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Democrats Engage in “Partisan-ism”

Democrats Engage in “Partisan-ism”

Among all the “isms” – sexism, racism, ageism, etc. – there is one ism that does not get much attention.  It is arguably the most dangerous ism of all in terms of national unity.  It is the one ism that is considered acceptable by the arbiters of isms – Democrats.  The further left, the more viciously it is advanced by those on the left. 

It is partisan-ism.  Just as racism means the denigrating those of another race through stereotyping, partisan-ism – at least as defined in this commentary – is the maligning political opponents through negative stereotyping.  In the general case of isms, the characterizations are negative and with no basis in fact.  Same with partisan-ism

While virtually all media – news, entertainment and social platforms – condemn the prejudicial nature of the negative stereotyping of classes of people.  The left-wing media makes an exception for partisan-ism.  In fact, they aggressively engage in vicious partisan-ism.

Of course, you probably have already guessed that I am referring to the constant attacks on Republicans … conservatives.

I am not referring to the normal political debate over issues, philosophies or candidates.  Rather, I am addressing the broad-brush attacks on the Republican brand and all those who vote Republican.  Although they do not use the term, Democrats and the left-wing media constantly characterize the Republican Party – from top leaders to average voters – as “the enemy of the people”.

Everyone associated with the GOP – or supportive in any way – are said to be “insurrectionists,” “coup plotters,” “cultists,” “enemies of democracy.”  All those who fall under the label of “Republican” are described as “crazy,” “unhinged,” “insane,” “evil,” etc., etc., etc.

It is first important to understand that all the appellations and characterizations are untrue – nothing but political propaganda.  The attack on the Republican Party by the Democrats and the media is founded on the same techniques and communication strategies employed by authoritarians throughout the world and throughout history. The purpose is to maintain power by making legitimate political opposition into the enemies of the state.  It was the rationale used by Hitler to murder millions of Jews in Germany.  It was the basis for Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution, that killed millions in China.

While those are dramatic extremes of the technique, making opponents the enemy of the state is found among autocrats everywhere.  While they may not engage in extermination policies, they do mount propaganda and phony shame campaigns to create cultural prejudice against the target population.  They censor and censure the opposition.  They promote public hostility (Congresswoman Waters calling on citizens to harass her “enemies” in public …  protests against conservative speakers on campuses … blocking conservative opinion from social media … attacking conservative news outlets).

In other words, the national political dialogue is not like in the past.  It has evolved into a one-sided assault on political opposition by the left-wing elitist establishment and the institutions that they control – academia, news, entertainment, and publishing.

There is no subtlety in the messaging.  Left-wing writers and commentators call for the removal of Republicans from all offices.  Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post called for the Republican Party to be “crushed” all across the country.

It is no longer a matter of competing for votes on a reasonably level playing field.  Democrat leaders talk about the need for national unity, but there can be no unity as long as Democrats and their media allies engage in existential warfare on Republicans as an enemy of the people … the state.

If there is any serious threat to the Republic, it comes from those who believe that only they – their party — are fit to rule over the people.  One- party rule is, by definition, authoritarianism.

If you are inclined to disagree with my analysis, I dare you to watch MSNBC and CNN (and other news platforms) with an objective eye.  You will find that the daily programming is filled with prosecutorial-style attacks on all things Republican and conservative.  Positive reports about Republican issues, personalities, candidates, and voters are non-existent.  

From the moment Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, Democrats began their resistance movement – vilifying and threatening to impeach Trump even before he was inaugurated.  It is not the attacks on Trump that is the problem.  It was broadening the attacks on the Republican brand – and all those who associate with it, from leaders to voters.

THAT is what is poisoning the political atmosphere.  THAT is what is dividing the nation.  

There is good news, however.  Left-wing hyper partisan-ism is wearing thin.  The public – at least most of it – is not buying the left’s propaganda.  Republicans are still being elected to office.  Folks in the neighborhood – who know real Republicans – are not consumed with hatred.  Despite the dark description the left applies to Republicans and conservatives, there are indications that the Grand Old Party is on the rise – much to the chagrin of folks on the far left.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. frank stetson

    And yet the lawsuits are at FOX for political pandering for profit of The Big Lie. With billions on the table, we will soon see how partisan-ism mixes with money satisfying those feeling victimized by offering someone to blame for their frustrations through disenfranchisement.

  2. Mike f

    Larry, This post makes obvious that you are suffering from advanced senility. It is obvious to anyone with a brain that the Republicans are the partisan party-you need only check what their platform was in the 2020 election-“we will support Donald trump to do the ‘right’ thing”. There is a reason that MSNBC and CNN don’t report positive news about republicans-there is nothing positive to report. Do you hear positive news about democrats on faux or newsmax? Of course not, as those are partisan mouthpieces…. This is probably the worst post you have ever written-just plain silly…

    • larry Horist

      Mike f … You contention that there is nothing positive to say about Trump … Republicans .. conservatives, is prima fascia proof that you are locked in on one-side propaganda — and MSNBC zombie. And Yes, I see a lot of “the other side” on FOX. I have seen interviews with Democrat senators and members of Congress — including Ro Khanna, vice chair of the Progressive Caucus, Chris Coons (Delaware), Ralph Warnock (Georgia), Joe Manchin (West Virginia), Kyrsten Sinema (Arizona) and others voices from the left. Real debates on issues. I have long said that the evening lineup is right wing commentary, but most of news programs feature two sides. I have often challenged folks to do an objective study comparing FOX and MSNBC , but folks on the far left, like you, seem to be afraid of learning something. I chose not to respond in kind to your childish insult since it is self damning.

      • Mike f

        Larry, For you to write an essay that essentially says that partisanship only exists on the democratic side of the spectrum is a truly ignorant thing to say. It is well documented that Republicans are far more partisan than democrats, far less willing to reach across the aisle with any meaningful dialogue. I stick with my so-called “childish” insult that this is the dumbest blog that you have ever written and indicates your senility….

  3. Darren

    You can fool some of the people some of the time but you,. You now how it goes.

    Just change some of the words to FOOLS and it would be perfect.