Politics – for the Last Time

oregon_pioneer_statueThe Republican Party controls the Presidency, both houses of Congress and most state governments.

If you are outraged by of the racism, the misogyny, the stupidity of those who voted for The Donald, well, take a deep breath. It may be too late, anyway; the Supreme Court is a done deal for decades and even if there was the will and enough believers in climate change, it’s probably already game over for the generations to follow.

The Republicans have the racist, the misogynist and the stupid vote locked up. But forget about them. Democrats still haven’t figured out that telling people they are such is not a winning strategy. Democrats may think they should be the party of the working class. They have proven they don’t know how to address the concerns of middle class voters.

Here are links to a couple longish pieces that may clarify what happened. These are definitely worth your taking the time to read.

Published in the New Yorker on the ten-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, George Packer presciently outlines the great divide in American society.

Coming Apart

In the Harvard Business Review, Joan C. Williams documents how Democrats missed the working-class concerns.

What So Many People Don’t Get About the U.S. Working Class

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