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Democrats’ Socialism and Their Ridiculous Goals Makes Bipartisan Legislation Unlikely

socialism Democrats vote health care DNCOne need not resort to reading tea leaves to divine the Democrats’ intentions for 2020 and beyond. Party leaders have been candid about their legislative goals in the year since gaining control of the House, and presidential contenders for the Democratic nomination have publicly showcased their policy priorities. Taking a look at where the Democrats stood in 2019, it’s possible to make some projections for the new year.

Look for continued efforts to roll back border controls. Several Democratic presidential candidates endorsed reducing the penalty of entering the United States illegally to a mere misdemeanor, and without exception, every White House aspirant lined up with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in opposition to deporting illegal immigrants who are not specifically violent felons. Most of them have advocated bestowing them with taxpayer-funded health care and other “free” goodies.

Influential freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has gone so far as to call for altogether abolishing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is tasked with immigration enforcement and countering transnational crime. Invoking Nazi Germany, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez compared ICE detention centers along the southern border to “concentration camps.” Without a major policy shift, Democratic party-supported sanctuary cities will continue to draw illegal aliens in 2020, driving up homelessness, drying up affordable housing and increasing public health and safety costs.

Efforts to curb Second Amendment rights will continue to be a focus for years to come. Playing to their base, primary contestants vied to stand out in their opposition to firearms. Former candidate and Obama-era HUD Secretary Julian Castro stated forthrightly that under his administration, “people would not own handguns.” Prior to dropping out, Beto O’Rourke said, “If we’re able to pass mandatory buybacks and I’m able to sign that into law, then I fully expect our fellow Americans to turn in their AR-15s and their AK-47s.” In Virginia, where Democrats took full control of the legislature in 2019, several counties have declared themselves to be gunowner sanctuaries in anticipation of new gun control measures. In response, Democratic Rep. Donald McEachin said, “Ultimately, I’m not the governor, but the governor may have to mobilize the National Guard to enforce the law.”

Medicare for All may be a non-starter. When 2019 began, the proposal to fold all Americans into a government-controlled single-payer health care plan polled well and was embraced by several Democratic hopefuls. But when voters find out that Medicare for All would terminate the private health insurance industry, support for it evaporates. Sen. Elizabeth Warren stumbled with primary voters when she refused to say whether her version would outlaw most private insurance by the end of her first term. Sen. Bernie Sanders admitted that his plan would eliminate jobs, which University of Massachusetts Amherst economist Robert Pollin pegged at 2 million. Mr. Sanders also estimates the cost of his Medicare for All plan to be “Somewhere between $30 and $40 trillion over a 10-year period.” Unsurprisingly, voter support for Medicare for All fell from a high of 51 percent in August 2017 to just 36 percent today, according to a Quinnipiac poll.

Democrats are committed to dismantling American energy production. On the hustings, Mr. Sanders, Ms. Warren and former candidate Sen. Kamala Harris pledged to ban hydraulic fracturing, a game-changing drilling innovation that not only transformed the United States from being dependent on hostile nations for energy, but made it a net oil and gas exporter. All of the Democratic contenders favor eliminating oil gas leases on federal lands and waters, a move that would devastate the economies of the nation’s energy-rich regions. Former Vice President Joe Biden pledged, “I guarantee you. We’re going to end fossil fuel.” Mr. Sanders working with Ms. Ocasio-Cortez takes it further with their socialist Green New Deal proposal to shift the country from cheap, reliable fuel to expensive, intermittent “green” energy that would cost $93 trillion in the first 10 years alone, by one estimate, or $65,000 per household each year.

Socialism is ascending within the Democratic Party and will increasingly drive policy initiatives. The rising stars within the Democratic Party describe themselves as socialists. In fact, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez went so far as to bluntly declare, “To me, capitalism is irredeemable.” Former Colorado Governor and former presidential candidate John Hickenlooper found out just how out of step he was with the party’s direction at the California Democratic Convention, where he stated, “If we want to beat Donald Trump and achieve big progressive goals, socialism is not the answer,” and was answered with a chorus of boos and jeers.

Americans hoping for meaningful bipartisan legislation in 2020 will be disappointed. High-stakes elections together with the lingering specter of impeachment already ensure a contentious legislative year. Moreover, the increasing sway of far-left ideologists within the Democratic Party makes finding common ground a significant challenge.

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Frank S.
5 months ago

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” – Ben Franklin “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it… Read more »

Michael D. Gillis
5 months ago

If they have their way, Democrats will essentially destroy our American way of life. My Dad fought in WWII and was a POW. He fought for our country and both my brother and I are Veterans. Freedom is NOT free. And there is no such thing as “free stuff.” Someone has to foot the bill. And that will be us, the American taxpayer if these idiots get in the White House. The best thing all of us freedom-loving citizens can do is VOTE in November.

PaulE
5 months ago

Wow! An actual honest and correct assessment of what will be accomplished for anyone out there still deluding themselves into thinking “bipartisanship cooperation” on anything meaningful and positive for the country will be achieved while the Democrats control the House of Representatives. That being absolutely ZERO done for the betterment of the country in 2020! The author should be congratulated for NOT producing the usual “coulda, woulda, shoulda if only …” cut and paste type articles that so many authors are cranking out these days. Again, it’s nice to read a clear, concise and honest assessment of what will be… Read more »

Patriot Will
5 months ago

Impossible to compromise with the Democrats/Socialists/Communists in Congress — one can as easily compromise with the devil. Let’s pray
that the Republicans win it all in November!

Steve
5 months ago

The dems have already given up on the white house. They will run Joe with several handlers to control him if he accidently wins. Their best wish is to retain the House and win the senate which essentially gives them 50% control of DC manuvers. I don’t really know if this is such a bad outcome as the Repubs, even if they had control of the House and Senate, would do little with it (example: 2016-2018). Repubs, other than Trump, live just to “get along”. No one has yet been jailed for the underhanded plot to undermine Trump. So the… Read more »

toprudder
5 months ago

Yesterday, at a Town Hall meeting televised on FOX News, Pres. Trump said we need to keep the majority in the Senate and, if possible, regain control of the House, and of course retain the White House. Correct, so far as it goes, but to REALLY get anything done, we need all that plus 60-66 seats in the Senate. That’s a heavy lift given the polarization of the USA. However, it takes that much for the Senate to actually pass any new legislation. Just having the majority in the Senate allows that party to control what legislation gets voted upon,… Read more »

BruceM
5 months ago

I’m not sure what the infection is, but the new woke left seems intent on self-destruction. Bringing our economy to a halt by banning fossil fuels to thwart a climate problem that may have little to do with mankind. Giving a free pass to those who have over committed themselves to student loans while punishing those who were diligent in paying back their self-imposed debt. Allowing the free movement of immigrants across our borders without knowing anything about those streaming in. Free college to anyone which will mean a dumbing-down of college to the lowest common denominator. Restricting or abolishing… Read more »

Mary
5 months ago

This is such a sad commentary of who far down the Democrats have sunk. Where are the thinking Democrats? My Dad would be so disappointed in his party if he were still alive.

Frank Bova
5 months ago

After reading this article how can anybody with a little brain vote democrat,

Mytake
5 months ago

New name for Democrats….Destructionists!

David Spade
5 months ago

I think there will be an overwhelming victory for President Trump. We always have to be concerned with down-ballot voting to make sure the legislative branch is not focusing on the socialist agenda items like the recent past. We have to make certain that conservative agendas from the administrative branch are complimented with conservative votes in the house and senate. The Democrats are going to be hard-pressed to come out of their convention in Milwaukee with any coherent platform that reaches Mainstream America. I truly believe that American voters see right through the Democrat charade, and they recognize that left… Read more »

Charles Williams
5 months ago

No long statements here, Socialism has no place in making governmental decisions for our form of governing. Socialism and Fascism run hand in hand. They are nothing like our governing “of the people, by the people” which made The United States of America the greatest nation in the world.

Shoe
5 months ago

We don’t need the DIMS cooperation on legislation as long as President Trump continues to use Executive Order to reduce regulation, transfer monies into border patrol and MOST IMPORTANTLY gets to name Ruth Ginsberg’s replacement on SCOTUS

Stephen Russell
5 months ago

Other issues NOT being addressed due to Dem blockade in House etc routine running of the nation.
IE balanced budget etc & DC Justice is 2 tier vs outside DC.
No Justice in DC unless your a Dem.
& those in House & Senate who back President to few to effect Change & We lose.
& Dems want virus for Recession for Nov win.
& AARP Helps Dems.

Mike Skain
5 months ago

Not a word on the Democratic stance regarding life. Really?

Chuck Gades
5 months ago

Good Deal!! “When congress is in session your life, liberty, and happiness are in danger”!!!!

Anna Petrocelli
5 months ago

An excellent article indeed….! I feel rewarded when we can still fight this battle of socialism-sugar coated communism with words and reasoning, for if we don’t, I foresee a revolution of mammoth consequences.

par
5 months ago

Where are the conservative democrats. They are becoming fewer and fewer or keeping under the radar. Remember Heath Shuler a Conservative Democratic Congressman from North Carolina served about 10-12 years ago. After two terms he walked away from his seat as he had been taken criticism from other democrats. They can not even have respect for fellow party members. Either their way or the highway.

Irv C
5 months ago

I see democrats as pushing for a left wingnut dictatorship. They paint America as if everything is free which the poor love. It’s pure evil in disguise and the ignorant, uneducated along with illegals are all on board. I would hope once President Trump is re-elected he will go after those who usurped the Constitution and we’re involved in the 2nd failed coup with the intent to prosecute to the full extent of the law. This would be step one. Step two: end this BS democrat party and incarcerate George Seros. Coronavirus is another left wing attempt to destroy America… Read more »

Mike Skain
5 months ago

Not a word on the Democratic stance regarding life? Really?

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