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A good example that suggests we are near the tipping point, i.e the left-right struggle for the majority electorate, is the debate over giving felons back their right to vote. It demonstrates very well how the radicals sway the moderates, on a principle that used to be more or less accepted and approved of by most Americans...at least the ones that expressed any opinion at all.
Conservatives who see a problem with giving felons the right to vote believe that the recent movements to do that are just adding more incremental changes to the rules that are designed specifically to benefit the political party that has a long history of using the least contributing segments of society to achieve a majority in targeted elections. Were there not some evidence of that, they likely would support the concept, in some form or another, if a case by case analysis indicated that there were injustices.
Most folks will say that there aren't enough felons who will vote to make a difference in an election. They said the same about illegal aliens, a long time ago, and changes to the voter registration procedures that open up all kinds of possibilities for election fraud. Incremental changes, over several decades, have impacted recent elections.
If a free society reaches a point where the voting majority is made up of a coalition of single interest voters (illiterates, illegals, convicted criminals, etc.) they are unerringly used by the ideologues to place the most corrupt of the corrupt into public service positions, rather than the citizens who have actually contributed something to that free society. Whether or not that is the way it should be can be debated, but whether or not it is good for the health of any productive society is not in question...at least to anyone grounded in reality.
Personally, I do agree that serving one's time for a criminal offense should begin the process of restoring the rights of a convicted criminal to normal society. But, there must be some guidelines that deter habitual criminals from lying and cheating their way into a public office that gives them legal power over unsuspecting citizens who play by the established rules. It can be argued that people get exposed and driven out of elections on a regular basis, but that just helps make the point, because the parties used to screen such people out before supporting them as a candidate, rather than just helping them to conceal the 'warts' in their backgrounds.
Felons come in every flavor, from the person who committed one act of violence because of a failure to control his emotions, to the habitual criminal who has committed ten times as many crimes as he has actually been prosecuted for. A simple 'black and white' (yes/no) rule that vindicates the habitual criminal is just as unjust as the rule that incarcerates the good guy who made one mistake in his entire life. Conservatives used to hate 'gray areas' that often prevented the enacting of an actual solution, to an actual problem. But, in this era of media blitzes, insignificant facts or assertions can be pounded into the brains of those who vote, but don't actually pay enough attention to politics to be able to separate fact from fiction. Gray areas suck, to a realist, but when the people who need to be convinced are too lazy to discern the facts, that sucks, too.
At present, free society is under siege by the darker, more radical ideological elements of that society, that are successfully targeting the minor flaws in it, as if those flaws were the norm. They do it by pretending that they are not ideologically driven, at all, but merely want what is just. They demand perfection from a system that has never, and will never be perfect. If and when they finally do win, they will have installed an authoritarian power that can control every aspect of society. Political correctness, and redefining the rules (and the language, itself) are the weapons they wield. We are in the midst of it, right now, and it is still impossible to gauge how far down that road we have already traveled, or whether it can be reversed.
Our best traditions, learned through three centuries of trial and error, are at the tipping point, with the fight for those traditions being carried out by a handful of patriots who believe that the forces against those traditions are also at their tipping point. The winner won't be known for a while, yet. In fact, it will never be known by those who don't follow politics. They will just wake up some day and say, "What happened?"