Many of us are familiar with the five stages of grief. Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance (DABDA) have been widely understood for nearly five decades as the human process of coping with loss. I was surprised to learn that Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross' observations about death and dying were not originally developed to help individuals grapple with the loss of a loved one. Rather, Dr. Kübler-Ross' model of grief was based off her work with terminally ill patients whom she witnessed struggling with their own death sentences. Based on Kübler-Ross' work we understand that everyone experiences grief differently. People may walk through all or just one of the five stages; they may experience them in order or out of order, but we're certain that when there is loss, at least some form of DABDA will accompany it.
Politically speaking, in terms of loss, Democrats are waking up to the news that their party and its grip on Americans who are black is dying. For decades Democrats have rested on laurels like no Democratic presidential nominee has received less than 82 percent of the black vote since JFK, who got 68 percent in 1960. Or they have basked in the glow of the fact that no Republican presidential nominee in the past 80 years has done better than Eisenhower's 39 percent in 1956. As a result of this stagnation and the Democrats' ongoing threats and intimidation of blacks in America, their stronghold has remained unchallenged … until now.
400 young, conservative black leaders recently took Washington by storm. They donned red MAGA hats, chanted, "USA," and cheered the president many of them were taught to despise. Turning Point USA, the conservative organization that targets millennials, facilitated this four-day event. The 2018 Young Black Leadership Summit received 1,200 applications and hosted men and women between 15 and 35 years old. Considering these black conservatives have largely only known Obama's America, their presence in D.C. this past weekend was an unapologetic rebuke of what they've experienced.
After the 2016 upset, Democrats were in denial. They believed they would push a Russia tale that would thrust Hillary to the perch she coveted. That sham, having become old and tired, died slowly. 2017 revealed incapacitating depression. Democrats didn't even know who they were. Their only goal was to get Trump out. They allowed radical, violent socialists to take over their party. Antifa anyone? In 2018 we've seen anger and vitriol the likes of which commentators say hasn't been seen since the '60s. Conservatives are attacked in public, and Democrats encourage more. Black conservatives are called coons and traitors to their "race," whatever that means. Charlatans are trotted out to call black conservatives "props" -- a hilarious irony.
If you're keeping track, Democrats only have two stages left -- bargaining and acceptance. The problem with Democrats attempting to bargain with members of #blexit, a growing movement of black Americans leaving the Democratic Party, is that open borders, high unemployment numbers, mass slaughter of black lives, impoverished communities, and bold attacks on the Church make poor bargaining chips. When you couple this black awakening with unfettered access to information, the final stage of grief in the death of the Democratic Party is impending.
Democrats will accept that they don't own black Americans. They will accept that if they want votes, then they will have to make an actual case for their candidates. Democrats will accept that their party has become the enemy of patriots, common sense, and certainly the Church. They will accept that terms like "coon" or "house negro" no longer work as tactics to control and manipulate black voters. They will no longer demand that successful black Americans "remember where you come from." Unfortunately for them, having enjoyed the bounty that is conservative leadership, black voters won't be easily convinced. This is as it should have always been.
Congratulations! Trump is making independent thinking great again!