I read an interesting article today by Alex Castellanos on CNNOpinion. Mr. Castellanos is a Republican strategist and the founder of the Purple Strategies and NewRepublican.org. His contention is that the “new” Democrat is far more extreme than the Republicans. Let’s investigate what he meant.
President Obama and Press Secretary Jay Carney have called Republicans extortionists and blackmailers. VP Joe Biden, according to Politico, once commented that Republicans are “terrorists.” Senator Pelosi called them “arsonists.” Senator Rangel has called them the “same as those who fought for the Confederacy.” Sheila Jackson Lee has called for marshal law, although I’m sure she doesn’t even understand what that means.
Mr. Castellanos said it this way:
Liberals have led a media assault, calling the GOP anarchists, jihadists, “gun to head” hostage takers, and the political equivalent of the Taliban. White House advisor Dan Pfeiffer has likened Republicans to suicide bombers “with a bomb strapped to their chest.”
What do all of these people have in common? They are far left liberals so driven by ideology and their socialist agenda, that they can’t see beyond the noses on their faces. They have blinders on, unable to see the whole picture. It’s amazing to me that they can spout the party line with a straight face…but they do. Why is the Democrat Party pushing so hard?
Let us count the reasons: Baract Obama has taken the Democratic Party left of Clinton. He left blue-dog, centrist Democrats to be punished for his sins and they were wiped out in the GOP’s 2010 Congressional landslide. All the while, the internet has empowered and organized the party’s remaining and most extreme elements. The Democratic Party can’t go left. It is left, in entirety. They already occupy America’s left fringe.
These Democrats have no use for Republicans/Conservatives. Their disgust, dislike, and disdain is evident in their every action, their every word. These Democrats want to crush the Republican Party. They want a one-party system that gives them full power to make decisions for the “dumb” masses. Sadly, many American citizens are too lazy to make their own decisions, so…”come on Big Government, take care of me.” It’s sad to see what the liberal agenda and political correctness have done to the hard-working, independent American. Where have the Ronald Reagans’ and the John Waynes’ gone?
The Tea Party is a grassroots movement that has the good of our country at heart. The group, for the most part, is inexperienced in the area of politics and, yet, they have become a force to contend with. We should applaud their courage.
I like the way Mr. Castellanos stated my exact feelings, so here is “the rest of the story.”
Bill Clinton’s New Democrats are dead. This is not Hillary Clinton’s Democratic Party. Today’s Democratic Party…is the party that just nominated a Sandinista trainee, who returned from Nicaragua with “a vision of unfettered leftist government,” for mayor of New York City, according to the New York Times.
And Today’s Democrats think this is a good thing.
They dream audaciously, as Ruy Teixeira wrote in the Atlantic, of a new Emerging Democratic Majority.” As Peter Beinart noted in a Daily Beast piece, “TheRise of the New New Left,” “Bill de Blasio’s win in New York’s Democratic primary isn’t a local story. It’s part of a vast shift that could upend three decades of American political thinking.”
The Democratic Party is now animated by the “mobilized left,” Beinart writes, emboldened by internet activism. Their cause was galvanized by President Obama’s seemingly impossible re-election. (On a personal note, I still have questions about that strange election.)
Once, Obama may have campaigned as a centrist, but that was long ago. He has since governed as an old school economic liberal from the 60’s. As Fred Thompson has noted, Barack Obama has been “George McGovern without the experience.” Obama’s answer to every economic challenge has been top-down. Our governing class knows best, he believes, especially since Washington’s elite now includes him.
If the world has changed in eight decades, our President hasn’t noticed. His view of government is cast from the bronze of Franklin Roosevelt and the ’30’s. He puts our big, dumb, inflexible public sector at the top of American life, to mandate redistribution and prosperity.
At every opportunity, he has grown the public sector’s archaic program-and-policy factory. This empty presidency tries only to cure too much old government with even more of it. Though little of what he has tried has worked, it has not seemed to deter his party. it hasn’t deterred him.
Alex Castellanos has much more to add to this conversation, and I wish I could insert it all here. I hope you’ll follow the link to finish reading his enlightening article. http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/15/opinion/castellanos-extreme-party/index.html?eref=mrss_igoogle_cnn
He ended with this:
Which party is more extreme?
A Republican Party divided between 180 mainstream members and 40 Ted Cruz mini-me’s? Or a Democratic Party united to preserve our fossilized ineffective public sector?
A Republican Party advocating a path to fresh, natural, economic growth? Or a Democratic Party offering young voters the outdated economics of conformity, artificially imposed by Washington’s elites?
A Republican Party being driven to offer change? Or a Democratic Party united against it?
Entrepreneurs, start printing tie-died shirts now. They will be hot sellers at the next Democratic Convention. Both sides are in for an interesting ride, but for Democrats, it’s going to be an extreme 2016.
I’m hoping that moderate Democrats will finally understand where the far left is taking their party, and pull it back to the middle. Perhaps, then, their elected officials can begin to act like adults instead of schoolyard bullies.
- Opinion: Are Democrats more extreme than GOP? (larrydunbar.com)