The Democratic party's long-term strategy from the 1930s was to ally with working class people. However, as working class people moved up into the middle class and beyond, their loyalty to the Democratic party waned. A classic example of this is Irish, German and Italian Catholics. One faction the Democrats have held on to since that time is black Americans. Prior to the welfare system and after the Civil War, blacks voted almost uniformly for the Republican party. This is because the Republicans ended slavery and pushed for Civil Rights for in excess of 100 years. The Democrats fought to maintain slavery, and after losing that fight they implemented Jim Crow. The Democrats even re-introduced segregation into the Federal government in the 1920s under Woodrow Wilson.
Yet, the Democrats were able to peel off black voters and make them uniformly a Democratic Party voting bloc. This started with Franklin Roosevelt and Social Security. Older blacks were uniformly broke at the time. Social security checks were more steady income than most of them had seen in their lives, and it began a dramatic shift in black voting from the Republican party to the Democrats. In spite of the Republicans finally passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Democrats increased their hold on black voters with the Great Society--even though the nascent breakup of black families could already be traced to the welfare system.
Since the Reagan years, conservatives have picked up on liberal stalwart Daniel Patrick Moynihan's report on the effect of welfare on the black family. However, it has rarely done much to peel off many black voters from the Democratic party.
Trump and West
Donald Trump has had a long career in the private sector, and in his endeavors has established many friendships, including with many blacks such as Martin Luther King III, Don King, Mike Tyson, and ... Kanye West. One of the key failures in the effort to stop Trump's rise was the goal of trying to portray him as a racist. Since most politicians depend on external financing for survival, Republican outreach efforts to traditionally Democrat constituencies are usually short-lived and bearing little fruit. Trump, however, did not depend upon external financing and had pre-existing relationships with many black Americans. So in spite of vitriolic attempts to paint Trump as racist, his well-known long-term relationships made the attacks ring untrue to enough voters that he was able to succeed politically where other politicians had failed.
Trump's push to address minority unemployment, among other things, has increased his approval among black voters--something that must be truly frightening for the Democrats. Why? The Democratic party has depends upon nearly 90% of black voters casting ballots for the Democrats. If that changes, even by 10-15%, their future viability as a party is in question.
Enter the latest media spectacle: Kanye West met with Trump at the White House with media present. Kanye went on one of his patented stream-of-consciousness rambles about politics--totally unscripted. He said some things that has the Democratic party in a panic. The media has jumped in and, in typical fashion, avoided discussing the substance of West's remarks and instead decided to attack his character.
Democrats and the liberal media are afraid of Kanye West. What else explains their behavior?
CNN’s coverage was particularly hysterical, alarming and insulting. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) went so far as to question West’s sanity for meeting with the president. “I felt like I was sitting in on a psychiatrist visit and a commercial for Donald Trump,” she said. Eager to pile on, CNN host Don Lemon ranted against West on Thursday, saying he put on a “minstrel show” for the president, in essence questioning the legitimacy of West’s blackness. Even before West’s Oval Office meeting, CNN commentator Tara Setmayer said, “He’s the token Negro of the Trump administration.” Another CNN commentator, Bakari Sellers, in an apparently botched and distasteful reference to a decades-old Chris Rock bit, said, “Kanye West is what happens when Negros don’t read.” It is startling that they would choose to use such insulting words and innuendo that I thought had been purged from decent company. But perhaps decent company doesn’t include Democrats or a lot of broadcast journalism anymore. Here we are.
I'm pretty sure Trump is timing all of this to the elections. The conspiracy between the Democrats and media is such that they operate on a script or narrative in reaction to events. Sometimes this has led to embarrassing media conclusions, like talking about global warming when Tsunamis occur, etc. However, the Democrats do not have a political message in this election season, so the politics of personal destruction is all they have. This means that Trump may have set them up to get the Democrats to attack blacks.
Ed Rogers wrote:CNN’s coverage was particularly hysterical, alarming and insulting. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) went so far as to question West’s sanity for meeting with the president. “I felt like I was sitting in on a psychiatrist visit and a commercial for Donald Trump,” she said. Eager to pile on, CNN host Don Lemon ranted against West on Thursday, saying he put on a “minstrel show” for the president, in essence questioning the legitimacy of West’s blackness. Even before West’s Oval Office meeting, CNN commentator Tara Setmayer said, “He’s the token Negro of the Trump administration.” Another CNN commentator, Bakari Sellers, in an apparently botched and distasteful reference to a decades-old Chris Rock bit, said, “Kanye West is what happens when Negros don’t read.” It is startling that they would choose to use such insulting words and innuendo that I thought had been purged from decent company. But perhaps decent company doesn’t include Democrats or a lot of broadcast journalism anymore. Here we are.
Exactly. If any Republican were ever to utter such words, they would be decried as racist in the most vociferous and vituperative manner. Rogers also noted why Trump was able to pull this off.
Ed Rogers wrote:As wild as it may seem, the fact that Trump has developed a cult of celebrity allows him to try things other Republican presidents never could. With West in tow, Trump could walk into the most impoverished neighborhoods in the country and ask a simple question that would push many Democrats and members of the traditional African American leadership out of their comfort zone. I can see Trump arriving in the most blighted parts of Baltimore or Chicago and saying to the young people there: “Who do you think wants you to have a shot at getting rich, me or Bernie Sanders? Me or Elizabeth Warren? Me or Nancy Pelosi?” The honest answer would be obvious: Trump.
If the black vote in the US fractures and the Democrats lose support, it will be as politically significant in the United States as the fall of the Berlin Wall was in Europe.
Kanye West’s White House Monologue Flirted with the Language of the Men’s-Rights Movement
West’s ten-minute monologue darted chaotically from allusions to Sigmund Freud and Nikola Tesla to claims that he had been misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder. But one theme he kept returning to, during the tirade and in response to journalists’ questions, was that of the disempowered black man, revived and ready to vanquish the enervating effects of women’s influence. He talked about not having “a lot of male energy” in his childhood home or in his adult one, and feeling that Hillary Clinton’s “I’m With Her” campaign alienated him “as a guy who didn’t get to see my dad all the time.” West said, positively gleaming, that he loved the maga hat because it made him feel like Superman. “You made a Superman cape for me,” he said to Trump, who sat across from him, looking stunned yet satisfied.
Trump supporters tend to be devout. This has to be scarring the shit out of the Democratic party.
Democrats' 'Kanye Derangement Syndrome' Explodes
It's not at all accidental that the unhinged behavior of these progressives, confronting Republicans in restaurants and so forth, is growing at the same time as Kanye is getting huge publicity for his apostasy. These white progressives and their black semblables like Maxine and the Rev Al are the most old-fashioned, conformist people around. Avant-garde in 1967, they are now fogeys visiting their cliché-ridden, passé nonsense on new generations.
This makes the thoroughly modern Kanye especially threatening. Wasn't being cool supposed to mean being a Democrat? Sorry, these things change. They always have. "There's nothing so old as the avant-garde" is a cliché for a reason.
To win, Trump first had to pin-prick the Republican establishment's balloon; then, Hillary Clinton's. Now he's doing it to the Democratic party establishment.
Why Kanye West’s Political Stand Matters More Than Taylor Swift’s
Don Lemon Slams Kanye’s Oval Office ‘Minstrel Show,’ Says Rapper’s Mom ‘Rolling Over in Her Grave’
Of course, the "white people" in that room that Don Lemon lamented were mostly left wing media.
It's an interesting event. Since this is programmatic, the right can illustrate what will happen before it happens. So now they are doing this stuff to illustrate who the left really is.
The Mob Attacks Kanye West
Rush Limbaugh wrote:I just want you to listen to how they’re describing Kanye West. You know, on the one hand they go out and embrace Taylor Swift even though she’s “white privilege,” and they abandon Kanye. And it’s… They want you to believe they love women and support women and African-Americans. But you stray off the reservation and then your gender and your race have nothing to do with what the Democrats think of you. So here is black liberal Drive-Bys attacking Kanye West as “token Negro,” as a “minstrel show,” as a “prop,” as “mentally ill,” as a “ventriloquist dummy for white supremacists.”
If 35% of blacks vote for Republicans or merely don't vote for Democrats, the Democrats are in for a big shock in November.
"I got to the Senate 180 years ago."
-- Joe Biden