Commenting on the surprisingly unsurprising outcome of the USA's mid term elections in Unherd, Prof Joel Kotin writes:
"what has to be considered a lost Republican opportunity — gaining little in a country where lifespans are now dropping — also means that the Democrats will be slower to address their weaknesses, and may be forced to accept the unpopular Joe Biden as their leader in 2024.
"With no sign of a Republican resurgence, the Democrats will likely be
lulled into thinking that Biden’s polarising agenda is a vote-winner,
in the same way the conspiracy-minded MAGA wing of the GOP refuses to
move on from 2020. Until it’s resoundingly disproved in the ballot box,
stridency tends to whip up your base: Trump’s supporters have become, as
the President suggested, “semi-fascist”, while his political mentor,
South Carolina’s James Clyburn, goes further, decrying the GOP as the
architects of a Nazi state."
That’s rich coming from two of the architects of a neo – Stalinist state.
Both Britain and America have the same problem in politics, the paries of the traditional duopoly have been bought and corrupted by corporate money. We need to find some new parties to vote for, ones that understand the concept of public service as opposed to serving the interests of the biggest donors.
Part of the explanation for the unexpectedly good showing of Democrats and the Republicans' underperformance against predictions (which were foolishly hyperbolic given recent experience,) of a 'Red Wave' submerging the Democrats the was suggested by ‘TheLast Refuge” on twitter:
“Since the advent of ballot centric focus through mail-in and collection drop-off processes, votes have become increasingly less valuable amid the organizers who wish to control election outcomes.
As a direct and specific result, ballot distribution, assembly, collection and return has become the key to Democrat party success. The effort to attain votes for candidates is less important than the strategy of collecting ballots.
It should be emphasized; these are two distinctly different election
systems. Ballots -vs- Votes. The system of ballot distribution and
collection is far more susceptible to control than the traditional, now
arcane, system of votes physically cast at precincts.
A *vote*cannot be cast by a person who is no longer alive, or no
longer lives in the area. However, a *ballot* can be printed,
distributed, completed and returned regardless of the status of the
initially attributed and/or registered individual.”
Unless there is voting reform in the US (and UK,) elections, Democratic nominees will continue to be elected and will control the Government. I suspect that this is what happened when Biden beat Trump. Former was nowhere to be seen during the campaign yet managed to garner 10m more votes than Obama. People who try to initiate discussion of voting irregularities in the US 2020 Presidential Election are instantly dismissed as 'conspiracy theorists,' but though the numbers speak for themselves in telling a story of a broken electoral system. Not only did a demented old goofball with a long track record of unsavoury behaviour around pubescent girls win a record number of votes, his rival also gained more votes that any presidential candidate in any previous election. And yet neither of these candidates was particularly popular even among their own party's voters.
All sorts of tales of suspicious voting patterns among voters using the mail in voting systems, of drop boxes being stuffed with ballots for one candidate and none for the other, and of blank ballot harvesting by representatives of religious and ethnic groups. All these stories were echoes of allegations made after the UK's 2019 election.
The case is that progressives (self righteous authoritarians,) have run the The USA's Democrat and Republican and UK's Conservative and Labour parties since around 1970ish. They have had temporary setbacks, particularly those inflicted by Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan but an overall trend of election results that do not relect the punlic mood but lead in the opposite direction has emeriged. This can be best observed in policies like imigraation, climate change and minority rights.
Bill Clinton was far more progressive than is usually thought and George W Bush was a neoliberal globalist. It was during Clinton's presidency that progressives took control of the national police and
surveillance agencies and that surveillance regime has grown under every subsequent president. Conservative Prime Minister Ted Heath (1970 - 74) was a liberal, something he had in common with the majority of gay men, John Major and Tony Blair were globalists
Since 2000, the Republicans won the popular vote in a presidential election only once: George W. Bush in 2004, when he painted opponents to his invasion of Iraq as traitors and his party managed to get gay marriage on the ballot in several key states (Gay marriage was very unpopular then and stimulated opponents to turn out.)
In the meantime demographics have moved towards progressives too, as the immigration policies adopted by Kennedy in the USA and Wilson in UK bore fruit. Some media outlets have even debated abandoning pursuit of the working class in favor of the emerging diverse majority.
Progressives, or Cultural Marxists, to give them the more truthful label invented by The Frankfurt School of social philosophy in the 1920s or 30s, believe that western civilisation must be destroyed in order that a new, Statist model, a technocracy or managed society can replace it. Both George Orwell in his novel '1984' and Aldous Huxley in 'brave New World' predicted this and both, politically, were social democrats. Progressives are not democratic in any sense, their model society is based on governance by an unelected elite of financiers, scientists and academics and media moguls. Free Speech is banned, propaganda replaces news and information is strictly controlled by the state. Dissent is a crime.
Progressives will never lack money. Much of it is tax money sifted through public employee unions, NGO’s, or direct expenditures. These sources are inexhaustible, available on demand. It is judiciously supplemented by Wall St. wheeler/dealers, Hollywood moguls, and tech IPO billionaires.
Neither are progressives distracted by transient issues like climate, abortion, or gender identity all of which are bent to fit 'The Agenda.'. If this were 1950, Jeremy Corbyn or Bernie Sanders would be a Stalinist. The only reason they talks about pensions, health care, equal rights is because Stalin has not yet been rehabilitated.