If the recent Democratic debates are any indication, it seems that the intersectional wing of the Democratic Party has finally achieved dominance over the establishment. Through skillful use of identity politics, presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) may have annihilated any chance that Biden, seemingly the last representative of the Democratic establishment, will face President Donald Trump in 2020.
But what does this mean for the country? As the 2020 election approaches, the Democrats continue to lurch further to the left, and it could have dire consequences for the nation, especially if they manage to retake control of the government.
Biden’s Support Plummets
A recent Morning Consult/FiveThirtyEight poll, which analyzed the favorability of Democratic candidates before and after the debates, revealed that Biden’s poor performance might spell the end of his candidacy. His inability to fend off a race-based attack from Harris seems to be the reason he is no longer at the level of support he enjoyed when he first announced his run.
The survey showed that the percentage of Democratic voters who indicated that they would vote for the former vice president if the election were held tomorrow dropped by a whopping 10 points, from 41.5% before the debate to 31% after. Conversely, Harris’ support rose dramatically, from under 8% before the debate to nearly 17% after.
Several factors could explain the shift in support, but there is no doubt that Harris’ kill shot during the debate played a critical role. At one point, she turned to the former vice president and criticized him for his remarks on working with pro-segregation members of Congress and for his opposition to busing laws in the ‘60s that were intended to desegregate American schools.
“It was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country,” Harris remarked. “And it was not only that, but you also worked with them to oppose busing. And you know, there was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day. And that little girl was me.”
Biden attempted to brush off the criticism, but it was apparent that Harris had floored him with the rhetorical version of a right cross thrown by Mike Tyson, and the results show that she did considerable damage. Almost makes you feel bad for him, doesn’t it?
Intersectionality on the Rise
As the Democratic Party continues its shift to the left, it is obvious that intersectionality is increasingly prevalent in its movement. Identity politics has been a critical component of the party’s platform for decades, but now the left seems to have gone all in on intersectionality. If this is the death of Biden’s presidential aspirations, it wasn’t arguments over policy that killed his chances; it was a deft use of race-baiting, a core stratagem of the intersectional crowd.
Up until now, intersectionality largely has been a cultural phenomenon, one in which members of the hard left silence viewpoints with which they disagree. Its adherents espouse a form of totalitarianism that punishes dissent through call-out culture, social ostracization, and baseless claims of bigotry against those who defy their ambitions.
But now it seems that the intersectional sect is bending the Democratic Party to its will and could soon become a formidable force in government. As a black woman, Harris is empowered by her standing on the intersectionality scale to decimate Biden’s support without using a single argument on policy. Instead, all she had to do was make a thinly veiled allegation of racism, and his odds of winning dwindled to all but nonexistent. It does not matter that Harris’ claims were unfair and inaccurate; what is important is the fact that she is a minority female and Biden is a white male and the precepts of intersectionality dictate that he must lose.
But the issue is that the current intersectional movement carries an inherent authoritarianism, the type that compels rather than persuades. One can see this tendency in Harris’ contention that she would subvert the Second Amendment through executive order and her promise to force states to seek her approval for passing legislation restricting abortion. Harris may not win the nomination or the presidency, but one thing is abundantly clear: The Democratic Party is ruled by intersectionality, and its inherent penchant for tyranny could have horrific consequences should the party regain control of the government.
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