Overton’s Window refers to the range of acceptable topics that can be discussed politically. The window is changed not when politicians change their ideas but when ideas change in the society that elects them. The Left wing is particularly good at changing the window. Gay marriage is a good example.
Consider gay marriage, a subject once so far outside the mainstream that less than 20 years ago, Republicans and Democrats united to pass the Defense of Marriage Act to define marriage under federal law as the union of one man and one woman. Now? That view is such an anathema that it’s difficult to get — or retain — a job in entire sectors of the economy if you openly hold to the traditionalist position on marriage.
Donald Trump has been able to address some of the subjects that were unacceptable to discuss previously because American society has changed and is now more receptive.Progressives until recently controlled societies views on subjects like Islam, immigration, border control and groups like Black Lives Matter.It was socially unacceptable to criticise any of these three. Being white was something to be ashamed of and being patriotic or nationalistic was viewed as racism.
Today’s world offers two kinds of “reality”: political reality, or the reality polite society is allowed to consider, and observable reality, or what really, truly is.
…Because there are some topics that a majority of Americans simply cannot discuss rationally; some positions that, no matter how logical, sound, and even morally correct, cannot be taken without risking your livelihood in public or even private life.
…Because what Trump does say, what his words dance on the peripheries of, is emboldening many of his supporters who do know the truth to speak out in a way they haven’t felt comfortable to before.
Enter Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables,” those “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic” folks who support the Trump campaign and even show up for his rallies. While the vast majority of Trump supporters likely just know something is wrong and want to try a different course to fix our country, many others, thousands for sure and possibly millions, support Trump because they’ve in effect been “red-pilled” in areas mainstream society dare not trod.
Oh, they’re not racists, sexists, homophobes, or even Islamophobic—not in any real sense. But they are those things in Hillary’s SJW-tinted eyes simply because they see and acknowledge observable reality. They may not even like the reality they see, but they acknowledge its existence, and these days that’s a big step.
So when Hillary was talking about her “basket of deplorables,” she wasn’t talking about just the couple hundred looney and completely irrelevant KKK or neo-Nazi groups, David Duke, or even her old U.S. Senate pal, Robert Byrd. She was talking about people who recognize that the Overton Window isn’t where it used to be and have finally been emboldened to speak the truth because of Trump—even if not sanctioned by Trump himself.
…Those of us who understand observable reality know that border security must come first if we are going to save our country. So we support Trump. But it goes further than that, much further than where the discussion of political reality—the discussion sanctioned by the powers-that-be—could go during that debate.
…For example, Pence certainly could not point out that since the vast majority of post-1965 immigrants come from places with cultures that don’t value free markets, liberty, and transparent constitutional government, these immigrants tend to be left-wing and vote Democratic in overwhelming numbers. Pence couldn’t say that this has continued and show no signs of turning around…
Pence couldn’t say that it’s possible to not hate Hispanics and yet acknowledge that admitting millions of unassimilated immigrants from Latin America will change the country politically and culturally in ways we may not like…
…the Right isn’t allowed to go there for fear of being labeled racist or something.
…Enter observable reality, or the reality we observe throughout world history anytime Muslims become the majority in a nation. We may not know exactly what percentage of American Muslims want to impose a caliphate on the rest of us (best estimates are somewhere between 5 and 20 percent), but it is more than reasonable to assume that as that population of Muslims in America grows through immigration, so, too, will the percentage of those who favor such schemes.
One need only observe the impact large influxes of Muslims have had in other Western nations to see the folly of these well-intentioned but poorly considered policies.Yet, it is still considered out of bounds to consider the argument in polite society.
None of this, of course, means that these arguments aren’t taking place on the peripheries of “polite society”—at the dinner tables of thousands and even millions of American homes.
…But the Overton Window is shifting, in no small part thanks to Donald Trump. We can only hope it shifts fast enough to save our nation, our freedoms, and indeed the Western world.