I confess until recently I didn’t really understand the term “tribalism” as it pertained to politics. At the risk of sounding racist I thought “tribalism” meant tribes as in Native American or Tribes in Africa. Primitives in other words. I didn’t mean it in an derogatory manner it just was what I thoughtlessly thought.
The map below is what I thought was meant by Tribalism in America.
To my surprise the map below is what it really means:
As time has passed and as I’ve spent more time on a computer I’ve learned a lot of things I wish I had known long ago. This computer is such a great source of information I am constantly amazed at how much you can learn. And amazed at how few take advantage of such a wonderful tool.
Politics being what it is you now have a chance to learn more about the people you vote for than at any other time in our history. That chance to learn is vastly underused. Why bother to learn something when you can simply vote for a member of your tribe? Some are too lazy too bother to learn about the members of their tribe they vote for. Others simply don’t care. The tribe is all. The magic letter behind a candidate name.
I’m a pretty cynical old bird but when I read that over 50% of Democrats would vote for Hillary even if she was indicted I was flabbergasted. How could that be? Have people no morals, no decency, no concern about the people who govern us? The sad answer is no.
They might prefer someone else to represent their “tribe” but they will vote for the tribe in the end.
Add in a little racism to the mix and you can even feel smug about voting for your tribe. Corrupt maybe but at least they aren’t racists like those other people.
Republicans bewail that it doesn’t seem to matter how contentious a primary election the Democrats have they will always come together in the end and support their tribe.
Republicans are tribal too but not to quite the extent as Democrats. Yes many will in the end vote for the Republican candidate because the Democrat is just so terrible. They know that because their tribal council, AKA the RNC, told them so.
This primary season has been like no other in my memory. Large numbers of voters have decided that their tribal council doesn’t have their best interests at heart. No revelation there just surprise that voters are acknowledging a truth known for a very long time.
There are signs that the Dems are beginning to get back in line. Bernie Sanders has conceded and has endorsed the woman he’s been excoriating for months. Now the question is will the people that followed him, believed in him, obey him. Given that many are young voters and really believed in him I really doubt they will all come back to the tribe.
On the Republican side things are a little more complicated. In a year when the Republicans fielded the best bunch of candidates, many new and almost unused candidates Donald Trump, the media and Rupert Murdock threw a monkey wrench in the works.
The Republican Party heads into it’s Convention next week divided. Seriously divided. The #NeverTrump movement is large and serious. The establishment is afraid that the Convention will turn into a DumpTrump revolution and so they are fighting to stop the #NeverTrumpers. If nothing else it should be interesting.
Will the Republican voters, particularly the Conservative Republicans defy the tribal council? Many Evangelicals did when they refused to vote for Mitt Romney. But this revolt is deeper and wider and much, much louder.
Will they in the end vote for Trump, nose firmly, tightly held because they think Hillary is worse? A lot worse? That’s a question a lot of people are looking into their crystal balls and trying to discover.
There are many that think Hillary is terrible, horrible, corrupt, dishonest and an all around detestable old hag. But those same people think Trump is a vulgar old megalomaniac. There’s a heinous choice for you to have to make.
Monday will begin the Republican Convention and many questions will be answered. Will the tribal council prevail? I expect they will.
Evidently some Conservatives have been able to concoct, in spite of the Trumpanzees, a decent Republican Platform. That will bring some home to the tribe. I’m sure someone will read it to the presumptive nominee.
The following week will be the Democrat Convention. I don’t see many answers coming from them. Socialism is all in style this year among the Dems. Only if violence breaks out will there be anything even remotely newsworthy about their Convention. The nomination has been Hillary’s since she endorsed Obama in 2008.
“May you live in interesting times” is an English expression purported to be a translation of a traditional Chinese curse. I think we fit the profile for that this year. Perhaps for many years to come as our Republic determinedly tears itself apart.
Democrat Convention – July 25–28, 2016, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, with some events at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Republican National Convention – July 18–21, 2016. The convention is to be held at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. This will mark the third time Cleveland has hosted this event, and the first since 1936.