Thursday, November 02, 2017

Can I get a ho-hum?

With her academic credentials and having authored a pair of books about something other than herself--the declining middle class, no less--Elizabeth Warren could have been a champion of the middle and working classes. I'm sure she would if that was where the political opportunity was. That hasn't been the case for a long time.

So Elizabeth is reduced to embarrassing herself by asking for an Amen. 
Warren, in the middle of railing against the Trump administration and Republicans, turned to the crowd to ask them for an “amen” of “approval” during her speech.
“So when the Trump administration and the Republicans take steps to undermine equal rights, to roll back economic opportunity or to subvert equal justice under law, then we’re going to call them out and we’re going to fight back every single time,” Warren declared, before asking “Can I have an amen on that?”
The crowd broke out into a round of applause. Warren also said the Trump administration was actively working to take the country back to a time when the government found discrimination acceptable, adding that the administration was trying blame issues on the “other.”
The increase in hoary Theory phrases and notions in politicians' speech, such as "the Other", I think points to the Democrats' problem: the universities are the lifeblood of the Left and the Democratic Party, and they've long descended into theoretic madness.

The reaction to Trump suggests there's no going back for them. Co-opting economic nationalism--as Bill Clinton would have done--is no longer possible.

It isn't that they don't have an answer for economic malaise or white discontentment. Of course they do. It's a few decades old in fact
“They’re working to turn back the clock to when discrimination was okay with our government. We know what they’re up to. This is the latest version of the old ‘divide and conquer’ strategy. Hate and racism have divided Americans for a long time. Failing schools? Blame it on the black and brown kids. Bad jobs? Blame the immigrants. The drugs and crime? Always find ‘them’ to blame. For those on top, divide and conquer is a great strategy because when we turn on each other, we can’t unite to fight against the system that is rigged in favor of the wealthy and the powerful, ” Warren added.
The cynical relationship between identity politics and globalism is on display here: the economic displacement of globalism is ascribed to white bigotry. How convenient.

The Democrats know Hillary lost by disdaining white economic concerns for identity politics, but they can't do anything about it. Tom Perez is DNC chair and leader of the diversity faction, Obama's remaining influence will be put in the service of whatever most promising black politicians they find, the current white and Jewish leadership is aging out and young Democrats are increasingly black, brown, gay, trans, female and furious.

 They're riding the diversity whirlwind now.


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