Democrats are pulling their party so far to the left as to make it nearly unrecognizable. Nonetheless, mayor and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Friday that in order to assure victory in 2020, they must swing even further left.
Speaking of President Donald Trump at a Sioux City, Iowa campaign rally, Buttigieg said, “He is deservedly unpopular, but he could win again. I think he wins again if we look like we’re offering more of the same. I think the way he wins again, is if we look like defenders of a system that hasn’t worked.”
That “system that hasn’t worked” recorded 224,000 new jobs for the month of June, smashing all estimates and resulting in more jobs available than people to fill them. It also created at least $10 trillion in wealth since Trump took office.
“And what that means is, surprisingly, the riskiest thing we could do is try so hard to play it safe, that we continue to walk down an establishment path that has Americans believe that we’re not speaking to them,” Buttigieg continued.
While that speech may not sit well with the Iowa farmers it was delivered to, it was met with approval from the party’s liberal base in New York and San Francisco. To get an inkling as to how far that base has moved, over the Independence Day weekend:
It’s also been playing well within the Democratic Party’s presidential candidates.
With few exceptions, its presidential hopefuls support “Medicare for all” without offering any clue as to how they would pay for it. Not content to leave it at that, most now favor extending it to illegal aliens.
Nearly all candidates embrace some version of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal,” in which the New York Democrat would radically change the way Americans live and turn the United States into a socialist nightmare.
The majority embrace free college for all as well as wiping out current student loan debt, leaving those who honorably paid their obligations feeling foolish.
Many candidates called for slavery reparations, where Americans who never owned a slave would have to cough up dough for those who were never slaves. That soon evolved into reparations for Native Americans.
In an act of one-upmanship, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., suggested reparations for gays and lesbians, citing unfair tax laws.
“The federal government forced legally married same-sex couples in Massachusetts to file as individuals and pay more in taxes for almost a decade,” Warren said. “We need to call out that discrimination and to make it right — Congress should pass the Refund Equality Act immediately.”
The president said he wants to include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census. A Census Bureau insider tells Newsmax that there’s plenty of precedent for adding it to the form. Not only was it included in census questionnaires from 1820 to 1950, but the bureau continues to ask it in its annual American Community Survey.
Nevertheless, Democrats call the question racist and un-American, as though “non-citizen” is now a race, and the American government asking people living in America on an American form if they are Americans is somehow un-American.
In what was both a colossal stunt and an apparent act of defiance, last week Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. escorted five asylum-seekers across the border so they could enter the United States.
Moving over to fiscal policy, nearly all candidates, including former Vice President and so-called moderate Joe Biden, want to repeal the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Others feel that’s not enough. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., admits he would impose income tax hikes across the board and raise estate taxes up to 77 percent, spelling an end to passing down the family farm and business to one’s children. Warren says income taxes don’t go far enough and wants a tax on assets as well.
Buttigieg’s call to swing further to the left may be the correct message to the most radical fringe elements of the Democratic base. But the party is ignoring the real decision-makers in presidential politics — undecided, independent voters.
Each time a Democratic presidential candidate tries to out-stunt and out-left the competition, independent voters mentally draw a line through that person's name.
By the time Nov. 3, 2020 arrives, there will be but one name remaining on their list — that of President Donald Trump.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports - Click Here.
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