by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The Washington political classes do not understand you.
If you are a Democrat, they assume you’re a pure progressive. They take for granted that you consider climate change a religion, think immigration should be a free pass for everyone, support entry-level people jumping past entry-level pay, think fairness is an entitlement provided by government through executive order, and believe socialized health care is the greatest achievement this country has accomplished.
If you are a Republican, they assume that you carry a gun every time you walk out the door, that you hate women, gays, blacks and Hispanics, and that you regularly attend tea party meetings to plot how to overthrow the government.
If you are a libertarian, they think you smoke pot — and that is about all they’ve got on you.
If you’re an independent, you basically are a pain in their egos because you mess up their “conventional wisdom” or “smart takes” and make it harder and harder to accurately predict elections from their environmentally friendly “green” offices and coffeehouses in the District of Columbia and New York City.
In short, they believe too much of their own writing and social-media quips; they are so disconnected from normal Americans’ lives that they fail to understand who we are, so they go with self-created stereotypes instead.
Here’s the thing: No one is as black-and-white in their views as divisional politics have tried to pigeonhole us as being. In fact, Americans are pretty solidly center-right on fiscal and military issues and pretty moderate on social issues.
Blacks and whites are tired of Washington media pushing stories that white people are inherently racist (as if they’re children and can’t help themselves) along with the equally false narrative that all blacks are angry at all white people.
Across the political divide, people are tired of how they are portrayed in the media.