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America Embarks on New Direction; future of both parties uncertain

 

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BY LAWRENCE GARVEY

November 9th 2016 is not a day that will “live in infamy”. It is not the beginning of the end of women’s rights, minority rights or LGBT rights. It is also not the first day on the road to nuclear Armageddon or World War III. November 9th, 2016 was simply the day after Election Day, a day where the country chose not only a new President, but also new national priorities and a new national direction. On November 9th, 2016, the American People found out that they had a new president and therefore a new national focus on economic issues rather than social issues; national security rather than appeasement; managed immigration rather than open borders and sanctuary cities. The American People chose a new President, not a new constitution.

For the past eight plus years, the Democratic Party chose to make social issues rather than economic issues their national platform. They did this for two reasons; first, by and large, they believed that these issues were important to the future of America. The Democrats believed that universal health care was good for America. They believed that, as the melting pot of the world, gay marriage and LGBT rights were necessary policy goals that showed the rest of the world that The United States did not lose its commitment to its founding principles of tolerance and equality. The Democrats also believed that as the most prosperous country in the world we had a responsibility to those less fortunate then us, and therefore a more open border policy was preferable.

The second reason that the Democrats chose to make social issues their national party platform was political. The Democrats knew that these social issues were divisive and they wagered (wrongly) that they would be able to shame those that disagreed into silence and therefore control the national dialogue and keep control of the White House. If someone disagreed with universal healthcare, that person was called an “elitist” because they didn’t need government help in obtaining health care. Those who opposed gay marriage or transgender bathrooms were “ignorant bigots” because they had religious or moral objections. If someone opposed open borders and sanctuary cities because they were tired of the lawlessness associated with illegal immigration, the Democrats called them “deplorable” and “white supremacists.” This political strategy was largely successful, intentionally divided the country, and nearly carried Hillary Clinton into the White House. However, the Democrats over wagered and forgot that most people ultimately vote with their pocketbooks. Democrats had no national economic policy and that’s what cost them the election. Bill Clinton’s internal economic campaign was “It’s the economy stupid.” The Democrats forgot this.

Donald Trump knew that both political parties were ignoring a festering economic wound opened up nearly 20 years ago that the middle class in this country had suffered as a result of national trade policies that took jobs out of Middle America and failed to replace them. Donald Trump also knew that in order for him to get his economic message to shine through, he needed to counter the social shaming that the Democrats had lifted to an art form. In other words, he had to make it acceptable to oppose the social issues that the Democrats had made part of their national message. Trump’s “Build a Wall” mantra allowed ordinary Americans to actually say that they opposed the open border policies of the Obama admiration without sounding like bigots. Trump’s anti Muslim immigration message allowed ordinary Americans the cover that they needed to question the insanity of allowing unfettered access to this country by Middle Eastern immigrants that may want to harm us. While the Democrats focused on attacking Donald Trump’s social positions and tried to continue to shame all those that agreed with him, they never actually countered Donald Trump’s economic message. The Democrats never offered their alternative to Trump’s “America First” message. The closest they came was with Bernie Sanders, who the Clinton Team with the help of the rest of the Democratic leadership, destroyed. And that, more than anything else, is why Trump is now the President-Elect.

Up until Election Day, the mainstream media was talking about how the Republican Party was headed for a civil war. On November 9th, 2016 they began talking about the Democratic Party having its own civil war. If the Democrats don’t figure out that they need to stop shaming those that don’t agree with them and instead focus on the economic future of this country, it seems they are the Party headed for a long and ugly civil war.

Lawrence Garvey is the Chairman of the Rockland County Republican Committee. Lawrence is an attorney in private practice as the senior partner in the Law Office of Garvey, Tirelli & Cushner Ltd., White Plains, New York. Lawrence has four daughters and lives in New City, New York.

Lawrence Garvey is the Chairman of the Rockland County Republican Committee. Lawrence is an attorney in private practice as the senior partner in the Law Office of Garvey, Tirelli & Cushner Ltd., White Plains, New York. Lawrence has four daughters and lives in New City, New York.

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