Some progressives do not think we have two legitimate competing political camps. They think the U.S. is suffering from an infection: the Republican party.
It is not only the Republican party as a political grouping they dream of eliminating: It is Republicans as such and those who hold roughly Republican ideas about everything from climate change to gun rights, groups that Democrats in agencies ranging from state prosecutors’ offices to the IRS already — right now, not at some point in some imaginary dystopian future — are targeting through both legal and extralegal means.
The Democrats who are doing this believe themselves to be acting morally, even patriotically, and sometimes heroically. Why? Because they believe that opposition is fundamentally illegitimate.
Eliminating the ability of those who currently align with the Republican party to meaningfully participate in national politics is not only wishful thinking in the pages of the New York Times. It is the progressive program, from Washington to Palo Alto and beyond.
From the description on Amazon about the book RIP GOP: How the New America Is Dooming the Republicans:
In RIP GOP, Stanley Greenberg argues that the 2016 election hurried the party’s imminent demise. Using amazing insights from his focus groups with real people and surprising revelations from his own polls, Greenberg shows why the GOP is losing its defining battle. He explores why the 2018 election, when the New America fought back, was no fluke. And he predicts that in 2020 the party of Lincoln will be left to the survivors, opening America up to a new era of renewal and progress.
Another viewpoint is that the political left has gone completely unhinged and the U.S. population is increasing aware of this. Examples include;
- They are banning plastic straws, yet give out free plastic syringes.
- They fine you if your dog poops on the street, yet humans dropping their pants and turds on the streets go unpunished.
- Wearing a red hat imprinted with “MAGA” will cost you your job, yet they look the other way from a street beatings of a reporter.
- They declare the nation’s oldest civil rights group a “domestic terrorist organization”, yet rioters in masks damaging property and beating innocent people in the streets is considered legitimate “fighting fascism”.
I’ve talked to people who believe the 2020 election will be a rout for the Republicans. There is evidence to support the hypothesis that Democrat leaders believe this too. I’m not convinced the democrats will be routed but I’m certain the political left is suffering from incredibly severe delusions.
Some states, dominated by democrats, changed their electoral college votes to go to the winner of the nationwide popular vote in an attempt to prevent a repeat of the last presidential outcome. In a non adaptive environment this might help their cause. U.S. voters are adaptive. For years millions of people in heavily populated democratic states have not voted because it was pointless. A 55-45 vote in the state for the democrat candidate is no better than a 70-30 vote…until the election in 2020. Those millions of people who thought their vote was irrelevant now have a reason to vote.
What if, because of the adaptive behavior of both the politicians and the voters, the new rules result in a popular vote giving California’s votes to the republican candidate? What if, without that change, the republican candidate would have lost? And what if the extra republican voters result in more U.S. congressional and as well as state seats going to republicans?
Democrats expect political extermination of the Republican party next November. They expect unobstructed one party rule in 2021. Nearly three years after the merely unexpectedly loss of the election for U.S. president we still see them spiral ever deeper into a psychoses.
What’s going to be the response if there is anything less than a clear win for democrats? And what if it’s a nearly unobstructed one party rule for republicans?
We live in interesting times.