Most polls show Americans are more severely split and entrenched along partisan lines than ever before. Conservative Republican voters believe Trump was sent by God. Democrats agree, but only because God was out of frogs and locusts. Dems think Republicans were antagonistic to our first African-American president, so they are not being very kind to our first orange one.
We are also divided as much along racial lines, and Democrats’ strategy is to fan the fires of racial division in order to win back the White House in 2020. Absent any workable ideas, calling their opponents “racist” (only if they cannot call them “sexist”) is their stated strategy. Trump cannot sort laundry without being called racist. This contest is all about race, so strap in — it will be an interesting ride.
Sadly, race relations worsened under Obama, a man uniquely positioned to heal our nation’s wounds. But when he quickly took the wrong side of the facts in the Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown (Ferguson, MO “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” lie) and Harvard Professor Henry “Skip” Gates cases, he abdicated that moral position.
Just an admission from a casual observer — porn seems to have much better race relations than America right now. In TV commercials, there also seem to be no black burglars in any home security ad, so we are clearly seeing progress in that space. But fanned by Democrat strategists, the rest of the country seems bitterly divided on race. And when African-Americans refuse to play the “victim” card, to replenish their voter rolls the Dems look to lavishing political favors on illegal aliens in return for their votes.
The Obamas are two of the many blacks doing well under the Trump economy. Barack and Michelle have huge book deals of over $20 million, and are about to ink a Netflix deal to make up to $100 million producing movies and TV shows. I presume some of them will be called “House of the Race Cards,” “Game of Cronies,” or “Orange is Not the New Barack.” And if the Dems lose in 2020, they’ll produce “Better Call Saul - Alinsky.”
Everything seems to be construed about race. The media are now openly debating whether Jesus was white. They say Jesus was darker-skinned and not blue-eyed and white like all my childhood Methodist Bible pictures portrayed Him. Democrats say Jesus was not white because the Roman police would have let Him off with a warning ticket if He had been.
If not about race, Dems want you to believe that women are disadvantaged by their gender. So Dems have Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Tulsi Gabbard, Kirsten Gillibrand, et al running for president. They have more women running than an Alabama Walmart opening on a Black Friday. Yet the leaders in the polls are the “Jurassic Park” faction of Democrat white male millionaires: Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. These men have had so much work done to look young that they resemble their pictures when they were protesting nuclear power in the 70s.
What Democrats miscalculate is that blacks are better aware of how their situations have improved under Trump, when they didn’t under Obama. Wages are up more for blacks than for whites, and employment (including wage increases) has also improved. In the 2018 Florida governor’s race, white candidate DeSantis cut into black candidate Gillum’s Democrat vote with the “School Choice Mom” vote. Eighteen percent of black women voted for DeSantis because of this issue that affects them, which translated to 100,000 votes. DeSantis won by 30,000 votes. The lesson here: Blacks are won over by facts and results on issues they care about, not by conjured-up racial fears of the past.
In fact, all that the Democrats want you not to think about is how good the present is. They want you to fear the racial hatred of the distant past, or fear what might happen to us in the future when we all die from global warming, which they also use to stoke fears. The truth is, by any measure we are living in economically great times. Thanks to capitalism and the technology supplied by the private sector, our lower economic class lives better than the upper 25 percent of most other countries. If Dems can keep your mind focused on fake racial or other drummed-up crises, they can regain power.
The new Democrat Party has a tired laundry list of alleged “racism.” CNN will likely show a picture of Trump putting the Medal of Freedom around Tiger Woods’ neck and say it was a noose when, in fact, this award is the highest honor a man can give a golfing buddy.
Ron Hart is a libertarian op-ed humorist and award-winning author. Contact him at Ron@RonaldHart.com or @RonaldHart on Twitter.
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