Is ingratiating yourself with a minority by turning it against a majority a good long-term political strategy? Democrats seem to think so, but they are running out of options and don’t have much of a choice. After their failure at the polls last year, Congress’s liberal losers have fallen back on the tried and true. Party members are preaching the message that the system not only denies minority access to the middle class road to riches, but wantonly murders on the basis of skin color. Those lies make Democrats the worst minority oppressor in America.
Worst minority oppressor?
There is a conspiracy for the haves to hold back the have-nots, but the wrong haves are being blamed. Did you think that the police, the courts, and the white establishment were the ones vying for the title of worst minority oppressor? That’s what we are being told. If you believe it, you probably vote for liberal Democrats and are as frustrated as members of your party who have sunk so low as to resurrect memories of slavery to cultivate hate. Ironically, these hurtful memories are from a time when the oppressors were up front about what they were doing. Democrats are far sneakier.
Improving economy: a disaster for Democrats
Sinking political fortunes finally crashed and burned last year when Democrats lost the Senate. Their president is quacking to the skies as his legacy fades by the day. There are economic victories to be had, but instead of taking undeserved credit for the improving economy the left is fanning the flames of a race war. Why? Because economic opportunity looks brighter for all Americans.
Bureau of Economic Analysis numbers on private sector pay are promising:
Private wages and salaries increased $38.7 billion in November, compared with an increase of $24.9 billion in October.1
Unemployment rates have dropped in cities, with 341 of 372 metropolitan areas showing better jobless numbers in November 2014.2 48 states showed employment gains compared to 2013.3
With year-end signs pointing to a 2015 job market that should offer some of the best opportunities in years, liberal politics that thrives in bad economic times needs a whipping boy. The president knew it when he hit the campaign trail just before last year’s midterm elections. Despite improving news on the economy, he chose to reinforce the belief that America is holding back the middle class:
Here at home, the concern is, is that although the economy is doing better, wages and incomes have not gone up. And the vast majority of growth, productivity increases, profits, wealth has accrued to folks at the very top of the economic pyramid, and we have not seen wages and incomes for ordinary folks go up for a couple of decades. And that makes people feel, even if things have gotten better, that they’re still concerned about not only their future but their children’s futures.4
Truth is seldom a priority on the campaign trail. While Obama beat the dead horse of inequality the government’s numbers were delivering better news.
How to oppress a minority? Create a hopeless situation.
It is difficult to oppress people who have power. To further the liberal agenda it’s important to keep telling low income minorities and the black community in particular that without the Democratic Party their social and economic status will never improve because of racism.
Nothing oppresses like a message of hopelessness that people believe. In his role as minority oppressor in chief, the president has been the front man for a party that repeatedly tells working class Americans they are being treated unfairly, are denied the opportunities enjoyed by everyone else, and are going nowhere unless Democrats improve their lot in life. The problem is Democrats never get around to making their lives better. There is no money or political future in fixing the problem.
When angry protests segued to two police officers being killed in New York City, liberals predictably fled responsibility. Activist Al Sharpton refused to stop the protests. Marcia L. Fudge, the Congressional Black Caucus chair, tried to put distance between the murders and her party’s race war:
This is not about race or affiliation, and it isn’t about black versus blue. All lives matter.5
All lives matter and skin color stops being important when your words come back to bite you. Before the New York killings, when skin color was all that mattered, we heard from Congresswoman Fudge that the Ferguson grand jury decision was all about color and the value of a black life. What changed? Only someone liberals would condemn as racist could tackle that question.
The unwritten rule is that the lives of blacks and other minorities do hold value for Democrats, but only as political pawns. Liberal members of Congress know they have to oppress the disadvantaged because want is where their power comes from. They don’t do it overtly. They do it by selling dependence and convincing people to give up, doling out everything from jobs to pay raises to health care. Even though an improved economy should mean that everyone benefits, no one will share in the wealth who is so indoctrinated with the inevitability of their own failure that they won’t even make a good faith effort to succeed.
Updated June 9, 2016: link anchors and title revised.