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Au contraire, it is the Republicans who have no idea how power works. The Democrats can be pretty incompetent at elections; and yet the progressive agenda keeps moving forward. Funny, that.

Notice that a mere twelve years ago, the country was seriously considering a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. A mere two years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage would be legal across America.

And now the Republicans own the government, and there is zero chance that they can or will change this! The most they are hoping for is to repeal a healthcare law. Not even repeal — replace, with a watered-down version!

Think of the wackiest, most right-wing major politician you can. Trump? Cruz? Santorum? Huckabee? Now think: how would they be received in 1980? Mainstream, middle-of-the-road. How would they be received in 1960? As progressive, left-wing!

And positions that were formerly obviously correct are suddenly controversial, even considered extremist. Donald Trump is a Nationalist, and that’s bad for some reason! He thinks the United States has the right to decide who can enter and who can’t — what a crazy extremist whack-job!

This isn’t only an American phenomenon. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said that terrorism is just “part and parcel of living in a big city”. How would the UK of 25 years ago reacted to that? The Swedish opposition leader, then-head of the Social Democratic Party, told a group of Turkish immigrants, “I can not figure out what Swedish culture is. I think that’s what makes many Swedes jealous of immigrant groups. You have a culture, an identity, a history, something that brings you together. And what do we have? We have Midsummer’s Eve and such silly things.” Would any self-respecting country accept that kind of position from a major politician? How would the France of 25 or 50 years ago have reacted to the spate of attacks it endured over the past two years?

What changed?

It’s very simple actually. While the Republicans and Democrats wrestle over the elected government, the academic progressives, using their control over the educational system (especially higher education) and the media, quietly shift the Overton Window. And suddenly a cultural change that was controversial a decade ago, that was pie-in-the-sky a generation ago, that was unthinkable 50 years ago — is somehow set in stone.

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