The two major parties in America are broken. Donald Trump’s election as a Republican shows the failure of the Party’s establishment to fulfill its promises to voters, and Democrats are currently undergoing a near-civil war between an ardent progressive side and the more pragmatic leadership led by Nancy Pelosi. Democrats look to be heading toward irrelevance, just as major parties in France and Austria have been shunted aside by populations no longer willing to give them their trust. In The American Conservative, Pat Buchanan writes of the current struggle in Washington:
President Donald Trump’s playground taunt Sunday that “the Squad” of four new radical liberal House Democrats, all women of color, should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came,” dominated Monday morning’s headlines.
Yet those headlines smothered the deeper story.
The Democrats are today using language to describe their own leaders that is similar to the language of the 1960s radicals who denounced Democratic segregationist governors like Ross Barnett and George Wallace.
Does Pelosi think that demeaning white America is going to rally white or minority Americans to Democratic banners?
Trump is driving a wedge right through the Democratic Party, between its moderate and militant wings. With his attacks over the last 48 hours, Trump has signaled whom he prefers as his opponent in 2020. It is not Biden.
Sunday, Pelosi recited again her mantra, “Diversity is our strength; unity is our power.” It sounded less like a proclamation than a plea.
We see the diversity. Where is the unity?
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