Last August, I commented on a New York Times article that opined that Trump’s chance to win re-election was slim, simply due to demographic changes that are leading to a larger and larger nonwhite electorate that has little connection to anything that the GOP has traditionally stood for. Of course, demography isn’t the only factor in an election, but it’s a pretty big one, and for political scientists has been a reliable guide, at least for those who’ve dared pick up the 10 foot pole to poke at it.
But it’s not the only thing obviously, and 2020 has already revealed it to be such a dumpster fire that who knows what could happen? Look how quickly the Coronavirus was forgotten to move on to the next hysteria, race.
The current, post George Floyd hysterical moment, like the post Dylann Roof era, which lead to the banning of The Dukes of Hazzard from the airwaves, has taken on a crazed life of its own, as multiple numbers of business people and celebrities found themselves cancelled, for issues having nothing to do with George Floyd. However let’s face it, Fawlty Towers was asking for it.
Simply, wokeism, is insanity. Or more specifically, it’s like a cross between a mental illness and a religion. The constant struggle sessions over being “more woke than thou” leading to upping the woke ante more and more is what accounts for George Floyd’s death leading to actor Hartley Sawyer’s firing from The Flash; it’s just a big ball of hysteria rolling downhill picking up more and more victims in it’s wake.
So now, George Floyd has led to “CHAZ” an Antifa secession of a few blocks of Seattle, whose leader may find that he’s been canceled over homophobic tweets…
It’s ridiculous, and getting more so. I wrote about the Defund the Police movement last week, and despite several days of various liberal articles trying to smooth it over by saying, no, defunding the police really means police reform, no; the activists are still insisting that defund the police means….defund the police.
And that has what to do with the election?
Most people liberal or not, are just not cool with that. A recent ABC poll showed that 64% oppose defunding the police. The idea that this is a winner with suburban moms, the group that Democrats thought they had grabbed back in 2018, is absurd. To be fair, Biden has demurred on the “defund the police” idea for now, but how long can the handlers who operate the Biden puppet resist the pull of the activists?
But forget suburban moms for a moment. Deep in the heart of woke country even some of our tech elites are getting sick of it. LinkedIn recently had a Townhall on race which normally would have gone the way these things normally go when held in the open; Black Lives Matter, fight racism, ect…and so on. But this time there was an option for anonymous comments. As The Daily Beast reports:
“We’ll spend most of our time together in open discussion, so please consider bringing questions or experiences you’d like to share,” read the invitation email to staff.
LinkedIn employees followed those instructions precisely. The results were a disaster.
Throughout the meeting, which was conducted by videochat and featured a sidebar where employees could leave comments, several anonymous staffers shared opinions echoing the detractors and skeptics of the Black Lives Matter movement. Several of these commenters criticized LinkedIn’s position on diversity hiring, equating such practices with racism against white people.
“As a non-minority, all this talk makes me feel like I am supposed to feel guilty of my skin color. I feel like I should let someone less qualified fill my position. Is that ok? It appears that I am a prisoner of my birth,” one commenter wrote. “This is not what Martin Luther King Jr. would have wanted for anyone.”
“I believe giving any racial group privilege over others in a zero sum game would not get any support by others. Any thoughts on hurting others while giving privileges with the rosy name called diversity?” read another employee comment.
“George’s killers need to be tried according to law. But how can hiring more minorities into manager roles and C-suite positions address cop racism? I thought hiring at LinkedIn is based on merit alone.”
That’s not what we usually hear from Silicon Valley, but on the other hand, we don’t usually get to hear anonymous comments either.
I’ve wondered for years when we would finally hit Peak Woke, the point when wokism is so ridiculous it collapses in on itself and is devoured by common sense forces. It hasn’t happened yet, but there hasn’t been a real pushback to it either. But if even Silicon Valley is starting to show dissent…
I’m not predicting a public push back to this. The risk is too great. People can lose their jobs or even face death threats. But once in the voting booth, it may be a different story. It’s possible that the political re-alignment the country has been going through that began with Trump could veer off in unexpected ways. We’ve mostly been looking at the 2020 election as elite vs deplorable, managerial class vs blue collar workers, nationalists vs globalists, even the comments page vs the editorial board. But this year it could spin around to normal people vs the Woke.
This of course could benefit Trump, but he has some issues of his own. He’s not exactly been the avatar of normalcy as President. If Trump, simply by manner, could look and act normal for a few months, while those on the Democratic side slide further and further off to crazy land, he could persuade a lot of normally Democratic voters who aren’t crazy to side, however unwillingly, with Trump. That’s a big ask, but on the other hand, I’m sure Trump wants to win.
And when Trump is asked what he thinks about Black Lives Matter, he better have an answer.