“You have people putting forth the narratives and seeing whether they resonate, testing them out and seeing what we can do to build the constituencies.” – Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA). discussing the 2018 midterms.
With the midterms coming up, both parties are honing their strategies for winning. The only real Republican strategy for 8 years, even after winning elections, has been “we’re not Obama” and subsets thereof (“we’re against Obamacare”, for example) so it’s safe to brush them aside and focus on Democrats. Their strategy in 2016 was “you’re sexist if you vote against us” (don’t bother disputing, the evidence is right there, and this is a charge lefties in 2008 levied against the very man who the Left would now describe as noted feminist Barack Obama) and “you’re racist if you vote against us” (a charge lefties in 2008 levied against who they are now saying is noted unracist Hillary Clinton), which led to a bizarre circumstance in 2016 where people who did not vote for
Probably the only time that you’ll be told not voting for a rich white person is a racist act. – Image from the Associated Press
old, rich, white, and racist (even according to the Left) Hillary Clinton were said to be racist against blacks. Falling from that height of absurdity, Democrats appear to be rolling out new election strategies.
What I don’t understand is why Democrats are so upset. A: this confirms their narrative that the whole country is racist. B: why would they want a candidate who appealed to all of these racist people? It’s obvious- Democrats lost because they’re more decent than the rest of the country. Run with it guys! Whatever lets you sleep at night. It’s not like this is the first issue you folks claimed to be superior to the masses on.
You Will Kill People
That’s right, if you support Republicans you will kill people. This started softly with gun control where it could be argued there was a more literal truth present (except right now they’re championing gun control in the wake of the Florida school shooting, which we’ve learned was caused by gross negligence both on the part of the school because of Obama regulations, on the part of law enforcement for not listening to tips about the guy (maybe the FBI just doesn’t like Florida?), then law enforcement again for literally standing around while the shooter killed people. The same law enforcement the Left say we should rely on instead of our own firearms. If the current system wasn’t rife with incompetence typical of liberal big government systems, then the Left wouldn’t have yet another shooting caused by government incompetence to exploit.), then expanded to healthcare reform (even though at the end of the day Democrats’ Obamacare was
Pictured on the left are two typical Republicans. Oh wait, this is from liberal paradise Cuba under what the Left claims was the benevolent guidance of hero Fidel Castro. Image from TheRealCuba.com
designed to kick people off their insurance plans, still gave insurance companies loopholes for discriminating against pre-existing conditions, isn’t really giving much of an increase in coverage and definitely not giving much of an increase in quality coverage, all while giving Congress a sweet savings on healthcare and giving insurance companies a big payday) where maybe it was but maybe it wasn’t true, and finally when midterm-clinching tax reform was on the table Democrats insisted that this too would kill people. Granted, thanks to the liberal love of Big Government the IRS does have a death squad, but they weren’t an aspect of the GOP’s tax plan. Besides, tax reform ended up putting money into people’s paychecks. How can giving the average person $1000 worth of crumbs as millionaire Pelosi phrased it, which the average person can’t do anything with because $1000 is worthless to struggling families according to former DNC (friend of the working class) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (granted, she was $972,000 in debt in 2014 and in 2015 was worth $106,507 so $1,000 really is a crumb to her), possibly kill them anyway? How is it any worse than the tax breaks the aforementioned friends of the working class gave the average American when they were in power, which amounted to at least -$695 last year.
You Are Supporting Russia
This came up briefly in 2016, but really took off later on (I wonder how Democrats reconcile who they are on record calling one of the greatest Presidents ever, Obama, saying that no one seriously believes the elections can be rigged with the current Democrat party line where every liberal must seriously believe that the elections were rigged). Ever since the Left seized onto that excuse, which repeatedly has been shown to bear no weight (even assuming the Russian government was involved), the Russians have been EVERYWHERE.
They interfered in the Virginia gubernatorial elections, are preparing to interfere in the 2018 races, and are even accusing noted SJW George Takei of sexual assault. They’ve spread fear at the University of Missouri, according to Mother Jones in their item “Donald Trump Joins With Russian Bots To Trash Mark Warner On Twitter” Russian bots spread
Pictured above is an example of a Russian ‘bot, constructed by one Dr. M.S. Cossack. Image from megaman.wikia.com
accusations that Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) colluded with… Russia (kind of shooting themselves in the foot there), were the major force behind the Democrat-damaging Nunes memo being released, blamed Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for shutting down the government in January, helped back Sean Hannity in a feud with Keurig, and after the Florida shooting the Russian bots leapt to the defense of the 2nd Amendment. Russia’s been BUSY! As has been pointed out elsewhere, Russia suddenly being the enemy after 100 years of liberals supporting them is a heel-turn only rivaled by Hulk Hogan’s. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention all of the times before and even AFTER the 2016 election that liberals and their anti-Trump friends who scream Trump is a traitor for colluding with Russia had themselves colluded with Russia. I bet the media will blame Russian bots for that too, just like the Washington Post will blame Russian bots for why the Post reports both that Russian bots did and didn’t impact the 2016 election.
Uh… if putting the interests of foreigners over the interests of the American people is treasonous according to Democrats, why are Democrats the ones refusing to enforce our laws and shutting down the government in an effort to help foreigners?
You Are Dividing The Country
Technically it’s true, but their consistent invocation of this tactic is an immediate and
Based on this map alone of the 2016 election’s outcome, I’d say that the blue guys were the ones dividing the country since there’s so few of them. Image from an article on medium.com (“The Most Disruptive Transformation in History”) in which they argue that only the blue areas should count in elections because liberals are smarter.
obvious undermining of any credibility they have when they declare themselves to be tolerant, compassionate, and open-minded. Just listen to the quotes in the links connected to “is” and “an” above: if you didn’t vote for the Democrat, you voted to divide people against each other. They characterized nearly half the voting population as being divisive, much akin to Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables” comment. Essentially, ANY form of dissension from the Leftwing narrative of the day, whatever that might be since it changes so damn often to the point of contradiction, is a malicious act aimed to divide the country. Nevermind that the same people accusing the GOP of being evil for dividing the country are the ones that say whites need to be silenced and should be hated and ostracized and are all racists anyway (it’s not just here, by the way), everyone who disagrees with the Left is deplorable, and everyone who isn’t a liberal is such a bad person that it’s ok to physically attack them. And they hope we die.
Like I said- technically it is true that thinking differently from the Left constitutes dividing the country, in an “if you oppose Stalin you are dividing the USSR” sort of way. In
Didn’t I just write about one of his video games?
a “not surrendering to the Nazis is dividing the world” kind of way. I had to put that second one in there because as it turns out Stalin isn’t really that bad of a guy according to the Left so they would actually agree that opposing Stalin was an evil act of division. Just ask, ironically, one of the people who was involved in accusing Trump of colluding with Russia if Stalin was such a bad dude. If you believe individuality is fine, as long as we all do it together (by law or force if needed) then you’re on the same page as the Left.
I suppose I could let my logic about liberals being the intolerant stand alone, but here’s some other reading on it. (I love this one’s opening line, “groupthink can be harmful, regardless of how right you usually are”, a nice reassurance to the liberals reading it.)
You Are Sexist
Despite the DNC being run by men, passing over women and women of color when choosing their two leaders, despite Obama having a boys club and various liberals being caught paying women an unequal wage, and the repeated allegations of sexually-based offenses committed against women by Democrats and liberals in general, Republicans are the sexists. Despite the Left’s dedication to forcing women to wear hijab, either through pressure of political correctness or through the celebration of oppressive religious practices that they have not tolerated from other religions, we are told that Republicans are the sexists. Figure that one out.
You Are Racist
That’s still a thing, because Trump. They assure us that Trump is a racist, the GOP is racist, and thus all Republicans are racists.
You Are A Fascist
That’s still a thing, because Trump. They assure us that Trump is a fascist, the GOP is fascist, and thus all Republicans are fascists.
You Are <insert group here>phobic
That’s still a thing, because Trump. They assure us that Trump is an <insert group here>phobe, the GOP is an <insert group here>phobe, and thus all Republicans are <insert group here>phobes. (In 2014, I recall Attorney General Eric Holder saying that the GOP’s Voter ID efforts were designed to impact the young, old, and minorities, saying that these groups don’t vote for Republicans. Who the heck is left for the GOP to win elections with? In that same interview, Eric Holder also criticizes the GOP for deciding from the beginning that they’d oppose Obama… a game Holder is helping Dems play now. Just another point on the “Democrats would be praising it if they did it” graph).
Wasn’t That Fun?
There you have it. While the Left might find some real policy issues to disagree on and may even have a real solution that’s better than the Right, we’ll never know because their playbook is designed to avoid policy discussions altogether and instead supplant debate with ignorance and ad hominem attacks. Almost like they don’t really HAVE any policy ideas, just a strong visceral hatred of anyone that isn’t like them. Again, these are the leaders of tolerance. The same tolerant ones where 39% of their number say political opposition will strain a friendship, compared to the intolerant Right’s 13% rate (interestingly, the higher the liberal’s education, the more likely they feel it will be a strain, and also liberals are less likely to have close friends that are Trump supporters than Trump supporters are to have close liberal friends). What a happy indicator for this discussion to end on.
It seems sensible to predict what happens if Democrats win the House and Senate. They’ll never get enough votes to boot Trump out of the White House unless 12 Republican Senators defect (granted, it is likely since most of the Republican Senators were elected as warriors but turned out to be wimps once they actually took control of the Presidency, now using the filibuster as their flimsy excuse for inaction, and as we saw with Obamacare there are Republican senators more than willing to betray their base). So lacking that, what measures can we expect?
Well, in 2006 when they wanted to paint a clear path to victory in 2008, Democrats decided to just let banks fail despite warnings about the subprime loan crisis they created. They then blamed the (partly, because the Dems only took advantage of bad banking practices anyway) Democrat-created tragedy on Republicans (despite Republicans having warned about it) and swept the 2008 elections. Either that or instead of a conspiracy (conspiracy would explain why your anti-corporate saviors on the Left basically paid-off the banking industry for its cooperation. Hey look, if Trump colluded with Russia, if DC is still not a state because of racism, then the Left colluded with the banks! Don’t judge me!) the Left merely took advantage of the crisis they accidentally made. And of course, the other possibility is that Democrats will do what Republicans did under Obama- claim they can’t do anything at all until they get either all of the Senate or the Presidency, and make a bunch of token gestures that they would never follow-through on once they had power.
Image from gocomics.com