Monday, February 6, 2017

Here is Why MSM Is Not Serious

There is a piece up at CNN worrying about how "Democrats face their own powerlessness." But look at the assumption behind the following paragraph:
The party has no clear successor to Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton who can speak with one voice for the party. And there is no consensus yet on a strategy to thwart Trump's legislative agenda -- or even how to prioritize the issues they plan to challenge him on.
Erm. Do not the Democrats and CNN realize that they lost the presidential election, and are minorities in the House and the Senate? And we will not talk about state governors and legislatures.

When you lose the White House and are the minority in Congress you are really not in a position to "thwart Trump's legislative agenda" any more than Republicans could thwart Obamacare in 2009-10. You can attempt to guide the majority's legislation into channels more comfortable to you. That is all.

Oh, I see the Democrats' problem. They are the nation's ruling-class party and so they kinda assume that it is their agenda that must be the basis of governance and legislation. It is offensive for them to deal with the fact that the people have elected the other party to power. That's not the way the world is supposed to work.

As Martin Luther King Jr. said -- and Barack Obama repeated -- the arc of history is long and it bends towards justice.

That's a very profound-sounding notion, but it misses out a lot. The point is that different people have rather different ideas of justice, and rather different ideas of how to get there. For the last century an educated administrative, cultural elite has been the ruling class and it has enforced its idea of how to bend the arc of history towards justice.

Chaps like me think that the ideas of the educational/administrative/cultural elite are all wet -- when they are not directly cruel and unjust -- and that history has shown that following its agenda does not bend the arc of history towards justice but to something rather different.

I like to use Coming Apart by Charles Murray at this point. He argues that the rule of the educated elite has been rather beneficial to the 25 percent of people in America in the political/cultural/economic elite. They have good satisfying jobs, successful merger marriages with little divorce, good children that do well in life. But life for the middle half is not so good, in the work-place and in the family. And the bottom 30 percent is decidedly in bad shape: the men don't work much and the women don't marry much.

Liberals like to argue that the leaders of the Republican Party are cynical corporate manipulators that use social issues to head fake the social conservative rubes while the corporate CEOs make piles of money. But maybe the opposite is true, where the Democratic Party is all about teachers' unions and government employee unions, and the social issues about abortion and gays is just a smokescreen to head-fake the NPR listeners and liberal faithful.

Here we are in 2017 with President Trump in the US and Brexit in the UK. Maybe, just maybe, the voters are sending a message that they don't think that the rule of the liberal/media/university elite is doing them much good.

Maybe the voters elected President Trump and a Republican Congress because they think it is time for a change.

Maybe it is time for the liberal ruling class to stop thinking about how to stop Trump and start thinking about how they could have misread the American people and misread the election, and got to their present state, where Democrats, despite owning the culture, owning the schools, owning the media, owning the universities, are facing their lowest electoral ebb since 1928.

But then maybe the liberal ruling class is right about everything and I am just a rube.

You never know.

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