• Pragerisms

    For a more comprehensive list of Pragerisms visit
    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

Fascist Merkel Invades Germany with Islamists at Citizen Home Owners’ Expense

Germany Is Now Confiscating Homes To Use For Merkel’s Invaders!

Yeah, but Americans have a Constitution that protects our property from a corrupt government. Right? People in government don’t believe in private property. We have that problem in the states too. They just use different tactics to get the property; large fines, heavy tax burdens, crazy building codes.

If it was my property, it would be tempted to burned to the ground before I let the government confiscate it and use it for this purpose. 
TGP: We all knew this day would come – we just didn’t know how soon. Germany is now confiscating residential units to rent out migrants living in the city of Hamburg.
Germany Is Now Confiscating Homes To Use For Merkel’s Migrants!
Gatestone Institute: Authorities in Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany, have begun confiscating private dwellings to ease a housing shortage — one that has been acutely exacerbated by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to allow more than two million migrants into the country in recent years.
City officials have been seizing commercial properties and converting them into migrant shelters since late 2015, when Merkel opened German borders to hundreds of thousands of migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Now, however, the city is expropriating residential property units owned by private citizens.
In an unprecedented move, Hamburg authorities recently confiscated six residential units in the Hamm district near the city center. The units, which are owned by a private landlord, are in need of repair and have been vacant since 2012. A trustee appointed by the city is now renovating the properties and will rent them — against the will of the owner — to tenants chosen by the city. District spokeswoman Sorina Weiland said that all renovation costs will be billed to the owner of the properties.
The expropriation is authorized by the Hamburg Housing Protection Act (Hamburger Wohnraumschutzgesetz), a 1982 law that was updated by the city’s Socialist government in May 2013 to enable the city to seize any residential property unit that has been vacant for more than four months.
The forced lease, the first of its kind in Germany, is said to be aimed at pressuring the owners of other vacant residences in the city to make them available for rent. Of the 700,000 rental units in Hamburg, somewhere between 1,000 and 5,000 (less than one percent) are believed to be vacant, according an estimate by the Hamburg Senate.
This is truly UNPRECEDENTED! Will Merkel’s madness ever come to an end?
(Article sent by Lisa Rich in California.)

DEMOCRATS PLAY SOVIET FASCISM IN ATTEMPT TO DUMP TRUMP

Democrats project their own Soviet betrayals on Trump

by James Lewis   at  American Thinker:

“Democrats acted in close collusion with the Soviet Union when Lenin, Stalin, and all the other Red totalitarians were in power.  In some cases, leftists betrayed U.S. national security secrets to the Soviets, the most famous being the atom bomb secrets.  Today, Democrats are accusing Donald Trump of plotting with Vladimir Putin to steal an election.  They have convinced themselves that Trump is giving away national security secrets, right in the Oval Office.

This is, in fact, what Bill Clinton did by re-classifying U.S. missile launching secrets to become non-secrets, allowing them to be sold to China.  It is also what Hillary may have been doing with Huma Abedin (from the Muslim Brotherhood family) and letting her email server be so easily hacked that any knowledgeable foreign power could get the U.S. SecState’s confidential information.  Hillary took Muslim Brotherhood money through the Clinton Foundation, and now we know that Bill and Hillary were both involved in a Russian buyout of 25% of U.S. uranium sources.

During the Cold War, when conservatives criticized Soviet Russia, they were viciously slandered by liberals.  Americans in the Cold War always had two great enemies: the Soviet Empire and the domestic left.  If you doubt it, look back at Vietnam, Korea, and other big flare-ups in the Cold War.  The left was always 100% predictable.

If Democrats had a conscience, it would sink them from their weight of guilt.  Fortunately, their media dominance can block out a whole century of pro-totalitarian agitation and propaganda.  The left is utterly deaf, dumb, and blind, most of all to their own guilty collusion with Marxist totalitarianism wherever it spread.

So be it.

But now that Trump and Putin are seeking a way to work together to defeat today’s greatest dangers, the North Korean-Iranian Axis of Evil, the Dems are accusing the president of ratting to the Russians.

Weird, isn’t it?

Ego defenses are very simple.  Let’s say you hate Donald Trump with a deadly passion and have wishful dreams of murdering him, along with Ivanka and the rest of the family.  But you believe you’re a loving peacenik, so you can’t actually admit your hatred to yourself.

So you end up believing:

1. I don’t hate Trump.  I just think he is an idiot who will sell us out to the Russians. My hatred is righteous anger.

2. I don’t hate Trump.  I just think he’s guilty of firing the FBI director to cover up his criminal collusion in stealing the election with Putin’s help.

More righteous anger.

3. I don’t hate Trump.  I just think Trump hates women, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, militant atheists, and me.  (Projection.)

All the defense mechanisms are lies.  They distort our feelings in different ways.  The more you distort your feelings, the more primitive and infantile your defenses are.

Obama has pretty primitive defenses, which is why he keeps tossing out blatant lies to the public and praising himself.  Narcissists start with infantile grandiosity and sometimes hatred for others, because deep inside, they are extremely insecure and self-critical.

When Obama did his “blame America” bowing trip eight years ago, he never, ever blamed himself.  Or the left.  Even though the left killed 100 million people in the 20th century, according to Marxist historians.

Obama seems to be utterly incapable of saying, “I was wrong.  I’m sorry I ordered the disastrous invasion of Libya, for no reason whatsoever.”

He will never apologize to Egypt’s President Sisi for overthrowing his predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, and installing an M.B. stooge instead.

Today, Sisi is still in a civil war with the M.B.s in the Sinai Desert and Gaza.

Obama took the side of the Moobers against Sisi, and in Syria and Libya, he took the side of al-Qaeda.

If you’re having trouble understanding the twisting party line of the left, just take a look at Wikipedia’s article on ego defenses, and you can pretty much put a check mark next to whichever one they are using today.

It’s sad.  I wish they would grow up.

But so far they are stuck in denial and infantile rage.

When Communism first swept European universities, a wise man remarked, “These people think they are physicians to society, when they are only the disease.”

It’s their only playbook, and they never stop following it.

Conservatives haven’t fought the left nearly hard enough, because we keep thinking they will change and be open to reason.  But they haven’t.  When they were discredited after the 1940s and ’50s, they just went into hiding to come back in the 1960s.  They are a stubborn virus, and they prey especially on the young and historically ignorant.  They have turned our universities upside-down with malice aforethought.

Nobody in Russia and China seriously wants to bring leftism back.  They are still suffering from the effects.  But in many Western universities, the toxic doctrine of violent utopianism is being preached, along with violent jihadism (which is another utopian cult belief).

We failed to stop them when the virus was still controllable.  Let’s hope the administration can appoint enough constitutionalist judges to help us return to a free and open society.”

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/05/democrats_project_their_own_soviet_betrayals_on_trump.html

Mass Media Infected with Deadly Mental Disorder: Feminist Fascism

The Mass Media Cult Goes Pathological

By James Lewis at American Thinker:

“In the five months since the election, the media haven’t been able to get over getting Trumped.  They’ve gone through the five stages of grief, some of them over and over again, and still The Donald drives them crazy.  Hillary was one of the worst candidates in history, but it didn’t matter.  In our Mass Cult mind, she couldn’t lose.

This is a mass media pathology, as we can see from their uncontrolled emotional outbursts.  The latest is Comeygate, which looks like a trap Trump laid for James Comey, who came out of the White House babbling that the president had demanded Comey’s personal loyalty – a no-no by Watergate standards.  But Comey has no Oval Office tapes, so it’s his word against Trump’s.  Comey has no evidence, while making an “impeachable” allegation against POTUS.

Where’s John Dean when they need him?

Every time they lose another power player in D.C., like Clapper and Comey, they have to go through the five stages of grief.  First denial.  Then tears.  Then asking God to make it not so.  On and on.

If these people weren’t so malignant, I’d feel sorry for them.

This is a kind of death anxiety for the American ruling class, which is also why they constantly fantasize about killing Donald Trump.  For psychiatrists, it’s an interesting mental disorder, and it’s too bad that millions of Americans still depend on Mass Cult for their daily news.  This is not a college textbook; it’s America today.

When Stanford psychologist Philip Zimbardo first showed how normal Stanford students could be cultified, I felt skeptical.  It couldn’t be that easy.  Basically, the kids were voluntarily isolated, so all their daily sources of real news were blocked.  Then some authority figure sold them a bill of goods, and the test was whether they would obey a plainly illegal command – to give “dangerous electrical shocks” to a confederate, who yelled in pain.

(Today this experiment is illegal, but it has been repeated in other countries with low-level shocks given to animals.)

History books have been written about crazy cult behavior, especially utopian cults.  But we think they have no real lesson for our lives because we aren’t crazy.

Most people don’t realize that “media concentration” – a functional news monopoly, day after day – has the same effect as cult indoctrination.  It doesn’t matter if Disney Corp. has a different name from the New York Times.  It matters only that they tell the same “news” story every day.  For a mental mass monopoly, you don’t need to violate anti-trust law.  All you need is mass media that make up the “news” by consensus, not by empirical reality.  Dr. Michael Barone actually looks up facts for his political column, but he is a rarity in the media business today.  The Big Media are basically playing telephone.

Closed cults like Jim Jones and Scientology do some very nasty stuff, and when it gets to the Kim Jong-un level they build nukes and fire ICBMs over countries like Japan.  Today, Kim III is pushing his WMD program as fast as he can, and where Kim goes, the mullahs follow.  Iran and North Korea co-develop those weapons and test the bombs underground in Korea, but the mullahs get the same technology.

The bottom line is that any ideological monopoly creates cults.

Where the United States used to have about 80 different newspaper owners in 1980, today we have fewer than a dozen conglomerates, with only one storyline.

The JournoList scandal showed that 400 “journalists” (propaganda liars) were able to drive the “news” in the U.S. and Europe.  They are still doing it, because nobody can stop them.

What we are seeing is cult pathology on a mass basis.  That is pathogenic (it makes people genuinely crazy), because cults that hear only one mental channel become delusional.  (The “Russian election hack” scam is a classical mass delusion.)  Fear gets amplified enormously by the headline rumor machine, which cult followers can no longer distinguish from reality.  The old 24-hour news cycle is now every hour on the hour, and human beings can easily get flooded with too much information, so their judgment is impaired.  We are seeing all of that in the media today.

Everybody has defense mechanisms, even healthy people, but healthy folks tend to ward off anxiety by rationalizing danger, both real and imagined.  But medical students, for example, can become hypochondriacs with whatever disease they are studying this week.  You study heart attacks twelve hours a day without enough sleep, and you start wondering if your heart is okay.  Medical students are physically very healthy, but med school is what it is.

Healthy people do get over all that, but if you’re caught up in the Mass Media Cult, every single day, and you don’t get enough time to recover, you become stressed out and ultimately dysfunctional.

Historians will look back at this time as a case of mass hysteria on the national level.  Ph.D. dissertations will be written about the Trump Mass Hysteria of 2016-17, but by that time the grad students will be lolling in easy chairs and chatting about the Third Millennia Frenzy, like Orson Welles’s radio drama of 1938, The War of the Worlds.

Technology gets faster and more powerful, but human beings don’t change.

I suppose it’s a kind of poetic justice, the biter being bit, but it’s sad to see.  Maybe conservatives should get together and send them all a good supply of cheap whiskey, the traditional newsman’s medicine.  I’m sure it’ll work for newswomen, too.

(http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/05/the_mass_media_cult_goes_pathological.html)

Can Mass Voter Fraud in 2016 Presidential Election in California be Proved?

CAN MASS VOTER FRAUD BE PROVED IN CALIFORNIA?

by John Hinderaker   at PowerLine:

“Voter fraud is a Rorschach test of American politics. If you are a liberal, you fervently believe that it is virtually non-existent, and any effort to prevent it must be a pretext. If you are a conservative, you believe that voter fraud is a reality and are probably suspicious that it sometimes swings elections.

At Breitbart News, former California State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly points out that California’s record keeping in relation to the driver’s licenses it issues to illegal aliens may provide a simple opportunity to find out, once and for all, how serious a problem voter fraud is:

[T]he California DMV can internally differentiate within their database who holds an “illegal alien” AB60 license — which contradicts what is being pushed by left-wing activist websites that have reassured illegal aliens that once the driver’s license is entered in the database, the entry is indistinguishable.

In a state like California, where every regular driver’s license holder is automatically registered to vote, and where almost a million illegal aliens have received these “federally-restricted, drive only” licenses — it’s critically important that additional safeguards be in place to prevent non-citizens from being “accidentally” registered to vote.

When asked about how the DMV prevents this from happening, Gonzalez said “[t]he programming blocks AB 60 applicants from having the option to register to vote.”

How is the California voter assured that voter fraud is not happening, given that the only safeguards in place are a computer program and the honor system?

Donnelly suggests that Attorney General Jeff Sessions subpoena California’s AB 60 list and its voter list from the last election, and compare the two. Good idea! We join in that suggestion.

If it turns out that there is no, or almost no, overlap, it doesn’t mean that voter fraud doesn’t happen anywhere else. (In Minnesota, for example, quite a few specific instances have been documented where the identity of the person casting an illegal ballot is known.) But if voter fraud isn’t happening in California, with its huge population of illegal immigrants, it probably isn’t a very big problem in most other states, either.

So let’s compare California’s lists and settle the question.”

Democrats Back Speech Control on Campus…..”HELLO HITLER!”

Poll: Plurality of Democrats say campuses should not allow speakers whose words are thought “hateful” or “offensive” by some

by Allahpundit  at HotAir:

“Via WaPo, it’s worth noting that the question asked by Morning Consult here mentioned “universities,” not public universities specifically. The latter implicates the First Amendment, the former doesn’t (or rather, doesn’t always). But there’s value to the broader wording: What they’re testing is people’s moral commitment to tolerating “hate speech,” stripped of any legal niceties that might influence their opinion. Forget what the Constitution says for a minute. Should higher education let people speak on campus if what they say is regarded as hateful or offensive by some? Emphasis: Some.

Sure, says a narrow plurality of Democrats. And they’re one of the few demographics who do.

Among the dozens and dozens of subgroups for which Morning Consult has numbers, only four crack 40 percent support for barring speakers based. One is Democrats generally at 41/39 and two others are parts of the Democratic base — African-Americans, who split 42/31, and Democratic women, the single most supportive subgroup of hate-speech bans in this poll at 47/33. (The fourth group is homemakers, who split evenly at 40/40.) Women, in fact, are significantly more willing to ban speakers from campus than men are regardless of their political affiliation. Both among Democrats and Republicans and across the wider population, the gap between females and males is double digits……”  Please read on:

http://hotair.com/archives/2017/05/04/poll-plurality-democrats-say-campuses-not-allow-speakers-whose-words-thought-hateful-offensive/

New Orleans Fascists Plot to Make Robert E. Lee Disappear

What do fascists do for a living?  In our United States they become Democrats these days……black racists, feminazis at university, Latino drug cartel salesmen, thieves, and distributors, atheists, and  those who rally around the Charles Schumers and Al Frankens of life; human animals who con for a living.

They hunt down deplorables, that is, those creeps, those who still work for a living and  aren’t in love with Elizabeth Warren and her gang of Hillaries!

Today, they,   even mayors of major metropolitan areas hunt down statues, concrete from the past to sell votes and  get up better in the morning feeling good about themselves while “reading”  the New York Times and Washington Post at ABC, NBC, PBS, CBS, CNN, CSPAN, MSNBC to learn and obey the tasks of their day.

New Orleans Destroys Confederate Monuments—But Partners with Murderous Racist Regime

 by Humberto Fontova   at Townhall:

“New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu cannot stomach the sight of Robert E. Lee in his city.  So one of the city’s most famous landmarks, the statue in Lee Circle in downtown New Orleans, will soon be toppled.

Mayor Landrieu refers to the towering Lee statue as an “aberration.” Historic statues of Jefferson Davis and Confederate General PGT Beauregard are also slated for imminent disgrace and demolition.

Mayor Landrieu first gave vent to his anti-Confederate-monument fetish back in 2015, declaring the monuments “public nuisances” which necessitated prompt removal.  The majority black city-council voted 6-to-1 in his favor for removal.  (Meanwhile the city’s murder rate soared past Chicago’s and potholes dating from Hurricane Katrina still cratered many city streets.)

Initially lawsuits by historic preservation groups held up the avenging cranes, bulldozers and jackhammers. But the legal path has been cleared and soon the hydraulic engines will roar into action against these intolerable and downright dangerous “public nuisances.

One monument near the historic French Quarter to a post-civil war gang-fight between “Reconstructionists” and the “Crescent City White League against the Reconstructionknown as the “Liberty Place Monument ” was cut down earlier this week.

Some years ago your humble servant saw something very similar (thematically, at least) to this little drama.  In early 1961 just as food rationing started in once food-exporting Cuba, just as hundreds of thousands of Cubans were exiling themselves from once immigrant-inundated Cuba, just as hundreds of thousands of Cubans were finally coming to “feel the burn” of the vast slum, sewer and prison Castro was converting once prosperous Cuba–just at this time Castro came up with the brilliant SOLUTION to the mess!

Why, he’d rally a mob of idiots and make a big show of tearing down the American eagle which perched atop the monument in Havana to the victims of the USS Maine! THAT’LL straighten things out!…It was an intolerable symbol of “Yankee Imperialism!” after all.……….”  Please read on.  Mr. Fontova is just beginning!

https://townhall.com/columnists/humbertofontova/2017/04/29/new-orleans-destroys-confederate-monumentsbut-partners-with-murderous-racist-regime-n2319781

The Politics of Migration: From Blue to Red

by Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox    at realclearpolitics:
           (article sent by Mark Waldeland)

“Democratic “blue” state attitudes may dominate the national media, but they can’t yet tell people where to live. Despite all the hype about a massive “back to the city” movement and the supposed superiority of ultra-expensive liberal regions, people are increasingly moving to red states and regions, as well as to suburbs and exurbs.

This is the basic takeaway from the most recent IRS data and Census Bureau estimates, which have been widely ignored in the established media. Essentially, Americans are rejecting what Walter Russell Mead has labelled “the blue model,” and relocating to cities, states and regions that are less dense, less heavily taxed, and less regulated.

This suggests not an intrinsic political calculation so much as a series of very personal decisions by individuals and families. People move for varied reasons — cheaper homes, lower  taxes, employment opportunities, better schools, more value to the paycheck — but the upshot is that they are settling in states that tend to be red or, at least, purple in political coloration.

In 2016 alone, states that supported Donald Trump gained 400,000 domestic migrants from states that supported Hillary Clinton. This came on top of an existing advantage in net domestic red state migration of 1.45 million people from 2010 through 2015. Contrary to popular perception, these blue state emigres aren’t all fleeing economically challenged places such as upstate New York or inland California. Mostly, they have left the  biggest cities, which are the electoral base of the Democratic Party. Metropolitan New York has led the way in out-migration, followed by Los Angeles and Chicago. Since 2000, these metropolitan areas have lost a net 5.5 million domestic migrants to other parts of the country.

Even economic boom conditions have failed to reverse this trend. Overall, many big blue core cities now have overall population growth rates well below the somewhat tepid national average of 0.7 percent. So, who’s growing? Last year, all 10 of the top gainers in domestic migration were Sunbelt metropolitan areas: Austin, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Raleigh, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Charlotte, Orlando, Nashville, Phoenix and San Antonio.

Perhaps most surprising, given the almost universal dismissal of their prospects, has been a shift to smaller cities, a more Trump-oriented part of the urban archipelago. Domestic migration has accelerated to cities between 500,000 and 1 million population, while declining in those above 1 million.

The Suburban Resurgence

More important still has been the revival in the suburbs, particularly in Sunbelt metropolitan areas. The most recent estimates suggest that last year was the best for suburban areas since the Great Recession. In 2012, the suburbs of the major metropolitan areas (over 1 million) attracted barely 150,000 more people than core counties, an edge that grew to 556,000 last year. Between 2010 and 2015, suburban counties of major metropolitan areas added 825,000 net domestic migrants, while the urban core counties lost nearly 600,000.

Critically, since 2010 more than 80 percent of all new jobs in our 53 leading metropolitan regions have been created in suburban locations. Many of the leading tech areas of the country –from Silicon Valley and Raleigh-Durham to tech centers surrounding the big Texas cities — are primarily suburban. The economic future, contrary to the common media memes, will be primarily occurring in the periphery of the hip urban cores.

This trend may accelerate as millennials begin to enter their 30s and look for safe, affordable places to live. We already see this in the behavior of their predecessors, the X generation. Using census data of those 35-49 as our measurement, since 2000 the percentage of Gen-Xers living in the urban core has dropped by one percentage point, while the percentage living new suburbs and exurbs has grown by six percentage points. The latest estimates indicate over 80 percent of Xers in the 53 largest metropolitan areas lived in suburban areas.

Gen-Xer shares grew most dramatically in the affordable Sunbelt, like almost completely suburban Raleigh, which saw a 50 percent growth in the share of Xers relative to the national rate. Rapid growth also took place in Las Vegas, Charlotte, Phoenix, Orlando and Salt Lake City as well as the big four Texas cities: Austin, Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, and San Antonio.

In contrast the Gen-X population share has remained stagnant in the San Francisco and San Jose areas, while the Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia areas have all seen declines in their Xer shares both since 2000 and since 2010.  This could be a harbinger of millennial behavior. Like the Xers, millennials are beginning to move into the suburbs, contradicting all predictions to the contrary. Since 2010, the biggest gains in millennial share have been in heavily suburban Orlando, Austin and San Antonio.

Generally speaking, notes economist Jed Kolko, the peak years for living in higher density multi-family neighborhoods take place between ages 18 and 30. Kolko calculates that while almost a quarter of these under-30 urban dwellers live in these higher density neighborhoods, by age 40 this drops well below 20 percent, and stays there until people are into their 70s. Given that the 30-something population is destined to grow far faster than 20-somethings in the coming decades, the move to suburbia, with its detached housing — particularly in regions with lower home prices — is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

This shift is likely to be driven in large part by unsustainable housing costs. In the San Francisco Bay Area, techies are increasingly looking for jobs outside the region, and some companies are offering cash bonuses for those willing to leave. A recent poll indicated that 46 percent of millennials want to leave the Bay Area. Meanwhile, these “best and brightest” have been gravitating to lower cost areas such as Austin, Orlando, Houston, Nashville, and Charlotte.

The basics that drive people to the suburbs remain: cheaper real estate, a preponderance of single family housing, better schools, a poverty rate  roughly half  that of core municipalities as well as far lower incidence of violent crime  than in urban cores. This trend will be accelerated, as a recent policy analysis released by the consulting firm Bain shows, by services such as Uber or Lyft, the appeal of working at home as well as the development of automated vehicles.

Political Implications

Ultimately, the key political battlegrounds for the future will not be in blue cities but in purple suburbs, particularly in the booming periphery of major cities in red states. No matter how loud and pervasive the voices emanating from the urban core, or for that matter, ungentrified countryside, Trump won the election by taking by a significant five percentage point suburban margin nationally, improving on Romney’s two-point edge, and by more outside the coastal regions.

This contradicts the confident assertions by the New York Times and other establishment voices that Trump would get his clock cleaned in suburbia, particularly among college-educated voters in upscale communities. Suburban voters made the difference in the crucial Midwestern states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and Trump came close to winning in supposedly deep blue Minnesota.

In Michigan, Trump lost Wayne County (including Detroit) by more than 2-1, but captured four of the five surrounding suburban counties by margins that greatly exceeded that of Michigan native Romney. The pattern was similar in Pennsylvania where Clinton won in the Philadelphia metropolitan area – and Pittsburgh’s urban Allegheny County, while Trump was flipping the state with majorities in nearly every other county. Much the same can be said about Wisconsin and Ohio, states critical as well to the Trump win and the GOP future.

This pattern is not set in stone. Trump, as the New York Times recently enthused, does suffer from continuing problems with educated suburban voters. Perhaps even more threatening to the GOP is that minorities now account for more than 40 percent of all suburban and exurban residents, growing far faster in the periphery than non-Hispanic whites. Trump lost traditionally right-leaning but rapidly diversifying places such as Orange County, Calif., and Fort Bend County outside of Houston.

Yet, winning over suburbia in the long run may not be easy for the Democrats. As millennials and Xers, as well as minorities, begin to own property and earn more money, their attitudes on taxes tend to shift to a more conservative perspective, notes a recent Reason poll. Similarly many first-generation Asian immigrants tend to be far more conservative than second- or third-generation Chinese- or Korean-Americans, many of whom have been through college indoctrination and are comfortably ensconced in the generally Democratic-leaning high-end professional class.

Perhaps the biggest problem for the left lies in their embrace of policies that reject suburban lifestyles and, as we see in California, make housing hard to build and all but unaffordable. Most millennials and Xers, not to mention minorities, cannot afford to live in places like brownstone Brooklyn or San Francisco. In adopting policies to curb “sprawl,” blue state politicians are assaulting the suburban lifestyles clearly preferred by the clear majority. This leftist urban policy does not constitute an ideal strategy to appeal to those, including minorities, who want nothing more than to live comfortable lives on the periphery.

Right now, the demographic trends do not clearly favor either party. The new generation now forming families — and heading towards the red states — may not be as conservative as boomers but their politics are less lock-step progressive than many believe, even on gender-related issues. They may want health-care reform, good schools, and cleaner environments. But they also want jobs, would like to hold onto more of their paychecks, and cherish the same suburban amenities they enjoyed as children.

Ultimately, it’s a matter of which politicians can delineate the best path toward greater opportunity and homeownership for middle-class families. The political party that addresses these aspirations is likely to be the one that wins the race in the long run.

Joel Kotkin is a presidential fellow at Chapman University and the executive director of the Center for Opportunity Urbanism. His latest book is “The Human City: Urbanism for the Rest of Us.”