Monday, January 30, 2017

Is the Left Over?

Andrew Klavan asks that question at PJMedia.  It's something that certainly bears analysis.
No one knows the future, of course, but I can't help wondering if the marches, large as they were, were not rather the end of a movement, a fond farewell to an amalgam of obsolete leftist causes that either never had a reason to exist in the first place or have lost whatever reason they might once have had.
We can hope that Mr. Klavan is right.  Movements often go through severe contractions just before they die, thrashing about and creating havoc as they do through their final throes.  Some movements never die, they simply become irrelevant, or they are so thorougly discredited that right-thinking person aligns with them.

I take some relief in looking at this map.

 There are still blots of blue on that map.  They represent the areas that Hillary Clinton won in the recent election.  But, even as scarlet as that map is, the election was a close thing.  Even in my blood-red home parish, Hillary Clinton got a third of the vote (18K)

No, we can't assume that the Left is done, but we can assume that they lost the most recent discussion.  They've been discredited.  They  are also angry, upset, and vocal.  We're going to have to keep up the pressure, make the good argument, and bring them over to our side.

We should never forget that they won the popular vote.  There are a whole lot of blue voters hidden under that red map.  We've got to keep preaching freedom, small government, individual responsibility, all the things that Make America Great.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I don't think this is the end of Leftism, I think it's likely to come back stronger than ever. Back when Bush was elected several states (including my own NJ) voted to give their electoral votes to whomever won the national popular vote regardless of how the state voted (provided enough other states also agreed to do the same). I don't know how many states already agreed to do so, they're a ways away from their goal but I expect to see a resurgence (along with insults to those states that don't vote that way).

We have briefly dodged a bullet, because Anton Scalia is still dead and Trump will be naming his successor instead of Clinton, but the Supreme Court is ALWAYS in play (and leftists are not above using assassination, er, tragic accidents or suicides, to further their agendas. How many Clinton associates died under questionable circumstances?). I could imagine a Liberal court (perhaps led by the Wise Latina) deciding that the Electoral College is Unconstitutional and therefore the national popular vote is all that counts. Then the map you post is meaningless (it's actually meaningless anyway, the only one that counts is the red/blue make-up of the state-level map and the associated electoral votes).

Eternal vigilance and all that.

Mark D