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Democrats Are Losing Control of the Left

Posted on Monday, January 8, 2024
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by Andrew Shirley
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AMAC Exclusive – By Andrew Shirley

President Joe Biden watches news on a TV in the corner Tuesday, October 10, 2023, while he waits for his order at the Navy Mess in the West Wing of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

The ongoing spate of antisemitism and anti-Israel protests sweeping the country following Hamas’s attacks on Israeli civilians last October are just the latest example of how the Democrat establishment has lost control of the radical left-wing activist class it has fostered and egged on for years. With a major election now less than a year away, the escalating extremism of these activists could cost Democrats big at the ballot box.

After Hamas’s terrorist attack left more than 1,200 innocent civilians dead, most elected Democrats – with notable exceptions like “Squad” members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar – condemned the violence and called for solidarity with Israel. But many of these same Democrats have since backed down from that stance amid fierce backlash from their far-left base, which has not only excused Hamas’s brutal actions, but even celebrated them.

While the mainstream media has been reluctant to report on it, this unrest stemming from the militant antisemitism on the left only seems to be increasing despite attempts by the Democrat establishment to quell it.

On January 6, for instance, as the press engaged in their annual campaign of smearing Donald Trump and conservatives as “insurrectionists,” anti-Israel leftists blocked a major interstate in Seattle, causing traffic to be backed up for six hours. The same day, another anti-Israel protest caused major gridlock on Chicago’s famous Lake Shore Drive.

A few days before those incidents, on January 3, left-wing protestors shut down the California General Assembly. Anti-Israel protestors also attempted to disrupt New Year’s Eve celebrations in New York City and Boston.

Elected Democrats have been largely powerless to stop or even discourage the alarming spike in antisemitism from their own supporters. On November 29, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer grudgingly acknowledged that the recent incidents of antisemitism were mostly coming from “people that most liberal Jewish Americans felt previously were their ideological fellow travelers.”

The backlash from the left against President Joe Biden, who has wavered in his support for Israel but also has not openly endorsed Hamas’s actions as his left-wing base wants him to do, has been severe. Polling evidence shows that young voters are abandoning Biden in droves over his refusal to demand Israel stop its war on Hamas. In perhaps the clearest evidence that Democrat leaders have lost control of their base, even young White House staffers are in open revolt against the president over his stance on the war.

While many Democrat leaders and corporate media pundits have expressed alarm over the anti-Jewish radicalism of the left-wing activist class – in between excusing leftists’ calls for genocide – the liberal establishment should hardly be surprised.

Back in 2020, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Democrats and the legacy media openly encouraged the chaos that gripped American cities for weeks – violence that was far more widespread and deadly than the heinous antisemitic demonstrations on American streets today. Democrat leaders like Chuck Schumer, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren all marched in anti-police protests that later turned to riots, while the Democrat Party embraced the imagery and themes of the radical Black Lives Matter movement at their 2020 convention.

Despite the George Floyd riots causing more than $1 billion in property damage and leading to dozens of deaths, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wrote on X, “The whole point of protesting is to make people uncomfortable.” The Democrat establishment tacitly endorsed this sentiment, signaling to their activist base that violence was acceptable so long as it is in support of a left-wing cause.

In 2020, that cause was the “Defund the Police” movement and so-called “racial equity.” In that case, Democrats were able to largely escape the blame for the violence and destruction caused by their activists with help from their media allies.

But nearly four years later, it seems the radicalism of Democrats’ activist class has finally caught up to them and is costing the party big with everyday Americans. However, after years of telling fierce partisans that they are accountable to no one and nothing except the edicts of woke ideology, Democrats have created a major danger for themselves and the country that they are powerless to do anything about.

If liberal activists are indeed waking the rest of the country up to the growing extremism of the modern Democrat Party and setting the stage for an electoral wipeout this November, Democrats will have no one to blame but themselves.

Andrew Shirley is a veteran speechwriter and AMAC Newsline columnist. His commentary can be found on X at @AA_Shirley.

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PaulE
PaulE
3 months ago

Another article that continues to ignore the glaring fact that we still have, despite 3 past elections (2020, 2021,2022), an election system that now has almost all the bad attributes outlined in the 2005 Carter-Baker report on what NOT to do to ensure a free and fair elections. More pablum for masses.

mikem
mikem
3 months ago

democrats have lost control of everything. the border is wide open, inflation is killing the working poor and middle class, the military is in total disarray, china is flying spy balloons unchallenged over our most secret defense bases, the world is in total chaos and joe biden doesn’t know where he s*** last and can’t even find his way off a 10×20 foot stage. november can’t get here fast enough.

Morbious
Morbious
3 months ago

The rank and file dem robots that i know are unmoved by any of this. They live by a hierarchy of hatreds. Conservatives remain at the top of that list.

Deb Rockwell
Deb Rockwell
3 months ago

Honestly, I think most liberals are insecure, jealous types who love to have someone/anyone to hate bc it makes them feel better about themselves somehow. They just adore the victim role in any form they can get it.

Donna
Donna
3 months ago

The democrats have nurtured a dragon egg and now it has hatched and grown into a fire breathing dragon that is turning on it’s protectors and burning up everything around it. They created a monster and it is now all grown up and capable of total devastation. (Reference from Tales of the Kingdom).

John Bass
John Bass
3 months ago

Andrew, you say the Democrats are loosing control of the left and then you gave some very good examples. These things have been going on for some time now and even though these things you say are true, I would say it’s more like the Republicans have lost control of the right and what it mean’s to be conservative. A lot of things would be different if Republican Party didn’t have so many damn RINOS! In my perspective the Dem’s have always leaned to the left, maybe just not as in your face as they are now, but left none the less. It’s the Republican Party that’s changed…they’ve lost their way, either because their afraid they won’t be reelected or perhaps they also want a piece of the pie.

The Republican Party needs to put on their big boy pants and grow a spine. As for the American people, we need to vote out all the RINOS.

Trump 2024

PapaGrouch
PapaGrouch
3 months ago

Biden: “Hey! Who turned off the cartoons??”

Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
3 months ago

The public schools are the problem. the dmeocrats corrupted the public schools and now have lost control of how radical and poor the schools have gotten. the dmeocrats did not realize that, like all other socialist efforts, the teachers woudl quickly come lazy and worthless if incentive’s were to be a collective instead of preform.
harvard did a study several years ago on teachers of all ages (21 thru 60) and found 95% of public school teachers can not do algebra. Even truck drivers did better in algebra that the public school teachers.
The problem was that teachers do not know the hierarchy of functions. when questioned in detail the teachers did not even know such a concept existed. the reason our society has so much trouble with math is that our teachers have always been the low end of the education scale.
The reason the USA has had a problem with STEM learning for 50 years is that the teachers are completely incompetent. Teachers get paid very well and have excellent benefits. they are paid much better the nurses. accountants,and even better then most direct employee software people. Yes I am aware that some employees for google, Microsoft, amazon, and Facebook make $170,000 a year. The truth is most software people do not make that.
The problem is not teacher pay, work hours (less that 900 a year), working conditions, or benefits. the problem is that teachers would rather teach politics and sex because they do not know how to teach reading, writing and math. teachers did not learn history so they have know clue what is truth or lies. Teachers so not know science so if you claim it is scientific they say OK.
The problem with public education is the lack of teacher educaiton. teachers should be required to take continuing education every summer and be able to pass calculus test within 5 years of being hired to be a teacher the first time. they should be required to do statistics within 7 years of becoming a teacher.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
3 months ago

Sen. Jackie Rosen had to be escorted out the back at a Nevada Hispanic Heritage dinner due to disruption by pro-Palestinian protesters. They were so busy indoctrinating children to be good little leftists that they forgot to teach them how to be good little Democrats; now they are the Party of the Mob.

sdg
sdg
3 months ago

All those activists are enemy’s of America and should immediately be arrested and placed in concentration camps now!!!!!
We are at war in our country with these radicals and those extremists along with all BLM supporters and antifa supporters need to be arrested or shot on site!!!

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
3 months ago

Reap what U sow Dems OK

Morris
Morris
3 months ago

MAGA MAGA MAGA MAGA MAGA MAGA MAGA MAGA MAGA MAGA MAGA MAGA MAGA !!!!!!!!!

Broccoli Free Zone
Broccoli Free Zone
3 months ago

80,000,000 votes in 2020. 800,000 in 2024? Let’s hope so.

Pat R
Pat R
3 months ago

We can hope the last paragraph comes true in November. However, I don’t trust that they don’t blatantly push for even more unsecured and dishonest methods of obtaining more dishonest ballot votes.

Tom
Tom
3 months ago

Is the “Left” the same as those which got a “Time Out “.

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
3 months ago

DEms .need tyo be destroyed like fireants. Kyle L.

Red sputter
Red sputter
3 months ago

red wave lool

Denis
Denis
3 months ago

Do the people blocking freeways and roads in the USA really think that Israel gives a darn. I seriously doubt the Israel government people even noticed.

jimm
jimm
3 months ago

The radical liberal genie is out of the bottle…

Joy
Joy
3 months ago

I am a retired public school teacher and agree with the other posts about public education. Many years ago I went to a private college to earn (and I say earn because back then we had to earn our diploma) a diploma in education. We were taught to THINK. As the years went by, I noticed all the new curriculum many states were requiring, and that they had nothing to do with thinking out any problem or issue. It became more and more about responding like a robot and less and less about learning the process of thinking. That’s what the far left wants in universities and public schools. I taught high school Economics and over the years noticed that so many students either didn’t have the ability to think through economic issues or just didn’t want to try. Also, so many people don’t realize the far left National Education Association’s control over education decisions is a big reason behind a lot of this. Many parents trusted schools and didn’t realize what was happening so much. Now, hopefully more and more people are seeing the results of allowing unchecked government control in everything.

John
John
3 months ago

Why do the state gov.put up with the riots when I was young in the 50s any riots they were treated with high presser water houses that broke it right know oh I forgot that’s against rioters right but millions dollars of damage that’s OK and the police get hurt and the judges let the rioters go free so they can do it again and again WILL THES COUNTRY EVER WAKE UP we are in a sad time all the other countries look at are leader J B and say there it is ????

Dave
Dave
3 months ago

Since Beijing Biden’s illegitimacy in the White House, Marxist and communist of America  are on the move not only with BLM or antifa and now the so-called Palestinians, who shouldn’t even be in our country  having their passports revoked, and sent back to where they came from. This communist Democrats administration are at fault !

Frederick Nelso
Frederick Nelso
3 months ago

It would be a great blessing to see the Dem’s take a “Nose” Dive. Ever since they won the Presidency the US has suffered under insane, stupid and foolish governing.

Kat
Kat
3 months ago

Any proof of that?

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
3 months ago

This is an interesting revelation of the fracturing of the left. The extremists are certainly in control over a tacit group of moderates who are the sensible ones. Lets hope these moderates vote because the extremists will vote twice.
Right now the only dim coalition segment that can be relied upon is the usual black vote which will always in the back pocket of the dim machine. I hope that Trump will spend time with black voter groups but it must be a low priority since blacks will never trust a republican. We must understand what can’t be changed.

Buck
Buck
3 months ago

Democrats, those tired of being led, will break, use common sense, seek new and innovative ways for the parties to work for America, and express that the day of being hoodwinked by the clones is over. “Oh, Happy Day!”

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