December 4, 2020

The Birth of the Coalition of Normal People May Be Upon Us

Throughout this election, there were signs of the birth of a coalition of normal people unhappy with the radical turns our country has been taking. Regardless of how the presidential race turns out, the potential political realignment is unmistakable. Hispanic and blue-collar workers are shifting noticeably away from the overtures of the left-wing, “defund the police” crowd. I’m not sure who thought violence and looting in the streets of so many of our cities would have no political repercussions, but it did, and it brought regular Americans together in a way that bodes well for the future.

Our election year was dominated by antifa riots on one side and QAnon conspiracies on the other. Between actual Marxists lighting buildings on fire and huge swaths of America thinking our country is run by a secret pedophile ring, it was hard not to fear for our future.

The hard left, with the backing of the corporate media and many in corporate America, made a serious effort to stoke American racial division. Since the sin of slavery centuries ago, the issue of race has cut against all that America is supposed to stand for. Civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. fought hard to put those issues behind us and asked us to look at each person’s character rather than what color skin they happened to be born with. That very premise — a cornerstone of liberal American thinking — was under attack this year. The overwhelming defeat of that attack has been the best part of this whole election.

Instead of driving up racial divisions, the radical left seems to have driven at least some racial healing. At a bare minimum, our politics are now slightly — and sometimes more than slightly — less divided on purely racial grounds. That’s as big of a win as we could have hoped for, especially considering where we find ourselves these days.

The most dramatic shift happened in the state of Florida, where the Hispanic population consists of a large number of Cubans and Venezuelans. Despite the rise in socialist popularity among our youth, those with the most direct personal experience with left-wing government came out hard against it. Hillary Clinton won the Hispanic vote in Florida by 27 points in 2016. This time, President Donald Trump drew to a near tie. Results in other states were less dramatic, but even in Georgia and Ohio, Trump performed around 15 points better against Joe Biden than he did against Hillary. According to CNN’s exit polling, Trump also picked up about 4 points among African Americans nationally over his performance in 2016.

These are large gains, and they are more noteworthy considering the months of racial division our country has just been through. What’s driving the change? The two most obvious answers are criminal justice and economic concerns. Voters of all stripes trusted Trump more on the economy and crime. Despite the left’s attempts to make absolutely everything about race, it turns out that kitchen-table issues are still important to minority communities.

Americans have for too long voted largely along racial lines. If those trends had continued, based on our country’s demographics alone, the Republican party would have become a permanent minority party. That was the Democrats’ hope for converting states such as Florida and Texas.

It seems like we may instead be shifting to more voting by economic interests. Those at the lower end of our wage scale have felt stuck in neutral (or reverse), while top-income Americans have benefited from international trade, automation and the information technology age. During the Trump years, for the first time in a long time, lower-income workers saw larger wage gains than middle- or higher-income workers. Voters seem to know that. That’s what the results show, anyway.

All this presents a huge opportunity for the Republican Party. If Republicans can capture more hardworking Americans of all races, our politics will be forever changed. On the flip side, if Republicans don’t pull off that sort of realignment, they are doomed to fail in a demographically changing country. A Republican party focused on moving beyond harmful racial divisions and improving the plight of working Americans seems possible based on the results we are seeing.

Figuring out how to share prosperity more widely without harming prosperity in the process is a real challenge. Too many Americans have felt left behind in an increasingly global and automated economy. It’s not easy to come up with fixes for that, but to date, our political leaders haven’t really tried. They’re closely attuned to the needs of the huge businesses that dominate Washington. Those businesses have flourished these past few decades. In the process, we have seen that what’s good for big business — especially huge, multinational businesses with overseas growth goals — is not always what’s good for America.

Many politicians still don’t even recognize the issue. They decry populism and the ugliness that can come with it without looking at its root causes. Others, who do see what’s really happening in our country, have chosen the easy way out by demagoguing these issues with superficial, politically popular fixes rather than real solutions. We need a third option: smart politicians who are committed to finding real solutions to restore the American dream for the many who feel it slipping away.

We have a country worth fixing. Addressing these issues should be the primary focus going forward. If the Republicans do that, then they could be home to a broader, more enduring, working-class majority of regular Americans of all races. The left fears this more than anything else. On the flip side, if we continue to ignore this dynamic, the result will probably be a continued surge in socialist popularity among young Americans, as we have seen these past few years.

Just ask the Cubans how that turns out.

Neil Patel co-founded The Daily Caller, one of America’s fastest-growing online news outlets, which regularly breaks news and distributes it to over 15 million monthly readers. Patel also co-founded The Daily Caller News Foundation, a nonprofit news company that trains journalists, produces fact-checks and conducts longer-term investigative reporting. The Daily Caller News Foundation licenses its content free of charge to over 300 news outlets, reaching potentially hundreds of millions of people per month. To find out more about Neil Patel and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com

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14 Responses

  1. I still can not believe that we just rolled over and let this happen. No rioting, looting, burning or killing from our side. So sad, we are finished…
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  2. I hope he starts a new party and runs again in 2024. He could start by running for congress in 2022 to keep draining the swamp.

  3. I used to watch fox news but now I can’t believe they have people like Williams, Brasil, and especially two face Chris Wallis. NewsMax is now my channel for truth. Still like Watters, Hannity and a couple others.

  4. Neil Patel gets it right sometimes.

    “CNN Business said in a report Oct 5 that in a sign that the right-wing media’s relentless defense of President Trump may be cracking, Fox News host Tucker Carlson published an op-ed with Daily Caller co-founder and publisher Neil Patel zinging Trump for his call with Ukraine’s president.

    “Donald Trump should not have been on the phone with a foreign head of state encouraging another country to investigate his political opponent, Joe Biden, Carlson and Patel wrote. “Some Republicans are trying, but there’s no way to spin this as a good idea.”

    Carlson and Patel added, “Like a lot of things Trump does, it was pretty over-the-top. Our leaders’ official actions should not be about politics. Those two things need to remain separate. Once those in control of our government use it to advance their political goals, we become just another of the world’s many corrupt countries. America is better than that.”

    But the UnAmerican Digest does not.

    1. Go Coalition, Freedom of the People Party, I am there. Sick to death of all this crime and corruption perpetrated by so called dems

  5. Democrats DO STINK!!!!!!!!!!! Not the John Kennedy Democrats, BUT the Democrats that are LEFTIE LEFT LEFT/CABAL/DeepState/Satanic Illuminati–they are pure thieving, pieces of the worst garbage there is.

    The people that work on Fox New, with a few exceptions, are not worth the powder that would blow them straight up!!!!!!!!!!!!! NEWSMAX IS THE BEST, but they are not perfect, especially if they give in to ANY guest that is Deep State and/or LEFTIE LEFT LEFT. With the exception of most at Newsmax, and a few at Fox Business, and a few at Fox News, THEY all just make me sick!!! They are trying to keep their big paychecks, so they lie through their teeth–that is the TRUTH, but most of the people on Fox News don’t want the truth.

    Two big problems at Fox News that we know about are Danny O’Brian, who was Joe Biden’s Chief of Staff, AND the Satanic Paul Ryan (if he is still there, and I cannot believe it if he is)–that tells you all you need to know about Fox News. Fox News should have checked these people out–WHAT IS SOMEONE LIKE PAUL RYAN DOING AT A NEWS STATION OR CHANNEL OR WHATEVER IT IS–A PROPAGANDA POOP HALL)??? People at Fox News, if they have any decency at all, will get out ASAP!!!

    Fox Business has Lou Dobbs and Emac, and Maria Bartiromo, but not crazy about the rest. Kennedy needs to think before she speaks–she can really tick people off, but then I am at Newsmax now. Do sometimes get Lou Dobbs and Emac, Charles and get Varney in the morning sometimes, and Maria in the morning. Otherwise, it is Newsmax.

    Judge Piro (sic) and Gutfeld should go over to Newsmax, along with Tucker Carlson, Lou Dobbs, Emac, Charles and Varney, with Maria in the Morning!

    I used to like Harris, but lately she worries me.

    Yeah, Democrats STINK, and the Trump Team should do a National Investigation all over the United States for Voter Fraud and for Election Fraud, and WE KNOW they both happened!!!

    Get the Dominion Software OUT of the United States of America. Arrest all who are involved in this!!!

    Get all the CROOKS OUT. I know Rudy is capable, and that is why he is working for Donald J. Trump, the President of the United States of America!!!

    GET ALL THE CROOKS OUT ASAP!!! REBUILD OUR ELECTIONS TO BE HONEST!!! GO TO PAPER BALLOTS AND HAVE ARMED GUARDS AT VOTING POLLS THAT HAVE TAKEN AN OATH IN HONESTY!!!

    PAPER BALLOTS AND HONEST WORKERS ON ELECTIONS–IF THERE IS A DOUBT, KICK THEM OUT!!!

  6. VOTER FRAUD IS A DEMOCRATIC SPECIALTY! The scientific evidence from MIT ,the company owners of the ballot machines all connected to PELOSI AND FEINSTEIN!
    So the fix is in, no wonder Biden stayed in his cellar!

  7. I am from FL we have a Republician Govonor, Ron Desantis who is doubling down our right to stop riots, blocking traffic, and our right to stand our ground. Our legislature will strengthen our laws this session. Florida will not fall for the aforementioned BS!!!

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