VIEW FROM HERE-The election was a rejection of Trump personally and a rejection of the Dems Identity Politics.
But for Trump's unnecessarily killing off hundreds of thousands of Americans and his tanking the economy, Trump would have won re-election, and the House would have turned red.
The credit for the election’s outcome, however, goes to Joe Biden by his use of two words during the last debate "Your Family." Biden told Middle America’s blue-collar and college educated Whites that they were not to be strangers in their own land, nor were Blacks to be outsiders. Biden made no race distinction, as Nancy Pelosi had for years with her racist anti-white Identity Politics where Catholic Christopher Columbus and Protestant Pilgrims became perpetrators of genocide.
Perhaps, the worst thing that can happen for Biden is for Georgia to elect two Dem Senators in January 2021. When there are 50 GOP and 50 Dem/Independent Senators, the Dems will control both the House and the Senate.
Dems’ control both the House and the Senate means the Dems will need no GOP votes, and by the pattern which the despicable GOP Mitch McConnell set during Obama’s terms, "screw the GOP" will be the Dem’s rallying cry. Revenge and Dem power lust may be insurmountable obstacles to Biden’s bringing America together. While Biden might still be able to govern from the center, it will be very difficult. Biden will have to pursue an aggressive centrist policy which excludes the Alt Right and the Alt Left. In the House, Biden's proposals will have to attract enough moderate GOP to override the Left. Biden's biggest foe with be Nancy Pelosi.
A GOP Senate Means the Dems Can No Longer Shine on The Blacks
For Dems, Blacks are like a Voter Bank where the Dems never repay their loans. In each election the Dems withdraw huge voting majorities from the Black community only to savage the Blacks with predatory law enforcement and disastrous economic policies. Even Donald Trump, who is far from the brightest light bulb on the planet, sees how the Dems hideously and shamelessly abuse Blacks. (GOP traditional racism effectively keeps Blacks out of the party.)
As MLK proclaimed on August 28, 1963, "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, we're free at last!" This theme was applied to Gays by Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy in Lawrence v Texas, 539 U.S. 558 (2003).
“Liberty protects the person from unwarranted government intrusions into a dwelling or other private places. In our tradition the State is not omnipresent in the home. And there are other spheres of our lives and existence, outside the home, where the State should not be a dominant presence. Freedom extends beyond spatial bounds. Liberty presumes an autonomy of self that includes freedom of thought, belief, expression, and certain intimate conduct. The instant case involves liberty of the person both in its spatial and more transcendent dimensions.”
America’s Left Wing needs to acknowledge that Blacks are American and they are not some separate group to be pitied and relegated to the role of victims as the Supreme Court did in Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954). All Americans should seriously think about the overwhelming contrast between Justice Kennedy’s 2003 decision in Lawrence vs. Texas, 539 U.S. 558, basing Gay Rights on the inalienable right of liberty and the Warren Court’s withholding Liberty as the basis to end segregation. Gays are perceived as White, and hence, the high court was willing to apply the right of Liberty to them, but the Dems still withhold that recognition from Blacks. Under theories like White Entitlement (Privilege), Blacks psychologically labor under the invidious proposition, dating back to Plantation days that they are inferior to Whites, but noblesse oblige requires that Whites guarantee an equality of outcome which Blacks are inherently unable to achieve. This hideously false racist premise which is core to the Dem’s Identity Politics must be eradicated from our politics and courts.
We Are All In the Same Boat – E Pluribus Unum
America’s great sin is not racism, but predatory abuse by the powerful. Unless America’s institutions were inherently predatory, there would be no psychological basis to treat Blacks poorly. In a non-predatory society, a police officer, who believes that Blacks are inferior, would see no reason to abuse a Black person. Predation makes racism deadly.
America Began on The Correct Path and then Strayed
When Dorothy started down the Yellow Brick Road, she had not yet reached Oz. When the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were written, we were on the path to Oz. No sane man believed that all men were in fact equal. The Declaration’s inalienable rights were both the goal and the guiding light. The US Constitution set the framework “to secure the Blessings of Liberty” for all.
Liberty is the Basis to End Racist Predation
Before 1954, the concept of ending segregation as a violation of an individual’s right of Liberty was well known. In 1896 in Plessy v Ferguson 163 U.S. 537, Justice Harlan’s dissent stated: “Indeed, such legislation as that here in question [segregation] is inconsistent not only with that equality of rights which pertains to citizenship . . . but with the personal liberty enjoyed by everyone within the United States.” Justice Harlan continued, “nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty or property without due process of law. . .”
Let’s remember that future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall was one of plaintiff attorneys on the Brown case and he ignored Liberty in favor of equality of condition as the basis to end segregation. For the law, the inalienable right of liberty was reserved for Whites Only.
Unless Joe Biden shuns the racist Identity Politics and instead keeps his promise to Black Americans that he has their back, the current divide between Whites and Minorities will keep America divided. Biden may accomplish his goal to govern for all families by reclaiming Liberty for all. Liberty for all was the Declaration’s goal, it was a primary purpose of the Constitution, it was the core of Abraham Lincoln’s philosophy and it was Martin Luther King’s dream. Only the inalienable right of liberty can unite each and every American. Either Biden ends the racist extremes of the GOP and of the Dems or extremism will end the Republic.
(Richard Lee Abrams is an attorney and a community relations consultant. His views are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of CityWatch, He can be reached at: Rickleeabrams@Gmail.com.)