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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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Richard A Olmsted
2 years ago

In short, dummocrats would trash the Constitution and ruin America. What’s not to like?

JohnH
2 years ago

Both parties must come together for the good of USA. Let the voters decide who they want to represent them in Washington, DC

Tommy Molnar
2 years ago

What really scares me is how someone who proudly proclaims his Marxist Communist platform can actually get traction in the United States of America’s Presidential election! How is that even POSSIBLE?

John Karkalis
2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Tommy, there will always be some people willing to buy the Brooklyn bridge or give you a twenty in exchange for two fives. There are enough savvy people WHO ALWAYS VOTE who will never buy Bernie’s load of rotten fish.

Michael Tracy
2 years ago

None of the many Democrat voters we know, prefer any of the big government, socialist takeover proposals, of the Democrats running
for president.

Fred Roach
2 years ago

Amen, Frank S. On July 4th the country will be 244 years old. At this same point in Roman history, the republic was preparing to become an Empire, headed by an emperor. We are headed in the same direction.

Greg shears
2 years ago

These people are a festering cancer on this great country and will destroy it if we don’t defeat them. They want to take away everything that made this country the greatest place on earth to live. Our forefathers fought and died to make this country what it is today and if need be I will do the same. TRUMP WINS IN A LANDSLIDE (2020)

Pat R
2 years ago

Talk about government waste! If they won’t work together to get the job done, all of them need to be gone. TERM LIMITS would eliminate most of their ability to amass fortunes while in office. Just maybe term limits would have the effect of eliminating all but those who really want to work to help the US remain the country it has been for almost 250 years.

Lawrence Greenberg
2 years ago

For decades, the Communists – er, I mean the Democrats – have shown very clearly that they have nothing but complete contempt for our citizens and our Constitution. The Leftist motto, for more than 200 years now, has been and remains: Power and control, at any price, at any cost. Their goal is the complete destruction of this nation and the establishment of a Leftist totalitarian dictatorship.

Joseph R Carreiro Sr
2 years ago

The Socialist agenda can never work in our American culture. As a matter of fact it cannot work anywhere in the World. Tried for centuries and failed every time and is still failing and will never stop failing.

Daniel Smith
2 years ago

I wish goals and Socialist sympathies were the biggest problem with Democrats. Party leadership and the media have lied, cheated, manipulated and gas lighted so much that I no longer consider them marginally capable of representing the vast majority of American people. It’s sad, really, but I’m too angry to feel sorry for them

Dave Campbell
2 years ago

If you hate The United States of America, vote for Democrats.

Randy Geiger
2 years ago

As baby boomers/seniors we have a responsibility to not only vote and support President Trump but we need to support those in our states who are trying to unseat Democrats in both houses of Congress. Getting out to vote is not enough. We need to knock on doors and call those in our districts to get out and support our Republican candidates. As we have heard and read, this is a war for the soul of America. I will be darned if If I am going to allow these evil Social Democrats to take away any of my freedoms. We must produce the vote that will be heard around the world, America yes, socialism/communism no. We need to make it loud and clear. I refuse to lay down and take it. My vote and my support will be heard.

Ed J
2 years ago

We are now observing the emerging pandemic of early onset idiocracy in our nation as Bernie’s “Children’s Crusade” marches onward toward oblivion like lemmings marching over a cliff into the sea. Most of his sycophants (or should I say psychophants) are cerebral Lilliputians who do not have the attention span of a fruit fly, much less any quantifiable knowledge or understanding of the real world and how it truly works. These intellectually homeless folks repetitively devour their political idol’s pratings as if it were intoxicating ambrosia.

Unfortunately, many of the other Demsheviks seeking to achieve a one-up-man-ship over Comrade Bernie have embraced more extreme positions than they would otherwise probably have if Bernie and Pocahontas were not in the picture. This does not auger well for the future of America because these people are not going away. We have to win elections EVERY time to keep them at bay. They only have to win ONCE for it to be “game over” for America.

John Karkalis
2 years ago
Reply to  Ed J

It seems we can scratch Pocahontas for now. She’s gone to the happy hunting grounds for the terminally constipated.
Ambrosia? Let’s leave that for the gods. Castor oil would be more appropriate.
I no longer compare the attention span of Bernie’s brigade to that of a fruit fly. I was advised I am unfairly demeaning the good fruit flies of this world. Okay. I will allow that Bernie’s acolytes have the wit and the spontaneity of a soybean.
Bernie’s “Children’s Crusade “?
The one long, long ago did not end well for the kids.
Ed J, you are a master at giving the back of your hand to those who displease you.
Are you by any chance Greek?

Ed J
2 years ago
Reply to  John Karkalis

No, John, I am not Greek, although I would be honored if I were. I’m just an ordinary red-blooded American old fart that the good Lord has seen fit to smile upon down through the years.
P.S. Please don’t give Pocahontas any castor oil or we will be faced with a sh*t tsunami huge enough to cover the entire country at least a foot deep. Send her an industrial size cork instead, along with a tube of super glue. It’ll all work out better for the environment.

John Karkalis
2 years ago
Reply to  Ed J

Pocahontas aside, which thankfully she is, the sh*t tsunami began with the first Dem debate. Subsequently it only got deeper with with each debate.
My chemistry background tells me there’s no cork large or strong enough to hold back the deluge you speak of.
It took the Lord 40 days and 40 nights to accomplish what Lizzie could in an instant.

Ed J
2 years ago
Reply to  John Karkalis

Let’s just be sure Pocahontas is aimed toward the moon before she lets it rip. The thrust alone should propel her into orbit somewhere in the Oort Cloud. As they say in Spanglish, “Hasta la bye-bye, baby!”

John Karkalis
2 years ago
Reply to  Ed J

Yes, the Oort cloud would be appropriately distant. Unfortunately objects are known to reappear from that cold region as comets. Pocahontas blazing across the sky one again? Say it ain’t so, Ed.

Ed J
2 years ago
Reply to  John Karkalis

I think Pocahontas would be so pooped out that she would never have the energy to get back here. But just to be sure, maybe we could strap several JATO rockets to her hide to “assist” in her acceleration into the cosmos. Done right, she would be set to follow the Voyager spacecrafts off into interstellar space. However, I wouldn’t want to inflict her on some other civilization out there where she might end up landing sometime in the future, so the Oort Cloud seems like a good compromise.

Mimi
2 years ago

This article explains why republicans MUST take the house back in 2020!!! TRUMP 2020 including the house and senate. If this happens, just watch our President go!!!!

Rick U
2 years ago

Let’s tell the dems that we will give up our right to bear arms when they give up their right to abortion !

Mike B.
2 years ago

This is proof that conservatives need to regain control of the house and increase our majority in the Senate. The Democrats are bent on Socialism. What befuddles me is that so many Democrats, lots of whom are rich want to push America to the far left. I can only guess that they feel they are entitled to their riches and the rest of the country can pay the bills. This is usually what happens in socialist societies. The ruling elite live fat on the hog while the majority of the population goes along or goes to jail or worse. We need to fight this at the ballot box and if that doesn’t work, that’s the reason for our second amendment.

Brian
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike B.

The book ANIMAL FARM shows how this will all play out.

Irv C
2 years 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 and topple our President.

Ed J
2 years ago
Reply to  Irv C

America IS the Land of the Free – but NOT of free stuff! This simple distinction seems to have totally eluded the Demsheviks.

Alan Power
2 years ago

Maybe Socialism will make the democrat party irrelevant.

Charles Williams
2 years 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.

Russel Goebert
2 years ago

Someone called into the Rush Limbaugh show and made this profound statement: “You can vote your way into Socialism, but you have to shoot your way out of it.” So true! Just look to Venezuela!

John Karkalis
2 years ago

As the “late” Pocahontas famously said when queried on her medical plan for Americans, “Well the devil is in the details ”
It’s interesting how often the Prince of Darkness is mentioned when discussing the Dems , almost as if there were a filial relationship?

Ed J
2 years ago
Reply to  John Karkalis

Actually, they are not as distant as one might suppose. Siamese twins would not be too far off the mark.

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