For progressive elites and many in the mainstream media, one rule must always be upheld: The narrative of the day is all that matters.
The obvious result of this maxim is that those adhering to it – namely Democrat politicians and media personalities – blatantly contradict themselves on an almost daily basis. But in the age of 24-hour news, these individuals almost never face scrutiny. When the news moves so quickly, there is no time to look back.
Thankfully, most ordinary Americans have a memory that extends back farther than yesterday’s news cycle. But just in case you’ve lost track, here are a few prominent examples of liberal flip-flopping that the mainstream media and Big Tech would rather sweep under the rug.
- Election integrity:
On election night in 2016, ABC News personality and progressive acolyte Martha Raddatz looked at the numbers and said, “There is something else going on here.” She seemed incredulous at the notion that the establishment could have failed to elect Hillary Clinton. Surely, she seemed to be saying, the pollsters and the D.C. consultant class couldn’t have got it that wrong.
Little did we know how that narrative would translate into four years of Democrats and mainstream media pundits warning Americans again and again that “democracy is fragile” and “democracy was highjacked” because the preferred candidate of the radical left failed to defeat a first-time politician in President Trump. Democrats spread conspiracy theories that ranged from Russia hacking the election to President Trump being a “Russian asset.” In advance of the 2020 election, time and time again, progressives suggested and even outright stated that the election could be stolen. HBO even released a documentary that “exposed” how vulnerable our system was to attack.
Then Biden was declared the winner.
Suddenly, concern about election integrity was not only wrong but “idiotic.” Suddenly, the same people who said our election system was dangerously vulnerable now claim that the 2020 election was the “most secure in history.” Perhaps if Biden had lost, they would feel differently.
Vaccines and inoculations are medical miracles that have saved countless lives. That is why it’s so concerning that Democrats spent over a year questioning and delegitimizing the COVID-19 vaccine. Kamala Harris infamously said during the debate that “If Donald Trump tells us to take It, I’m not taking it.” On the campaign trail, Biden actively questioned the potential vaccine and demanded that it be vetted by international experts before being distributed.
Then Biden was declared the winner.
Suddenly, the exact same vaccine that was developed under the Trump Administration through Operation Warp Speed was unquestionably ready for prime time. Not only was it ready, but anyone who questioned it was complicit in all COVID-19 deaths. Recently, CNN and President Biden himself have suggested that Facebook and Fox News are “killing” people by permitting discussion on the effectiveness of the vaccine. They are demanding immediate censorship.
Ironically, the last time Facebook censored information regarding the virus, it was censoring individuals who theorized that COVID-19 originated in a lab in China. Even CNN has now acknowledged that theory to be not only plausible but likely
Progressives and so-called “Democratic Socialists” have lionized the Communist state of Cuba for decades. Specifically, they note the comprehensive literacy (above 95%) and free medical care – both of which they falsely attribute to the policies of the Castro regime. Regardless, controversial progressives like Nikole Hannah-Jones have praised the Cuban government for their alleged stellar record on human rights and equality. According to most liberals, Cuba was a sort of socialist paradise.
Then the protests last week exposed the truth.
Suddenly, many Democrats in the United States could no longer deny how bad things have gotten in Cuba under socialist rule. As the Cuban people accused the Cuban government of abusing their human rights via the very type of government progressives assert will guarantee human rights, liberals looked to be in a very compromising position.
In another incredible about face, Democrats attempted to claim that protests were not about basic human freedoms being denied to the Cuban people, but were instead due simply to power outages and medical shortages. But even if you believed this obvious mischaracterization of the demonstrations, it still doesn’t explain how liberals’ supposed shining example of socialized medicine is now suffering from widespread “medical shortages,” all while the much-demonized American healthcare system is firing on all cylinders and has distributed hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccines.
For decades, progressives have been laying the groundwork for a mainstream socialist party in America. In 2016, they succeeded.
The rise of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders made Democratic-Socialism the new standard of the Democratic party. With young disciples like New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the movement went mainstream. In 2020, then-candidate Joe Biden – ostensibly a moderate – announced the “Biden-Sanders Progressive Unity Platform.” No matter what the ideological makeup of their individual districts, all Congressional Democrat were expected to toe the socialist line.
But then the 2020 election happened.
Suddenly, a House and Senate contest that seemed like the Democrats’ to lose became only a pyrrhic victory. Many Congressional Democrats were defeated in moderate districts they were expected to win. Now, Democrats appear to be in an open civil war over socialist policies. In a leaked call following the loss, centrist Democrats like Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) outright said “we need to not ever use the word ‘socialist’ or ‘socialism’ ever again. . . We lost good members because of that.”
5. Defund the Police
Following the death of George Floyd, progressives asserted that police not only failed to stop crime, but actually did more harm than good. Their solution? Diverting funds allocated for local police departments to social services and mental health counselors. Pledging to defund the police was practically a prerequisite to being a Democrat candidate for public office in 2020.
What could go wrong?
Now, with crime rates spiking nationwide and violent murders increasing by the day, Democrats are scrambling to escape the narrative they themselves created, and are even attempting to pin their own policy on Republicans. In one incredible example, Biden press Secretary Jen Psaki claimed that it was Republicans who in fact sought to defund police by not voting for Biden’s massive boondoggle of a “COVID relief” package. After promising to disband their police departments, many liberal cities are now also reversing their position and instead pledging to hire more police. After explicitly stating that he was for defunding the police during his campaign, first-term Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) changed his tone on the issue as crime spiked in his home city, and now says that he only wants “smarter policing.” Examples of such rank hypocrisy abound among the radical left.
So, the moral of the story is that no matter what absurdity you might hear from progressive D.C. insiders today, don’t worry. They’ll be saying something different tomorrow.