I’m a little late on this shit but I’m loving it ?— Right Wing Punk (@Right_Wing_Punk) January 30, 2021
So many ? memes pic.twitter.com/FwHxXyYhq4
GameStop closes at $325, up 400% this week. $GME— Breaking Market News – FinancialJuice (@FinancialJuice) January 29, 2021
i love biz pic.twitter.com/QiQ7fikB0T— feenian (@PAWGERS420) January 29, 2021
This is what they’re up against pic.twitter.com/Ims7RRN6bq— America’s Conscience (gab) (@saveusculture) January 29, 2021
Elite media doing all they can to defend the honor of predatory billionaires. The real enemy threatening society is *checks notes* white people playing video games. https://t.co/dyF48j4NPS— Tony Hovater (@Tony_Hovater) January 29, 2021
Always has been, since Schiff paid the Bolsheviks pic.twitter.com/ZsSLbBQBIg— Write Winger (@RealWriteWinger) January 29, 2021
Elizabeth Warren should have her wealth confiscated and redistributed https://t.co/q5tPzlPmgs— Pedro L. Gonzalez (@emeriticus) January 30, 2021
A reporter asked White House press secretary Jen Psaki about GameStop.— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 29, 2021
“I know it’s a big story, but our focus and our big story is getting the American people back to work,” Psaki answered. https://t.co/5QHatDJGqi pic.twitter.com/HGAlCi4tgZ
Why aren’t they happy?
America has been saved from literal fascism. The orange lightning rod is gone and has moved to Mar-a-Lago. And yet, it seems like a full blown panic has set it on the Left. Why?
Here are a few reasons that come to mind:
- Trump was intensely polarizing and was a useful device for holding together the Democratic coalition, smoothing over internal divisions and attracting moderates.
- Trump was an incompetent narcissist who only cared about being in the spotlight rather than pushing an ideological agenda. He was the ideal villain to punch against.
- Trump was an extremely divisive figure even among the “Far Right” and now that he is gone we can all move on and learn something from the whole experience.
- Trump used extreme rhetoric to push a moderate agenda and was easily rolled by Republican leadership. Someone else could use moderate rhetoric to push a moderate agenda.
- The fear is that Trump’s voters are still around and angrier than ever and can find a more effective champion. Trump was the only vehicle available for populist voters in 2016 and 2020.
- The Democratic coalition is extremely unstable. It is full of White upper middle class, college educated professionals who are toxic and push away their own voters.
- White men elected Joe Biden president based on nostalgia for the old Democratic Party and the perception that he is a moderate. He isn’t governing like a moderate.
- Redistricting will further erode the Democrat House majority and put Democrats at a structural disadvantage.
- The governing party usually loses midterm elections and Democrats only have a razor thin House majority and a 50/50 majority in the Senate and the filibuster isn’t going anywhere.
- “Not Trump” won the support of 81 million voters only to be revealed on January 20th as this senile old man Joe Biden.
- “True Conservatism” is losing ground in the Republican Party as college-educated suburbanites concentrate in the Democratic Party and the Chamber of Commerce shifts to the Democrats. Republicans are under mounting pressure to change their policy agenda.
- Populism hasn’t gone away and the constituency for it has swollen due to the economic crash caused by COVID that has enriched the oligarchy.
- Wealth redistribution is going mainstream among lower and middle-income Republican voters.
In 2024, a more seasoned populist movement with a smarter candidate who runs with more moderate rhetoric on a platform of condemning political correctness or wokeness, securing the border and redistributing the wealth of billionaires could pose a far more serious threat to Neoliberal Joe.