Leftists are a minority...so why do they keep winning?

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Leftists are a minority...so why do they keep winning?
By Robert J. Hutchinson

As Americans approach a post-COVID celebration of the Fourth of July, it's an appropriate time to consider why the most extreme elements of the far Left have been able to take control of American institutions so quickly — despite polls showing that the overwhelming majority of citizens oppose the "woke" agenda almost in its entirety.

During the Fourth of July, the root cause of this national nightmare will be on display for all to see.

I'm speaking of the backyard barbecue.

The barbecue is the hermeneutical key to understanding the gradual breakdown of western society — not just in the U.S., but also in Australia, Canada, and many other countries.

It explains why normal citizens watch helplessly as blue-haired men in dresses take control of key government departments, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, intelligence services, virtually all universities, many corporations, and much of the judicial system. It all comes down to influence.

The truth is, normal, happy, well-adjusted people don't really care about politics — or care only when they are forced to by rioting mobs of looters in their cities.

Normal people of any and all colors don't want to tell you their pronouns, chemically castrate their sons with puberty-blocking drugs, or defund the police. They're neither oppressors nor oppressed.

They just want to live their lives in peace, attend their kids' soccer or baseball games, and enjoy summer afternoons grilling

Therein lies the problem: it turns out that, with a very few exceptions, the absolute worst people on the planet — the kind of people who were hall monitors in high school and enjoy creating and enforcing petty regulations on their fellows — go into politics.

These are the entitled few who believe that rules and regulations are for other people, never for themselves — the grifters, tax cheats, and adulterers who run for office instead of working for a living. These are the Bill Clintons and Gavin Newsoms of the world.

Now we have scientific data to back up this commonsense intuition.

In a fascinating article on Substack, political scientist Richard Hanania provides a mountain of evidence for why, as he puts it, "everything is so liberal" — despite the fact that, statistically speaking, there are relatively few liberals and fewer still "woke" progressives.

The most basic reason is the barbecue — the fact that normal people would rather grill than protest, rather throw water balloons than Molotov cocktails.

It turns out that protesting — screaming, yelling, burning down buildings — gets attention. It gives the tiny handful of fanatics influence wildly disproportionate to their numbers.

One example: The cowardly executives at the Target Corporation removed from their stores all copies of a book critical of "gender-affirming" treatments for minor children, particularly young girls, when a single anonymous person tweeted in protest.

One tweet was all it took — and all the copies were removed.

What Hanania shows is that the lunatic left is full of screaming fanatics who desperately want to "change the world" and will do anything it takes to achieve their goals. "Democracy does not reflect the will of the citizenry, it reflects the will of the activist class, which is not representative of the general population," he explains.

Statistically, this is seen, Hanania says, in the greater number of leftists who donate to political causes and show up at political marches, protests, and demonstrations. They simply care more.

Hanania points out that while 74.2 million Americans voted for Donald Trump in the 2020 election, only 3.7 million donated to his campaign — compared to 5.9 million for Joe Biden.

This divide is even more dramatic when it comes to demonstrations.

If a university forces its freshman women to share showers with senior men, as Joe Biden's executive order apparently does, it doesn't have to worry about armies of angry parents occupying the administration building.

Yet if it dares to maintain its century-old "trans-exclusionary" policies, that is precisely what it can expect from phalanxes of blue-haired men in dresses, egged on the likes of CNN's Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon.

Which group gets its way? As Yeats put it: "The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity."

"Conservatives may tell themselves that they are the normal people party, too satisfied and content to expend much time or energy on changing the world," Hanania writes. "But in the end, the world they live in will ultimately reflect the preferences and values of their enemies."

All is not entirely lost.

As the far-left pushes more and more of its totalitarian policies on the general population, normie Americans and MAGA boomers are slowly beginning to awaken to the reality of what is happening to their country.

The recent explosion in protests at school board meetings — led by parents angry at the "anti-racism" equity curricula being forced on children in schools — shows that conservative activism can make a difference.

Yet that also explains why America's oligarchy is pulling out all the stops against the January 6 protesters and Trump-supporters generally, desperate to send a message to half the country that it will not tolerate normal Americans acting the same way leftists do — causing a ruckus, vandalizing government buildings, wrestling with police, and so on.

If ordinary Americans start making as much noise as leftists, then the oligarchs' political agenda may be threatened. And that simply cannot be tolerated.
 

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Leftists are a minority...so why do they keep winning?
By Robert J. Hutchinson

As Americans approach a post-COVID celebration of the Fourth of July, it's an appropriate time to consider why the most extreme elements of the far Left have been able to take control of American institutions so quickly — despite polls showing that the overwhelming majority of citizens oppose the "woke" agenda almost in its entirety.

During the Fourth of July, the root cause of this national nightmare will be on display for all to see.

I'm speaking of the backyard barbecue.

The barbecue is the hermeneutical key to understanding the gradual breakdown of western society — not just in the U.S., but also in Australia, Canada, and many other countries.

It explains why normal citizens watch helplessly as blue-haired men in dresses take control of key government departments, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, intelligence services, virtually all universities, many corporations, and much of the judicial system. It all comes down to influence.

The truth is, normal, happy, well-adjusted people don't really care about politics — or care only when they are forced to by rioting mobs of looters in their cities.

Normal people of any and all colors don't want to tell you their pronouns, chemically castrate their sons with puberty-blocking drugs, or defund the police. They're neither oppressors nor oppressed.

They just want to live their lives in peace, attend their kids' soccer or baseball games, and enjoy summer afternoons grilling

Therein lies the problem: it turns out that, with a very few exceptions, the absolute worst people on the planet — the kind of people who were hall monitors in high school and enjoy creating and enforcing petty regulations on their fellows — go into politics.

These are the entitled few who believe that rules and regulations are for other people, never for themselves — the grifters, tax cheats, and adulterers who run for office instead of working for a living. These are the Bill Clintons and Gavin Newsoms of the world.

Now we have scientific data to back up this commonsense intuition.

In a fascinating article on Substack, political scientist Richard Hanania provides a mountain of evidence for why, as he puts it, "everything is so liberal" — despite the fact that, statistically speaking, there are relatively few liberals and fewer still "woke" progressives.

The most basic reason is the barbecue — the fact that normal people would rather grill than protest, rather throw water balloons than Molotov cocktails.

It turns out that protesting — screaming, yelling, burning down buildings — gets attention. It gives the tiny handful of fanatics influence wildly disproportionate to their numbers.

One example: The cowardly executives at the Target Corporation removed from their stores all copies of a book critical of "gender-affirming" treatments for minor children, particularly young girls, when a single anonymous person tweeted in protest.

One tweet was all it took — and all the copies were removed.

What Hanania shows is that the lunatic left is full of screaming fanatics who desperately want to "change the world" and will do anything it takes to achieve their goals. "Democracy does not reflect the will of the citizenry, it reflects the will of the activist class, which is not representative of the general population," he explains.

Statistically, this is seen, Hanania says, in the greater number of leftists who donate to political causes and show up at political marches, protests, and demonstrations. They simply care more.

Hanania points out that while 74.2 million Americans voted for Donald Trump in the 2020 election, only 3.7 million donated to his campaign — compared to 5.9 million for Joe Biden.

This divide is even more dramatic when it comes to demonstrations.

If a university forces its freshman women to share showers with senior men, as Joe Biden's executive order apparently does, it doesn't have to worry about armies of angry parents occupying the administration building.

Yet if it dares to maintain its century-old "trans-exclusionary" policies, that is precisely what it can expect from phalanxes of blue-haired men in dresses, egged on the likes of CNN's Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon.

Which group gets its way? As Yeats put it: "The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity."

"Conservatives may tell themselves that they are the normal people party, too satisfied and content to expend much time or energy on changing the world," Hanania writes. "But in the end, the world they live in will ultimately reflect the preferences and values of their enemies."

All is not entirely lost.

As the far-left pushes more and more of its totalitarian policies on the general population, normie Americans and MAGA boomers are slowly beginning to awaken to the reality of what is happening to their country.

The recent explosion in protests at school board meetings — led by parents angry at the "anti-racism" equity curricula being forced on children in schools — shows that conservative activism can make a difference.

Yet that also explains why America's oligarchy is pulling out all the stops against the January 6 protesters and Trump-supporters generally, desperate to send a message to half the country that it will not tolerate normal Americans acting the same way leftists do — causing a ruckus, vandalizing government buildings, wrestling with police, and so on.

If ordinary Americans start making as much noise as leftists, then the oligarchs' political agenda may be threatened. And that simply cannot be tolerated.


The Left may be a minority, but coupled with moderate leftists I wouldn’t be surprised to learn they have achieved majority status.

I disagree with the author that leftist dominance in American politics and culture has been sudden. I remember decades ago watching the Johnny Carson show where his guest was Michael Stivic (Meathead from Archie Bunker). Meathead was spouting all sorts of leftist mantra, things we regularly hear from @davidallen today, and Johnny quietly reminded him the left had barely 25% support from the public. To which Stivic replied he wasn’t’t worried about it, he and his team were very patient, the day was coming when they’d be on top. I remember thinking “what rubbish!” Yet here we are today and his team is on the precipice of control. God help us all!
 

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The Left may be a minority, but coupled with moderate leftists I wouldn’t be surprised to learn they have achieved majority status.

I disagree with the author that leftist dominance in American politics and culture has been sudden. I remember decades ago watching the Johnny Carson show where his guest was Michael Stivic (Meathead from Archie Bunker). Meathead was spouting all sorts of leftist mantra, things we regularly hear from @davidallen today, and Johnny quietly reminded him the left had barely 25% support from the public. To which Stivic replied he wasn’t’t worried about it, he and his team were very patient, the day was coming when they’d be on top. I remember thinking “what rubbish!” Yet here we are today and his team is on the precipice of control. God help us all!
This would be the most dangerous time for "his team". If they take control too quickly they will get backlash, and a counter revolution. As they take more and more control, expect more and more violence from both sides.
 

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This would be the most dangerous time for "his team". If they take control too quickly they will get backlash, and a counter revolution. As they take more and more control, expect more and more violence from both sides.


I don’t know if the collectivists see danger in the future. As a political ideology collectivism is grounded in the threat or actual application of physical violence. Human nature will naturally cause rebellion against collectivist practice; collectivists know that and recognize violence is needed for the ideology to survive. I can think of no collectivist society that was not immersed in the practice of violence against dissent. So I don’t think they necessarily fear the danger. In a sense they embrace the chaos - they look at Portland as a baby step toward the power they seek.

Individualism, OTOH, is a political philosophy grounded in tolerance and peaceful relations between people. An individualist society, a libertarian society, has room for collectivists to practice what they preach as long as the participants are involved voluntarily.

And that’s the weak link in individualism. Collectivists know they will not be hampered, they can be as patient as they need to be, because of the tolerance afforded them by the individualists. And so they can slowly build their strength until they can reform the society from tolerant individualism to intolerant collectivism. It can basically be done without firing a shot. But if shots are necessary they have bided their time until they believe they can overwhelm.

I think they got a little ahead of themselves with the election and reelection of Obama, and were stunned when Hillary”s defeat set back the time table. But today they are certain they have enough clout to enact a takeover.
 

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I don’t know if the collectivists see danger in the future. As a political ideology collectivism is grounded in the threat or actual application of physical violence. Human nature will naturally cause rebellion against collectivist practice; collectivists know that and recognize violence is needed for the ideology to survive. I can think of no collectivist society that was not immersed in the practice of violence against dissent. So I don’t think they necessarily fear the danger. In a sense they embrace the chaos - they look at Portland as a baby step toward the power they seek.

Individualism, OTOH, is a political philosophy grounded in tolerance and peaceful relations between people. An individualist society, a libertarian society, has room for collectivists to practice what they preach as long as the participants are involved voluntarily.

And that’s the weak link in individualism. Collectivists know they will not be hampered, they can be as patient as they need to be, because of the tolerance afforded them by the individualists. And so they can slowly build their strength until they can reform the society from tolerant individualism to intolerant collectivism. It can basically b scvplidhrd without firing a shot. But if shots are necessar they have bided their time until they believe the
That's the trick isn't it. Communism has always taken control through violence. Because collectivists always get impatient, and turn to violence when they think they have the upper hand. This is that time for them. Do they have the upper the hand, or enough control to use violence? Jan 6, says the counter revolution has already started. The left fears Jan 6 because it's the beginning of the end to their "peaceful" revolution. They know from here on out, they will have a fight on their hands. Are they ready to fight for what they believe in?
 
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They win through fear and destruction...cities, businesses, careers, lives of innocent people....whoever/whatever doesn’t agree with them they ruin. They are clever by doing a lot of it using non-violent methods like social media, litigation, etc. if it continues the end game will be ugly
 
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I'm going to say the left these days is less than 10%. The extreme left is just a couple percent. But they have strategically placed themselves in every area of power from government to Hollywood to major-league sports, and all sports really, did you judicial system, DAs, you name it. They need to go down and go down hard Because right now the tail is wagging the dog
 

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