Brett Kavanaugh and Kanye West have combined to make sure that the 2018 midterm election will not be a normal one.
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
— William Butler Yeats, The Second Coming, 1919
Many things will come to a head on our next election day, 6 November, 2018. This will not be a normal mid-term election. The Kavanaugh imbroglio clarified that.
Usually midterm elections are, to use a football metaphor, the two parties arguing about where the football should be placed within ten yards of midfield. The questions now are much more fundamental, pitting our enlightenment-era Constitutional values and norms versus Marxist progressive identity / grievance culture. The two cannot coexist. Related to that is whether blacks, who have voted as a monolithic block for the the past 50 years, will continue to do so?
It goes without saying that the playing field for deciding these issues will not be fair and balanced. The refs are in the bag, so to speak. Most of the media are openly an arm of the progressive left, running relentlessly negative press coverage against Trump and Republicans even as the Trump’s list of economic, foreign and domestic policy accomplishments (289 and counting) continues to grow. In a sane country, his administration would be celebrated at this point as the most effective (and honest) since World War II. Instead, the media paints our nation as in crisis. As Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit recently stated, “America is not in crisis. Leftists are in meltdown because they’re not in power, and they’re calling that a crisis.”
Kavanaugh & the Marxist – Progressive Identity and Grievance Culture
Marxism is toxic and, as all history has proven since 1919, has failed both spectacularly and bloodily as an economic and governing model. Progresive grievance culture, with its roots in Marxism, is doubly toxic. It borrows the socio-economic oppressed-oppressor framework at the heart of Marxism — as well as Marxism’s will to power by any means necessary — then grafts on identity politics and post-modernism, the latter of which explains the Kavanaugh imbroglio perfectly.
Post-modernism elevates subjective assertions above objective facts. My reality is whatever I want it to be — and thus completely immune to contrary facts and rational argument. There is no need for evidence or due process in such a circumstance. Thus do you get “Believe All Women” (but only if and for so long as they are politically useful).
This mindset was demonstrated with clarity in 2017, when a group of grievance studies majors at Pomona College composed a public letter to the college president protesting Heather MacDonald speaking at their school: [Read more…]