How Democrats Should Handle the Culture Wars. By Ruy Teixeira, from the left. Yes, there are still sensible people on the left, but we don’t hear much from them and they’re not running the show. Here’s why.
Democrats have a host of vulnerabilities on culturally-inflected issues, ranging from crime and immigration to race, gender, and policies around schooling. That is why Republicans attack them so vigorously on these issues. Republicans frequently overdo it but that doesn’t mean the vulnerabilities aren’t real. There’s a “there” there and smart Democrats know it. …
Here are some other common-sense propositions which would do much to defuse Democratic vulnerabilities but are still avoided by Democratic politicians for fear of provoking severe blowback:
- Equality of opportunity is a fundamental American principle; equality of outcome is not.
- Racial achievement gaps are bad and we should seek to close them. However, they are not due just to racism and standards of high achievement should be maintained for people of all races.
- No one is completely without bias but calling all white people racists who benefit from white privilege and American society a white supremacist society is not right or fair.
- People who want to live as a gender different from their biological sex should have that right. However, biological sex is real and spaces limited to biological women in areas like sports and prisons should be preserved. Medical treatments like drugs and surgery are serious interventions that should not be available on demand, especially for children.
Frankly, most Democrats are terrified to utter or even imply that they agree with these common-sense propositions. That leaves them unable to draw any lines whatsoever against the extremists in their own ranks and thus maximally vulnerable to GOP attacks in these areas, which relentlessly tie Democrats as a whole to these extremists.
It’s odd because you’d think Democrats would be eager to take advantage of the defuse approach, given its obvious potential for electoral payoff. But that payoff would primarily be among working-class voters and the Democrats’ college-educated left wing just isn’t very interested in making the kind of compromises that would appeal to these voters.
The left is hostage to an insular class of university-educated activists who rule by ruthless name-calling, ostracism, and cancellation. Increasingly they cannot build majority support for their nonsense, so they resort to systematically misinforming the public via their media and tech domination, cheating at the ballot box, and — the latest — now they are flirting with throwing their worst opponent in jail.