Were our leaders wrong to abandon the racist coalition at the heart of Democratic politics? No. All people are created equal. That’s in our (contradictory) founding documents, too. Acceding to our lowest urges is a sure way to destroy not just our democracy but our very society. But idealists aren’t coalition-builders; they’re dividers. They force people to choose sides. Ask Abraham Lincoln. The best way to unite people is by appealing to the lowest common denominator. It’s why demagogues are so successful.
Take heart. Trump lost the popular vote. He only won the office through the abomination of the Electoral College, that vestige of slavery. The Democrats have a future. Bernie Sanders gave us a hint: democratic socialism. It works in Europe where even the most right wing nut job is still to the left of Obama or Clinton.
People want stuff for nothing. Give it to them and tax corporations to pay for it. The racism will evaporate.
It just won’t be needed anymore.