March 26, 2019

The Democratic Party is Making a Big Mistake

“I don’t quite know what a handbasket is, but the Democratic Party is in one headed toward electoral hell with its talk of socialism and reparations. Given a Republican incumbent who has never exceeded 50 percent in Gallup’s approval ratings poll, and who won the presidency thanks to a dysfunctional electoral college, the party is nevertheless determined to give Donald Trump a fair shot at reelection by sabotaging itself. In fact, it’s veering so far to the left it could lose an election in 1950s Bulgaria.

Democratic socialist ideas appear to be making significant headway in the party. The Democratic part is fine; the socialism part is not. It suggests a massive government intrusion in the economy that has not worked elsewhere — postwar Britain, or that contemporary mess called Venezuela — and that, in a cultural sense, is un-American. Time and time again, the American people have shown they want nothing to do with socialism. While socialist movements have, at times, been politically strong in Europe, such has not been the case in the United States. This, in fact, is one of the original meanings of the phrase “American exceptionalism.”

If Americans are not about to embrace socialism, they certainly are not about to support reparations. This proposal, which seems to have come out of nowhere, has the support of Democratic presidential hopefuls Elizabeth Warren, Kamala D. Harris, Julián Castro and Marianne Williamson. This supposed redress for slavery — nothing can redress slavery — polls abysmally. Sixty-eight percent of Americans oppose making payments to descendants of slaves, and 72 percent oppose paying reparations to African Americans in general. Among whites, 81 percent oppose payments to descendants of slaves.”

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