In 2020, Democrat Joe Biden & Kamala Harris captured the Presidency and Vice Presidency in a hotly debated result fraught with voter fraud allegations. The Democrats won back the Senate (50-50) with 2 victories in runoff elections in Georgia in January. With both Houses of Congress and the Presidency, the Democrat agenda is ready to be unleashed on the populace beginning inauguration day, January 20, 2021. During the previous decade, the Democrat Party lost the House in 2010, Senate in the 2014 mid-term elections and President Obama's effectiveness ratings continued to decline. In 2016 they lost the Presidency to Republican Donald Trump. Democrat candidate, Hillary Clinton, failed to retain the White House with a similar coalition of young people, women and minority voters that swept Barack Obama into office in 2008. Yet the coalition did not show up in the force needed. The Democrat candidate won the popular vote in reliably blue states (California, Washington, Illinois, New York, Massachusetts, etc) as a result of overwhelming majorities in major coastal metropolitan areas like LA, SF, Seattle, NYC, Boston, Washington DC). They failed miserably in the heartland and in other blue states in the rust belt (Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin) and lost a total of 30 states giving a landslide electoral college victory to the Republican candidate. The Democrats have lost over 1,000 seats at the national, state and local levels nationwide in the past 7 years. In 2018 Democrats took back the House over negative reactions to Donald Trump & the Russian Investigation hovering over the political landscape.

60% Left & Right of Center, Americans

from The Gray Area:
Saw a couple of tweets today, each with a partisan spin on the subject of political parties in Washington. The first one is a video of a small bird chasing a worm.  At first glance it appeared the bird was just chasing dinner.  Then, upon closer investigation, you realize the bird is just walking up to the worm and opening its mouth, apparently expecting the worm to jump in.  The paraphrased caption reads, 'Birds are fed by their parents in infancy.  Later, there can be some confusion when food does not jump into their mouths'.  Ted Cruz retweeted with the statement, Democrats in Washington. An enterprising Twitter user of another political persuasion responded with a pic of the Jan 6th riot with the statement, Republicans in Washington. Cute Twitter contrast and banter. But, both tweets offer an example of the partisan divide in the shorthand of 'political narratives'. Sen. Ted Cruz uses the traditional narrative against Democrats as bleeding hearts, or today Communists, who want to give people every basic element of life, thus removing incentive and desire to work, in exchange for total dependence on government. The enterprising Twitter Democrat uses the image of the violent right.  This is the narrative pushed by the Democrat Party and the media since Jan 6, 2021 to damage their opponent, the Republican party.  As usual, the media has tremendous success with establishment of this political message, as evidenced by this tweet. This use of political narratives is shorthand for the partisan base's belief system that the 'other side' is bad.  It takes away any dialogue about the real issues.  In this case it is also very general, so impossible to refute in any concise manner.  We simply respond with 'its a false narrative', or 'that's a lie'. And, these are both 'false narratives', to some degree. The Jan 6th riot was not an 'insurrection', simply a riot. Shameful no less, but not an 'armed insurrection', far from it. Most conservative Republicans are not violent, just right of center, Americans. By the same token, all Democrats are not Communists, though some on the extreme, like BLM, are Marxist revolutionaries. Democrats are mostly level headed, left of center, Americans. While we are amused at the Twitter banter, remember the impact of political narratives to cloud issues and further divide our country.  This makes it easier for the extreme positions & messages to take control. To help provide clarity on issues, 'vary your news sources'. This will help you filter out political narratives in your review of political issues. If there are 20% extremes on the right & the left, then lets find the 60% just left & right of center and unite.

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