Michael J Hout contributing for The Hill:
Now I am considering becoming a Republican.
My concerns that led me to this point are many, but they can essentially be divided into three larger qualms.
First is the increasing reliance of the party on identity politics, and the circumvention of earnest debate that results from this strategy. Not only is this brand of politics untenable — and unattractive to an overwhelming number of Americans — it stifles debate in that it simplifies and seeks to accuse in a way that is alienating as well as condescending and undeniably exclusive.
Not since the days of McCarthyism has the demand to conform been greater — and that should concern all Americans.
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I would occasionally vote for a conservative Democrat years ago. But the totally radical identity grievance politics has driven any old style conservative Democrats out of the party. Now, I will never support any democrat at any level. Glad Flopping Aces now realizes how destructive the Democrat party is now.
the demacrats wants bigger goverment and more regulations and fewer freedoms and we are already dumping eight years of a liberal demacrat and outlaw dictator
From Michael J Hout’s article in The Hill:
Hout’s link above is to an article William F Buckley Jr wrote in 1955. Hout evidently neglected to read the article about Donald J Trump that Buckley wrote 45 years later, in March 2000: On Donald Trump and Demagoguery
Buckley certainly saw Trump coming. His 2000 article was a warning; he was dead on target with it. Trump’s entire 2016 campaign was an exercise in the politics of divisiveness, operating on the most blatantly transparent level imaginable. You’d have to be blind not to see how he was pandering to the prejudices and biases of his rally crowds at every opportunity. Hout’s babble about the Democratic Party’s “divisive ideology” suggests he must have recently chugged an entire pitcher full of the Red Hat Brigade’s Kool-Aid. Unifying divergent groups around efforts to encourage and assure equitable treatment for all is not the politics of divisiveness.
@Greg: Trump’s campaign was about solving problems, many created and/or made worse by the Obama administration. Democrats have continued the divisiveness of the Obama administration in order to try and prolong these problems, as many of them serve the liberal agenda.
For instance, when Trump says the border must be secure because among the illegal immigrants are criminals, drug runners and rapists, facts borne out by FBI data, you liberals turn that into, “Mexicans are rapists”. THEN Trump is “spreading hate and racism”. How is that helpful, Greg? How is that productive?
When will you see that to identify Trump as a villain, YOU have to fabricate the villainy first?
The Democrats are proving how superflourous they are.
Sorry, but his labeling the Tea Party as extremists proves he still doesn’t have a clue.
Watching individual Dems getting “mugged by reality,” has been edifying.
That party has turned its back on white males.
Michael J Hout is a young, white male.
He didn’t leave the Dem Party; it left him.
He is merely considering joining the GOP.
Now that his scales have fallen off his eyes, let him observe who wants to get things done VS who wants to obstruct.
Mr. Hout is not the 1st Dem white male I’m watching go through this right now.
@Greg: Looks like you are not only ignorant, but blind. Why do you not list the divisiveness instead of pretending it exists? If I recall, it was the left who were trying to brand Trump and it didn’t stick. You liberals lost because you had a criminal for a candidate who waged a campaign with no substance.
So, I take it you didn’t like the article about Donald Trump written by William F. Buckley, Jr in March 2000?
Buckley, on Donald Trump:
The problem with Mr. Buckley’s article, of course, is that his mode of discourse flew high over the heads of the people who most needed to hear his warning. Had it flown a bit lower, it might have blown a few of the “Make America Great Again” hats off. It wouldn’t have taken many to have avoided the trouble that’s coming.
You’ve elected a textbook example of a demagogue, not a statesman.
The democrat party is irrelevant and no longer a national party. Their down ballot losses over the past 8 years have left them impotent. Having lost all branches of government in a resounding electoral loss, it is unlikely they will regain majorities for at least 2 generations.
The democrat party of today is anti American and extremely radical. The democrat party has nothing to offer the people of America. It would be in their interest to shut up and sit down while the adults return America to prominence.
Maxine Waters and Pelosi are mental cases.
Why would anyone of sound mind not leave?
President Trump wasn’t “pandering to the prejudices and biases of his rally crowds”.
He spoke openly abut the problems that America faces today: