As the inauguration season concludes, the Democratic Party is still doing what it does best—isolating its own members.
When white, working-class Americans turned their backs on Hillary Clinton and the machine she represents, some thought that it would be the left’s wake up call to change gears and start fresh, but post-election protests have rendered this hope false.
However, not all Democrats are satisfied with the way that the tables have turned. Recently, a National Councilman for the College Democrats of America expressed his dissatisfaction with his (now former) party.
“This strategy of …allowing for anti-white, anti-male rhetoric to find a home within the party…is a large part of its untenable strategy moving forward,” Michael J. Hout, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, junior explained in his interview with Campus Reform. In fact, Hout took it one step further. “I think becoming a Republican makes the most sense for me,” he added. “Conservatives my age tend to be far more willing to engage in conversations than liberals.”
This is a hard pill for Democrats to swallow.
On one hand, most young (and old) members of the Republican Party will agree with what he’s saying—this election exposed the faults of a holier-than-thou attitude and the dangers of targeting large swaths of the population. However, a healthy dose of skepticism is appropriate when someone jumps ship at a particularly convenient time (i.e. post-election). Is the sentiment really there?
This is not a personal attack on Mr. Hout; his choices are his own. Instead, this is a stream-of-consciousness exposé on the rising number of moderates distancing themselves from the spiraling Democratic Party. The left is isolating—that much is clear. They built their campaign image around hot-button issues like feminism and race relations, so much so that it pushed away many who identified more with socioeconomic or foreign policy initiatives. But this isn’t a zero-sum game. A departure from the Democrats does not necessarily equate to an embrace of conservative policy.
One of the biggest critiques of the left is the superior moral paradigm that often accompanies a conversation. The Republican Party should not adopt this strategy as more left-of-centers drift towards the GOP. Instead, they should converse, accept, and learn from the new recruits as the 45th POTUS attempts to bandage this country up. Concurrently, the left should pull itself together before the damage becomes irreversible. In fact, the Democratic Party spent a lot of time berating Donald Trump as an isolationist—perhaps they could use a taste of their own medicine.