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A Dramatic New Political Realignment Is Surfacing

Rod Thomson

There is a dramatic political realignment happening and it is not clear that the media or many Democrats or establishment Republicans see it. 

This really has nothing to do with the impeachment fiasco undertaken by Democrat leadership or the immoral and illegal Russia collusion hoax. This is far bigger than that, bigger than Trump the man. Both parties are changing rapidly and it reflects the changes in America coming to a head.

The Democratic Party is clearly miles further left than it was during the Clinton Administration when Bill Clinton and Al Gore actively tried to pull it back toward the center, even then, almost 30 years ago. But too much of the party base now is willing to drag it to the radical left, as we witness with former Communist and current Socialist Bernie Sanders surging into the lead for the nomination after finishing a close second four years ago. This is the man who wants to nationalize healthcare and now nationalize the nation’s electric companies. Full-on Socialist.

But for this to happen, the Democratic Party is undergoing deep changes. It has become much more of a high-education, wealthy, and very bottom economic rung party, moving away from the  middle class, working blue collar voters that used to dominate the party. It is being driven by an entitlement mentality as evidenced by the endless freebies that Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and others at the economic top promise to those nearer the economic bottom. It is also a more collectivist party, which also fits with Bernie. 

This is a continuing leftward lurch from the Obama community organizer model which was also collectivist, but not as overtly.

Finally, the Democratic Party is home to the political correctness that says a biological man is an actual woman if he feels like his is, despite science. It is the PC that allows anything to be said of “whites,” but inserting blacks or Hispanics or any other group would be grounds for dismissal, while the modern feminist critique that everything wrong with the world is the fault of men, and specifically white men, reigns unchallenged. This prima facia nonsensical thinking is really only acceptable to those who either have spent many years in universities or are located in the cordoned bastions of Hollywood and the media establishment. And it’s true, those are the bases of the Democratic Party, which is part of the realignment going on.

This paints a picture of a very different Democratic Party. Still a leftist party, but not actually populist as much as elitist in thinking, at least in its appeal to core constituencies. For example, free college and elimination of college debt is obviously aimed at college students, who often think in the elitist terms, but are frequently at the low end of the economic ladder during the college age and right after.

On the Republican side, the realignment is also striking, and it flows in part from what is happening in the Democratic Party and in part from the Republican Party ignoring important issues for too long, i.e. nearly open immigration and unfair trade agreements. The big picture with Donald Trump is not that he is vulgar or mean to people or has a history of cheating on his wives. It’s not that he tweets things or is careless with accuracy, or even that he sometimes flat out lies. (Stormy Daniels is the most obvious example of much of this.)

What’s missed here is that it actually is not about Trump. It’s about what he stands for. He is an avatar for the changes that traditional Americans have been agitating for over the past 20 years, changes that required a pugilist to go against the permanent state/media monolith. People love him not because of who he is but what he does. He fights for average Americans and refuses to cave in to the Washington mire.

It’s about the coalition that Trump — and his message and his fighting style — is creating within the Republican Party. That message is more isolationist and leery of “free” trade than the Reagan coalition of conservatives. Nor does it seem in the least concerned with the ballooning deficit. But it does pay attention to all those Americans who felt like they had no voice in the country. With Trump, they have a voice.

And, contrary to normative thinking, the Republican Party is becoming more black and brown. This last part is the really difficult one for the isolated, left-of-center dominated commentariat to grasp. But it seems to be real. There have been numerous mainstream polls now showing that Trump’s approval rating among blacks is north of 30 percent. 

That is astonishing. Even if only a portion of those translate into votes, that upends the electoral math. But more importantly, it upends cultural thinking in this new realignment and actually could lay the groundwork for better race relations, something the Democratic Party must fight viciously against in hopes of maintaining their grip on the black vote in particular.

Lastly, Trump’s rallies continue to mystify the talking heads. They are not just dwarfing anything in modern history, but the devotion is truly awesome and represents the feelings of those who see him as their voice. But the devotion is not to Trump only, but also to what he is representing. For the New Jersey rally, people were lining up 29 hours ahead of the doors opening. Thousands camped out overnight in freezing temperatures for the rally the following night. Not even Barack Obama at his peak saw that.

That’s not just Trump appeal. They are feeling part of something bigger than themselves — people who for a long time have felt ignored, marginalized and even spit upon by the culture leaders. They want to see and support the man who is fighting for them. That is who they see and love.

The breakdown at his rallies shows the realignment sharply. The recent New Jersey data is reflective of this striking shift: 92,841 individual sign-ups requesting 158,632 tickets. That’s just an enormous depth of support in a deep blue state. Of the 73,482 voters identified, 10.4% did not vote in 2016. And here’s the bell-ringer: 26.3% were registered Democrats. More than a quarter of those requesting tickets were Democrats.

This is the picture of a political realignment happening in real time.

Rod Thomson is an author, past Salem radio host, ABC TV commentator, former journalist and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. 


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16 replies on “A Dramatic New Political Realignment Is Surfacing”

I agree completely except for one thing: i really *do* think Trump will tackle the deficit next term. It is a problem, he’s alluded to it doing it, he’s just been hampered by butthurt petulant resistance… until next term

We can hope. But no serious effort can work without going after entitlements, including adjusting the age of eligibility for Social Security and the benefits in Medicare. And he has steadfastly opposed that.

Agree 100%.
The left hollows out existing organizations and takes them over.
Did it to academia
Did it to education
Did it to deep state
Did it to big corporate via HR
Did it to green parties
Did it to medical professional organizations
Now done to DNC.

These orgaizations have brand names and / or authority and live on, spewing the leftist poison.;

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That’s the 64 dollar question and I’m not sure we can find anyone close to his value! But We can hope, and I would not support any attempt at a third term. So we’ll need to start looking for someone in about four years. I wouldn’t rule out one of his kids, including his daughter

I would rule her out. She is not on the right, including the new right. She simply is loyal and supportive of her father. Don, Jr. is possible. But I hate the family thing for presidents, whether it’s the Bushes or the Clintons or anyone else. No family royalty. Merit-based only.

Probably. Assuming he wins in November, the alignment will be pretty solid. It will take someone in line with it to win the GOP nomination. A Bush or McCain or Romney style candidate won’t be able to win. I think. But it will not be another Trump. He’s mold-breaker, not a mold-maker. But it will have to be someone who understand the can lead on the changes that have, and are, taking place.

Third terms were ruled out after FDR by the 22nd Amendment.

I don’t think the country is going to look favorably on a Trump family dynasty – even if one of the kids was up to the task. Ivanka is way too liberal to even be in the running as one to carry on DJT’s agenda, although she may develop her own following at some point.

Pence is a good soldier as VP, but he is Establishment GOP. Better by far than any Democrat, but not Trump. If Pence stays in play for 2024, Nikki Haley will likely take her shot. Again, competent but a completely different mindset from Trump.

Pompeo may have potential. A tough, smart guy who passed up a Senate run to stay with Trump.

Great article. I have already reposted most of the article, with proper credit, at the Washington Post, NYTs, The Hill, Fox, Political, and other smaller sites.

Great job.

The 2018 mid terms seem to have done a lot to consolidate the re-alignment in the GOP, at least as far as the ones that campaign for their jobs goes.

The Democrats though have been in complete denial about theirs, and its killing them.

Both parties looking like a late-soviet Gerontocracy though… It isn’t a very encouraging sign.

Having been around a LONG time the changes actually started with LIAR Franklin Roosevelt not calling himself a progressive, a term used by many to own our Republic and excepting Truman we have had only Reagan and Trump for our Republic of freedom and rights. They published their 1963 Communist Manifesto to take over our country with several steps, the last of which lost with Hillary. They were pushing communism for decades but now are blatant in pushing it and wanting everything BACK into the hands of the wealthy which started in the late 1800’s. I lived under socialism and they are pushing communism but hiding it with the idea of freebees and due to taking over our education and culturing 99% brainless people, and my spouse under Hitler from socialist to dictator, and then under Stalin for real communism have them desperate to take down our country. I want them off to the gallows and on to their leader Satan and all assets here and abroad confiscated and nothing for whatever family is left. Most news owned by Soros and muslims and other uber rich who made their fortune here and now want to stop us from thriving!

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