New Category: “This Helps Explain Why Trump Is President”…And The DNC Chair Candidates Forum Earns It First

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Obviously the Ethics Alarms “This will help elect Donald Trump”  category is outdated now. The ongoing inquiry of why he was elected is not. When I launched the old category late in the campaign, I never thought any of the stories so categorized, alone or in concert, actually would elect Trump; I just was trying to flag how the unsavory Clinton campaign and the divisive and inept Obama administration were giving the chaotic Republicans more of a chance than they deserved. Still, the cumulative effect of the entries in the category persuaded me that my earlier resolve to swallow a lot of Dramamine and vote for Hillary Clinton was professionally untenable, though not as untenable as voting for our new President.

It became clear to me that Republican voters last November were voting against something, just as Democratic voters in 2008 had voted for something, and in both instances, the man their votes brought to power was a beneficiary of a significant emotional release in American society, sparked by events and the conduct of elected officials.  Ethics Alarms could not have been more definite in its verdict, stated often, that voting for Donald Trump was an irresponsible and unethical act. As a believer in democracy, American character and ideals, I have to somehow reconcile that conclusion with the shocking results. The Democratic Party’s conclusion that racism, sexism and stupidity explains it all is not valid, and is in fact a big part of why Trump was elected. Also among the major factors, we have learned, are the deeply entrenched undemocratic attitudes that have led so many on the Left to behave disgracefully since the election, and the attitudes in the news media that have led journalists to increasingly abandon whatever shreds of professionalism they had remaining.

Learning and understanding what so many Americans voted against is an unfinished and ongoing inquiry. The new category, launched today, should assist the learning process.

The first episode to earn the new marker is yesterday’s forum for candidates to lead the Democratic National Committee, featuring a group including  Boynton Brown, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), former secretary of labor Tom Perez, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley, South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison, Democratic strategist Jehmu Greene and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.  It lasted about an hour and 45 minutes, and covered many topics.

This was a perfect event for a reporter to choose which aspect of the discussion to feature, conveying to the public a distortion of reality like that experienced by the proverbial six blind men and the elephant. Politico, a prominent Democratic Party-supporting political news source, scrubbed its report of any substance that might harm the cause: it told us merely that the candidates “agreed to agree.”

The Washington Post, reporting on the session held in its backyard at George Washington University and presumably reliable, described a session that focused on “diversity and racial justice,” and concluded with Rep. Keith Ellison’s call for action that will show that “the Democratic Party is on the side of inclusion and empowerment.” Another source, Grabien News (this site rates it one of the least biased news sources; I would call it a conservative-biased  news site), reveals a bit more:

Early into the event the candidates gravitated toward a particular scapegoat for the party’s poor showing in November: Political consultancies owned by white people.

“We have to stop, particularly with the consultants,” said the chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party, Jaime Harrison. “You cannot come to the DNC and get a contract and the only minority face you have is the person answering the phone.”  Minority consultants “need to get the same resources that the white consultants have gotten,” said a Fox News analyst and candidate for the chairmanship, Jehmu Greene. “The DNC did a piss poor, pathetic job” attracting minorities, she said.

Democrats must provide “training” that focuses in part on teaching Americans “how to be sensitive and how to shut their mouths if they are white,” urged the executive director of Idaho’s Democratic Party, Sally Boynton Brown, who is white. 

The event’s moderator, MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid, asked the candidates how the party should handle the Black Lives Now movement.  The candidates uniformly emphasized that the party must embrace the activists unreservedly. 

“It makes me sad that we’re even having that conversation and that tells me that white leaders in our party have failed,” Brown said. “I’m a white woman, I don’t get it. … My job is to listen and be a voice and shut other white people down when they want to interrupt.”

…Another candidate said black Americans are now living with “justified fear” of being killed after Donald Trump was elected president…

. “It’s not just certain parts of the country,” [ Raymond Buckley, the chairman for the New Hampshire Democratic Party] said. “That fear is all across the country. It’s even in rural new Hampshire. So when people say black lives matter, you are damn right they matter.” 

Asked whether they would agree to work with President Trump, the candidates agreed they would never do so, which drew some applause from the otherwise quiet crowd at George Washington University.

This angle isn’t fair to the forum either, with its headline, “DNC Chair Candidates Bash White People in Racially-Charged Forum.” Although the event was hosted by MSNBC’s Joy Reid, a serial race-baiter, the undertone of white-bashing only surfaced intermittently, and far from dominated.

Nonetheless, I view the comments emphasized by the Grabien story as res ipsa loquitur.  That they occurred at all, and didn’t provoke a negative reaction when they were uttered, reveals a political party poisoned, perhaps fatally, by extremism, racial hate, and bias. (In contrast, I watched enough of the 2013 Republican forums that ended up electing Reince Priebus as RNC chair to conclude that the GOP was fatally stupid).  Such racially divisive comments shouldn’t even occur to potential leadership in a national party. If they are made, the reaction ought to be condemnation, not silent assent or applause.

I hate playing this game, but such quotes demand it: what would happen to a party official who said that members had  to learn“how to be sensitive and how to shut their mouths if they are black,” or that white consultants rather than minority consultants needed to be hired, or that whites were in “justified fear” of their lives because a black President was in office? Yes, yes, I know: it is naive to pretend that the circumstances of the races are interchangeable. It doesn’t matter. Such statements reek of bias and racism, no matter what the races are, what the context is, or who the speaker is.

All the potential leaders pledging unqualified support for Black Lives Matter is alienating as well.

Yup. “This Helps Explain Why Trump Is President.” So does the fact that the mainstream news media can’t be trusted to report these entrenched attitudes in the Democratic Party leadership, and instead act as de facto partisan PR operations, framing such a forum in the most benign manner possible.

You can watch the whole forum, and see the whole elephant, here.

 

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16 responses to “New Category: “This Helps Explain Why Trump Is President”…And The DNC Chair Candidates Forum Earns It First

  1. Mike

    It’s not to soon to have a “This will help re-elect Donald Trump” tag.

  2. I think the leadership of the Democratic Party has proven beyond any doubt that they have absolutely no intent of learning anything from the November election results and make efforts to separate themselves from their morally bankrupt tactics of division. The Democratic Party leadership is foolish, they are going to replace the old leadership with in the same kind of leadership that got them into this mess, same Liberal hive mindedness with a different face. They cannot look within to find the cause of their problems; they collectively have a Responsibility Deficit Disorder; they will continue down their path of psychological projection and blame others for their own shortcomings. It’s the same shit different day from Democratic Party leadership. Until the citizens voters of the Democratic Party change who they put in office, nothing will change for them.

    Politicians associated with both ideological extremes need to fully understand that we reap what we sow; this principle is true in physics, philosophy and business; it is a law of nature. Trump is the direct result of continuous Democratic Party overreach, continuous Democratic Party divisional tactics, and extreme partisan politics shown by everyone in DC. Politicians need to be the responsible adults in the room for a change and there is no better place to start than to confront the bias of the media while confront their own extreme bias. The next four years are going to be politically challenging, to say the least, if the politicians and the media don’t get their collective heads our of their ass.

    The voters in the United States of America told the everyone in November that they are sick and tired of being sick and tired of the status quo and they latched onto a political outsider narcissist to “drain the swamp” (personally I think that was the single campaign slogan that likely put Trump over the top). Sick and tired of being sick and tired covers my feelings about how DC is working but it doesn’t quite cover my level of disdain for what’s happening to our country as a whole regarding the society wide ethical flush that has overtaken a majority of out population.

  3. Steve-O-in-NJ

    In the 1960s and 70s we used to talk about the coming race war. In the 1980s and 1990s we said that was a reaction to tough times and times were better now. In 2009 we said we’d moved past race. In 2015 Mike Brown was killed while assaulting a police officer, the press found that made good copy and great ratings, and the slogans, riots, and ultimately murders came. Those who profited from these found it was also profitable to trade on the claim of “privilege” to silence, neuter, and intimidate anyone who dares oppose it. I’m a white guy (actually half Italian, and I tan if I leave my reading lamp on) so therefore I am privileged. Because I am privileged I must therefore remain silent, give up my seat at the table, and kiss the rings of my darker and female betters to atone for the sins of those like me. Maybe I will be accorded “ally” status with limited perks later, IF I’m a good boy, and duly wear the pink hat, walk a mile in red high heels, and pay reparations.

    Screw that. I know what I think and I’m damned well going to stand up and say it. Maybe I’m wrong, maybe I’m right, maybe I’m some of both, but I’m not automatically wrong or more wrong just because of my ancestry. Obama and all his race-baiting, divider-in-chief nonsense are a thing of the past, and there is no value for me in kissing up to those who still advocate that nonsense in the hopes of second class status as opposed to pariah status.

    Keith Ellison’s a Muslim, right? Someone needs to ask him to explain the concept of dhimmitude. If he claims ignorance, it’s the concept of second-class citizenship for conquered non-Muslims, in which those who refuse to embrace the dominant doctrine lose certain rights and status, like the ability to testify in court, the right to defend themselves, the right to fully practice their own doctrine, etc. They also often must make obeisance to the dominant whenever they encounter them, and may not dress like them. They are also required to pay a tax the dominant are not required to, and undergo ritual humiliation when they pay it. Sound familiar?

    This isn’t what America, or its major political parties, is supposed to look like, yet here we are.

    • E2 (nee Elizabeth I)

      Dhimmitude! A new term for me, but just perfect for the leadership of the Democratic Party, and, more so, for all the cranky/desperate/mindless liberals who just can’t or won’t move forward. Dhimmitude is what they want — substitute conservative for non-Muslim — and there’s no question about it. More frightening, I don’t think they would care one whit if this characterization of their behavior was explained to them. These people are so angry about their loss (Hillary and their entire liberal school of thought) that they will go to any lengths to undercut the man who took advantage of their weakness, and frankly, showed them up. It’s not vision. It’s not ideology. It’s ego. It’s power. It’s anger. And it’s fear. And that’s all.

  4. Other Bill

    A big tent party wants to be the exclusive domain of thirteen percent of the U.S. population? Can they count?

  5. It would be nice if the Left would pump the brakes on its collective temper tantrum and melt down for what, maybe just a day or two, so you could focus on other ethics topics as well as give Trump a chance to generate unethical topics to focus on…

    Can we have even just a few minutes respite?

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