These People Are Not Well
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Someone needs to do an intervention for the left. White college-educated people have become so open-minded their brains have fallen out, and they’re essentially becoming zombies, trying to eat the rest of our brains.
Just get a load of this article in the New York Times from yesterday. Titled “How One Senator Doomed the Democrats’ Climate Plan,” it includes this with the two notable points in bold.
“It seems odd that Manchin would choose as his legacy to be the one man who single-handedly doomed humanity,” said John Podesta, a former senior counselor to President Barack Obama and founder of the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank.
Privately, Senate Democratic staff members seethed and sobbed on Thursday night, after more than a year of working nights and weekends to scale back, water down, trim and tailor the climate legislation to Mr. Manchin’s exact specifications, only to have it rejected inches from the finish line.
The progressive left really does believe that climate change is dooming us. They really do think we are all going to die and they are doing their lord’s work to save us from ourselves. Consider just Podesta’s hyperbolic statement, but also that Democratic staffers were crying because they can’t get a climate change deal done.
Read this piece from Hugo Gordon and you’ll realize how the left’s environmental policies are creating hell on earth for people. You don’t have to look further than both Texas and California. Texas’s overreliance on “green” energy is wreaking havoc on the state’s power grid. In California, the situation is even worse, with power companies forced to convert to “green” energy so quickly that they’re shirking on maintenance of the power grid and rates are skyrocketing. Or consider Biden’s refusal to incentivize more drilling of domestic oil.
The reality is that Joe Manchin is for domestic energy production and President Biden is not. So Biden is causing foreign dependence, inflation, and high gas prices while his supporters on the left claim Manchin “doomed humanity” for wanting cheaper energy prices.
But it goes beyond just green issues.
David French noted over the weekend that one of the most interesting and least paid attention to issues right now is the divide growing between the God-fearing and the godless left. The result of this divide is that Hispanic voters are fleeing the Democrats for the GOP as rich, white, progressive atheists invade the upper echelons of the Democratic Party.
James Carville regularly rails against the faculty lounge in the Democratic Party and that faculty lounge is driving out everyone else, just like they do on college campuses. This is from one of the first interviews where Carville raised the issue:
You ever get the sense that people in faculty lounges in fancy colleges use a different language than ordinary people? They come up with a word like “Latinx” that no one else uses. Or they use a phrase like “communities of color.” I don’t know anyone who speaks like that. I don’t know anyone who lives in a “community of color.” I know lots of white and Black and brown people and they all live in ... neighborhoods.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with these phrases. But this is not how people talk. This is not how voters talk. And doing it anyway is a signal that you’re talking one language and the people you want to vote for you are speaking another language. This stuff is harmless in one sense, but in another sense it’s not.
Consider Ruy Teixeira.
Teixeira is leaving the Center for American Progress where he’s been since the organization’s founding. He’s going to the right-of-center American Enterprise Institute, which keeps several heterodox voices on staff. Maybe Norm Ornstein can move over to the Center for American Progress where his brokenness will look chic.
I point out Teixera’s move because you need to see it is happening just as the Center for American Progress’s own founder thinks Joe Manchin “single-handedly doomed humanity.” The data-driven progressive pollster hasn’t moved right, but is going to a right-of-center think tank because the right is now more open to intellectual diversity than the emotional atheists of the left driven by their fear and god complex.
Teixeira, last week, actually documented how the working class and Hispanic voters are becoming the same pool of voters and, together, becoming part of the center-right.
Just look at two of Teixeira’s points on polling differences between progressive white voters and Hispanic voters.
1. America is not the greatest country in the world vs. America is the greatest country in the world. By 66 percent to 28 percent, strong progressives say America is not the greatest country in the world. By 70-23, Hispanics say the reverse and working class voters as a whole concur by 69-23.
4. Transgender athletes should be able to play on sports teams that match their current gender identity vs. Transgender athletes should only be allowed to play on sports teams that match their birth gender. Strong progressives overwhelmingly endorse allowing athletes to play on the sports team that matches their gender identity by 66-19. But Hispanic voters by 64-22 say athletes should only play on teams that match their birth gender; working class voters are almost identical at 63-22.
Now, consider the Biden Administration’s effort to impose the progressive white world view on all of America. A federal judge just halted Biden’s transgender sports policy in Tennessee. The Biden Administration wants to force schools to allow boys into girls’ sports just as the Ivy League names transgender athlete Lia Thomas their “woman of the year.” It is the first, but won’t be the last, time a male athlete with a penis is listed as the woman of the year in an NCAA sport. The Ivy League pushed the nomination, which is fittingly related to James Carville venting about the faculty lounge destroying the Democratic Party.
Somebody needs to stage an intervention for the Democrats. I’d say the voters are going to do it. But here is what is going to happen.
Over the next three and a half months, major mainstream pundits, anchors, and other voices will tell Democrats that, because of abortion, they have a real fighting chance and the election is highly competitive despite Biden’s low poll numbers. (It’s already happening at the Washington Post). Eventually, gravity will take over and the GOP will do spectacularly well down to local elections.
Democrats will claim it was voter suppression, fearmongering, and angry white men. Their elite voices will reassure progressives that they need do nothing to change because the election was stolen from them. They’ll take out Joe Biden in a fit of rage in 2024 and double down on crazy.
Now, here is the problem — that sounds good for the right. Except the right actually needs a sane competitor. The right will get intellectually lazy if the left goes crazy. And the right will further elevate its own crazy voices when it has no competition for the hearts and minds of voters.
There is nothing permanent in American politics and the day will come when the left actually figures out how to win. We can’t overplay our hands, go crazy, or get lazy. We’ve got to stay sharp, continue to understand the left better than they will understand us, and use their media self-affirming echo chamber against them to continue to surprise them. Just as a quick example, one of the leading pro-life groups in America, SBA-List, is warning Republicans to avoid going nuts on the abortion issue while some loud voices on the right are now openly pushing to criminalize and arrest women seeking abortions, even if such women cross state lines.
Side note: Axios, reporting the story, uses “pregnant people” instead of “pregnant women,” which puts the editorial position of the organisation decidedly inside the faculty lounge.
More importantly, someone needs to do an intervention for the left or they’re going to go off a cliff. We’re dealing with a group of people who will burn down cities as their friends in the press claim it is “mostly peaceful” and who will fund “stolen election ultra-MAGA” candidates on the right while saying such candidates should never hold elected office. Put more bluntly, we’re dealing with increasingly irrational, desperate people who have no God so they have no hope so it is only a matter of time before Antifa’s violence looks like child’s play.
According to the far left Southern Poverty Law Center, already forty-four percent of male Democrats under fifty think assassinations of political opponents is acceptable. Those men come from a party that also thinks a human is not a human until it leaves the womb.
A party that thinks both that humanity is doomed and that some people do not have inherent value is a party that is going to come crashing down on all of us. Someone needs to stage an intervention.
Note: I apologize for the bad word in the sign below, but I chose this picture because you must remember this is the mentality we’re dealing with. This was seen at one of the D.C. riots as Trump was inaugurated in 2017.