Kevin Drum: If You Hate The Culture War, Blame Liberals

What is “far right domestic extremism”?

In most cases, it is holding views shared about an outright majority of Americans or an extremely large minority which were uncontroversial ten or twenty years ago. This was on clear display on July the 4th when it became clear that the American flag, Star Spangled Banner and the American Founding had joined the ever expanding list of things being pathologized by progressive activists.

Kevin Drum:

On Thursday I posted a series of charts that all documented a similar theme: Since roughly the year 2000, according to survey data, Democrats have moved significantly to the left on most hot button social issues while Republicans have moved only slightly right.

This wasn’t meant to a rigorous scholarly analysis. And you can argue about margins of error, question wording, choice of topics, and so forth. Still, the gaps are too big and the trend too consistent to ignore the obvious conclusion that over the past two decades Democrats have moved left far more than Republicans have moved right …”

Confederate monuments, for example, continue to enjoy broad support among Republicans and Independents who strongly oppose removing them, but this is treated as a “fringe” cause by the media. These people are also opposed to “Defund the Police” and “Abolish ICE.” In just the last few years, progressives have proposed abolishing the border and the police, gender fluidity and damning America for systematic racism, but are SHOCKED that there is deep resistance to their cultural agenda. Last year, they changed the definition of “racism” itself without thinking through the consequences.

Kevin Drum:

“Here are six charts showing trends in public opinion among liberals and conservatives over the past 20 years or so. First up is immigration

The Republican view of immigrants has bounced up and down a bit and is now up by maybe five points or so since 2000. The Democratic view has gone up by 35 percentage points.

(Note that by “up” I mean that the percentage share of partisans who hold the conventional partisan opinion has gone up. For Republicans, it means the share of Republicans who endorse the right-wing position has gone up. For Democrats it means the share of Democrats who endorse the left-wing position has gone up.) …”

The reason that Middle America and the Republican Party looks increasingly “extreme” is because progressives who live in big coastal metropolitan areas are rapidly degenerating and galloping away from the rest of the country at warp speed. The “rightwing extremists” are the people who have the most conservative and traditional views which are now unfashionable.

The idea that America is a “White Man’s Country” and an Anglo-Saxon country and a Protestant country was the dominant view in this country down to the 1930s. Abhorrence for race-mixing was the dominant view until the 1970s and 1980s. America’s obsession with “racism” began in the 1940s. America’s Victorian culture in the 19th century was utterly opposed to contemporary ideals of sexuality and gender based on expressive individualism. Sexual liberation developed between the 1920s and the 1970s. The 40,000 new genders and pronouns were only recently discovered in the 2010s.

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4 Comments

  1. Funny the most polarizing issue is faggotry. Gay marriage really was the beginning of the current woke era. Even normies understand that intuitively. Back in the Bush years, it seemed like a minor issue that was just in the background, but the woke left today can be traced back to gay marriage. Their organizing and funding structures today go back to gay marriage stuff, similar to how later 20th century left all originated in the civil rights era.

    • I would go back further and say the (((Mary Tyler Moore))) show and “Affirmative Action” kicked it off. Thus began the single mother society and all the joys that came with it.

    • You read the chart wrong Dart. Republican Attitudes have drifted Leftward on Gay Marriage. It’s a 40% drift leftward from the conventional Republican position. Taxes are the same.

      Think of the black line being “no growth” and anything going up, red or blue, is becoming more partisan in that issue or adopting more hardline belief for that side of the argument. The negative part of the graph represents moving away for that side of the argument.

      So in effect, the Republican party is in more support of gay marriage by 40% than 21 years ago. It’s also 10% more supportive of taxing.

      • Ah yeah I didn’t see it’s “more partisan.”

        That’s just pathetic then. Republicans have been buck broken even worse than I thought.

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