Every once in a while Bob Beckel gets it right and he shocked many on Wednesday by telling the Democrat Party to stop engaging in endless identity politics and start focusing on courting working class Americans.
“Identity politics has sunk in because we continue to say we’re the party of labor, women, minorities — you know, LBGT (sic) — whatever it is,” he said.
“I gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention. I said, we’ve got to stop doing that and get back to where we were built — which is, helping people who are working people. And they don’t identify with that.”
“The idea that Republicans would get anybody who’s a working person to vote for them is amazing to me, but the Democrats deserve a lot of the responsibility,” he added.
Bob Beckel is SPOT On!
In a column published earlier this year in The American Interest, Hudson Institute fellow Harry Zieve Cohen stated that the Democrat Party “represents a coalition of minorities, well-educated upper middle class urban professionals, and powerful interests in Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and to an extent on Wall Street.”
“Much of what’s left of the left’s working class support comes from public sector unions — a perverted application of collective bargaining principles that President Franklin D. Roosevelt believed hurt working class American taxpayers,” he noted.
Back in the day, the political left was a movement of blue collar working class Americans. No longer. A poll by Politico and the Morning Consult about Trump’s rising approval rating tells the story:
It’s a similar bump following the inauguration speech on the National Mall, when Trump told the country, “From this moment on, it’s going to be America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.” Sixty-five percent of poll respondents viewed that message positively, including 64 percent of independents and half of Democrats. About 6 in 10 voters, including 48 percent of Democrats, also said the federal government should be required to follow Trump’s mantra: “Buy American and hire American.”
For blue-collar workers, the appeal to Trump’s pitch is understandably higher. Roughly three-fourths (74 percent) of voters with blue-collar jobs had a positive reaction to the “America first” argument, and 87 percent said they thought the federal government should conduct business with those rules.
The transformation of the Democratic base has never looked as dramatic and complete as it does in these early days of the Trump administration.
The best example of this bad road the left has gone down is the bathroom issue. A tiny fraction of the population are men who live dressed like women. They have been using women’s restrooms for decades unhindered.
Then the left hijacked the issue, trying to force laws allowing men into women’s restrooms. It has created chaos, not only for the country, but for actual transsexuals. Now it is an issue that was never there.
The left uses this tactic for one sole purpose. It is to use the Alinsky tactic of making bad guys where there are none.
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