They’re making Hillary look good
We said last time that Democrats’ time may be up (Joe Biden, Joe Biden) sooner than they think. The Democrats’ presidential debates Wednesday and Thursday (06-26/27-2019) constituted an audition for that new talent contest show, America’s Got Crazy.
Perhaps it is Trump Derangement Syndrome; This most unusual President is driving Democrats nuttier than a Payday candy bar.
What the debates did “was pick up the entire [Democrat(ic) party and put it down outside the mainstream and apart from the center,” Peggy Noonan observes in today’s (06-29-18) Wall Street Journal. The newspaper’s lead editorial chimed in with:
“Donald Trump is a lucky man.”
We learned from the two debates that Democrats are all in on:
- Completely open borders
- Welfare benefits for all comers
- Free college and forgiveness of past student debts
- Free government-monopolized health care
- Abolish private insurance for 177 million Americans
- Reparations for slavery
- Banning fossil fuels
- Packing the court
- Confiscating guns
- New and higher taxes
- Socialist redistribution (Bill de Blasio: “money is just in the wrong hands.”)
- Abortion up to and just after birth (Julian Castro promised federally funded abortions for a trans female.)
- More government mandates
- Forced school busing (the 1970s called; it wants its dysfunction back)
- Identity politics.
“It’s as if they were saying,” Peggy Noonan writes:
“Hi, middle-American people who used to be Democrats and voted for Trump. We intend to alienate you again.”
One big social experiment
The face off between Kamala Harris and Joe Biden on busing for integration (that failed 1970s social experiment) was most revealing. The Policy Werkes wrote last time:
Wouldn’t it have been wonderful if Uncle Joe had said, “Look, I opposed ripping kids out of their neighborhoods and busing them clear across town to satisfy some ‘woke’ bean counter’s half-assed theory that certain kids cannot learn unless they’re seated next to certain other kids. Forced busing for integration wrecked our public schools and worsened race relations for a generation. I was against experimenting with kids’ lives then and I’m against it now.”
The Wall Street Journal’s Holman Jenkins Jr. picked up on that theme today:
At issue was whether children should be taken from familiar neighborhood schools, friends and teachers and bused across town to meet desegregation quotas designed by federal judges and bureaucrats. It’s safe to say that … nobody really thought this was a good idea. (As the Washington Post notes, polling at the time showed it was favored by 9% of blacks and 4% of whites.)
Blame Americans first
“In the past five years, white liberals have moved so far to the left on questions of race and racism that they are now, on these issues, to the left of even the typical black voter,” explains Matthew Yglesias at Vox.com. …
Among our “woke” it’s an article of faith that they know what’s in every white American’s mind: racism. … Their embrace of slavery reparations has nothing to do with righting historical wrongs. It’s about extorting an admission of continuing racist guilt from their fellow white Americans.
Which takes us back to Peggy Noonan. She quotes a man from Kansas City who sat out the 2016 election but now supports Donald Trump. The reason “runs deeper than politics.”
“Every day, Americans are told of the endless ways they are falling short. If we don’t show the ‘proper’ level of understanding according to a talking head, then we are surely racist. If we don’t embrace every sanitized PC talking point, then we must be heartless. If we have the audacity to speak our mind, then we are most definitely a bigot.” These accusations are relentless.
“We are fed up. We are tired of being told we aren’t good enough.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: It’s not just the Emerald City, any more. Nationally, the party of my youth has become as smug and intolerant as a Freedom Inc. race and gender, social-justice warrior busting up a Madison WI school board meeting.
For extra credit: Never Trumper Bret Stephens writes (in the New York Times of all places): “The party seems interested in helping everyone except the voters it needs. [It is] a party that makes too many Americans feel like strangers in their own country.”