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Why the GOP won

January 20, 2017

Over the next couple of days, there will be millions of people in hundreds of protests against Trump.

And no Republican politician will give a rat’s ass. Nor should they.

The GOP won because they focused on partisan politics and local elections. Even had Clinton won the presidency, the GOP would still hold Congress and most state houses. Liberals need to stop thinking that marches and protests and similar symbolic acts are effective political action in the modern era, and instead dirty their hands in the ugly business of partisan, electoral politics. That is all that matters. Marches may be more fun. Protests more pure of heart. They matter only to the extent that they produce votes. You may find it distasteful to support politicians who compromise and take a variety of stances you don’t like. The alternative is what happened today.

The current political divide largely reflects the cultural urban and rural divide. Which gives a structural advantage to Republicans. Democrats have the demographic advantage. That won’t matter unless they learn to mobilize it.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Laura permalink
    January 20, 2017 2:45 pm

    There is a fundamental disconnect between what Americans understand as “freedom” and what they understand as “citizenship”. The idea that not voting is a freedom provided by our democracy when voting is the only voice in a democracy that we actually have makes no sense to me. I understand that voting suppression, revoking voting rights from our justice system, and gerrymandering makes people think their vote doesn’t count, because for some it doesn’t. BUT voting is the only means to expand voting access, reinstate voting rights, and design non-discriminatory voting districts. Protests are healthy for a democracy, it is a way to collectively express desires and grievances that can be risky to express individually and to amplify our collective voices. But another problem with America is the idea that protesting is un-American. I ponder if these “myths” are accidental, cultural, or promoted systematically by the very system our lack of participation and voting perpetuates?

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