It's About The Issues, Stupid

Well, as Scott mentioned in today’s OT, Greg Gianforte just won his election in Montana by a decent margin, despite the Democrats dumping plenty of money into the election and the media breathlessly reporting on his being accused of body-slamming a reporter. Gianforte has done the right thing, owning his actions and apologizing for them. But Democrats are no doubt puzzled that they could lose to this man after hurling such image-damaging charges at him, just as they were puzzled after losing to Trump last November and in all of the special elections they’ve competed in since then. They keep waiting for their side’s Scott Brown election to prove that the tide is turning in their favor, and in election after election, it hasn’t happened.

Well, Dems, let me explain it to you as plainly as I can: your bullshit isn’t working anymore. People are seeing through it.

This is bad news for the Democrats. They’ve embraced liberalism wholeheartedly, and this country is only 20% liberal. They’ve never been strong on the issues, and they know it. So they don’t even try to win on them, they just find or invent something damaging to their opponent’s character, have their media lapdogs craft a narrative around it, and watch their opponent’s poll numbers crumble. That’s worked for them for a long time. Bush was a warmongering Nazi who wanted to steal brown people’s oil and conjured up hurricanes to kill black people. Sarah Palin was a bimbo and a whackjob. The Tea Party was a bunch of racist hillbillies who hated the fact that there was a black guy in the White House. Mitt Romney was a Bond villain with magic powers to give innocent people cancer. And on and on.

They are such experts at this character assassination stuff that a hot mess like Donald Trump should’ve been a walk in the park for them, but instead they watched with shock as all of their bullets bounced off of him on the way to the White House, and now the same thing has happened in Montana. For the record, I don’t condone Gianforte’s behavior at all, and I doubt many of the people who voted for him do either, but that’s beside the point. They didn’t vote for Greg Gianforte because they agree with assaulting reporters, they voted for him because they don’t care what you want them to think. They care about the issues affecting them, and they saw Gianforte as stronger on those issues. Period.

Americans are sick and tired of the Democrat-Media Complex telling them what to think. We know the media is biased and full of it, and we know the Democrats are, too – we watched them all try to play us for suckers, faking outrage over Trump’s locker room talk while trying to get serial sexual harasser and accused rapist Bill Clinton and his enabler wife back in the White House. We’re fed up with them using identity politics, innuendo, and flat-out lies to destroy people’s character rather than discuss the issues. Too many Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck, if they find a job at all. Violent crime and a bad education system plague our inner cities. Terrorists are committing mass murder here in our country and in our allies’ countries. Democrats have no solutions to these problems, and everybody knows it. And they can’t deflect from the issues by attacking the other side’s character anymore. If you don’t believe me, let these young Trump supporters break it down for you (NSFW language):

These attacks may have worked in the past, but they don’t anymore. People aren’t in the mood for it. They want leaders who will actually deal with the issues and try to make their lives better, not play politics. Democrats consistently lose on the issues, but they have no choice: they will have to play on that field now and try to sell their policies again. Good luck with that.

Bottom line: nobody cares what the politicians or their media buddies say anymore. It’s about the issues, stupid.

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A Radical Mom

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Rebecca Walker

Writer Alice Walker has become a feminist and civil rights icon thanks to her book The Color Purple, which was made into an Oscar-winning film by Steven Spielberg in the ’80s that made stars out of Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey. Considering the story’s message of female empowerment, you’d think that being her daughter would be a great and adventurous experience. However, due to her far-left politics, her daughter Rebecca Walker describes being raised by her as something more akin to a RadFem version of Mommy Dearest.

My mother’s feminist principles coloured every aspect of my life. As a little girl, I wasn’t even allowed to play with dolls or stuffed toys in case they brought out a maternal instinct. It was drummed into me that being a mother, raising children and running a home were a form of slavery. Having a career, travelling the world and being independent were what really mattered according to her.

She describes with heartbreaking honesty what it is like to live under a divorced mother who despised the traditional family and the feminine role of motherhood, and who genuinely saw her daughter as enslaving her. Her mother was rarely there for her, would often leave her with relatives for long periods as she went off to political events or vacations.

As a child, I was terribly confused, because while I was being fed a strong feminist message, I actually yearned for a traditional mother. My father’s second wife, Judy, was a loving, maternal homemaker with five children she doted on.

There was always food in the fridge and she did all the things my mother didn’t, such as attending their school events, taking endless photos and telling her children at every opportunity how wonderful they were.

When Rebecca became sexually active at 13 and had an abortion (an emotionally traumatizing decision for her) at 14, her mother approved of both, seeing them as “empowering” actions.

When she decided to have a family in her 20s, she called her mother with the news that she was pregnant. Her mother responded by saying she was “shocked”. Upon realizing that her daughter didn’t share her socially liberal view of the traditional family, a rift opened up between them that led Alice Walker to ultimately cut Rebecca out of her life completely. She has not contacted her in years, refuses to meet her own grandchild, and she has cut Rebecca out of her will.

The experience has left Rebecca extremely cynical of feminism and the effect it has had on modern families.

I was raised to believe that women need men like a fish needs a bicycle. But I strongly feel children need two parents and the thought of raising [my son] Tenzin without my partner, Glen, 52, would be terrifying.

As the child of divorced parents, I know only too well the painful consequences of being brought up in those circumstances. Feminism has much to answer for denigrating men and encouraging women to seek independence whatever the cost to their families.

Rebecca concludes by saying how happy she is to have found a family, even though it has cost her her relationship with her mother. She and I are about the same age, and I can’t overstate how lucky I feel to have been raised by mostly conservative, traditional-minded parents. Many of my friends growing up were like her: raised by divorced former ’60s radicals with an “anything goes” philosophy, and today that moral confusion and loathing for the family unit has now filtered down to them and their own children like a sickness. I am glad that Rebecca has broken free of her mother’s twisted mindset and found a loving family and true happiness.

She concludes by saying:

I believe feminism is an experiment, and all experiments need to be assessed on their results.

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So awesome.