I’ve spent the better part of a decade trying to elucidate why one of our major political parties went crazy and decided to worship Donald Trump—with that knowledge in hand, we have the potential to begin healing both the party and America.
Trump was able to take over the Republican Party for many reasons—most of which reflect Republican failings. But there is another perspective that is not widely understood or appreciated. According to Kevin Drum, the liberal journalist formerly with Washington Monthly and Mother Jones, “It is not conservatives who have turned American politics into a culture war battle. It is liberals.”
It’s a counterintuitive observation. Aren’t Republicans the ones who are staking out extreme positions? “Since roughly the year 2000, according to survey data,” Drum writes, “Democrats have moved significantly to the left on most hot button social issues [here, he cites immigration, guns, taxes, abortion—and even religion] while Republicans have moved only slightly right.” So, ask yourself this question: Was Trump’s rise to power a product of a Republican backlash to Democratic provocation?