Fear and Loathing in 2018

It’s less than a week until election day and we’re all going to die.

A mass shooting in Pittsburgh by an anti-Semite, 15 pipe bombs sent through the mail to left-wing political figures and a racially motivated shooting in Louisville, Kentucky.  On the international front, hundreds, and possibly thousands, of Hondurans are headed toward the U.S./Mexico border and a Saudi wet works team eliminated a Washington Post reporter in Istanbul.

If you didn’t know better you would think that these events were launched by the turnout gods to increase voter participation.

Democrats, at least on the national level, are poised to make big gains if historical trends persist.  But there are factors that the left leaning talking heads don’t want to recognize or discuss on CNN, MSNBC or NPR; namely, identity politics.

African-American candidates are running for the top office three states.  Unlike, President Barack Obama, they are not running race-neutral campaigns.  Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams are running as minority candidates with minority-specific platforms.  An Abrams supporter explained, “People who complain about identity politics don’t love their identity as much as black women love theirs.”

In Maryland, gubernatorial candidate, Ben Jealous, has promised to have a “cabinet that is at least half women and it reflects the racial diversity of the state and the faith diversity of the state.”

It’s a far cry from when President Clinton said, “I don`t believe in quotas” when criticized for his Cabinet selections.  Clinton blasted the “bean counters” who did not include his appointment of Carol Browner to run the EPA or Laura D’Andrea Tyson to run the Council of Economic Advisers.

As Amy Chua has indicated in Political Tribes, identity politics was largely responsible for the election of Donald Trump.  Those who doubt this might recall the Bradley effect.  Democrats have refused to listen had have doubled down on identity politics. 

Not surprisingly the polls are tightening, pressure is rising and the lies are everywhere all the time.  It’s been said that truth is the first casualty of war; but truth is liberally sacrificed in close political races.

If you think you know how all these elections will turn out, I have some ancient Gozno wisdom to share:

           We are living in dangerously weird times now.

           Smart people just shrug and admit they’re dazed and

            confused.  The only ones left with any confidence

            at all are the New Dumb.  Doom is the operative ethic.


Author’s note:  We’re not all going to die.

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