In recent times being Speaker of the United States House of Representatives has not been an easy job. Several Speakers in the not too distant past have found that out rather quickly, not the least of whom was Newt Gingrich.
The Polarization of American politics led by the Republicans, has made that job a lot harder, just ask John Boehner who bolted from it and Paul Ryan who said he did not want it when he was being courted.
In the end, Ryan one of the least effective Speakers in modern times, seem all too happy to follow John Boehner’s lead and he too bolted for the doors.
That is where Speaker Nancy Pelosi Democrat Speaker from the bastion of California liberalism finds herself today.
Throughout her career, Nancy Pelosi a San Francisco liberal has had to deal with being vilified as far too liberal in her politics. Today as Pelosi tries to protect vulnerable first term house members who won in previously red districts, she is finding that she is now a centrist as the left as moved drastically away to her left.
As the Republicans have moved en-block to the right, progressive voters are demanding that the Democrat party articulate and embrace more progressive policies as a counterweight to the damaging right-wing policies of the Republicans.
Historically, American Politics have always been fractious, the country at one time was emersed in a war against itself.
Power and the desire to attain power has been the driving edge of the fractious nature of America’s political reality.
More and more the two political parties have been moving further away from the center leaving an ever-dwindling number of voters in the middle who think of themselves a non-aligned or Independents.
Over the years the Republican Party has solidified itself into an uncompromising party of white Anglo-Saxon nativists, which makes Conservative Presidents like Ronald Reagan and GW Bush seem like outsiders on issues like Immigration and Race.
In the same breath, it has paved the way for an opportunistic racist demagogue like Donald Trump to waltz right in and claim the party.
Using the Primary process to flush out those they considered not true patriots to the cause, and labeling them (RINO’s), Republicans In Name Only, the modern Republican party has all but removed any dissent from its modern orthodoxy. This hardening and solidification of its core nativist beliefs, as enshrined in the views of Steve King Republican Representative from Iowa, quote: “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” When pressed to clarify his comments King shot back, “I meant exactly what I said.”
The post earned the endorsement of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, who wrote “GOD BLESS STEVE KING!!!” on his own Twitter account.
America is a country designed and run by white men.
President Barack Obama found that out when he tried to bring hope and change to that established order.
The Republican party’s agenda is the stablished order in America, because the ideals of America was premised on white majority rule.
When Democrats and centrists bemoan the fact that white women who vote Republican are voting against their own self-interest, they are missing the point that white control and white supremacy [trumps] all other considerations which would apply to those women.
Which is why, though the right’s assault on a woman’s right to choose, affects white women just as it does women of color, and though that issue is a critical right, which women have fought for and won, white women would rather vote Republican to advance white entitlement,and squander those hard-won gains, that do what’s right.
The Immigration Fever which has gripped the political right, and the Abortion fights, are all about pushing back against the browning of America.
If the right can prevent white women from having abortions, by acceding to Steve King’s theory of restoring white civilization, and Donald Trump can reverse the browning through the process of deportations and caging, what seemed like an inevitable browning of America may be stalled if not totally halted.
The Democrat Party is a collection of African-Americans other ethnic groups and the not-so-Republican whites, those whites would rather not be as acerbic or caustic against Blacks and other minorities as their Republican counterparts, but that does not mean they are any less racist or protective of white supremacy.
That is why, on issues like the seminal issue of police violence against Black people, white Democrats are as eerily silent as Republicans are as supportive of it.
Somewhere in the mix, Hispanic and Latino votes and loyalties are split between the two parties.
Regardless of what the Republican party does to Hispanics and Latinos, the desire to be accepted as the next pseudo-whites, seems to [trump] those mistreatments.
The directional struggle within the Democrat party is a symptom of the foregone. On the one hand, there are the progressives like Ilhan Omar, Iyana Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, young bright and forward-leaning and an old guard which believes it can win elections by not making waves. One would think that if no one else steps up in support of these brave young women, the congressional black caucus would.
Not so, that group has chosen to consistently hitch it’s wagon to the old guard of the party which only uses Blacks to win elections then dumps them until election time comes around again.
Unfortunately for the party, it does not seem to be where young progressives are. The rise of the so-called squad of four progressive congresswomen, is a sign that there is a hunger for a repositioning of the party.
The insurgency candidacy of Vermont’s Senator Bernie Sanders in 2016 was another indicator that progressive voters do not see the present Democrat party as representing their ideals.
There is the old adage that Democrats always find ways to throw away what seems to be sure election wins.
This time may be no different if the old guard continues in its wishy-washy ways of treading carefully as if on eggshells.
Even with an open racist ignoramus occupying the white house, a Democratic win is not assured if the white people who support that party continue to cling to the perks of white majority rule.
On the issues of income inequality, the environment, race relations, police abuse, housing, education/student debt, health care and a raft of other pressing issues, white liberals have the power to stop Trump and his minority of ignoramuses, who sees nothing wrong no matter what he does.
If they fail Donald Trump will be reelected by a minority of uneducated whites who have no idea where their rear ends are from a broomstick.
Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police Detective corporal, a business owner, avid researcher, and blogger.
He is a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog chatt-a-box.com.
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