Source:The New Democrat
The Democratic Party is clearly not just moving Left, at least at the activist and grassroots level, but I would argue they’re movie Far-Left. It would be one thing if Democrats were moving from let’s say from St. Louis to Kansas City, because as a Center-Left Liberal I could probably live with that. But it’s more like Democrats are moving from St. Louis to San Francisco, or at least Las Vegas or Phoenix.
Not ready to call Democrats Communists, yet ( because others have beat me to it ) but we’re no longer talking about a Center-Left Progressive party when people like Joe Biden, Amy Klobuchar, Martin O’Malley, and many others are viewed as moderates when they all have long histories inside of the Democratic Party pushing for and believing in Progressive Democratic causes. Everything from civil rights, to infrastructure, to labor rights, advocating for the middle class and empowering the poor.
The Democratic Party today, is what the Green Party was 20 years ago and still is today and is vastly becoming a social democratic at least, ( if not democratic socialist party ) that may seem mainstream in Seattle, San Francisco, Boston, or New York City, but look like flaming Socialists to a lot of the rest of the country. And when a political party moves left, they tend to believe in new government spending more, including more social programs and expanding the welfare state, have more belief in what central government planning can do for the people and less concern with the costs of their new programs.
Social Democrats or Democratic Socialists, ( let’s calls them ) that the national debt and budget deficits aren’t important, because their new investments will payoff anyway. And even if our fiscal situation is a problem like a trillion-dollar deficit and 20 trillion-dollar debt, they could just tax rich ( as if that’s never been tried before ) or gut the defense budget. Of course having no idea where to gut the defense budget anyway, since Democratic Socialists tend not to believe in national defense and have this hippie or Nordic way of looking at national defense anyway.
And as a result we now have a Democratic presidential field where every leftist candidate at least is trying to become the next Bernie Sanders Socialist and win the nomination by trying to out promise ( or out pander ) or I at least would argue out socialist everyone else including Bernie Sanders. By trying to play Santa Clause to every young Democrat they can find in every college town that they can find and promise them all this new so-called free stuff in order to win the nomination and the hell with the deficit and national debt.
Which is what can happen when you have no many young idealistic voters who believe that government can do all these things for the people and aren’t mature and responsible enough to ask basic questions ( that might sound insulting to Socialists ) like, “how much will this cost me?” Or, “how will you pay for all these new programs?” Which is the state of the Democratic presidential race right now, the more government spending, the merrier and we’ll worry about the costs later on after we’re all out of politics and government.