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Prof. Gelernter: "For now, though, the left’s only issue is “We hate Trump.” This is an instructive hatred, because what the left hates about Donald Trump is precisely what it hates about America. The implications are important, and painful..."
The Democrats have no issues. The economy is booming and America’s international position is strong.
Well . . . they have a couple of issues. They want to impeach Trump and probably Kavanaugh. They want their tax money back that the GOP cut, they want to expunge ICE, and keep the border wide open, and they want to continue to pursue identity politics. And don't forget they want to regulate regulate regulate. Finally, they have shown their viciousness over and over again, the showcase for that being the Kavanaugh hearings.
And yet, the Repubs may lose control of the House. Outside of the ideologues in the Democratic Party, what would motivate the politically ignorant into returning the Dems to power?
I disagree that they hate Trump because is an example of the average American.
They hate Trump because he stole their power when they were on the verge of turning America left forever.
Hillary would have continued Obama's social justice, PC, socialist agenda, and allowed in an extra 100 million non-American immigrants to grow the Democratic voter rolls to a point that there would never have been another Republican or Conservative President ever again. Hillary would have stacked the SCOTUS with uber liberals for generations. Now Trump has reversed most of the left agenda and the left is throwing a tantrum like a little kid who has a toy taken away, The Libs favorite toy is power and Trump is doing his best to make sure they don't get it back for several generations if ever.
It seems almost a politically religious precept that the midterms see the party in charge lose in the House and Senate.
And perhaps in 'normal' times, with the usual handoff between the D and R wings, where nothing is really going to change in any direction, that's true - for certain values of 'true'.
But the times aren't normal. The economy's booming, unemployment's at amazingly low levels. Small businesses are starting at a record rate.
And the Democrats promise to put a stop to all that.
The #Walkaway movement's a big thing. Black support for Trump is high. Latino support likewise. People see their 401ks are up.
The Democratic leadership is not covering itself with glory. Their visible figureheads are, to put it kindly, acting like hysterical loons. Booker's laughable - his actions at the Kavanaugh hearing are going to haunt him for a long time. Feinstein's the very picture of a vengeful manager of an HOA, going after someone who dared to have their lawn a 16th of an inch too high. Harris? Nope. They're all showing they're ignorant of damn near everything needed to manage a country successfully.
The Rs aren't a whole lot better - their 'NeverTrump' garbage puzzled a lot of people... but the R party as a whole has a whole lot of momentum to capitalize on. They're the party of things getting better, of MAGA. The Dems - aren't. They're the party of unfocused hate, rage and anger.
I don't think the House is going to change hands, and neither will the Senate. If anything, I think the R side will gain significantly.
There is a quote in "The Godfather":
“Discontent for money is just a trick of the rich to keep the poor without it.“
The Democrats, in this case, are "the rich" Michael Corleone mentioned.
They create this myth that wealth is evil and wrong. It isn't. But this myth makes the poor wary and careful. So do sayings like "Money is the root of all evil." So the poor tend to avoid doing what is necessary to get what they need - for fear of being viewed as 'evil'.
The real quote is "The love of money is the root of all evil" and as a result, the people who push the myth that wealth is bad get to create a story to save their powerful positions and accumulated wealth.
Trump doesn't make those excuses. His wealth - regardless of how he got it, from dad or from playing games with taxes - is in no need of being apologized for, and in that he INSPIRES people to achieve it on their own.
Democrats hate this. They love the myths of wealth, because those myths of wealth allow them to engage their campaigns to bribe taxpayers with their own money. Well, not really their own money - money the Democrats plunder from the wealthy, who are in "discontent" anyway.
I'm pretty much on record for not being a Trump fan. But I am by no means a hater of Trump. I have liked many things he's done. But he's just not my cup of tea. Still a vast improvement over his predecessor.
They hate Trump, because they fear he will change American society that serves them well and replace it with a society that serves most Americans better.
They also hate Trump, because he denied the ruling class power.
They also hate Trump, because he told the world "The King has no clothing!"
He rejected the carefully crafted anti-Western narrative that Western Culture is evil and exposed Globalism as really anti-Westernism which is really socialism which is really religion.
All of which support the collective over the individual, but in practice does neither.