31 December 2020

NOTE FROM NORM: A War in the Democratic Party and the Socialists are Winning

Nearly four years ago, I wrote about Socialism’s future in the modern-era Democratic Party on “Notes from Norm.”

The post described a growing sense of comfort that many in the Democratic Party it was politically acceptable to embrace the ideology.

Written before the election of “The Squad,” the Socialist group of U.S. House Members led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, it was at a time when Bernie Sanders had emerged as the ruling ideological barometer for the Democratic Party.

Today, in the aftermath of an election in which Democrats saw their hopes of political hegemony dashed with Republicans performing far better than pundits had predicted, there is emerging a more exact future for the Democratic Party.

It is rooted in the bedrock principles of Socialism that Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez, and others have been chiseling into the platform of the Democratic Party.

All across America, we can see their handiwork.

From calls to defund police departments to a “Green New Deal” and constant demands for bigger government, higher taxes, and greater regulation, the “new” Socialism that has emerged as the guiding light of today’s Democratic Party is as dangerous for America as it has been for every other nation in history.

Nikki Haley, former Ambassador to the United Nations, recently posted:

“2020 was the year socialism went mainstream. The dangerous ideology, which has failed everywhere it has been tried & ruined countless lives, is on its way to becoming the default economic policy of the Democratic Party. This terrifying trend threatens the future of every American.”

She further outlined her concerns about the Democratic Party’s comfortable embrace of Socialism with a longer post at https://standforamerica.com/2020-in-review-socialism-rising/

I have said before that Bernie Sanders might not have been the party’s standard-bearer in 2016, nor 2020, yet his strong second-place finish in the party’s nomination process underscored that his influence hasn’t diminished in the least.

On the contrary, liberal Democrats were defeated in primaries throughout the United States only to be replaced by candidates who proudly embraced the principles of Socialism espoused by Sanders.

Some have even ignored political, social niceties by coming right out and attacking the nation’s entire economic model as being equivalent to bondage.

Democrat Rep.-elect Jamaal Bowman of New York was recently quoted saying:

“I believe our current system of capitalism is slavery by another name. We’ve moved from physical chattel enslavement and physical racial segregation to a plantation economic system…One that keeps the majority of Americans unemployed, or underemployed and struggling just to survive, while the power elite continues to concentrate wealth in the hands of a few, and allow large corporations to pretty much run the world as multinational corporations.”

Andrew Yang, a candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for President, who is now contemplating a run for New York Mayor, is not shy about promoting policies that would have American taxpayers shelling out billions of dollars in “Universal Basic Income.”

In the city where I live,  St. Paul, Minnesota, the Mayor and City Council have embraced this same concept, forcing taxpayers to give away hundreds of thousands of dollars for a social experiment and admits that it is a “radical” idea.

A growing legion of Democratic officials has all but abandoned any pretense to care about the “radical” idea that all Americans should be entitled to cities and communities that are safe, clean, and affordable.

Rising crime rates, carjackings, record homicide rates are blamed on police, the system, and now, increasingly, on our very economic system of capitalism.

In 2020 the American people pushed back against the media’s narrative that we have grown comfortable with a form of government that has enslaved millions and destroyed the hopes and dreams of billions.

What’s on the ballot in Georgia, with a run-off election that will determine control of the U.S. Senate, is a clear choice.

One between an American form of government and an economic model that has lifted more people out of slavery and poverty in the world than any other and one that has crushed the soul of people through the tyranny of government and the theft of their labor to fund the collectivist policies of Socialism.

Republicans have thrown in their lot with the wisdom, ingenuity, and independence of the American people.

Democrats have gone all-in with the belief that government, not We, the People, know what’s best for America.

The national “news” media proclaims that there is a “war” for the soul of the Republican Party.

There is no war for the soul of the party – only a healthy and ongoing debate focused on how conservative ideals and principles can be best harnessed to benefit the American people with what has become a lost battle for the very being of the Democratic Party.

The real war is taking place within the Democratic Party, and the Socialists are winning.