I’m going to tel you Why Republicans lose elections. But first, this just in from popular culture.
Did you know that “trigger warnings” are the new hot item in politically correct cultures, especially in California. An outgrowth of feminist dogma and politically correct speech, trigger warnings warn people that they may be offensive or are about to be offended. The 21st century version of duck and cover.
Slathered in paeans to diversity, appeals to open-mindedness and inclusiveness, and self-esteem over learning, trigger warnings started in liberal universities in the Northeast, and the concept has of course taken root in California at U.C. Santa Barbara, where the student government has demanded its use not only on that campus, but all U.C. campuses.
We even have a glaring trigger warning bout of political correctness and entitlement in Antioch High School.
Antioch School District (ASD) has announced that its central goal is to be all inclusive; to be all things to all students.
No longer a haven for the ABCs, ASD is no longer about teaching or even aspiration to be a leading educational institution for students from kindergarten through high school. It’s raison d’etre is now to provide the medical and dental care for its students. And don’t forget free breakfast, lunch and dinner.
ASD now believes it must provide for the emotional needs of its students. In effect, ASD hopes to replace the family and cultural institutions of our society with an all-encompassing level of care and comfort. The Governor’s new Local Funding Formula is funding this new repurposing of education in California.
Antioch also has a Social Justice curriculum and recently opened a social justice center. More correctly, it opened its “Civil Rights Non-Violence Tolerance Education Social Justice Center” (this is not a typo). Students who put the displays together in the Center are from the Leadership and Social Justice Academy at the school.
Diversity training will be sponsored by the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI). NCBI, according to its website, trains community leaders in bridge-building skills to combat “intergroup conflicts.” Its core principle is “Every issue counts.” This means that no type of oppression (racism, classism, sexism, etc.) takes priority over another. One cannot solve one “oppression” without curing all oppressions.
Can’t you just hear the trigger warnings grow! Will anyone graduate from the school without thinking of him/herself as a victim of some atrocity on
So how does this relate to why on why Republicans lose elections?
The answer, of course, is analogous to the boiling frog*** tale: If you plunge a frog into boiling water, the story goes, it will immediately jump out. But if you place the frog into cool water and slowly heat it to boiling, the frog won’t notice and will slowly cook to death. The story is often used as a metaphor for the inability or unwillingness of people to react to significant changes that occur gradually.
These people frequently could be called Republicans. Republicans plunge head first into elections, working to win each one. Then go back to running their lives. This is why Republicans lose elections.
The progressive world, on the other hand, works daily, slowly, to change our world, our culture and in the end win elections. Republicans, don’t see many of the changes; we ignore others or make a note to deal with it at some point in time. This is wht Republicans lose elections: they are busy working, not politicking, or being paid to picket. Republicans, for the most part (LOL), pay our taxes, raise our families, and otherwise play robber baron while wearing DMs.
We volunteer at church or with the Rotary or some other group. We send our children to school, be it elementary, high school or college and expect that those responsible for educating our children are doing what we expect them to do.
The times have changed. If you are not involved in some political activity, get involved. If you are involved, get out of your comfortable bubble.
Start talking to people who disagree with you. Attend a political or civic event like a city council meeting. Volunteer to work in a campaign for a candidate you like.
Take your kids with you.
I wrote recently about Dr. Charles Krauthammer’s love of politics. I close now by restating one thought from that post:
Politics, the crooked timber of our lives, dominates everything because, in the end, everything-high and low and, most especially, high-lives or dies by politics. You can have the most advanced and efflorescent of cultures. Get your politics wrong, however, and everything stands to be swept away. This is not ancient history; this is Germany, 1933.
~ Hal Bray is a vice chair of the Contra Costa Republican Party.
*** No frogs were used, hurt or injured in the writing of this article. We apologize for specie profiling and heartless character assassination by singling them out and fictionally using frogs or their likeness in such a horrific scene of violence and mayhem.