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July 16, 2018

The Democrat Evolution

Richard B. Weldon Jr.

We live in the Age of Trump. To different people, that means different things. To true conservatives, even those who couldn’t see Donald Trump as the eventual GOP nominee, most would begrudgingly acknowledge that he is governing as a conservative. Liberal Democrats, on the other hand, see the Trump Administration as a catastrophe in the making.


It’s that reaction, and the shifting nature of the Democrats in general, that form the basis of this little analysis.


It’s possible that most Democrats were hoping for the predicted implosion of the Trump political universe. Maybe they were counting on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Mueller special counsel investigation to unearth some politically deadly evidence of President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin conspiring to undermine Hillary Clinton’s campaign.


So far, no dice.


That leaves Democrats, especially the most progressive among them, to seek increasingly desperate measures to combat the darkening shadow of conservative leadership spreading across the country.


From the mainstream Democrats, we have the calls to confront Trump Administration officials in their private lives. California Rep. Maxine Waters is demanding that her party faithful physically and verbally confront administration officials when they shop, dine and recreate.


Imagine that. You’re a dedicated federal employee, doing your best to balance your work life with the interests of your family. You get home from a stress-filled day working at the White House, and head out to a nice dinner with your loved ones. At the restaurant, while trying to catch up with your kids, some liberal activist walks up to your table and starts to berate you over some obscure policy matter.


The days of civil and courteous discourse are over. Our effectiveness in political advocacy will now be measured in how objectionable we can be as advocates.


The Democrats aren’t stopping at physical and verbal confrontations, though. The next step is to take what used to be outlandish and unacceptable positions and make them mainstream.


Most of the focus is on the border, or if cast in light of current mainstream Democrat thinking, the non-border. Sen. Kristin Gillibrand (D., NY), Sen. Richard Durbin (D., IL) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., MA) have all recently advocated for the abolition of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. In their view, ICE agents are jack-booted thugs who kick in doors and forcibly separate illegal immigrant children from their parents.


These fundamentally dishonest con artists neglect to mention that it was a federal appeals court that required the adults and children be separately detained, and this order came down during the reign of the 44th President, Barack Obama.


Take away ICE, and given the gaps in the border wall along the US/Mexican boundary, and you’re effectively advocating for unlimited illegal entry. Terrorists, MS-13 gang members, human traffickers, drug cartels, and pretty much anyone else is free to waltz across.


Why would any rational supporter of the U.S. Constitution, something the Three Stooges mentioned above were all sworn to protect and defend, advocate for unrestricted entry to a sovereign Nation? To increase and multiply Democrat Party voters, that’s why. Only a fool would accept the “human rights” arguments; this has nothing to do with rights. Except voter rights, maybe.


So, if these dopes are successful, and the will of 70% of American voters are ignored, what will the future Democrat Party look like? The answer is that they’ll probably look like socialists.


The Democrat Socialist Party of America is the fastest growing element of Democrat voters. They recently touted their first big victory, as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th Congressional District. Representative Crowley is the fourth highest-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rumored to be a possible replacement for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., CA), Mr. Crowley was considered a shoe-in for re-election. Representative-elect Ocasio-Cortez is a member of the Democrat Socialist Party of America.


The new reality of the national Democrat Party is that the fringe is quickly becoming the mainstream. What does a Democrat Socialist believe? Read their own words:


“We are socialists because we reject an international economic order sustained by private profit, alienated labor, race and gender discrimination, environmental destruction, and brutality and violence in defense of the status quo.


We are socialists because we share a vision of a humane international social order based both on democratic planning and market mechanisms to achieve equitable distribution of resources, meaningful work, a healthy environment, sustainable growth, gender and racial equality, and non-oppressive relationships.”


What does this even mean? How does an intelligent voter even assess if the ideology expressed above actually makes any sense? The answer is that they cannot, nor does it.


Profit is bad. Employers? Bad. Government mandated distribution of resources? Good.


If you actually care about the future of your country, this movement ought to scare the Hell out of you. You don’t exhaust much energy to see where these asinine ideas have been tried before. And they’ve failed, every single time. Of course, the disingenuous advocates of these failed ideas conveniently leave out the historical evidence of government intervention in markets and socialization of industry.


Trust me, it never works.


The farther left/socialist national Democrats go, the more likely it is that the 2020 election cycle will bring us the second term of the Trump Administration. Maybe it’s just as good to keep our mouths shut and let ‘em evolve.


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