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10 Ways the Left—Not the Right—Is Endangering American Democracy

Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2022
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President Joe Biden’s dark and divisive speech last month declaring that “MAGA Republicans” pose an existential threat to the “very foundations of our republic” marked the latest escalation in the Democrats’ ongoing attempts to brand their political opponents as enemies of democracy. But in truth it is the radical left, not the right, that is threatening the norms and traditions that have historically defined American freedom.

Here are 10 ways that those on the left—not “MAGA Republicans”—are destabilizing democracy.

Political Censorship

Perhaps the most glaring instance of the left’s anti-democratic streak is its embrace of censorship against its political opponents. By now, many Americans are aware of the progressive movement’s eagerness to banish from the public square any content, ideas, or figures who publicly contradict their dogmas—as most notably seen during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the weeks and months following the 2020 presidential election.

It’s not just Big Tech or liberal activists who are out to silence conservatives, either. Earlier this year, for instance, Foundation for Freedom Online released a chilling series of revelations outlining how the Department of Homeland Security and other executive agencies have been operating as a “domestic ‘Ministry Of Truth’ from within the US federal government”—going so far as to encourage children to report their families to Big Tech giants for questioning government talking points on COVID. How’s that for “democracy”?

Fortunately, several elected officials are already making attempts to reverse this trend. State Attorneys General Eric Schmitt (R-MO) and Jeff Landry (R-LA) this month requested that the Louisiana District Court compel the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to “turn over communications between high-ranking Biden Administration officials from the White House, Department of State, FBI and others and major social media companies.”

Spying on Parents

Another clear sign of the left’s growing intolerance for genuine democracy is the Biden administration’s willingness to deploy federal agents to intimidate parents concerned about left-wing ideologies being infused in their children’s K-12 curricula. As Critical Race Theory and gender ideology ascended to the forefront of national political discourse last year—resulting in parents voicing concerns at school board meetings—Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a disquieting memorandum at the behest of teachers unions indicating he was prepared to use the power of the DOJ to spy on, intimidate, and ultimately silence them. Last fall, a DOJ whistleblower revealed that Garland went so far as to use counterterrorism tools against these parents—a trademark of fascistic and authoritarian regimes throughout history.

Turning Schools into Indoctrination Camps

The DOJ’s war on parents is just the beginning of its hostility toward America’s democratic traditions. Under the Biden administration, the Department has begun the practice of filing briefs and issuing guidance letters as a means of coercing K-12 schools into adopting far-left social policies, including “gender-neutral” bathrooms. The DOJ and other executive agencies have routinely targeted schools that require students to use the restroom that corresponds with their biological sex—indicating it wishes to use its power to force students, parents, and teachers all across the nation to adhere to a warped far-left understanding of biology and human nature. These top-down coercive tactics can be called many things—but “democratic” is certainly not one of them.

Raid on Mar-a-Lago

While the Biden administration’s decision to raid the home of a former president—and the current president’s chief political opponent—is shocking in its own right, the DOJ’s extraordinarily aggressive stance on the matter and inability to specify why such measures were necessary remains deeply disturbing. Given the unprecedented nature of the raid, one would think the Department would feel compelled to explain itself. But its failure to do so only reinforces the narrative that the Biden regime and Washington, D.C., ruling class will stop at nothing to bring Trump down—even if it means resorting to police state tactics.

As political commentator Josh Hammer wrote of the raid in a recent Newsweek column, “The man now lambasting his political foes as ‘semi-fascist’ is the same one who just sent the federal law enforcement to execute a predawn raid on the private residence of his former, and perhaps future, ballot box opponent.” He continued: “Alas, self-awareness is not one of Uncle Joe’s strengths—nor, for that matter, is a rudimentary familiarity with Western history.”

Inflation

Inflation is always and everywhere a form of stealth taxation. The money printers effectively confiscate wealth from the people without having to take the tough vote to raise taxes—thus, it’s inherently anti-democratic. Contrary to popular belief on both the left and right, the inflation crisis is far from an accident. As Claremont Institute senior fellow Christopher Caldwell wrote in a spring Compact Magazine column, “The case that Biden is to blame is close to airtight. Inflation was at 1.7 percent when he came to office. The country was poised for a boom, with unemployment at 6.4 percent and falling rapidly.” But then came reckless policies like the American Rescue Plan, which sent the economy into a tailspin and have disproportionately burdened Middle Class, poor, and elderly Americans. “Inflation is seldom an error—it’s usually a policy, if an unavowed one,” Caldwell continued. “Inflation has always signaled a deficit of legitimacy. It arises when the government has an agenda it cannot declare.” In the end, it is difficult to imagine a Biden administration policy that is less democratic than effectively confiscating thousands of dollars from every American household through runaway spending.

Student Debt Forgiveness

Biden’s highly unpopular decision to unilaterally cancel hundreds of billions of dollars in student debt not only further exacerbated inflation, it also undermined the U.S. Constitution by asserting a power rightfully reserved for Congress. It is wealth confiscation that no one voted on. In the words of legal analyst Andrew McCarthy, Biden’s student debt cancellation scheme is not only blatantly illegal, but also “flouts Supreme Court precedent from just last term.” McCarthy continued: “Simply stated, the executive branch, including such components as the Department of Education, lacks the authority to exercise powers of ‘vast economic and political significance’ absent a clear delegation from Congress, as the Court put it on June 30 in West Virginia v. EPA.” Biden’s naked power grab on student debt relief threatens to further erode public trust in the integrity of our “separate but equal” system of government, raising the alarming specter of an unaccountable, all-powerful executive not bound by federal law or legal precedent.

Unconstitutional COVID Lockdowns

Another staggering—yet often overlooked—instance of extreme Democrat overreach is the party’s imposition of yearlong COVID lockdowns, and later vaccine mandates, on the American people. As seen most prominently in swing states like Michigan, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania, the pandemic provided the perfect cover for left-wing politicians to execute draconian policies that severely inhibited the individual freedoms and constitutional rights of American citizens.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI), for instance, was—in the words of Newsweek—a “prominent advocate for imposing strict public health measures” that ultimately led to the most job losses and highest closure rate for businesses in the U.S. Similarly, in what would have at one time been considered a shocking instance of executive overreach and encroachment of the freedom to worship, Governor Tim Walz (D-MN) opted to limit church attendance to just 20 people for stretches of the pandemic. Moreover, a wide slate of Democratic governors—including Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf—enforced unconstitutional (and scientifically baseless) mask mandates in K-12 schools, a measure that is now widely acknowledged to have hindered childhood development. Yet, even in the midst of Pennsylvania’s lockdowns, the Keystone State remained in the top 11 states for COVID deaths per capita. Of course, measures like these were also implemented at the federal level by Biden, who by way of executive fiat forced the overwhelming majority of Americans to make the outrageous choice of either taking the COVID vaccination or risk losing their jobs – including members of the military, many of whom were dishonorably discharged.

Maniacal Reaction to the Dobbs Decision

Though most on the left may lack the self-awareness to realize it, this summer’s Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was supremely democratic. By returning the question of abortion to the states, the Court is once again empowering the American people—not unelected judges or bureaucrats—to rule themselves. Of course, the pro-life movement sees Dobbs as only a preliminary success, and that efforts to protect unborn life are ongoing. But there is a great deal of irony that the very same leftists who claim to be guardians of democracy will, in the same breath, insist the American people should have no say in regulating abortion.

War on American Institutions

In what might be the most obvious instance of their antagonism toward democratic self-government, the left remains immensely hostile toward the institutions, systems, and procedures that have served as a bedrock of the American constitutional order for centuries. From seeking to pack the Supreme Court with far-left ideologues, to abolishing the Electoral College, to making Washington, D.C. a state so leftists can add Democrat seats to the U.S. Senate, the left’s willingness to destroy our nation’s most venerable democratic traditions in order to augment their own power is plain to see.

Cancel Culture

There is no clearer evidence of the left’s antipathy against democratic-self-government than its malice toward anyone who dares to dissent from their political worldview. Not only is freedom of thought to dissent integral to the American political tradition, but it is also an inviolable cornerstone of democracy. As columnist Peter Lucas wrote in a recent op-ed for the Boston Herald, “Biden’s attack on Trump and his Republican MAGA supporters as ‘semi-fascists’ out to destroy democracy is a perfect example of psychological projection. He is accusing Republicans of what he is doing.”

Going forward, if Democrats truly want to identify and stop “threats to democracy,” rather than castigating their political opponents, they may do well to look in the mirror and reflect on the damage they have done to America’s most sacred traditions and institutions – and stop themselves.

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Slvie
Slvie
9 months ago

Forgot Afghanistan

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 year ago

The Left Has Always been a Threat to Democracy
Day 1

Philip Hammersley
Philip Hammersley
1 year ago

Just take ANY speech by Biden, Schiff, Kamala, Warren, etc. and replace Biden with Trump and Trump with Biden and you’ll get the truth. DIMMs PROJECT their SINS on us true Americans!

Rik
Rik
1 year ago

Until ALL Republican politicians start publicly calling today’s Democratic Party Leadership what they REALLY ARE: COMMUNISTS! . . . The Republicans are part of the problem and not the solution!

Laura
Laura
1 year ago

This article nailed it! I don’t for a minute believe that all of this is incompetence. In my opinion, this is just an extension of the Obama Administration. I believe Obama was planted to start the ball rolling. Joe Biden is no more than a puppet. The radical left knew a long time ago that Biden was cognitively impaired. What I say to the people of this country who refuse to see what’s going on is, “Come on, man!”

Drue
Drue
1 year ago

WOW! A great article outlining how the Biden White House, the far left, big tech. and the progressives are attempting to destroy the United States. This article should be required reading for every American citizen concerned about where our country is headed. The only subject not mentioned was the border crises and the influx of illegal immigrants into our heartland. This is a contrived situation designed to gather Latino voters if they make it legal for non-citizens to vote. Unfortunately for the Demorats, this is backfiring on them as Latinos, entering the country by legal means, see this as what it is: A way to curry favor and get votes. A real smokescreen.

William C Smith
William C Smith
1 year ago

All these transgressions are initiated and promulgated by specific individuals holding public office and positions of responsibility. They, and their specific actions, need to be identified and named in articles like these. The groups and organizations who suggest and sponsor their activities must also be constantly identified and their behaviors contrary to the laws and culture of the U.S.be constantly exposed and reported upon. ANd citizens affected who object must coalesce behind leaders dedicated to ridding the nation of these bad actors.

anna hubert
anna hubert
1 year ago

Gloves came off a while back but republicans still play like gentleman instead of putting brass knuckles on

Old Silk
Old Silk
1 year ago

The left is merely following the blueprint in Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals: “Accuse your opponent of what you are doing.”.

Patriot Will
Patriot Will
1 year ago

The leaders in the Democrat Party will never change their ways, unless they can fool even more Americans into believing that the Democrats actually care about this country. Biden, Harris, Pelosi, and Schumer do not care one little bit for the many hard-working Christians who are the lifeblood of the USA. They are catering to the fringe groups, and sadly the media propaganda machine is doing everything possible to keep the Destroyers of Freedom and Liberty in power.

Chuck
Chuck
1 year ago

Mao Tse Dong always promoted a “democratic revolution” as an important step towards a communist takeover. So why do we frequently read authors here espousing “democracy”?
A $100 to the first person who finds that word in the US Constitution or in any state constitution!

Michael D Mc Caughn
Michael D Mc Caughn
1 year ago

Our elected Republican politicians should be standing before a mic everyday screaming about what the dems are doing! Yet we fail to see that.

Jeb
Jeb
1 year ago

This is how totalitarian tyrants operate.

Kay
Kay
1 year ago

The idea is to make one world with one currency which will be controlled by communist party called democrats. The sad thing is people are like sheep and are permitting this to happen before their eyes and still vote for the same over and over

Marc Ziegler
Marc Ziegler
1 year ago

In this country, the last 2 years have been a total disaster, one party rule normally leads to disfunction and corruption. And boy has it happened!!! It is my opinion that Bidin and the democrats have been on the wrong side of every issue from, open boarders, a total perversion of our justice system into a police state, and making concerned parents into domestic terrorist, (and I could go on) as brought this country to a turning point of destruction. With the lame stream liberal media always on the Dems side, voters never hear the true story and throw in the social media monitors censoring speech, no one knows what to do. As I see it, we need to throw all the bums out of office, and that is most likely democrats!!!!

Willie
Willie
1 year ago

Biden and the democrats are going to let Russia or Iran drop a bomb on America.

john john
john john
1 year ago

You are all nuts.

Ben Ray
Ben Ray
1 year ago

The Democratic Party has gone not only Woke Left, but I think it is a Socialist / Communist with it’s goals. One of the biggest indicators of just how un-American they have become – just look at Tulsi Gabbard leaving the Democratic Party and her comments… she had a view from the inside.

teresa Ann d'alessandro
teresa Ann d'alessandro
1 year ago

budum has no common sense and his supporters are just as bad – i find it very upsetting that these dums think what their fuhrer leader is doing to this country is ok! one question i would like them to ask themselves is, “Are you proud of the fact that within the illegals, grown men are raping little children”! that must make you feel so good inside! a. holes

Tom
Tom
1 year ago

Well let’s hope the Republicans retake the Senate and the House in a few weeks but that still won’t be enough. They will need to clean house as well and oust the RINO’s that are poisoning the party. That includes Mitch also. We cannot tolerate him as majority leader again. He is definitely not on our side.

Glen Martin
Glen Martin
1 year ago

Democracy??? I think we still live in a Constitutional REPUBLIC!!!
The Traitors in DC are hell bent on changing America to a Communist/Socialist Democracy!

fredwriter1961
fredwriter1961
1 year ago

The Democrats are supported by the ignorant, the arrogant and the smug elitists who thing they have the answers to every question and will tolerate no other opinions.

rwisrael
rwisrael
1 year ago

Judging by the ads which are proliferating on TV, the Democrats are ignoring inflation, recession, crime, immigration problems , shortages and the proxy war in Europe. The ONLY issue which concerns them is the unrestricted right to kill unborn babies. Our political system and a large percentage of our population are morally insane.

gorgonpolus577
gorgonpolus577
1 year ago

hael Moore predicts blue tsunami in ‘Roevember’ midterm elections.
msn.com/en-us/news/politics/michael-moore-predicts-blue-tsunami-in-roevember-midterm-elections/ar-AA12QAuc

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