Author(s): Michael Anton
In September 2016, I called that year's presidential contest "The Flight 93 Election." My thesis was simple: a Clinton victory would usher in an era of semi-permanent Democratic-leftist rule. I here add the qualifier "semi-" only to make the point that nothing human lasts forever. But I asserted and still believe that one-party rule of the USA- blue-state politics from coast to coast-could, once established, last a very long time and might end only with the country itself. Since then, the question I'm most frequently asked is: Will 2020 be another "Flight 93 Election"? The tone is almost always one of weariness, a sense that the asker just wants politics to recede in importance, wants all this to be over and things to go back to "normal." I wish I had a more encouraging answer. Yet nothing in the intervening time-certainly not the first half of 2020!-has shaken my confidence in that earlier judgment. ... Either the left achieves the final victory it has long sought, and the only national elections that matter are Democratic primaries to determine who goes on to defeat-inevitably-a hopelessly outnumbered and ineffectual "opposition." Or the Republican Party-or some successor-leads a realignment along nationalist-populist lines that forces the left to moderate and accept the legitimacy of red-state/flyover/"deplorable" concerns. Then real politics-voting, ruling and being ruled in turn, compromise, acceptance of the other side's legitimacy-can return, and the "normal" that so many long for can reemerge. This book is an effort to encourage the latter outcome. Book jacket.