July 17, 2017

The Democratic model for winning elections in recent years has been “Divide and Conquer”: divide Americans into warring identity groups and then try to pander to enough of them to stitch together a coalition that adds up to 51% of the vote. But it hasn’t been working too well lately, as they keep falling short of 50%. One problem may be that they’ve been too successful in dividing and inflaming people. Now, when one group sees them pandering to another group whose interests are opposed to theirs, it becomes obvious that their promises to champion any particular group are meaningless and that the only principles party leaders really believe in are that government should be all-powerful and they should be in charge of it.

Here’s a perfect example of how the interests of Democratic groups are clashing instead of merging. A new survey by the American Bible Society found that African-Americans are the group most likely to believe in the positive value of reading the Bible. Seventy-one percent of African-Americans are Bible-engaged (believe the Bible is the Word of God or divinely inspired) or Bible friendly, compared to 58% of all Americans. Only 6% of African-Americans have hostile feelings toward the Bible.

Unfortunately for the Democrats, who depend heavily on the African-American vote, hostility toward the Bible or people who deeply believe in God is one of the key traits of many of the other demographics they need to woo. They are assuming that the most Bible-believing group in America will continue reflexively voting for Democrats, even as party leaders openly pander to pro-abortion activists, aggressive atheists, radical LGBTQ groups and others who want to strip religious freedom protections from the First Amendment. Could this possibly help explain why the harder they campaign on identity politics, the more that elusive 51% figure keeps slipping away?

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