I’m one of Thomas Edsall’s most devoted readers.
From my perspective though, it is elite Democrats who have gone to Crazytown who have been steadily alienating large swaths of their own voters and radicalizing Republican normies for the last decade now. It is nothing that we are doing. We are reacting to these changes like everyone else. They are just evolving through natural selection to become ever more annoying and triggering a defensive response.
“Political analysts, scholars and close observers of government are explicitly raising the possibility that the polarized American electoral system has come to the point at which a return to traditional democratic norms will be extremely difficult, if not impossible.
The endangered state of American politics is the dominant theme of eight articles published by the National Academy of Sciences on Tuesday, with titles like “Polarization and tipping points” and “Inter-individual cooperation mediated by partisanship complicates Madison’s cure for ‘mischiefs of faction.’ ” …”
For the record, I believe a version of this.
In my view, the two parties will continue radicalizing in the backdrop of political paralysis in Congress. Eventually, a crisis will come which will break the deadlock and one side will vanquish the other side. In one increasingly plausible scenario, Democrats preside over hyperinflation in the Biden presidency which triggers a rise in interest rates and which is followed by a brutal economic crash. Perhaps the Democrats collapse and democracy dies in the darkness like in the Weimar Republic?
“The activist anti-democratic Trump wing of the Republican Party, committed to avoiding at nearly any cost a political system dominated by an Election Day majority of racial and ethnic minorities, women and social and cultural liberals, has adopted an aggressive strategy to preserve the political power of whites, especially heteronormative white Christians. …”
We’ve come a long way since the Obama presidency.
Back in 2008, the Democrats used to be competitive with Trump’s core White working class rural voters, but since voting for Obama they have turned against “democracy” and have become committed to maintaining the political power of heteronormative White Christians.
Where did all this jargon come from? “Latinx.” Heteronormative. Cis. BIPOC. It has entered the bloodstream of elite Democrats over the past decade or so. Perhaps that is what has alienated and repulsed all of these working class voters who used to vote for Democrats? Maybe there ISN’T an “Election Day majority of racial and ethnic minorities, women and social and cultural liberals” as Ruy Teixeira is arguing because everyone is being repulsed like a magnet by the social and cultural liberals?
The Karens and “Latinx” men are trending toward Trump now. Trump barely lost the 2020 election while facing headwinds like a once in a century pandemic and an economic collapse.
“This level of anxiety is in and of itself dangerous, all the more so when it masks the true aim of America’s contemporary right-wing movement, the restoration and preservation of white hegemony. It is not beyond imagining that Republicans could be prepared, fueled by a mix of fear and provocation, to push the nation over the brink. …”
At some point over the last decade, whiteness became an accusation. It became normal to conflate the system with “racism” and “white supremacy.” Republican voters aren’t trying to restore and preserve white hegemony so much as they have become more defensive in light of these attacks. Just think of how terms like “racism” and “white supremacy” have been inflated over the past decade.
Charles Blow, an individual known for his restraint, is even more hyperbolic in his weekly race column.
“I see too many uneasy parallels between what was happening nearly 200 years ago and what is happening now. I see this country on the verge of another civil war, as the Calhounian impulse is reborn.
There are enormous, obvious differences, of course. The civil war I see is not the kind that would leave hundreds of thousands of young men dead in combat. That is not to say that we aren’t seeing spates of violence but rather that this new war will be fought in courts, statehouses and ballot boxes, rather than in the fields.
And this war won’t be only about the subjugation of Black people but also about the subjugation of all who challenge the white racist patriarchy.
It will seek to push back against all the “others”: Black people, immigrants, Muslims, Jews, L.G.B.T.Q. people and, yes, women, particularly liberal ones. …”
In light of Civil War 2 being on the horizon, I am going to have to switch to the Calhoun banner. Americans are now polarized and divided by phenotype, not the Mason-Dixon Line.
Note: Libtard collapse induced by inflation seems more likely than imminent war.