Who’s In for the Left’s
‘New Normal’? 

As America emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic and its lethal government lockdowns, some people are resisting a return to normal. 

As reported by the New York Post, a Gallup poll in May revealed an increasing majority of Americans are optimistic that the worst of the pandemic is over. Nine percent of respondents say their lives are “completely back to normal”; and 57 percent believe their lives are at least “somewhat back to normal.” Thirty-four percent of respondents say their lives are not yet back to normal.

Per Gallup, “similar proportions of major subgroups now say their lives are completely or somewhat back to normal, including by gender, age, region, household income, parental status and employment status.”

Well, almost all major subgroups: “One exception to these general patterns is that Democrats (57%) are less likely than independents (68%) or Republicans (77%) to say their lives are at least somewhat back to normal.”

While one may be tempted to explain this as a regional issue due to the continued emergency restrictions by some blue state governors, such as California’s Gavin Newsom, it would only hold true in the instance of Republicans, whose desire to return to normalcy is being frustrated by government fiat. As Gallup reports, “Republicans were much more likely than other groups in October to say their lives were at least somewhat back to normal (67%); therefore, the change in Republicans’ opinions has been less dramatic than those for other groups.” 

Thus, there is a strong inference that despite blue state governors’ past and present restrictions, Republican voters and leaders have been striving actively to return to normal life as soon as prudently possible. Ironically, in hindsight this GOP effort has been testified to throughout the pandemic by risible leftist media calumnies—remember “human sacrifice” and “Neanderthal thinking,” etc.?

Of course, such hysterical takes were the leftist media’s attempt to weaponize the pandemic to unseat President Trump. And while it did impact the election, it also incurred collateral damage: Democrats.

Once again, per Gallup, as the pandemic wanes “87% of Republicans versus 64% of independents and 29% of Democrats [are] recommending people should strive to lead their normal lives.”

So, instead of striving to lead their normal lives, what is the Democrats’ preferred course of inaction?

“71% of Democrats believe people should stay home as much as possible.” 

The dictionary defines “troglodytes” as deliberately ignorant cave dwellers. Thanks to the leftist media and their own abject lack of self-awareness, these progressives have verified their status as “proglodytes,” enthralled by democratic propaganda as they cower in place in their basement [insert appropriate personal pronoun]-cave. 

I’m OK with that. 

The bad news is the number of Democrats who want to take your ball and stay home is down from 85 percent in April; consequently, the situation bears monitoring. There remains the distinct possibility MSNBC will relay the CDC’s latest political science pretext for the lemming-like proglodytes to emerge from their homes to start “mostly peaceful protests” for sundry partisan reasons in major American cities—say, by the summer of 2022?

Yet, the number of self-quarantining Democrats may not prove to be so easily reduced. After over a year of weaponizing the worst of the pandemic and locking down the best of our society, they have come not only to believe it, but to embrace it. 

Rapt with an ideology of paranoia, envy, and dependence, for the Left the pandemic was a trifecta of emotional itches scratched. Moreover, as so many others have noted, the pandemic proved not only a convenient political cudgel against Trump; its governmentally mandated restrictions and requirements constituted a “Virtue Signaling for Idiots” handbook, where all one had to do was wear a mask and bitch to be better than everyone else. Evidently, for proglodytes it has proven addictive.   

After all, it makes perfect sense that the Left, which lusts to fundamentally transform an America it loathes, would be equally loath to return to “normal” life in a systemically racist capitalist hellscape. Still, it seems impractical to try and lead the democratic socialist revolution while Twitter trolling double-masked in their basements—with the sole exception of appending their lawn signs with a new entry: “In this house, we believe in staying home.” 

But hey, let’s live and let live and let sleeping progs lie! And in the spirit of good, old-fashioned American pluralism, let us respect the proglodytes’ new “new normal” of staying home, and welcome its salubrious effect upon the overall health of our body politic.


About Thaddeus G. McCotter

The Hon. Thaddeus McCotter is the former chairman of the Republican House Policy Committee, current itinerant guitarist, American Greatness contributor, and Monday co-host of the "John Batchelor Show."

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