ire of his own party in pursuit of truth, Drum concludes, “And for God’s sake, please don’t insult my intelligence by pretending that wokeness and cancel culture are all just figments of the conservative imagination. Sure, they overreact to this stuff, but it really exists, it really is a liberal invention, and it really does make even moderate conservatives feel like their entire lives are being held up to a spotlight and found wanting.”
Despite the fact that people such as Drum and Shor on the left are awakening to the realities of the DNC deep dive to the far left, the politicians and media that represent the party have no desire at this time to change their course, even if it means tearing the country apart with an unwarranted culture war.