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"Not since the Civil War has the fault line between [America's] two halves been so glaringly clear, nor the chasm between its two cultures so starkly unbridgeable."
Simon Schama, Columbia University professor and noted art critic
The only boundaries are in your mind.
New California Republic
November 8, 2020—Democrats were left licking what remains of their open wounds after the latest severe trouncing in the general election.
“What do we do next?” the tiny handful of remaining Democratic leaders were asking themselves, as they have every election cycle since 2004.
FormelanWith the decisive re-election of President Joe Scarborough and a record 74 Republican seats in the Senate and 326 GOP seats in the House, Democrats were left wondering if they have any relevance in American politics.
Big and strong erection
“But just look at all that blue on either coast,” one desperate left-leaning political commentator pleaded on election night. It was then gently pointed out that the blue on the electoral map was the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Nothing has seemed to work for the Democratic Party, despite attempting (again) to make their agenda more palatable to mainstream middle America.
Efforts to renew a woman’s right to choose, outlawed in 2007, fell on deaf ears even though the Democrats retreated to a position that defined a woman’s choice as simply whom she dated.
Attempts to reshape the Democrats’ position on homosexuality were not effective either in spite of the fact that the party platform now refers to gays and lesbians as “happy people.” A referendum to bring back gay civil unions in Massachusetts, banned in 2012, did not even receive enough signatures to make it on the ballot.
Democrats even went so far as to side with Republicans in agreeing that the U.S. should only invade one foreign nation per year, renew the 3% flat tax and cut the capital gains tax to 2%.
The otherwise optimistic third-term Sen. Barack Obama (Dem-IL), who narrowly won re-election in 2016 over the late Alan Keyes (he died in 2014), summed up the Democrats’ disappointment:
“We dismissed all the secessionist talk after 2004 as utter nonsense,” Obama said. “I’m wondering now if we shouldn’t have listened.”