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Dems risk culture war fight in Charlottesville response

President Donald Trump’s widely criticized response to white supremacist violence in Virginia has left Democrats in a quandary: how to seize the moral high ground without getting sucked into a politically perilous culture war.

Democrats have denounced Trump for blaming “both sides” for deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, and, more recently, for defending Confederate monuments.

But the party faces a complex task: While addressing race and history in ways that reflect the party’s values, Democrats also need to focus on issues like jobs and the economy that resonate with a wider range of voters, including white independents, ahead of the 2018 midterm election.

The party has been looking to answer Trump’s populism by crafting its own middle-class brand, yet Democratic leaders across multiple states now are pushing to take down Old South monuments like the one that ostensibly sparked the events in Charlottesville, and three rank-and-file House Democrats want to pursue a congressional censure of the president.

In interviews this week before his resignation was announced Friday, White House strategist Steve Bannon gleefully suggested Democrats are falling into a trap.

“I want them to talk about racism every day,” Bannon told The American Prospect, a liberal magazine. “If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”

Trump himself has called Confederate memorials, most of them actually erected decades after the Civil War, “beautiful statues” that reflect “our nation’s history and culture.”

Polls taken after last weekend’s violence offer some evidence backing Bannon’s and Trump’s view. While polls found widespread disgust with white supremacists, a Marist Poll for NPR and PBS found that just 27 percent of adults queried believe Confederate monuments “should be removed because they are offensive.” About two out of three white and Latino respondents said they should remain, as did 44 percent of black respondents.

Andrew Young, a Democrat, civil rights leader and former U.N. ambassador, warned this week that the monuments are “a distraction.” He told reporters in Atlanta it is “too costly to refight the Civil War.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you erase history, you erase a sense of who people are, and where you actually come from; dictatorships love to do that, and there is a quote going around this last week from George Orwell, in his book "1984":

“The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth.”

Slavery was a part of the fabric of this country for quite some time; this is reality. Slavery was abolished in 1865 by the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. Does prejudice against minorities still exist in 21st century America?!? The honest answer is, yes; it is both institutional and educational, and translates as a belief that minorities are pathologically incapable of dealing with life without government intervention, and interference.

I am quite certain that our African-American; Asian; Middle Eastern, Hispanic, and other minorities, would beg to differ on that issue.

But in the 20th century, we had a brilliant civil rights movement, led by one of my great heroes, Dr. Martin Luther King; he was a great opponent of the Vietnam war, in which African Americans were disproportionately getting killed and maimed for life. He was ultimately assassinated by elements of the American government for his community-unifying, anti-war views.

Did You Know? US Gov’t Found Guilty In Conspiracy To Assassinate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Democrats would love nothing better than turning this country into a thoroughly history-fluid, independent-information-squelched, society, completely detached from where it has come, and incapable of the critical thinking necessary when it comes to resolving societal challenges in the 21st century.

The DNC has become the Big Brother party of no real answers, coupled with the edict "give us your money, your belief, and your obedience, and we will take care of you."

That "taking care of" bit, under President Obama, meant more failed wars in the Middle East, costing Americans billions, if not trillions of dollars; "Common Core" education, which is simply indoctrination coupled with participation trophies; hideously expensive medical care, with thoroughly lousy outcomes; and extraordinarily bad judgement on war-fighting hardware, which has given the US military the ongoing debacle which is the F-35.

I know who I am; I am a 68 year old Christian pacifist activist, who constantly exhorts her government to resolve its geopolitical differences through hard won, moral negotiations, rather than war. I am a composer, who loves to be in the process of creating music.

Therefore, I will not allow anyone outside of me to define who I am, or attempt to develop a false narrative about who I am, and where I come from; and I humbly ask our readers to stay authentic, and know your own personal history, and not allow anyone to define who you are, outside of yourself.

Comments

TAKE HEART ! WE DID IT!

NobodysaysBOO

WE DEFEATED HILLARY (trashy)Clinton HOORAY!

Now the REAL FIGHT has JUST begun and WE (the US CITIZENS) have " NOT YET BEGUN to FIGHT"

These jerk fools seem to be following the advice of OLD HO.
" a MOUSE can kill an elephant . He just has to bite him everyday"
BUT we have a CAT that loves to catch and KILL MICE!

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