Hemorrhaging the Moral High Ground

I have actively tried to keep this blog away from political posts for the last several months, but today I want to talk about something political.  Something that I think does need to be discussed.

While it is in the news everyday that there are major party problems on the right with Republicans, it seems to me the left is facing a similar (smaller-scale) crisis.  The problem that we’re facing is the what the party is in the eyes of everyday people supporting it, and those of power within it.  It’s two different perceptions that are causing a rift.

Milo Yiannopolous last week in an interview, talked about how Kevin Spacey’s “coming out” amidst allegations of being a sexual predator, and he said that Spacey used his homosexuality to become “untouchable” and part of a “victim class,” which liberals will not attack. I think Milo is right (I should note that I’m aware he’s made some really controversial statements in the past and carries with him a whole bunch of specific connotation, but still I think on this he’s right).  I don’t think that liberals seem to have fallen for the bait, but clearly that’s what Spacey was hoping to do.

Last month, when all of the Harvey Weinstein news was breaking, there were reports that Weinstein explained that he was going to use his money to go after the NRA, in a sort of ploy to not face the consequences with the liberals holding much of his ‘fate’ in their hands.  Again, fortunately, it seems as if they didn’t take his bait.

The fact liberals (I don’t want to say Democrats as that’s a party and more of an identity and not necessarily in line with what these people might consider themselves) aren’t taking the bait, is a good sign.  Unfortunately, it’s clear that there is some reason why they feel there is a possibility of these tactics working, and if it weren’t for a preponderance of claims, I’m not sure their diversions would not have worked.  People have continued to work with Roman Polanski despite being a convicted rapist, and Woody Allen despite allegations that don’t seem unfounded, so I think there is some reason to think “hey if I say this buzzword/phrase this will blow over.”

After those two incidents, comes the Donna Brazile story, about how the Hilary Clinton campaign overstepped what she considers the ethical bounds when it comes to the DNC, and how they were basically allowed to take over the party early in exchange for financial solvency.  I think some of Brazile’s story seems logical and honest, although I am suspicious of her own complacency at the time, and whether or not coming out with this now is a way of distancing herself.

So the DNC didn’t operate as they were supposed to based on their own guidelines and rules (technically if they so chose they could have changed the rules to nominate anyone they wanted, but in doing so risk alienating the base).  The DNC went along in order to ensure financial stability, and many of the American people went along because they wanted to defeat “the boogie man.”  Hilary, and the party thought they knew what was best for us, and decided that she was the anointed one sent down from on high to defeat Donald Trump, and well, we know how that ended.

The problem was, they assumed they’d know how we thought, and even worse, they tried to make us think that way when many of us told them we didn’t.  The Democratic party in many ways this past election cycle neglected democracy, and unfortunately lost itself in the process.

You may think that this is justified that “well Trump is the boogie man,” but perhaps you should consider that when thinking about people who didn’t Trump but voted to keep Clinton out of office.  This was a tale of two “boogie people” and while each side thinks the other is obviously worse, we need to stop judging each other on these ideas, and start realizing that ultimately we’re the ones who suffer.

I know that to some extent, Spacey and Weinstein seem far removed from Clinton and the DNC, but the cause is the same.  These people did what they wanted, gave some feeble attempt at manipulating us into accepting those actions, and ended up losing what they saw as preordained.  Will this slap in the face teach anyone in power any real lesson so they become better?  I’m personally not sure it will.

My Thoughts on the Possibility of States Seceding from the US

First I should start off by stating, that this isn’t for Trump supporters, so while you are welcome to read, I doubt many if any of you are thinking about/hoping for your state to secede.   Secondly, these are just things I want people to consider before voting for secession.

Alright, so it’s been almost two weeks since President Trump was inaugurated, and I’ve heard talk of states seceding from the Union.  I heard that California has put the issue on the ballot for 2018—Calexit as I’ve heard it being called— and that Washington state is considering it as well.  I should mention, that I’m not sure of the legal process or possibility of success.

I get the urge.  I understand the idea of ‘hey we don’t want this guy, and we feel that democracy of this country doesn’t work because of the electoral college system, and so we’re just not going to play.’  Many of us feel the frustration.  I’m just not sure this is the solution.

The first big problem that I see—if California leaves the Union— is that the rest of the United States becomes significantly more likely to have Trump as a two term President.  California was one of the states going to Hillary in this election, and they have 55 Electoral College votes, more than double of all but 3 other states.  Yes Hillary lost, but it was relatively close, and without California it would have been a landslide.  Also it would probably shift the popular vote in his favor as well.

So you’re probably thinking ‘but if I’m in California as a separate nation it doesn’t matter to me if Trump is President for another 4 years.’  The President of the United States affects everyone, clearly this election has shown us that the rest of the world cares and worries.

Here is the second reason I think there will be a problem if you try to secede (and I’m not just picking on California it applied to all 50 of us).  If you secede, the United States isn’t going to just let you go, this could be the start of a second Civil War (or Revolution depending on the victor).  With all of the issues, and all of the uncertainty facing the world, and the country a war on American soil, let alone a war between states would be worsen anxieties and raise uncertainty.

I think that the Civil War concept is less likely to be a full blown war, because I really don’t see an individual state being able to stand up to the might of the US government, and I think it would be over before it began, but do we even want that?

If all 50 states stay, things are a little uncertain, but we’re almost evenly balanced between liberals and conservatives, and we tend to have one then the other representing us like a pendulum, and I think that Trump feels like that pendulum has swung too far, but it will return, but it can’t do that if we don’t stick together.

Also, can you imagine how much longer the border wall will have to be if they decided to wall off California?  It would be impossible…