The fight continues with conservative pundit, Michael Barone, and his latest article entitled "No Permanent Majorities in America". While the crux of the argument is fine, that permanent majorities are unrealistic, the basis on which he comes to this conclusion is filled with little more than conjecture and the same old divisive politics I am hoping people will soon reject.
Democrats are now hoping that their party can achieve something like permanent majority status.
Far more egregious than this baseless statement is the manner in which Barone tries to prove that permanent majorities are unsustainable:
The Republican Party throughout our history has been a party whose core constituency has been those who are considered, by themselves and by others, to be typical Americans. In the 19th century, that meant white Northern Protestants. Today, it means white married Christians.
The Democratic Party throughout our history has been the party whose core constituencies have been those who are considered, by themselves and by others, to be something other than typical Americans. In the 19th century, that meant white Southerners and big city Catholics. Today, it means blacks and singles and seculars and those with postgraduate degrees.
Had he couched his arguments with the reality that the Republican Party has typically been the party of the dominant class while the Democratic Party has been typically a collection of different minority and special interest groups, I would have been fine. However, he chose the divisive nature of typical vs. atypical to define these parties in order to make the claim that throughout its history the Democrats have not been as "American" as the Republicans.
Being a minority or being a resident of a particular region or being a member of a political party makes you no less typical than any other American in this country. Once people start actually believing that and recognizing that we will all be better off and we will not have to have these useless debates about who is more "America". I will say this, however, that if the Republican Party continues to use this style of divisive rhetoric, then perhaps we will have some sort of sustained majority or perhaps it will be replaced by another party which serves to unite rather than divide.