Democrats Need to Start Losing Elections—For Their Own Sake

Now is a terrible time to be in charge of everything. Democrats and their ideological allies control virtually every institution, from schools to media to government. But the more control they seem to gain, the worse things seem to get. There is a growing sense that something big is about to break. When blue-collar utility workers refuse the COVID vaccine, for example, what will happen to the electrical grid after companies fire their precious linemen and electricians?

When that something big does break, Democrats will be the ones holding the bag.

The military, with its woke-compliant flag officers, just bungled the Afghanistan withdrawal. The intelligence community, which now seems wholly devoted to running domestic anti-Republican disinformation operations to influence U.S. elections, missed the rapidity with which the American puppet government in Afghanistan would fall. 

Congress, also controlled by a slim majority of Democrats, appears desperate to pass spending bills that will fuel the inflation fire with the gasoline of trillions more dollars of debt. Just in time for the once (and future?) governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe’s re-coronation, cameras caught police beating the Virginian father of a child rape victim because he dared to publicly shame the politically corrupt school board. The U.S. Department of Justice, now dedicated to anti-conservative sting operations, fired up the FBI to intimidate parents from, among other things, calling attention to Attorney General Merrick Garland’s apparent conflict of interest. Garland’s son-in-law runs a company that promotes “diversity, equity, and inclusion” curricula in schools. 

Fissures and cracks have emerged in the great Democratic-led coalition that dominates everything. Their labor allies in the private sector are suspected of stopping work in critical industries to resist the vaccine mandates. Black Lives Matter has already begun to notice that the vaccine mandates harm the constituency from which it draws its moral authority. 

The tech companies that control information and fund so much of the Democratic Party are growing concerned about the wealth-confiscation under discussion in Congress. Like a dinner date not expecting to be stuck with the bill, it never dawned on the tech oligarchs that they may have to pay for all of the expensive utopian ideas they push on their platforms. 

A great, wide, central lane of apolitical Americans who prefer to avoid the toxic mess are now forced to pay attention as the country begins to slide towards runaway inflation, shortages, and spiking murder rates. Parents who support diversity and equality before the law, are beginning to understand how “modern” racial theory revives and mainstreams bigotry.

While dispirited Republicans have lost faith in the fairness of the post-2020 election systems that permit ballot harvesting and unsupervised drop boxes, those tools cannot easily overcome the growing consensus that the Democrats can’t run anything without ruining it. Once-powerful dirty tricks have been overused and no longer surprise the increasing cynical population. 

Only last week, pro-McAuliffe forces rebooted a Jussie Smollett-style hoax in which five Democratic Party activists posed as white supremacists campaigning for McAuliffe’s political opponent. It’s the kind of Russian collusion hoax frame-up that’s getting harder to sell. Especially when whoever cast the hoax hired a tiki-torch-clutching African American in khakis to pose as one of the supposed white supremacists. Again, Democrats can’t run anything without ruining it—apparently even a hoax. 

If Democrats fail to improve conditions but win the next cycle of elections anyway, few Americans will trust the results. A core of anywhere from 35 percent to 40 percent of the electorate will remain faithful to any yellow dog that runs with a “D” next to his name. But many more will reasonably ask questions about the fairness of the election process marred by censorship and tech-promoted hoaxes. 

It might be hard to see from the vantage of the fog-shrouded summit of power on which the Democrats currently find themselves. But the path they used to climb to power has begun to crumble and will require significant maintenance before it can again be used.

People naturally draw comparisons to the late 1970s during which an administration found itself paralyzed by the gap between outcomes and the fashionable academic theories of its credentialed advisors. Soaring gas prices, inflation, and humiliation on the world stage must be compensated for by playing their political music even louder to muffle the sound of icebergs tearing holes in the intellectual legitimacy of their party. And just at the worst possible time, Joe Biden must fight off rumors of a “bathroom accident” during a visit with  Pope Francis at the Vatican. Snopes claims the rumor is “false.” Whether true or not, such rumors now reinforce an increasingly unsalvageable public image of a “leader” who isn’t really leading anything.

After President Carter, the quasi-socialist agenda of the left-wing of the Democratic Party spent almost 30 years in the wilderness until President Obama smuggled it back under the cover of “No Red America, no Blue America.” The Carter Administration left an indelible impression on a generation of voters who remembered the long, agonizing road back from economic ruin. New voters are again forming those hard-to-change first impressions of Democrats. 

Democrats need to start succeeding or relinquish power soon. Otherwise, for the coming decades, their brand will stink of these bitter times.

About Adam Mill

Adam Mill is a pen name. He is an adjunct fellow of the Center for American Greatness and works in Kansas City, Missouri as an attorney specializing in labor and employment and public administration law. He graduated from the University of Kansas and has been admitted to practice in Kansas and Missouri. Mill has contributed to The Federalist, American Greatness, and The Daily Caller.

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