Dmitri Shufutinsky

The Democratic Party Is Broken

I’d been predicting that Hillary Clinton would win the election this year. I predicted that Ted Cruz would pick up the GOP mantle in 2020, claiming that Trump lost because he wasn’t conservative, but also because the establishment didn’t rally behind its candidate. I believed he would then lose, causing the GOP to shatter and reform into a moderate party that would be capable of defeating a Democratic party that continued to move far to the Left. I was wrong.

Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States. A man who was endorsed by the American Nazi Party and the KKK will succeed the first black president. Hillary Clinton failed to shatter that highest glass ceiling yet again. It wasn’t the Republican party that broke first, it was the Democrats. Because they aren’t “Stronger Together” after all. Kumbayah-loving liberals continue to believe that our diversity is our greatest strength — it is also our greatest weakness. For all their faults, the Republicans are unified. Like homogeneous countries such as Sweden or Japan, they can get the results they want by voting together, staying together, and viciously attacking their opponents.

They can — and will — achieve the results they’ve wanted for so long, such as repealing Roe v. Wade, ObamaCare, gay marriage, environmental regulations, and affirmative action, while also preventing women from getting the right to have equal pay for equal work. Because Mike Pence is a religious extremist who voted on a bill to jail gay people for trying to get married, and because Congress is controlled by the Republicans, these things will become a reality for at least three decades due to the impending appointment of Supreme Court Justices with shared values. But we shouldn’t be blaming them. After all, we’ve known for months where they stand.

It’s the Democrats who are to blame. They are to blame because, just like in 2000, they’ve failed to grow the spine and backbone to launch all-out attacks on the credibility, past, and reputation of the GOP the same way the Republicans have done to the Democrats. They are to blame because they’ve maintained a false sense of optimism that “we’re a united country,” when the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. They’re to blame because even when the other side has continually demonstrated for nearly eight years that they’re unwilling to compromise, President Obama has still naively tried to work with them and reach across the aisle. They are to blame because their political correctness, their identity politics, their failed foreign policy, their hypocrisy, their elitism (demonstrated with their talking-head pundits on MSNBC not listening to the common man but instead to people in their own circles) has now led to women, minorities, and the LGBT community feeling as if they don’t matter in this country — and rightly so.

Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House of Representatives, gave a speech much like Donald Trump’s last night — that the GOP was unified and would work together. But the Democratic party is not unified. Hillary supporters blame millennials who wrote in Bernie Sanders, or those who voted third party or stayed at home, for the defeat. Bernie supporters blamed a “rigged DNC” for not choosing him in the first place. And the party will tear itself apart between those on the Radical Left who believe that’s the only way to beat Republicans, and those on the Center-Left who don’t subscribe to the more outlandish, unrealistic, and alienating ideas of the radicals.

President-Elect Trump will likely do many good things, such as finally moving America’s embassy to Israel to Jerusalem, sidelining the United Nations, and looking the other way while Israel continues “settlement” construction in Judea and Samaria. He will contribute to the campaign to destroy ISIS. At the same time, his cooperation with Russia will only embolden Iran and Assad and their quest for rule over Syria and the entire Middle East. It can lead to a more unstable Arab World, where despite agreement and under-the-covers burgeoning ties with Israel over Iran and ISIS may be shattered by more radical movements that aim to destroy the Jewish state. It will see an American retreat from a world that faces a belligerent North Korea, imperialist Iran and Russia, and threatening China. But it isn’t the GOP’s fault, for we saw this coming and expected this from them. It’s the fault of Democrats, for failing to reach out to their traditional base of blue-collar working Whites (and mocking them instead) and giving into wishful thinking rather than reality.

Indeed, 2016 has seen the death of one of “America’s great political parties,” but not the one many expected.

About the Author
Dmitri Shufutinsky is a freelance reporter with the Jewish News Syndicate, and a Junior Research Fellow with ISGAP. He made aliyah to Kibbutz Erez through Garin Tzabar in 2019, and served as a Lone Soldier in the IDF. Dmitri is an ardent Zionist and a supporter of indigenous rights, autonomy, solidarity, and sovereignty. He currently lives in Hadera, and a graduate of Arcadia University's Masters program in International Peace & Conflict Resolution.
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