Labor Secretary Thomas Perez speaks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes program and the George W. Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative national summit, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington. The summit focuses on creating employment opportunities for post-9/11 veterans and military families. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

It’s the Culture, Not the Economy – and the Dems Don’t Realize It

Any party that elevates Tom Perez to its chairmanship in an effort to revive its mojo is obviously not one that excels at introspection and self-evaluation. After all, cussing at people and accusing everyone who abandoned your party of being a racist is not usually the quickest way to win them back.

To this point, conventional wisdom has been that Democrats lost the White House to Donald Trump because unlike previous Republican candidates, Trump appealed to the economic interests of Rust Belt, blue-collar workers that had reliably voted Democrat for years. But fascinating new data reveals that is not exactly the case.

[A] new study says that the real reason so many white blue collar workers went for Trump had nothing to do with their Hillbilly Elegy economic status. Instead, the data show that these voters were simply alienated by the cultural myopia of Democrats, who have focused on an intersectionality-laden definition of American politics, labeling straight white men the bad guy in their bizarre morality play.

In short: an increasing number of non-racist Americans have become fed up with being lectured by Democrats that they are racists. In fact, the study actually shows that blue-collar voters for whom economic hardship was the motivating factor in their presidential decision, were almost two times as likely to break for Hillary.

Where Democrats fell apart was in the area of “cultural displacement.” After years of pretending that the culture war was over and that they had won, after years of pretending that Republicans have overplayed so-called moral “wedge issues” to win votes, it appears the exact opposite is the case.

A decade of:

  • Lena Dunham lectures about sexuality
  • Miley Cyrus tirades about gender
  • Katy Perry feminisim rants
  • Barack Obama race-exploitation sermons
  • University safe space coddling

…it finally pushed average Americans from the heartland over the edge.

Now does this really matter? You bet it does. As it stands, Democrats and leftists are consoling themselves with the apparent false notion that a bit more attention paid to economic struggles of the middle class will get them back in power. Consequently they have chosen a direction under Tom Perez that doubles down on the cultural myopia and moral lecturing.

But if that’s what Americans have truly come to detest, rather than putting their car in reverse to back away from the edge of an electoral cliff, Democrats may have punched the accelerator instead.

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