WikiLeaks head Julian Assange has been right about a number of things. Here he writes on Twit Longer why he thinks the Democrat Party is doomed. While his basic premise is sound, he gets a number of things wrong, which is understandable based on his own political orientation.I will comment in various spots as needed:
1. The Democratic establishment has vortexed the party’s narrative energy into hysteria about Russia (a state with a lower GDP than South Korea). It is starkly obvious that were it not for this hysteria insurgent narratives of the type promoted by Bernie Sanders would rapidly dominate the party’s base and its relationship with the public. Without the “We didn’t lose–Russia won” narrative the party’s elite and those who exist under its patronage would be purged for being electorally incompetent and ideologically passé. The collapse of the Democratic vote over the last eight years is at every level, city, state, Congressional and presidential. It corresponds to the domination of Democratic decision making structures by a professional, educated, urban service class and to the shocking decline in health and longevity of white males, who together with their wives, daughters, mothers, etc. comprise 63% of the US population (2010 census). Unlike other industrialized countries US male real wages (all ethnic groups combined) have not increased since 1973. In trying to stimulate engagement of non-whites and women Democrats have aggressively promoted identity politics. This short-term tactic has led to the inevitable strategic catastrophe of the white and male super majorities responding by seeing themselves as an unserviced political identity group. Consequently in response to sotto-voce suggestions that Trump would service this group 53% of all men voted for Trump, 53% of white women and 63% of white men (PEW Research).
(While Julian Assange is somewhat correct about increases in real wages, he leaves out two factors…first, that the U.S. tax burden is far lower than in many of what he refers to as ‘industrialized countries’ and that real estate ownership in America is far more common than in most of these countries, and it has increased in value for the most part except in specific locations like Detroit. This has led to a net increase in wealth, especially since America has no hidden taxes like say, Europe’s double digit VATs. Also, it appears that Julian Assange has swallowed the Leftist fiction that average Americans differ significantly in their basic goals and mentalities based on race. Take away the radical Left’s constant exacerbation of racial grievance and most Americans want the same things for themselves and their families, bottom line. )
2. The Trump-Russia collusion narrative is a political dead end. Despite vast resources, enormous incentives and a year of investigation, Democratic senators who have seen the classified intelligence at the CIA such as Senator Feinstein (as recently as March) are forced to admit that there is no evidence of collusion [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BS5amEq7Fc]. Without collusion, we are left with the Democratic establishment blaming the public for being repelled by the words of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party establishment. Is it a problem that the public discovered what Hillary Clinton said to Goldman Sachs and what party elites said about fixing the DNC primaries against Bernie Sanders? A party elite that maintains that it is the “crime of the century” for the public and their membership to discover how they behave and what they believe invites scorn.
(The Democrats have been able to get away with this nonsense for one reason; the corrupt, partisan media they control. Although lately, it seems like the media is actually controlling the party. Their innate contempt of the party leadership not only for Trump’s voters but for their own was plainly revealed. I would also point out that Julian Assange himself has said numerous times that Russia was not the source for the DNC Wikileaks. And he ought to know. There’s a reason he offered a $100,00 reward for information leading to the arrest of Seth Rich’s assassin)
3. The Democrat establishment needs the support of the security sector and media barons to push this diversionary conspiracy agenda, so they ingratiate themselves with these two classes leading to further perceptions that the Democrats act on behalf of an entrenched power elite. Eventually, Trump or Pence will ‘merge’ with the security state leaving Democrats in a vulnerable position having talked up two deeply unaccountable traditionally Republican-aligned organizations, in particular, the CIA and the FBI, who will be turned against them. Other than domestic diversion and geopolitical destabilization the primary result of the Russian narrative is increased influence and funding for the security sector which is primarily GOP owned or aligned.
(I think Obama changed that to some degree. But yes, that swamp will eventually be drained as well)
4. The twin result is to place the primary self-interest concerns of most Americans, class competition, freedom from crime and ill health and the empowerment of their children, into the shadows and project the Democrats as close to DC and media elites. This has further cemented Trump’s anti-establishment positioning and fettered attacks on Trump’s run away embrace of robber barons, dictators and gravitas-free buffoons like the CIA’s Mike Pompeo.
(Calling Mike Pompeo a ‘buffoon’ is ridiculous, and the ‘robber barons’ Assange speaks of like Jeff Bezos, George Soros and the Silicon Valley, media and Hollywood jefes are primarily aligned with the Democrat party)
5. GOP/Trump has open goals everywhere: broken promises, inequality, economy, healthcare, militarization, Goldman Sachs, Saudi Arabia & cronyism, but the Democrat establishment can’t kick these goals since the Russian collusion narrative has consumed all its energy and it is entangled with many of the same groups behind Trump’s policies.
(Julian Assange, being an Aussie, is using soccer language or ‘football’, as non-Americans refer to it.
An ‘open goal’ is a situation where there is a clear and easy shot at your opponent’s goal. I don’t see it that way at this point. Assange,like many on the Left is quick to talk about ‘broken promises’ after only 5 months of a Trump administration that has been encumbered by obstruction never before seen in recent history by the Democrats and their media. He also neglects to take into consideration that Trump is attewmptit6ng to reverse almost a quarter century of American decline. He also ignores that largely thanks to Barack Obama, President Trump faces significant security challenges from Iran and North Korea with a military that was significantly neutered by his predecessor. He’s wisely gambling that an alliance of Sunni countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the emirates, Jordan and others will act as a bulwark against Iran and make the involvement of U.S. forces limited or even unnecessary. I would also argue that Trump’s economic programs thus far have helped rather than hurt, and $20 trillion in debt, half of it inherited from Obama takes time to get under control.)
6. The Democratic base should move to start a new party since the party elite shows no signs that they will give up power. This can be done quickly and cheaply as a result of the internet and databases of peoples’ political preferences. This reality is proven in practice with the rapid construction of the Macron, Sanders and Trump campaigns from nothing. The existing Democratic party may well have negative reputational capital, stimulating a Macron-style clean slate approach. Regardless, in the face of such a threat, the Democratic establishment will either concede control or, as in the case of Macron, be eliminated by the new structure.
(What Julian Assange is suggesting here is that the hard Left base of the Democrats take over and duplicate what has happened to the UK’s Labour Party. Except he forgets something…Americans are not the French or the English, who were able to have largely socialized their countries and their economies thanks to the U.S. largely subsidized the cost of their defense. While some of the elites in America and their camp followers like European-style socialism, most Americans despise it, and with good reason. They’ve seen how it worked in the USSR, Cuba and Venezuela. Had Bernie Sanders run rather than Hilary Clinton, President Trump would have defeated him handily. As for Macron, he actually had enormous help from the reigning Socialist government and the French media. Macron didn’t start from nothing.
There’s no doubt in my mind that what Julian Assange proposes is exactly where the Democrats are headed. The party’s elites basically raised up a monster in their hard left base that will ultimately devour them. While that bothers me, because two sane parties act as a check and balance against each other, the Democrats have largely been a corrupt, faux socialist party for some time now, and since Obama took office, their lack of success at the ballot box has been quite noticeable except in a few Blue owned fiefdoms they control. And if President Trump completes what he’s already started in cutting down on illegal migrants, ‘refugees’ and voter fraud, the effect should be even more pronounced.)
Rob Miller writes for Joshuapundit. His articles have appeared in The Jerusalem Post, The Washington Examiner, American Thinker, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The San Francisco Chronicle, Real Clear Politics, The Times Of Israel, Breitbart.Com and other publications.