The year 2022 is finally here, and it’s about to go down. As it is an election year we can expect to witness the political discourse explode and become more absurd and savage. Many are wondering what the future political landscape might look like now that we’re closer to midterm elections.
There will be many issues at the forefront of the conversation, such as the economy, education and COVID-19. A closer look at the issues suggests that there will be one central issue to many of the current conversations taking place in the country.
The issue will be race and will center largely on progressives’ attempts to use racial issues to smear their opponents and gain more power.
Yes, this seems like a “water is wet” assertion, but I assure you there is more to it, dear reader. It is true that this was the case as early as 2020.
Let’s start with the issue of “voting rights.” I put this term in quotations because when Democrats discuss the topic, they are often fond of pretending that states passing new election laws are actually restricting wide swaths of Americans from casting votes. This claim is often not supported by any evidence, as it amounts to hot bovine excrement on wheat bread.
However, the left is likely to continue to focus on this subject aggressively as President Joe Biden tries to push through voter legislation. This legislation is supposed to block states from banning people from voting.
Biden indicated last Thursday that he would be willing to consider a limited “carveout” to the filibuster in order to pass various bills related to voting rights. During an interview with ABC News’ David Muir, the president indicated such a move would be a last resort, but that he is open to the idea.
“I don’t think we may have to go that far,” he told Muir, “but I would be if that’s, if it’s — the only thing standing between getting voting rights legislation passed and not getting passed is the filibuster, I support making the exception of voting rights for the filibuster.”
The president recently told reporters “there’s nothing domestically more important than voting rights,” which signaled that he would be focusing on the issue heavily in 2022.
As Fox News explained:
Eliminating the filibuster rules would reduce the 60-vote threshold needed to get a bill passed from 60 to 50. The split 50-50 Senate allows Vice President Kamala Harris to break a tie and allow Democrats to surpass Republicans.
In an op-ed written for The Hill, Antjuan Seawright employed the Jim Crow 2.0 narrative of which the left was exceedingly fond last year, noting how “[w]hen Reconstruction brought landmark enfranchisement for former slaves, Jim Crow laws met them at voter registration offices with poll taxes and literacy tests asking them to count jelly beans in jars or to predict how many bubbles might be in a piece of bubble gum.”
He continued, contending that in 2020, people dealt with “violent division,” and “increased intimidation” when trying to cast their votes. I don’t need to tell you he provided no evidence or sources to back up his claims, do I?
But rather than praising them for their dedication to civic responsibility and patriotism, GOP leaders in states such as Georgia, Iowa, Kansas and Texas — and more — actually will make it more difficult for people to vote by targeting mail-in ballots, early voting and voter registration efforts — the very efforts that made 2020’s turnout possible.
The voting rights issue isn’t really a voting rights issue. The Democrats just use it to advance a racist narrative. To make it seem racist, they are using the history of disenfranchisement and black Americans as an excuse to attack anyone disagreeing with them on this matter.
It might be counterintuitive to say this at the moment, but it is not my belief that Democrats have given up on police brutality. For those who oppose police brutality and favor accountability for police officers who abuse their authority, 2021 wasn’t a bad year, especially with the conviction of Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd. Unfortunately, it was also a great year for race-hustlers and grifters alike who use the issue to push their usual “everyone is racist” narrative.
While the defunding of police was a significant victory, it’s still not enough to stop the hard left from exploiting police brutality issues in order to prove that America remains a racist country. The issue came back to the forefront when Hawk Newsome, a Black Lives Matter activist threatened to cause more riots in New York City. When Eric Adams was elected Mayor of New York City, he announced that he would reinstate a plainclothes program for police to combat rising crime rates.
Adams’ election was largely due to his resistance against anti-cop sentiments that were being fomented in part by the hard right. Although the original program Adams is restoring had some corruption issues, Adams has promised to support a system where officers are held responsible for any violations of their limits.
Even though Black Lives Matter lost some prominence in the last year, that does not mean that they have disappeared from the battlefield. The only thing the left has to do is add one or two more controversial and high-profile police shootings and the issue of police brutality will be back on the agenda. We’ll all then debate how racist America really is.
Education is last but not least. It became an important topic in 2020-2021 as parents were able to see what their kids were learning up close. Education is usually a matter of quality teaching. However, the issue of education has become more about race and whether far-left or progressive ideas are being introduced to the curriculum.
When news stories detailing instances in which teachers were labeling students as “oppressor” and “oppressed” by the color of their skin, a tremendous backlash ensued. The battle for Critical Race Theory concepts in schools was triggered by news stories about teachers labeling students “oppressors” and “oppressed” by their skin color. Revelations about teachers and administrators teaching children that the United States is fundamentally racist and that it was important to push back against “whiteness” prompted Republican politicians to pass legislation ostensibly designed to limit the teaching of these far-left tenets.
However, the left has responded to the backlash by either pretending CRT wasn’t present in the curriculum of many schools, or defending it by deceptively claiming the debate is only about teaching America’s true history and that if you oppose it, you are a racist. The conversation is a great opportunity for progressives and race-baiting, which will make 2022 the most important year in national discourse.
This is not to say issues like immigration, the economy, and COVID-19 won’t still be a factor. The pandemic, in particular, will remain a close second — especially when Democrats continue seeking out new and creative ways to use the virus to enact more restrictions and mandates. But it is worth remembering that they are not done with race yet, and won’t be in the near future. It’s been their go-to topic for decades. They wouldn’t hesitate to do so now.