I’ve written before about how the Democrats and the Republicans have fundamentally different electoral strategies. Republicans try to convince over 50% of voters that their solutions work and they should get together to support them. Democrats adopt a “divide and conquer” strategy, dividing voters up into many warring identity groups and telling each they’re getting a raw deal that only the Democrats can fix, in hopes of piecing together enough smaller groups to add up to over 50%. The problem with that is that it inevitably tears the country apart by fostering rivalries and resentments between groups, corrodes national unity and harms America as a whole.
It also means the Democrats are constantly hustling to keep each of their separate groups happy, like jugglers on the “Ed Sullivan Show,” rushing from one spinning plate on a stick to another to try to keep them from crashing down. But there are signs that some of the plates are wobbling. I already told you about the Reuters poll that found Millennials, especially young white males, were drifting away from the Democrats. Another new poll found, possibly due to listening to Kanye West and seeing how he was pilloried for expressing independent thought, support for Trump among blacks has risen and among black men, it’s doubled to 22% in just one week. READ MORE
But the party had better beware because there is another crack in its foundation that’s even more ominous and could threaten to split the party apart, particularly with the “progressive” left taking such an in-your-face leadership role. David French at National Review calls it the Democrats’ “God Gap.”
A new Pew Research Center survey found that only 5% of Republicans, white or non-white, don’t believe in God. Among Democrats, non-whites are much like Republicans: only 5% don’t believe in God, and nearly two-thirds believe in the God of the Bible. Meanwhile, 21% of white Democrats are atheists, and less than one-third believe in the God of the Bible (the rest believe in some “higher power or spiritual force,” possibly a la "Star Wars.")
The upshot is that many black Democrats are regular churchgoers, while many white Democrats, particularly in positions of power and leadership, are becoming more bold in their hostility to anyone of faith (forcing nuns to pay for abortion drugs, suing Christian bakers into bankruptcy for declining to make same-sex wedding cakes, obstructing Trump's nominees for being Christian or pro-life, even trying to ban Chick-Fil-A from New York City, etc.)
Kanye West has started a national dialogue among African-Americans on why they should think it’s required of them to vote Democrat even when nothing gets better for them under Democratic governance. With the party’s leadership becoming increasingly aggressive in its hostility to traditional morality and people of faith, black Democrats might also start questioning why they continue to support a party whose policies are directly opposed to their sacred beliefs.
Liberals like to ask, “What’s the matter with Kansas?,” that is, why do Middle Americans “vote against their own interests” (making the dubious assumption that activist big government is in the average citizen's interests.) The Democrats will be in big trouble if black voters start looking at what the party’s done for them, and its growing open hostility to their faith, and start asking themselves the same question. But as French notes, it’s up to Republicans to reach out to black voters, try to see things from their point of view, and make the case for why conservative principles are in their interests as well.
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