Today being Saturday, I was in a more reflective mood and happened upon this video, which is teed up to the point I'm making, but is worth watching in full if you have the time:
The associated book he's shlepping is here: The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity
Douglas Murray is British, but he hit on a lot of very good points that speaks to the 2020 election in America--although, that obviously wasn't his intent. It's about 40 minutes.
Why I bothered to make this post is that Murray noted that the left has given up on the working class deliberately, because the working class did not effectuate the Marxist revolution that the left had hoped for. That should have happened by 2008-2010 for certain, and it didn't. That is why the Democrats in the United States have now visibly abandoned the white working class--it's not feigned sympathy anymore. Hillary Clinton was for a wall in 2006, and even Obama was opposed to gay marriage in 2008. However, disappointment in the working class is why the Democrats (the leftists among them) have contempt for the "deplorables." I think that's interesting, because the Democrats cannot win democratically right now. In 2016, the Democrats had high hopes that women would vote as a bloc even though historically they have not done so for the last 100 years.
As I've said, Democrats aren't so stupid that they would abandon the white working class for no apparent reason. However, I think Murray has hit on THE reason: the white working class will never deliver a Marxist revolution. So as Murray is pointing out, they decided to focus exclusively on minorities--mistaking women for a minority.
Donald Trump is unique among recent Republicans, save Ronald Reagan, because he identified with the struggles of the working class and fights their cause for them. They are only too happy to support Trump, because nobody has spoken for them in politics for almost 30 years, really since Reagan. I think the Democrats simply did not calculate that someone like Trump would come along. They were hoping to rely on the Jeb Bush types that would acquiesce if he got into power, or better yet would fold as he did on Planned Parenthood questions in 2016 and thereby lose (although he was supposed to lose to Hillary, not Trump).
At about 17:40 into this, Murray notes that in the transgender situation, adults are basically telling children a lie--that you can switch genders willy nilly. Although Murray doesn't say it, the left has to be mad in their political calculations here, because if that were true and women were all oppressed, they could now simply decide to be men and the oppression would be over. However, he then hits on a point that I've been saying in the global warming debate for over a decade now, but he applies it to transgender issues: that scientists have been implored by the state to lie (again teed up for you, if you're pressed for time):
A very good point. I've said for years that no serious scientist would say things like "green energy" or "greenhouse gas" or "renewable energy." Anybody concerned about global warming in 1990 would think it a good idea to admit China to the WTO without any environmental or labor safeguards either. For me, I've said on multiple occasions that "gay marriage" was the last straw for me. I no longer wish to be ruled by these people. So there isn't a way to make Trump unacceptable to me in a way that would make the establishment preferable. I'm done with them. They interest me no more, other than working toward their destruction.
Murray makes one more point in this that I thought was quite poignant--that they are asking young people to waste their lives (again teed up for you, if you're pressed for time):
While it's not my intention to cut off debate to those in Europe, I would submit that this is why the left is losing in Europe too--they no longer represent the working classes, and no longer want to.
"Folks, I can tell you I've known eight presidents, three of them intimately."
-- Joe Biden