No matter which Party ultimately dominates in this week’s midterm elections, it’s become almost utterly futile to even attempt to have sane or coherent dialogue about key political and cultural issues. These days, our society has reached such a heightened level of intense division and hostility that we no longer engage in civil and diplomatic discussions about topics like the economy, the job market, foreign relations, government corruption, abortion, gay marriage, transgenderism, spiritual depravity, racism, or moral nihilism. Instead, we retreat to the dark corners of Facebook and Twitter and fire off asinine insults at one another like petulant school children. We have become a generation of cyber-toddlers, hellbent on demonizing the people and candidates who we despise, and calling for real-world violence against anyone who opposes our way of thinking.
Of course, this mindset has been most prevalent and most obvious on the Left, where many folks have taken to forming mobs and rioting in the streets, chasing conservative politicians out of restaurants, mocking children, tweeting death threats and such. Just look at what they did before, during and after the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Disgusting.
To be fair, however, the inflammatory and occasionally controversial rhetoric from President Trump and other prominent Republicans in the media limelight has only served to further exasperate the unstable situation in which we find ourselves. Indeed there are days when Trump would be better served to stay off of Twitter altogether rather than stir up unnecessary drama between two political parties that are already so polarized.
I’ve received several e-mails and social media messages from readers asking for my “midterm predictions.” I honestly have no idea which Party will win the day. I’m not in the business of making specific political predictions. If that’s what you’re here for, you might be a bit disappointed. But, one thing I do know is that neither Party will walk away from the results having learned anything about themselves or their opponents, or about life in general. Also, in the end, everything will still be terrible.
You see, Democrats have long since convinced themselves that their ideology of Big Government — as radical and frequently unconstitutional as it may be — is the only way for America to be properly run. There is simply no way to persuade them otherwise. Because of this belief, which was only further enhanced by the so-called “success” of the two-term Obama administration, Democrats will continue to campaign on utterly absurd platforms like gun control, women’s rights to abortion, free healthcare and free college tuition, arguing that these policies will make America a safer and better place for everyone. In their minds, these promises make the Democratic Party the Champion of the Common Man and allows them to cast Republicans as The Enemy. But, leftists have completely deceived themselves. Much of America has seen through the insanity and psychopathy of recent liberal behavior — both political and social — and have begun to expose it for what it is: absolute moral depravity and political lunacy. The Kavanaugh nightmare alone was proof enough of this.
Now, Republicans have their own problems, most notably that they’ve placed far too much stock in “The Trump Effect.” While the president’s bashing of the media and sporadic Twitter feuds with celebrities and cable news personalities might make for good entertainment, it’s not generally considered becoming of the Highest Office in the Land and it is certainly not a dependable longterm political strategy for ensuring conservative victories. Republicans cannot campaign on firebrand politics forever. They cannot look for Donald Trump clones, much less expect them to appear. That will only lead to disaster.
Instead, they will need to do a much better job at reaching the demographics which the Democrats have historically tended to dominate in previous election cycles: women, millennials, African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians. If Republicans seek out egotistical, hotheaded, "Trump-like" politicians in an attempt to agitate the political climate and ignite the conservative message, they will likely end up shooting themselves in the foot as conservatism will no longer be viewed as an attractive and appealing option, but rather something indistinguishable from radical Leftism. This would be a tragedy.
I don’t anticipate that the leaders from either Party will have any better of an understanding of where our nation and our society are heading after tomorrow’s results come in. They will simply choose to remain just as divided as before. After all, that’s the most convenient solution. Never mind that it means everything will remain in a state of awfulness. That’s not their problem. It’s our problem. And it will likely be our problem for quite some time.