Democrat Debate is Unbelievable
July 01, 2019
As I watched the 20 Democrats debating last week, I was startled by how far left the Democrat Party has lurched in just three years time. In 2016, even though Hillary Clinton was a proud progressive well to the left of Barack Obama she at least tried to strike a “reasonable” contrast to the far left radicalism of Bernie Sanders.
It seems to be a lesson lost on the 20 Democrats who debated last week. Every Democrat on that stage shared Sander’s dim view of America, its people, and its history. Further, they all agreed with Sanders that America requires fundamental change despite what it costs in treasure, freedom, shared values, or national reputation.
Disdain for America.
It starts with their view of America and of Americans. Democrats have nothing nice to say about America. They believe our history is tainted by hate, ugliness, oppression, and slavery.
And for them nothing much has changed. In their politically woke correctness, you belong either to the approximately 50% of the population who are weak-willed and oppressed; or the 50% who are the “deplorables” and the evil-willed oppressors. If you’re the latter you deserve to be destroyed - or at least taxed at an 80% rate. If you’re the former, you can only expect to survive by the good will and hard work of the heroic far left.
If you are a heterosexual man, then you’re an oppressor who seeks to hurt women and individuals who are LGTBQAI+.
If you’re a Christian, you’re a hater. If you're a business owner, you're a slave driver. If you're a conservative, you're inhuman.
The Democrats are particularly energized over all things racial. If you’re white or Asian, you are a racist. If you don’t know it, it’s because you aren’t sufficiently “woke.” You’re not as smart as them, or as compassionate as them, or as empathetic as them. To them, America has always been a bastion of racial hatred, and will be until they’re in charge.
Because that view informs their position on nearly every issue, then of course when asked if they would give (the operative word, give) health insurance to illegals, every hand went up. To deny illegals health insurance would in their view be to continue America’s legacy of racial hatred.
Of course, they didn’t quite say it that way because to do so would be to criticize Americans for a bias the overwhelming majority of us don’t believe we hold. Instead, they say free healthcare for illegals is “only right,” it’s the “compassionate” thing to do.
Just think about that. They will take your money to pay the healthcare expenses of those here illegally. And if you don’t agree, then you’re a racist. They cannot see that to most Americans, It’s got nothing to do with race, and everything to do with economic justice. It’s not just to take by force from those who work and give to those who refuse. And at what point did it become the role of America’s citizens to be the piggy bank for those here illegally?
The Democrat candidates all admit taxes will have to go up on the rich to pay for their exorbitant new proposals: Medicare-for-all, free college, Green New Deal, guaranteed income for every American, and on it goes. It’s a joke. If they took 80% of all the money the top 25% of income earners make it wouldn’t pay for all their big government plans.
6 months ago, Donald Trump told us there was a crises on the border. It was a fact validated by border authorities.
Yet, nearly without exception, each of those Democrats rejected the idea of crisis and refused to support money for humanitarian aid or border security. Apparently they changed their minds just in time for the debates. Not only do they now admit there’s a crisis, they blame Trump. It’s got nothing to do with their refusal to supply funds for housing, health care, or food. It’s got nothing to do with their refusal to pass reforms that would allow border authorities to return migrants. It’s simply that Trump refuses to throw open the borders to anyone who wants to come in.
Many also said that the proper way to stem the tide was to fix the problems in the countries from which migrants migrate. Really? How exactly are we to resolve corruption, crime, despotism, and drug trafficking in foreign countries without invading and occupying them? How are we to fix the problems caused by socialist economic systems in those countries when Democrats are proposing the same systems for our own country?
Never before have we heard such grand proposals promise so much to so many by those with so little shame. I’m tempted to feel embarrassed for them.
All the candidates seem to support reparations to people who were never slaves from people who were never slave holders. Not to be outbid, Elizabeth Warren wants reparations for individuals who are definitely LGBTQAI+ from those who are definitely not. The question is still open apparently for those who are experimenting.
To lock in Hispanics, they want free healthcare, education, and housing for illegals … as though Hispanics can be so easily bought.
To get far left environmentalists, several said the environment would be their number 1 issue.
But the comments that proved real crowd pleasers were those that centered on taking corporate profits, though some candidates didn’t seem to know the difference between profits and gross receipts. Heaven help us.
Three years ago, Hillary tacked left to beat Bernie, then tacked center to convince general election voters she wasn’t as progressive as they feared. It didn’t work. Her liberality buried her. I mean by liberality, her elitist “I-know-best” attitude, her humanist world-view, her big government politics.
What I don’t understand is if Hillary couldn’t move back to the center after a primary in which her leftward move was at least measured; how in the world can any of this crop who have embraced Bernie’s ideology, if not its name, lock, stock, and barrel?
Every one of the top 15 or so Democrats today sit at the very end of the left most branch, saw in hand, working furiously to dislocate themselves from the main trunk of American opinion as quickly and permanently as possible.
John Philip Sousa IV is an entrepreneur, political activist, author and accomplished business person. John has worked in the financial services industry for over 40 years, built a highly successful marketing company, ran for congress at age 24, and in 2016 created and led the successful movement to draft Dr Ben Carson into his candidacy for President of the United States. John is author of John Philip Sousa, A Patriot’s Life in Words and Pictures and Ben Carson, RX for America.