It is amazing how the left side of the Political Industrial Complex (PIC*) just cannot face the reality and depth of their failure this election cycle. The right side has been definitely rocked by the rejection of main stream politicians by the electorate, and they have a lot still to learn and more adjustments to make.
But the left? They have just lost it. And it appears to be due to three main causes.
Let’s begin with their petulance, their unwillingness to be civil and respect the choice the American Voters made this year and instead lash out:
The adjective, petulant, is a disapproving term used to describe a bad-tempered child, an adult behaving like an angry child or behavior or this type. Angry or annoyed mean the same thing, but if you choose the word, petulant, you are indicating that it is unreasonable or unjustified.
easily irritated or annoyed
- cranky, fractious, irritable, nettlesome, peckish, peevish, pettish, scratchy, techy, testy, tetchy
having an irritable and unpleasant disposition
We see this all the time now from the liberal media and the aging political leadership of the DNC. Their world has collapsed, their self annointed righteousness destroyed. They are irritable (cranky, peevish, testy, etc) because they refuse to realize their total rejection.
So they deflect their own failures onto some evil straw-man, usually named “Trump” but often times his vast swath of supporters. See here for a great example:
In 2016, the Republicans won the White House, maintained control of both chambers of Congress, and secured the ability to create a conservative Supreme Court majority that could last a generation or more. Donald Trump, a man with minimal restraint, has been awarded maximal power.
But, with a Republican majority that has mostly shown compliance with Trump, despite his contempt for the norms of democracy, the fear is that he will achieve much of what he wants. Even if he accomplishes only half, the landscape of American politics and policy will be radically altered.
Emphasis mine. The “norms of democracy” in this poor sod’s head means liberal elites running everyone into the ground. To the voters, it meant the cultural abyss of Obama and the “globalists” (those who fear “nationalists”, which is just a lazy way of saying “those who disagree with us”).
You would think the rise of “Les Deplorables” and “The Tea Party” would have provided some obvious hints Main Street was fed up with the left’s brand of simple-minded cronyism.
Which brings us to the fact that few on the left recognize how impotent they are right now in the view of most Americans (who are celebrating the end of their reign and not joining in on all the hand-wringing). Look at the graph at the top of this post and realize how badly Team Obama has decimated the Democrat Party for the foreseeable future.
To not see the 2016 shellacking coming after so many years of shellacking, one can only conclude the left side of the political elite is drowning in “Denial”:
To be “in denial” is to be fooling yourself about the reality of your situation.
In this case, the left refuses to see the handwriting on the wall, so fantasizes about a mythical world where everyone admires them and their deepest thoughts. Again, back to the New Yorker article:
This prospect has recalled another phenomenon of the nineteen-sixties: the conviction that “democracy is in the streets.”
Movements are born in the moments when abstract principles become concrete concerns. MoveOn arose in response to what was perceived as the Republican congressional overreach that resulted in the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. The Occupy movement was a backlash to the financial crisis. The message of Black Lives Matter was inspired by the death of Trayvon Martin and the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.
The first Inauguration of George W. Bush, in 2001, saw mass protests driven by the sentiment that the election had been stolen. The protests that greet Trump will, in all probability, exceed them: some twenty other groups have also applied for march permits. Given his history with African-Americans, Muslims, Latinos, immigrants, unionized labor, environmentalists, and people with disabilities, it is not hard to imagine that there will be many more to come. The Congress is unlikely to check the new President, but democracy may thrive in the states, the courts, the next elections, and, lest the lessons of the sixties be forgotten, the streets.
Laughable. The “streets” did rise up – and hand the DNC defeat (2009) after defeat (2010) after defeat (2012) after defeat (2014) after defeat (2016). This ongoing movement was a “surprise” to the elites in their liberal coastal bubbles (see the map below of where the streets rose up in 2016), but why it was a surprise simply indicates how dense their elite bubble is.
The astro-turfed protests from this election cycle – which were vicious and meant to intimidate Trump supporters – were NOT indicative of a rising liberal movement. Looked more like a dying one which had to be propped up with cash.
Finally, the last ailment of the left is their penchant for “Projection“:
Psychological projection is a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against their own unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others.
Let’s begin with the fact liberals are extremely racist – against whites. They blame whites for everything. They also claim whites are misogynist – including young white girls (no clue, don’t ask). Trump supporters are evil because … how could they be otherwise?
The more I think about it and see the reactions from all sides, the more this feels like the aftermath of an attack ? a literal attack ? on our communities.
The groups that those “deplorables” love to hate and feel threatened by are now under attack: LGBT people, people of color, women, Muslims, the disabled and many others. This election was a hate crime.
Drama queens one and all.
We know the left’s hate for those who disagree with the left is projected from the left onto those we they fear. Those who simply dismiss the left (thus, the fear of irrelevance), and who disagree with them on just about everything.
Those who now hold the reigns of power in this nation. Those now rising to take over many more western nations.
Now, many people think the left needs to get a grip. Personally I am not one of those people. I like these nutcases out in the open, reminding us everyday why it was a very, very good idea to elect Trump and chart a new path for America. A path directed from Main Street. Not one dictated by K-Street, Wall Street or various News Media organizations.
The fact is, the over-the-top nonsense spewing from the left has all but guaranteed success for a Trump first term. If the left continues its proven-failed methods of petulance, denial and projection they will not only bring in a veto-proof Senate majority in 2018, they are laying the groundwork for a second Trump term and probably a Pence term as well.
By wildly and personally denigrating the winning voters of 2016, the left is making it impossible to garner their votes down the road. And trust me, the pool of voters getting fed up with the mouthy left is not done growing.
Why stop the implosion on the left I ask?
(link to graphic source)
The Political Industrial Complex encompasses all those elites whose livelihoods are predicated on central-control of resources and who determine who is allowed to succeed in society. It is a bipartisan exclusive club. It includes the Politicians and their career staffers. It includes crony donors and lobbyists who reap government windfalls and special treatment that average citizens cannot obtain. It includes the PIC industrial base of pollsters, consultants, etc. And it includes the pliant news media, whose success rest on access to those in power, and in return for access making sure no bad news will disrupt said power.