We are witnessing a historic turning point. Future eras will study the final months of 2018 as the metamorphosis of a nation. Metamorphosis into what? We’re in the middle of the transformation so that remains undetermined. Current events may take their place in history alongside the fall of Rome, the demise of British hegemony, and the collapse of the Russian empire. Or … we may experience a cultural and political rebirth on the scale of the Renaissance.
The current political conflict is a war of ideas and ideals. The next election is the pivot point. Whichever way it goes, it’s likely one of the two big American political parties will die. Another political entity will surely replace it, but it may take years for it to emerge from the rubble.
In one corner of this fight we have Democrats, a cobbled together army committed to win at all costs. Literally, all costs. Nothing is beneath them. The Democrat motto is attack, attack, attack. Substance-free arguments drive a relentless onslaught that ruin people’s lives and takes no prisoners. Emotion fuels the assault, so only the strongest emotions may apply. Anger, spite, envy, resentment and pure hatred are called to the surface at every turn. Rules are applicable to enemies only, consistency inconsequential, duplicity de rigueur, and principles malleable to the moment. Unity is paramount. Desertions are not allowed. They know they’re in a war and they need to utterly destroy their enemies. They will win. They must win.
In the other corner we have Republicans, a dysfunctional family trying to get along with their neighbors. The Republican motto is to survive for the next battle. Run away if need be. Tomorrow is another day. Republicans build their protective fortifications with logic and facts. Rules are paramount, laws sacrosanct, and the Constitution the supreme law of the land. Republicans attribute good intentions to Democrats. They believe we’re all one great country with varying opinions on how to achieve common goals. Republicans tolerate disunity and pardon deserters. Questioning their virtue always results in timid retreat. Republicans crave the accoutrements of power, but only in an orderly world. Chaos throws them off balance. To a great extent, they don’t even know a war is in progress. They want to win, but in truth, losing’s not all that bad.
Strategically, Republicans fight to win the next election, Democrats fight to control the process. If Republicans win office, they blithely issue orders, unaware that no one carries them out. Democrats take command of political, cultural, and social processes so when they lose, they remain in power.
Standing between these two combatants is The Great Disruptor, President Donald Trump. Trump is a Republican schooled in Democrat battle plans. Democrats and traditional Republicans despise him. Democrats hate Trump because he knows their shtick and goes them one better. Traditional Republicans can’t abide him because he brings disorder to their world and demands that they fight.
Trump can be gross and crude, but normally with a purpose. In their fight to destroy him, Democrats have sunk well below his level of indecency. Who would have guessed that Donald Trump would become the classiest politician in D.C. The president scratched the thin veneer of civility off democrats. Then he pushed them into a corner. A cornered beast is dangerous, and Democrats are striking out with the most vile weapons in their arsenal.
Who will win?
At this point, it’s up in the air. If Democrats succeed in stopping the Kavanaugh confirmation, the Republicans will die on November 6, 2018. If they can’t win against spurious, nonsensical attacks, why vote Republican. Abandonment of the Republican Party will make a stampede look tepid.
If Democrats fail to break Kavanaugh into tiny pieces, they will lose their only hope to drown out the declassification exposé. Only by winning the confirmation battle can Democrats justify tarnishing their reputation. It will become embarrassing and unfashionable to be branded a Democrat. They’ll be toast and #walkaway will become a real thing.
This is an epic battle … to the finish.