Originally posted October 28, 2022.
How to Live Your Life
This upcoming season, voters will have to decide if they have had enough of crime and inflation. They don’t like what they see happening in schools. The issues are personal, intimate, how one lives one’s life, writes Peggy Noonan in the WSJ.
You don’t want to be the parents who can’t buy the kids what they need and the other kids make fun of them. You don’t want the emotional mood of your house dictated by your fear that you can’t make rent. You don’t want to be hit on the head on the way to the store—what would you do if you were carjacked, what’s the right way to act?—and you don’t want to be constantly doubting your kids are safe. And the schools are swept by weirdness of all kinds. Just teach them math and history so they can go on and get a good job and not always be afraid of the rent.
Doubletalk Won’t Work
Now mix in illegal immigration, and you get one heck of a stew. Democrats don’t have a plan, which makes voters nervous that stuff cannot be turned around by the party in charge.
Their party (Democratic) is committed to ideologies that are causing or contributing to these problems, and they’re afraid to break free of those commitments because the leftward edges of their base won’t vote for them if they do. So they’re stuck talking doubletalk.
How to Stay Safe
- Don’t walk on the empty street at night.
- Don’t wear the gold Rolex when dining at an outside restaurant, the scooter gangs will get you.
It’s harder to predict what an insane person will do, which is why everyone feels at their mercy.
No Confidence in Authority
People have no confidence—none—that “the authorities” will do anything to make the situation better. The district attorneys’ offices are in the grip of a legal ideology that views inequity and racism as the primary and essential problem, and once we solve them we can then focus on street crime.
This ideology owns Twitter, the Slack channels of major media companies and the departments of all major universities and their law schools. So it is formidable. It has been winning since the 2010s. But in sheer numbers its advocates punch way above their weight. What anticrime voters need to realize is they have mass. They are the overwhelming majority—in both parties. They can fight back.
“This Election Day I think they will, offers Ms. Noonan.
Will Republicans’ plans work? Maybe yes, maybe no, argues Ms. Noonan. but “at least they’re talking about what concerns voters. At least there’s a possibility they’ll come through.”
Ms. Noonan discusses Lee Zeldin (R), who is running against NYC’s Kathy Hochul (D). Zeldin promised he’d declare a crime emergency from day one, as we did with Covid, He’d also remove progressive district attorneys. There was something “endearing” about him, growly and grim.
Voters Want Normal
(Zeldin) has this in common with a lot of the male post-Trump-presidency generation of GOP politicians: There is a sense of unease in them, something at once aggressive and furtive. They glower and simmer …
Here an angry conservative will say, “Our country’s a dumpster fire and you want charm? You want winsome?”
America’s politicians have become our menace.
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