There is a tendency of some on the Right to laud the type of thing happening in the California Democratic Party right now. They revel in this alleged self-devouring that they wistfully believe the Left to be engaged in.
“It’s great when they eat themselves!”
I’m not as “hopeful.” What is occurring in the political landscape of modern America is not the confined to the Left, nor does it involve imploding ideologies. We are simply witnessing a grand metamorphosis of the political landscape, and to a greater measure, of society.
(Bold is my own interjection)
The California Democratic Party issued a stunning rebuke of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Saturday by decisively handing its official endorsement to state Sen. Kevin de Leon, her longshot Democratic challenger.
The move was the latest sign that establishment Democrats are facing something of a national insurgence, coming on the heels of last month’s shock win by 28-year-old Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over high-ranking Rep. Joe Crowley in a closely watched New York primary.
In backing de Leon, a majority of the party’s 360-member executive board ignored Feinstein’s calls to stay neutral in the race. Her allies had warned an endorsement would only further divide Democrats.
What we are witnessing, from the Trumpian onset Republican era through the Democratic youth rebellion, is a shedding of the old and birthing of the new form. The old political guard was a cocoon of political antiquity and it is now excising from its skin and being reborn as a new political paradigm. Political differentiation is still largely Left versus Right, but this traditional polar feud is being supplanted by a new one of the Young versus the Old. Ideological self-definition is becoming less important than the generational divide. For Democrats, this evolution has taken the form of “young” politicians upsetting the archaic figureheads at its local party levels. For the Republicans, despite their form of metamorphosis being heralded by a 70-year-old man, the new form is a young resurgence of traditionalism. The Republican form of metamorphosis, relying on an elder statesman (who, youthful in his own regard due to his lack of ties to the existing political establishment), is perhaps more steady and dependable in its nature. What better way to revamp the paradigm than through the contributions of wise, mature sages? The Democratic party, riding chaotically on the erratic politics of its young trailblazers, may very well be delaying its metamorphosis by disdaining the old rather than embracing and welcoming it. The Left, more extreme in its helpless, tears down monuments rather than learning from them.
Perhaps evolving technology has always represented a chasm of cultural divide between the young and the old, but we must consider the fact that technology advances exponentially, and hence, the divide between young and old grows exponentially as well. The inability of the old to harness advanced technology in 2018 has placed them at odds with the new generations more than ever. Racing technology today has fomented two classes of civic participation: the young and the old, and the current political metamorphosis involves the brutal shedding of the aged in an unprecedented wave to “historicide.”
We’re not eating ourselves: we are becoming something new and horrible.