These fractious days feel so strange. Though I have been a registered voter in the Democratic Party my entire adult life, the Democrats of today seem more alien to me than ever before, as if they just had arrived from another planet. Or from Venezuela.
I voted for Jimmy Carter twice, and Bill Clinton twice, and Barack Obama once (the first time). Yet today, as the Dems run enough presidential candidates to field an entire football team, I can find almost nothing that appeals to my hopes and desires.
They march in a lockstep parade of extremists, eagerly trying to outdo one another in terms of who can be the most woke and ultra-liberal and who can hand out the most free stuff. If they are that most wretched creature in the party’s eyes — an older, straight, white male — they also must vie for most self-loathing and apologetic.
Pretty much the entire field wants a government takeover of healthcare. Most of the Democrats hail Medicare for All, though the program already is under huge financial strain. Bernie Sanders says 87 million people are uninsured or under-insured — wasn’t Obamacare supposed to fix that? He vows to wipe out $83 billion in medical-care debt; meaning all of us get to cover costs for those who can’t or won’t.
Most of the Dems also want free college education for all (including foreigners living here illegally). They want to scrap fossil fuels, just when the U.S. has risen as the #1 producer in the world. They would hurt our economy by shackling us with carbon caps and underwrite huge wealth transfers to less developed nations that still pollute with impunity — nations that dislike us.
Worse, the Dems’ antipathy toward business, capitalism, and wealth creation runs against the origins of America, where life, liberty, and the pursuit of property were founding principles. The founders, if I recall from a college lecture long ago, replaced “property” with “happiness,” and therein lies an endemic endorsement of American capitalism: it is a way of attaining happiness.
Their centerpiece for the evils of wealth inequality is a $15-an-hour minimum wage, though it will kill a million entry-level jobs and deprive teenagers of their first work experience. Why not, instead, give companies incentives to add tax-free stock bonuses to worker pay to give employees a stake in the business’s upside?
The Democrats seem so miserable, so unceasingly angry. Their view of our country is dark and despairing. In the most recent debate, Cory Booker cited “overtly racist policies not 400 years ago, just in my lifetime.” Beto O’Rouke lamented “a racism and violence that have long been a part of America.” Kamala Harris claimed President Trump is “trying to sow hate and division among us, and that is why we’ve gotten nothing done.”
Hm, actually, a lot is getting done, and, to me, the Dems seem to be the ones sowing hate and division. They hate this president — and his supporters, it feels like.
Their economic policies favor handouts over offering a hand up. Pay reparations to African Americans rather than give developers extra incentives to build new businesses that can create jobs. They want to break up Big Tech, though Google gives us incredibly powerful search services free of charge, and Amazon ships out great products at discounted prices to the benefit of millions of American shoppers.
Joe Biden says “nobody should be in jail for a non-violent crime” — even Bernie Madoff? A fentanyl smuggling ring? Later the former veep went even farther: any man in prison who was born with a penis and now decides he is a woman should have the right to serve time in a women’s prison. Cue Klinger on "M*A*S*H*."
In this field, Andrew Yang offers a bit of hope. He is an entrepreneur rather than a politician, he understands tech, and he speaks to voters on an adult level. Yet Mr. Yang wants to hand out $1,000 a month to every man, woman, child, and “they” in the land. This handout would legitimize laziness and cost almost $4 trillion a year, on top of the current $4.7 trillion annual federal spending.
Such craziness. No wonder why I may vote for Donald Trump again in 2020. The Dems give me no other rational choice. And when you can make Mr. Trump look rational, you have gone way too far.
Dennis Kneale is a writer and media strategist in New York. Previously he was an anchor at CNBC and at Fox Business Network, after serving as a senior editor at The Wall Street Journal and managing editor of Forbes. He helped write “Wealth Mismanagement: A Wall Street Insider on the Dirty Secrets of Financial Advisers and How to Protect Your Portfolio,” by Ed Butowsky, published in August 2019 by Post Hill Press. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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