The New York Post reported that there is a shocking contradiction between the thought of Democrats and the thought of Republicans.
We can look at this contradiction in dialectical terms. There are two opposing Ideas. In a previous article I called one Idea “the beautiful people” and the other “the deplrables.” We can describe these two Ideas just as accurately as “the Democrats” and “the Republicans.”
In general, the two groups have dialectical opposite views on the following issues, with around 90% supporting one side and 10% supporting the opposite side.
Is Trump making the country safer? Around 90% of the Republicans (“R”) say “yes” and around 10% of the Democrats (“D”) say “yes.”
Is Trump doing a good job? 90% R: yes. 10% D: yes.
Should Democrats stand up to Trump or get along? 90% R: get along. 10% D: get along.
Was Judge Gorsuch a good pick? 90% R: yes. 10% D: yes
Should we replace Obamacare? 90% R: yes. 10% Dem: yes
Should we have a temporary ban on Muslims from certain countries? 90% R: yes. 10% D: yes.
The arguments for and against these issues are going on infinitely in the American polity (after all, politics is largely entertainment), but some basic questions arise: What makes one group think one way, and the other group think the opposite?
Of course, the usual answer among Democrats (Progressives and the beautiful people) is that, “We are good and they are bad.” And “We are smart (so very smart) and they are dumb.”
The usual argument among Republicans (the conservatives and the deplorables) is, “We are realistic and they are irresponsible, naive idealists.”
But one thing that we can be fairly certain of: as these discussions and arguments go on, and as the facts go flying back and forth, eventually one Idea will become stronger and the other weaker, and this will be manifested in elections.
Also we can be fairly certain that in the next few years there will be more and more of a synthesis between these two Ideas. Then we can await the next thesis to arise.