One of the interesting things about the recent US presidential election is that it is clear from the voting trends that the Left has alienated a lot of blue-collar white people, and a lot of these people ended up voting for Trump – including 57% of white women – in places like Michigan and Wisconsin (as filmmaker Michael Moore so eloquently pointed out before the election). Why did this happen?
It largely happened because the increasingly progressive Left, beyond ignoring the plight of middle and lower class working whites and their economic woes (e.g. unemployment in rural communities, foreclosure), has proceeded to sneer at these same white people, calling them names like racist and sexist and bigot for the last couple decades.
I come from such a rural area, and I can tell you many of these people have been hit hard by the economy over the last 20 years, regardless of the color of the skin. But not only due Progressives ignore these blue-collar whites, they sneer at them and call them names.
All while promoting issues like who gets to use whose bathroom … or the plight of gay people getting wedding cakes. Even though gay people where I live in Chicago mostly live in fancy condos over in Boystown. While those “privileged” blue collar whites in Appalachia and the Rust Belt struggle to find jobs, hold on to their run-down shack of a house, and put food on the table for their kids. Take a road trip down to Appalachia, then call me up and tell me about their “privilege” from your fancy loft in Soho …
The fact of the matter is that politics is about building coalitions. And white people still make up 67% of the electorate and will continue to be a majority till at least 2050. Moreover, heterosexuals are 95% of the electorate. If your “coalition” only consists of black people and homosexuals and transgenders, then you’re going to have difficulties winning national elections in coming years. And increasingly the Democrats in the United States are becoming the anti-white and anti-heterosexual party.
The most interesting thing about post-election this year was watching my Facebook feed, and watching all my Progressive “liberal” friends respond by calling those same white people who voted for Trump racist and sexist and bigots. That is exactly what got you this spot, folks. Now legitimate issues like the environment are going to suffer because you are so worried about where people take a piss, and willing to call people names over it.
And your response is to double-down on that failing tactic? Oh, the irony …
The reality is that if the Left is going to revive itself in this country, it will need to shun its Progressive wing in much the same way that the Right shunned the Tea Party movement in recent years. Most Americans are moderates, NOT far right or far left folks. A good start would be for the Left to drop the shaming language and stop calling those very people whose votes you need names.