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On the morning of November 8th, most pundits, pollsters and academics were certain that Hillary Clinton was going to be the next president of the United States, and that the Democrats would control the Senate once again in January. It is January now, however, and neither of these predictions have to come to fruition. Against all odds, President-Elect Trump was able to crack what had been Democratic strongholds in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan and claim victory with a sturdy 306 electoral votes. Despite having to defend a considerable number of seats in contentious swing states, the Republicans only lost two seats and were able to hold a majority in the Senate. This has left the GOP with an unprecedented opportunity to enact their agenda not only on the federal level, but also on the state level, where Republicans enjoyed just as much success on election day. On the other side of the aisle, however, a much different narrative is unfolding. It is becoming more and more evident that the Democratic party is a ship sinking itself, with no captain to save it in sight.
With the exceptions of the party's enormous bases in the country's major cities, which is where Clinton's popular vote victory came from, the party almost ceases to exist on a national level and, more specifically, throughout middle America. While there are still liberal talking heads out there pushing the notion that this all happened as a result of the inherent racism of white Americans or a deliberate propaganda campaign of the Russians, they are missing out on an important lesson in their hysteria. While there were many contributing factors to the death of the Democratic party this past year, including the failures of Obamacare, slow growth under liberal economic policy and the rise of the terror threat, the dagger in the party's heart was the their abuse of a tactic that the late Andrew Breitbart called "Cultural Marxism."
As Mr. Breitbart explained it, the concept is quite simple. In the traditional economic Marxism that we are all familiar with, the battle is between the bourgeois and the proletariat, or the capitalists and the laborers. In other words, class warfare. While some progressive Democrats, namely Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, espouse this form of Marxism, almost all Democrats engage in cultural Marxism, where the battle is between "the oppressed" and the "oppressors." When Democrats accuse Trump voters and cops of being racist, Christian bakers and florists of being homophobes, those who oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants of being xenophobes or label people who are pro-life as misogynists, they are putting this radical tactic to work. While often employed under the guise of pursuing 'social justice', this is nothing more than an extension of the Democrat's reckless electoral strategy of divide and conquer. Particularly in recent years, this has led to an increase in misinformed civil unrest. Some examples can be seen in the anti-police riots that have spread through American cities. From Ferguson to Charlotte, protesters and rioters have taken to the streets to loot businesses, attack police officers and wreak utter havoc on the cities they claim to be fighting to improve. However, these lawless actions are often slow to receive any condemnation from Democratic politicians because the narrative that the party wishes to spin, that cops are the oppressors and black Americans are the oppressed, is too politically potent to give up.
The unapologetic abuse of this tactic is where the party went wrong, and was at the forefront of the party's loss of touch with the everyday American. Cultural Marxism is at the heart of the speech silencing political correctness that we have all come to abhor, and it's prominence in the Democratic party became most obvious this past summer, when then presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shamelessly labeled half of Trump's supporters a "basket of deplorables." She called them, "racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic," and finally, "irredeemable." It is important to understand that, in this statement, Clinton labeled close to 25 percent of the American electorate "irredeemable." These are people that she has never met and never talked to, however, since they didn't subscribe to her narrative, they became a face for the group of "oppressors" that showed up so often in the transcripts of her campaign speeches.
As we found out in the early hours of November 9th, the American people are tired of this. They are tired of watching their cities get destroyed by anarchists, they are tired of a tainted form of 'social justice' being used as an excuse to chill their freedom of speech and eliminate their right to voluntary exchange, and most of all, they are tired of being tossed into a "basket of deplorables" for having a dissenting opinion. The Democratic party would be wise to learn this lesson, but after looking at their moves in recent weeks I'd be willing to bet that they won't. Congressional Democrats doubled down on far left delusionalism with their re-election of Nancy Pelosi to the post of Minority Leader in the House, and the top contender for DNC Chair, Keith Ellison, is somehow even worse than her when it comes to pushing cultural Marxism. For example, in 2007, he went so far as to make the assertion that 9/11 is an excuse for Americans to punish "religious minorities." This would be irresponsible for a far-left activist to say, much less an elected official. Moreover, the party is still trying to rally around a healthcare law that has been an utter failure and unfair burden on working people instead of making an effort to work with Republicans to fix what is clearly broken. Outside of the formal Democrat party and into liberal circles, celebrities continue to put out silly call-to-arms videos about things they don't really understand, and snowflakes
continue to report fake hate crimes in order to push their culturally Marxist narrative. While the Democrats would be smart to move back towards the center-left and move away from Marxism in all its ugly forms, the party simply doesn't seem to be headed in that direction.