I posted this in the worldnews subreddit and fully expect to get completely brigaded by the downvoters once the liberals wake up and get over their hangovers.
It really blows my mind. So many people in here ragging on the fact that the Tories won by such a massive margin. But apparently people think that's an anomaly and they must all be wrong?
There can be no doubt left. This *WAS* the second referendum on Brexit, and the majority of the nation absolutely wants out. No one can say they didn't know what the consequences would be this time around. No one can say they didn't understand what they were voting for. This absolutely puts the truth of the masses to the Parliament and completely bursts the Westminster bubble of the Liberal Elites in the mainstream media and the twitteratti.
But social media is still bemoaning that they didn't get their way? This is apparently yet another anomaly? Similar to 2016. Wait till November 2020 and see how much of an anomaly this really was. Maybe it's the left, the liberals, the progressives, that need to reflect on their values and do some serious soul searching. Just a hint, maybe instead of arguing about the person, or the personalities, focusing on presenting a coherent argument for the platform might be a better tactic.
(And yes, I fully know I'm going to get brigaded by the downvote squads. Doesn't make what I said any less truthful though.)
What do I think?
I think the media and the liberal bubble got burst in London. The Westminster bubble finally got handed a resounding thump for the way they've behaved in Parliament over the past few years. People absolutely recognised that the LibDems and Labour were holding the country to ransom after May resigned. This election was most definitely about telling them off for that, and because they're just sick of the whole Brexit issue and want it done.
What does this mean for 2020?
Well, in the US, I think the media absolutely needs to stop and reevaluate their current thinking. This election has shown that despite the Brexit Referendum, despite the 2016 US election, and despite the 2018 congressional elections, the media still doesn't have a handle on how the average person feels and what they think about the state of our governments. The mainstream media is still trying to tell people what they should think and believe, and presenting some very clearly biased coverage.
Example: In the lead up to the UK election, nearly all the media was calling for a hung parliament. Further, in the last week or two, extremely partisan outlets like The Independent were outright begging for people to vote for Corbyn, even if you didn't like him.
So I am left feeling like we're going to see similar in 2020 in the US. Organisations like MSNBC are going to be running hyper partisan opinions disguised as news. CNN is going to tell people they're not allowed to read something because only the media is allowed to tell you what to think. The NYT is going to run Trump hit pieces disguised as bombshells, and WaPo is going to do everything it can to get leaks from the Trump campaign. And Fox News... Well, they're partisan, but they are also arguably the most truthful of the major news media in the US.
Keep in mind, Bloomberg News has effectively ruled itself out entirely as a possible source of election coverage because Michael Bloomberg has explicitly said they're not allowed to investigate him. He said that for News staff, their paycheck comes some requirements and caveats. Buzzfeed recently hired former Obama staffers, and Vice can't even pretend to be impartial at the best of times.
The mainstream media is going to do everything they can to influence the 2020 election away from Trump, and I think it will seriously backfire in much the same way the UK election has for Corbyn, the Guardian, the Independent, and all the other MSM in the UK that have completely failed to read the electorate.
What about social media?
People on the various social media platforms are currently losing their minds in reaction to the UK election. As I said in my post on Reddit, the Twitteratti has lost their minds. They're resorting to name calling and abuse of anyone that voted for the Tories. Rather than looking in at why people didn't vote the way they expected, they're resorting to abusing people for not doing it.
The biggest issue I have is that those on the far left are identitarians. They rely on identity politics. They attack the person or the personalities, rather than the platform or the ideas. Rather than argue why the people should vote the way they want them to, they resorted to calling anyone that wanted Brexit a racist, and anyone that supported Johnson over Corbyn were absolutely vilified. "You want to sell our NHS to Trump!" (A patently ridiculous argument that wasn't even remotely true.)
A friend also pointed out that a lot of people voted against Corbyn for a very simple reason. His socilist policies. People like to be able to keep the fruits of their labour. They like having an incentive to work by keeping the profits.
Rather than offer real policies that would improve everyones lives, they offered candies to bribe people. "Nationalise the entire broadband network and give every household free broadband." Didn't matter that the cost of just that alone would be near impossible to fund. The government doesn't have "free money." It gets all it's money from the pockets of the taxed. That's entirely different. Labour basically promised billions of pounds of bribes that they wanted people to think would be "freebies" while they pumped taxes higher.
I think the next few weeks will be very interesting. Will be very interested to see what Boris does with regards to Brexit. And even more interested to see what happens to Labour after the Christmas break. Will Corbyn shuffle off rapidly? Will Jesse Philips push him? Or will there be a massive blood bath as everyone battles to get the position?