The new normal: Fallout from the 2018 midterms
By Greg Strange
Welcome to the new normal, America! What’s it all about? Well, it’s all part of the glorious “resistance” that began with the unexpected election of Donald Trump. As you will recall, the election and subsequent coronation of Hillary Clinton was going to be little more than a formality for the leftward-marching nation, after which the golden, hopey-changey policies of the Obama administration would be consolidated and enshrined until the end of time (or until we became Venezuela, whichever came first).
But on the way to that socialistic, multicultural, open-bordered, gender fluid utopia, the unthinkable happened. A near silent majority of forgotten Americans issued what amounted to a collective primal scream and voted in “The Donald” for president. One nanosecond later, the left issued its own collective primal scream and the “resistance” was born.
So here’s how it goes. You already know that Democrats divide us by race, ethnicity, class, gender, you name it, anything that can stir up a lot of raw emotions. Then they try to coalesce all the standard “victim” groups into a solid block that will vote overwhelmingly Democrat. In order to pull that off they have to constantly stoke resentments and grievances among that constellation of “victim” groups and then offer to rescue them from their imagined oppression (which, by the way, never seems to happen since the grievances never end).
The problem, though, for Democrats is that they don’t always win elections. What to do then? Contest them, that’s what! But wait, they can’t just contest every lost election, can they? Of course not, that would be too transparently agitative. But they can contest the close ones. In a fifty-fifty nation there are plenty of close elections and that opens up a potential Pandora’s box of Democrat shenanigans and dirty tricks.
It’s easiest to do when the Democrat candidate is a “person of color” because then the accusation of “voter suppression” can easily be trotted out since, as everybody knows, white supremacy still hangs over the nation like an oppressive pall and it’s always 1964 “Mississippi Burning.” (Well, except for that one wacky anomaly of the eight-year, twice-elected Obama presidency of color. But five minutes after that was over, the skies were again obscured by smoke from the burning of crosses and black churches from sea to shining sea.)
So, in this year’s midterms we had “person of color” Stacie Abrams running for governor of Georgia and “person of color” Andrew Gillum running for governor of Florida. Both lost in fairly close elections, but both refused to concede right away because they had to make sure that every (Democrat) vote would be counted because, you know, given the ubiquity of white supremacy, the suppression of voters of color is as routine as sunrise and sunset.
Finally, after more than a week of recounts, finding stashed away boxes of uncounted votes and endless references to “voter suppression,” Abrams had to give up the ghost because the numbers just couldn’t be wrangled enough to go her way. But her long awaited “concession” speech was decidedly unconcessional: “Let me be clear. This is not a speech of concession. Because ‘concession’ is to acknowledge that an act is right, true or proper. As a woman of conscience and faith [not to mention color], I cannot concede that. But my assessment is that the law currently allows no further viable remedy.”
How magnanimous of her.
Gillum’s concession in Florida was, by contrast, untainted by sour grapes and recriminations, which was nice. But it doesn’t change the fact that his campaign was still a dumpster fire of destructive far-left policy recommendations that would have wrecked the state and charges of racism that were as carelessly thrown around as rice at a wedding.
Some analysts are saying that these contested elections, which stood little chance of being overturned, were like trial runs for 2020 when the Democrats are likely to pull out all the stops in their efforts to gain more political power. What’s going on here is nothing less than the undermining of the democratic process. If citizens can’t trust the election process – in the United States of America, of all places – where do you suppose that will lead? The only logical answer is division, strife and quite possibly violence. If large numbers of voters are convinced by the left that they’re being cheated – particularly “people of color,” whose grievances are already never-ending – then America as you’ve known it is over. But then, that’s what the left wants.
If the left – which is congenitally incapable of being satisfied with anything, anytime, anywhere – was disheartened by the failure of Abrams and Gillum to overturn the elections of their white male opponents, they still had plenty to be happy about in the midterms. They did win back the House, after all, and the election of three new Democrat women in particular are enough to make diversity fanatics howl with delight. They are Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Sharice Davids.
Ilhan Omar is a Somali-American Muslim in Minnesota, typically seen in pro-sharia hijab. She views Israel as an apartheid regime that has “hypnotized the world.” Also, there have been allegations that she married her own brother in 2009 as part of an immigration fraud scheme.
Rashida Tlaib of Michigan is the oldest of 14 children of Palestinian parents. Unsurprisingly, she doesn’t care much for Israel either and she is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.
Sharice Davids of Kansas is one of the two first Native American congresswomen and – guess what? She’s a lesbian to boot. Whoopee! She’s like a one-woman diversity jackpot!
And let’s not forget Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, the new Hispanic female, democratic socialist it-girl. She has a degree in economics from Boston University but still thinks socialism is the cat’s meow despite the glaring fact that, when it comes to economic systems, it has been the biggest epic fail in history, not to mention the most deadly. But this stalwart up-and-comer ain’t ready to throw in the towel just yet. Maybe all socialism needs is some serious girl power to make it all it was cracked up to be.
In any case, let’s hear it for diversity!
Seriously, though, it would be nice if the people voting for these walking, talking identity politics clichés were more interested in sanity than diversity. Everything that these wind-up diversity dolls will push in terms of policy will be destructive to the country. Unfortunately, half, or maybe even more, of all Americans have been “hypnotized” by the seductions of leftism and diversity wins hands down over sanity.
One thing we can be certain of is that 2020 is going to be yet another “most important election of our lifetime” and you can count on things getting very ugly with contested elections galore and who knows what else. Then, after it’s over, things will get even uglier as either the left takes political power and forces its insanity on the country, or, if electorally unsuccessful, the left intensifies the “resistance” to new levels of derangement and turmoil.
Unless a whole bunch of Americans wake up from their leftism-induced stupor, this new normal could turn the country into the biggest (albeit most diverse) banana republic on the planet, with our elections having to be monitored by the UN or some such authority. But at least all that beautiful diversity will be to die for. Literally.
Greg Strange can be reached at email@example.com. (c) 2018 Greg Strange.