I’ve been meaning to get around to Ross Douthat’s latest tantrum disguised as a column, and apologize that this is a bit late. But it still needs to be addressed, since it’s shockingly nasty and dishonest, even by his already low standards. Conservatives generally radiate a sense that they are the only true Americans and dance around a belief that the rest of us only get to participate at their mercy, but this election felt—and I hope was—a real moment where liberals really stood up and said, “Fuck that.” We are Americans. This is our country, too. And if they don’t like it, they can go fuck themselves.
Their response has been to run around insinuating that universal suffrage was a mistake. Douthat’s idiotic column is just more of the same, but with that coat of pretension that makes him so special.
This is an inescapable aspect of democratic culture: no matter what reason tells us about the vagaries of politics, something in the American subconscious assumes that the voice of the people really is the voice of God, and that being part of a winning coalition must be a sign that you’re His chosen one as well.
Since you know he’s going to take a swipe at non-believers in his column, I just want to single this out to point out that he’s so upset he’s incoherent. Obviously, he’s just trying to remind readers that you can tell who his god loves best by who the biggest woman-hating assholes are, but it’s worth pointing out that his hated liberal coalition has a bunch of members who literally cannot believe that we’re God’s chosen ones, because we don’t believe in God.
Douthat concedes that the liberal coalition does represent the future of this country, but then says this:
Liberals look at the Obama majority and see a coalition bound together by enlightened values — reason rather than superstition, tolerance rather than bigotry, equality rather than hierarchy. But it’s just as easy to see a coalition created by social disintegration and unified by economic fear.
Douthat is doomed forever to be one of those people who tries to make himself feel better about not being a cool kid by telling himself that the cool kids are a bunch of degenerates. But his image of liberal communities as hellholes devoid of love and stability is actually the opposite of reality. Red states have higher levels of instability in family life. They have a higher divorce rate. A higher teen birth rate. Higher crime rates. They’re poorer. They have higher rates of STDs, outside of HIV. If stable families, good schools, low STD and crime rates is what you want, you’re better off blue.
Consider the Hispanic vote. Are Democrats winning Hispanics because they put forward a more welcoming face than Republicans do — one more in keeping with America’s tradition of assimilating migrants yearning to breathe free? Yes, up to a point. But they’re also winning recent immigrants because those immigrants often aren’t assimilating successfully — or worse, are assimilating downward, thanks to rising out-of-wedlock birthrates and high dropout rates. The Democratic edge among Hispanics depends heavily on these darker trends: the weaker that families and communities are, the more necessary government support inevitably seems.
In other words, he views Hispanics as a bunch of children who need to be scolded by morally superior white men into acting right, and sees Democrats as indulgent mommies who just let the naughty children get their way. Keep telling people you think they’re morally inferior children who need a good spanking, Ross. That’s sure to endear them to you.
Likewise with the growing number of unmarried Americans, especially unmarried women.
Needless to say, the existence of unmonitored vaginas is the greatest threat ever posed to civilization.
Yes, social issues like abortion help explain why these voters lean Democratic. But the more important explanation is that single life is generally more insecure and chaotic than married life, and single life with children — which is now commonplace for women under 30 — is almost impossible to navigate without the support the welfare state provides.