Now, I don’t pretend to know about much — but I do know a lot about video games. I know what you’re thinking, “what the heck does video games have to do with the political system?” and just bear with me. Video games are a medium through which we can see how what happened to the republican party (ultimately resulting in the mess we are calling our current presidential election) is the exact same thing is happening to the democratic party now. Come on a journey with me, if you will:
We are in the late 1900’s and video games are just starting to take off. The “religious right” was attacking video games saying that they caused violent tendencies for those who partake. Some of you may remember this push against the video game community and it’s call for control over video game content. Flash forward to 2015 and we see this far left “social justice warrior” movement (as some would call it) and what they called “video game gate” (a harsh jab at my beloved New England Patriots, but I digress). Their claim was that video games make people sexist. Now whether or not you believe that video games can make people violent or sexist is beside the point — the studies show nothing behind either argument, anyway. What does matter, is the distinction of “right vs left” and “establishment vs libertarian-ism”.
Looking at the picture at the top of this article, it becomes clear. The power switches back and forth between the far left and right; and there is a struggle between those in power and the so-called “libertarians” of this country as well as the opposing side (over 70% of the country, according to a statistic I made up for this blog).
Whether you’re conservative or liberal is more-or-less inconsequential to this argument. Let’s take a look at the term “establishment”. It is a term thrown around a lot in politics today but what I define it as is “the overarching institution that holds the belief system leading the american political environment presently.” This doesn’t have to be a person or even a group of people, it is just the — well, the establishment — “the man”, if you will. In the 1900’s, the establishment was the far right conservative movement. The people fought back against the man by saying “you cant tell me how to feel and how to act”. The remnants of this establishment is the push-back the democrats feel today when trying to pass things like The Marriage Equality Act and similar legislation. However, the establishment has far changed.
As a more tolerant and socially liberal generation comes into power, the establishment has become very much liberal. I don’t care how much push-back they get, marriage equality is not going away and human rights campaigns are now the norm. The anti-establishment so-called “hippies” of the time have now been replaced with the “bigots” resisting the government forcing the establishment’s principles on them.
I know that last sentence was hard to swallow. Let me state that I am not saying one side is correct and another side isn’t. I am making an objective observation. The establishment is always changing and so are the different political parties. The one thing that remains constant is the battle between the establishment and disestablishment. Whoever is in power wants to impose their beliefs on whoever is not in power and, consequently, those not in power resist.
What happened to the republicans and what resulted in their ultimate downfall? Well, a lot of different things came into play. It can be argued that an extremest group (later known as the “tea party”) grew and remained unchecked until they polarized the party until its base no longer recognized it. I see the same thing happening to the democratic party now. These social justice warriors screaming at and shutting a Sen. Bernie Sanders rally in Seattle enrage people from both parties — especially democrats (if you haven’t seen the video, I recommend it). It is my humble opinion that if this remains unchecked, the democratic party may have a similar falling out down the road.
Even if you do not agree with the parallel I am trying to draw, I hope I was able to make you think about the situation differently. Thanks for reading.
Credit: The picture is from http://quotesgram.com/left-libertarian-quotes/