Ruy Teixeira proposes that rather than ignoring or counter-attacking when attacked on “culture war” issues the Democrats the Democrats should take some “commonsense steps”. I am excerpting his steps.
Here’s common-sense proposition #1: Police misconduct and brutality against people of any race is wrong and we need to reform police conduct and recruitment. However, more and better policing is needed to get criminals off the streets and secure public safety. That cannot be provided by “defunding the police”.
Here’s common-sense proposition #2: America benefits from the presence of immigrants and no immigrant, even if illegal, should be mistreated. But border security is hugely important, as is an enforceable system that fairly decides who can enter the country.
Common-sense proposition #3: Equality of opportunity is a fundamental American principle; equality of outcome is not.
Common-sense proposition #4: Racial achievement gaps are bad and we should seek to close them. However, they are not due just to racism and standards of high achievement should be maintained for people of all races.
Common-sense proposition #5: No one is completely without bias but calling all white people racists who benefit from white privilege and American society a white supremacist society is not right or fair.
Common-sense proposition #6: People who want to live as a gender different from their biological sex should have that right. However, biological sex is real and spaces limited to biological women in areas like sports and prisons should be preserved. Medical treatments like drugs and surgery are serious interventions that should not be available on demand, especially for children.
I agree with all of those and I suspect that the majority of people who vote Democratic do as well but I think there’s something Mr. Teixeira is missing. The sources that contribute to Democratic campaigns and people who work on campaigns don’t agree with those views.
We’re seeing that work out in the Chicago mayoral run-off right now. Both of the candidates are Democrats and have been all of their lives. One candidate receives almost all of his campaign contributions from labor unions; he has stated pretty unequivocally that he considers defunding the police a political goal (he’s trying to walk that back). He derives his support mostly from blacks (he’s black) and lakeshore liberals. He’s been endorsed by Toni Preckwinkle and Chuy Garcia among others. The other candidate is derives most of his contributions from individuals and is running on law and order. He derives most of his support from the Northwest Side which is primarily white but he’s receiving badly needed endorsements from key black leaders, e.g. Jesse White, Bobby Rush.
The election probably won’t tell us whether most Chicagoans are progressives but it will tell us whether safety is more important to black Chicago voters than having a black mayor.