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Old 05-13-2018, 10:09 PM   #1
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Liberals, Youíre Not as Smart as You Think

Liberals, You’re Not as Smart as You Think
May 12, 2018
By Gerard Alexander

Mr. Alexander is a professor of political science at the University of Virginia.


Illustration by Alvaro Dominguez; Photographs by ZargonDesign/E+, via Getty Images, and Renaud Philippe/EyeEm, via Getty Images
I know many liberals, and two of them really are my best friends. Liberals make good movies and television shows. Their idealism has been an inspiration for me and many others. Many liberals are very smart. But they are not as smart, or as persuasive, as they think.

And a backlash against liberals — a backlash that most liberals don’t seem to realize they’re causing — is going to get President Trump re-elected.

People often vote against things instead of voting for them: against ideas, candidates and parties. Democrats, like Republicans, appreciate this whenever they portray their opponents as negatively as possible. But members of political tribes seem to have trouble recognizing that they, too, can push people away and energize them to vote for the other side. Nowhere is this more on display today than in liberal control of the commanding heights of American culture.

Take the past few weeks. At the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington, the comedian Michelle Wolf landed some punch lines that were funny and some that weren’t. But people reacted less to her talent and more to the liberal politics that she personified. For every viewer who loved her Trump bashing, there seemed to be at least one other put off by the one-sidedness of her routine. Then, when Kanye West publicly rethought his ideological commitments, prominent liberals criticized him for speaking on the topic at all. Maxine Waters, a Democratic congresswoman from California, remarked that “sometimes Kanye West talks out of turn” and should “maybe not have so much to say.”

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Self-righteousness can also get things wrong. Especially with the possibility of Mr. Trump’s re-election, many liberals seem primed to write off nearly half the country as irredeemable. Admittedly, the president doesn’t make it easy. As a candidate, Mr. Trump made derogatory comments about Mexicans, and as president described some African countries with a vulgar epithet. But it is an unjustified leap to conclude that anyone who supports him in any way is racist, just as it would be a leap to say that anyone who supported Hillary Clinton was racist because she once made veiled references to “superpredators.”

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I think this article isn't being entirely fair.

The way I see it, there are no "liberals" in the democratic party any more. It is just "neoliberals" and "progressives".

The neoliberals are calling the shots and destroying the party, and alienating everyone who isn't one of them..including many democrats.

The progressives, the left wing populists, the Bernie Sanders types...they have been ostracized and marginalized.

The neoliberals take 100% of the blame.

As for Kanye....it is never acceptable for any blacks to go off the democrat plantation. It's always been that way. More than anything else, the democrats fear the black vote being split between the parties, or black organizatoins like the NAACP and such, to start leveraging their vote to pit the parties against one another.

I also think Obama did a lot of damage to the rock solid black voting block for the democrat party. Being the first black president, I think there were expectations of him that he could never possibly have lived up to, and on top of that, Obama did less than nothing for the black community. In the wake of expectations due to his skin color, that was damaging, I think. I think that there are some younger generations of blacks that realize that whatever progress there has been to help the black community in America in the last 40 years has actually been negative progress...things have gotten worse, not better. I don't see the black vote swinging to Republicans any time soon, but I think there is a rising sentiment that the democrats do much talking but no walking.
Some of the younger, free thinkers are willing to acknowledge things like low unemployment as tangible improvment....and absolutely nothing is more terrifying to the democrat party than blacks being happy that their standard of living is improving under a Republican president and congress. Nothing.
As a result, you will see a very, very hard push by the left for some kind of national minimum wage increase, because that is the best way to get minorities out of work and back on social services, while selling it as compassion for "livable wages".
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This morning I phoned my friend, the former Republican member of Congress.

He (laughing): Shall I reserve a seat for you in Oslo?

Me: No way Trump gets the Peace Prize.

He: What if Kim gets rid of his whole damn nuke program because Trump scared the sh*t out of him?

Me: Even if Trump becomes Pope, it won’t stop the blue wave.

He: Be careful, my friend. Trump’s approvals are rising.

Me: Yeah, from the sewer to a toilet. He’s gonna be a huge problem for Republicans this fall.

He: Let me tell you something. Voters aren’t hearing a damn thing from the Dems. Nada. Zilch. If your party thinks it can win by sitting on their duffs and spouting anti-Trump crapola, they’re wrong. You think average Joe and Jane really think Dems are standing up for them? (He laughs.) Pelosi and Schumer? Give me a break.

Me: Doesn’t matter. We flip 24 seats, we retake the House. And 23 Republicans are trying to defend seats where Hillary won. Should be a cinch.

He: Don’t bet on it. And you can forget the Senate.

Me: Whatever, Trump won't make it to 2020. If Mueller doesn’t skewer him, the Stormy Daniels stuff will.

He: You still don’t get it. Mueller and Stormy won’t lay a glove on him, and I’ll tell you why. He’s a jerk but he’s shaking things up, and voters like that. Every time he takes a dump on somebody important, they cheer. Whenever he skewers another sacred cow, they applaud. The more offensive he is, the more people say “this guy is real.” Doesn’t matter what Mueller finds or what a porn star says. Trump is Teflon.

Me: Whatever happened to your prediction that the GOP would dessert him once they got their tax bill enacted?

He: I wasn’t paying attention to the Trump coalition.

Me: What coalition?

He: Trump has pulled together the white working class and the moneyed interests of America. No one thought it possible. It’s the new Republican Party. Racist, anti-foreigner, deregulation, tax cuts. Reagan on steroids. Unbeatable. If he wants a second term, he gets it.
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I think that there are some younger generations of blacks that realize that whatever progress there has been to help the black community in America in the last 40 years has actually been negative progress...things have gotten worse, not better. I don't see the black vote swinging to Republicans any time soon, but I think there is a rising sentiment that the democrats do much talking but no walking.
Some of the younger, free thinkers are willing to acknowledge things like low unemployment as tangible improvment....and absolutely nothing is more terrifying to the democrat party than blacks being happy that their standard of living is improving under a Republican president and congress. Nothing.
I see more and more free thinkers online everyday...

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He: Trump has pulled together the white working class and the moneyed interests of America. No one thought it possible. Itís the new Republican Party. Racist, anti-foreigner, deregulation, tax cuts. Reagan on steroids. Unbeatable. If he wants a second term, he gets it.
Seems totally legit....
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Yeah, good luck on winning with the "Trump supporters are white, rich racists" campaign. Democrats just don't get it and never will. lol
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Yeah, good luck on winning with the "Trump supporters are white, rich racists" campaign. Democrats just don't get it and never will. lol
Yeah, well democrats are fucking stupid. Trump would have never won the election if all he had voting for him were white rich racists. People just got tired of the democrat's bullshit. Democrats are ruining California right now, it's not a pretty sight.
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