The disgusting, pathetic pandering of many of the Democrat 2020 presidential hopefuls to the far-left progressive movement is embarrassing and beneath the dignity of the Office they seek.
It is pitiful!
In a blatant appeal to the radical wing of the Democratic Party and those new left-wing extremists who are dominating the Democratic debate, they are ignoring the vast majority of hardworking Americans.
If the past month has shown us anything, it has made clear that the Democratic Party, through a few of its newly elected radical Members of Congress and many of its 2020 presidential contenders, is redefining itself to appeal to the radical progressive left — not mainstream America.
They have taken pandering to new low trying to see who can become more outlandish:
- Advocating reparations for slavery with no criteria as to whom would benefit: would recipients include privileged blacks who have no family history of American slavery such as 2020 candidate Senator Kamala Harris, D-CA?
- Failing to condemn infanticide.
- Packing and reorganizing the Supreme Court.
- Eliminating the Electoral College (so only the large liberal urban states will select presidents).
- Lowering the federal voting age to 16 to “capture” young voters who would most likely be sympathetic to the socialistic free medical care and education policies advocated by many of the 2020 wannabees.
- Expressing neither sympathy nor empathy for families of those killed by illegal immigrants and illegal drugs which are pouring across the southwestern border.
- Condemning Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for enforcing immigration laws while taking sides with illegal immigrants and defending sanctuary cities.
- Failing to acknowledge and condemn sex trafficking and abuse of children, especially young girls by drug cartels.
- Allowing illegal immigrants to participate in the social security system.
If these examples of pandering were not enough, the height of pandering would be for a male candidate to announce — before the primaries — that he is selecting a black or white female as his running mate!
Pandering isn’t limited to the candidates.
It also extends to the Democratic leaders and establishment.
In the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, rather than risk offending Muslims and blacks by specifically criticizing black Somali-American Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, for her anti-Semitic comments, Democrats chose to slap Jews and Israel in the face and opted for a watered-down resolution shielding her and condemning virtually all forms of bigotry — not really a hard sell.
In the Senate, rather than stand up for the rights of children to live after a botched abortion, Democrats pandered to Planned Parenthood and the abortion lobby and refused to support a bill that would have penalized doctors who failed to exercise care in saving the lives of children who survive an abortion or attempted abortion.
While candidates play the “reparations” game to pander to blacks, they do not let such pandering get in the way of maintaining power.
It seems like only yesterday that Democrats, including some of the candidates, were clamoring for the resignations of the Governor and Attorney General of Virginia for appearing in black face — until it was learned that the successor to the Governor could be a Republican since the black Lt. Governor was facing allegations from two different women.
Democratic indignation over black face suddenly evaporated.
The real shame is the silence of what used to be mainstream Democrats who appear to be afraid of, or are intimidated by, these new left-wing radicals who are steam-rolling their party.
By their silence, they are allowing the new extremists, and their media allies, to dominate the Democratic Party debate and frame the issues. In doing so, they are ignoring — and alienating — the vast majority of hardworking Americans who occupy most of the country between the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.
If Democrats and their eventual nominee continue down this road, they might find themselves in the position of Walter Mondale in 1984 — Reagan defeated him not only in a 525-13 electoral college landslide but also gave him the second largest popular vote defeat in history — nearly 17 million!
Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as in the Reagan presidential campaigns. He is a former co-owner of WTVT-TV in Tampa and former president of the Florida Association of Broadcasters. Read more of his reports — Go Here Now.
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