Most polls show Americans are more severely split along partisan lines than ever before. Conservative Republican voters believe Donald Trump was sent by God. Democrats agree, but only because God was out of frogs and locusts. Dems think Republicans were antagonistic to our first African-American president, so they are not being very kind to our first orange one.
We are also divided as much along racial lines, and Democrats' strategy is to fan the fires of racial division to win back the White House in 2020. Absent any workable ideas, calling their opponents "racist" (only if they cannot call them "sexist") is their strategy. Trump cannot sort laundry without being called racist. This contest is all about race, so strap in — it will be an interesting ride.
Sadly, race relations worsened under Obama, a man uniquely positioned to heal our nation's wounds. But when he quickly took the wrong side of the facts in the Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown (Ferguson, Missouri, "Hands Up Don't Shoot" lie) and Harvard professor Henry "Skip" Gates cases, he abdicated that moral position.
The Obamas are two of the many blacks doing well under the Trump economy. Barack and Michelle have huge book deals of more than $20 million and are about to ink a Netflix deal to make up to $100 million producing movies and TV shows. I presume some of them will be called "House of the Race Cards," "Game of Cronies," or "Orange is Not the New Barack." And if the Dems lose in 2020, they'll produce "Better Call Saul — Alinsky."
Everything seems to be construed about race. The media are now openly debating whether Jesus was white. They say Jesus was darker-skinned and not blue-eyed and white like all my childhood Methodist Bible pictures portrayed him. Democrats say Jesus was not white because the Roman police would have let him off with a warning ticket if he had been.
If not about race, Dems want you to believe that women are disadvantaged by their gender. So Dems have Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Tulsi Gabbard, Kirsten Gillibrand, et al., running for president. They have more women running than an Alabama Walmart opening on a Black Friday. Yet the leaders in the polls are the "Jurassic Park" faction of Democrat white male millionaires: Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. These men have had so much work done to look young that they resemble their pictures when they were protesting nuclear power in the '70s.
What Democrats miscalculate is that blacks are better aware of how their situations have improved under Trump. Wages are up more for blacks than for whites, and employment (including wage increases) has also improved. In the 2018 Florida governor's race, white candidate Rick DeSantis cut into black candidate Andrew Gillum's Democrat vote with the "School Choice Mom" vote. About 18% of black women voted for DeSantis because of this issue that affects them, which translated to 100,000 votes. DeSantis won by 30,000 votes. The lesson here: Blacks are won over by facts and results on issues they care about, not by conjured-up racial fears of the past.
In fact, all that the Democrats want you not to think about is how good the present is. They want you to fear the racial hatred of the distant past, or fear what might happen to us in the future when we all die from global warming. The truth is, by any measure we are living in economically great times. Thanks to capitalism and the technology supplied by the private sector, our lower economic class lives better than the upper 25% of most other countries. If Dems can keep your mind focused on fake racial or other drummed-up crises, they can regain power.
The new Democrat Party has a tired laundry list of alleged "racism." CNN will likely show a picture of Trump putting the Medal of Freedom around Tiger Woods' neck and say it was a noose when, in fact, this award is the highest honor a man can give a golfing buddy.
Contact Ron Hart, a syndicated op-ed satirist and author, at Ron@RonaldHart. com or @RonaldHart on Twitter.