Friday, January 10, 2020

Shifting Political Nomenclature


THIS COLUMN RAN IN NEWSPAPERS THREE OR FOUR WEEKS AGO AND I'M JUST GETTING AROUND TO POSTING IT HERE.
“Left and Right” is the name of a small community TV show on which I argue from the right, but what does that mean in 2020 AD? Taking a long view, the best I can say is our left/right political spectrum is in flux. What political positions define the two sides? Boston-Irish-Catholic-Democrats in a generation that worshiped John F. Kennedy (and into which I was born) didn’t see all Democrats as leftists or all Republicans as conservatives, but that has changed. There are still liberals in the Republican Party but are there any conservatives among today’s Democrats? I can’t name any. Can you?


JFK was a staunch anti-communist. His fellow Democrats in 1960 saw socialism as communism-lite and disdained both. That cannot be said of 2020 Democrats after a 2018 Gallup poll indicated that: “For the first time in Gallup's measurement over the past decade, Democrats have a more positive image of socialism than they do of capitalism… 57% today having a positive view… [with their] attitude toward capitalism, dropping to 47%.” The same poll indicated Republicans with only a 16% positive view of socialism and a 71% positive view of capitalism.


When newly-elected Congresswoman Alexandria Occasion Cortez (AOC) proposed the Green New Deal last February there was consensus among Democrats that it was a radical-left proposal. Provisions like banning air travel, banning cheeseburgers, banning fossil fuels, rehabbing every building in America, eliminating 99% of cars, free education for life, guaranteed income without work, etc. seemed crazy to them. By spring and summer, however, nearly all Democrat presidential candidates endorsed the Green New Deal and sought AOC’s endorsement.


That most Democrats now favor socialism — and the massive expansion of government into nearly every aspect of life required to implement the Green New Deal — is more than enough to label them the party of the radical left. Now, however, political language has shifted. For example, the headline of a December 21 article in the Washington Post by Chelsea James declares: “Buttigieg shifts to center, embodying the Democratic primary’s rightward drift.” Janes cited shifting positions by Buttigieg on Medicare for all, abolishing the Electoral College, packing the Supreme Court, and decriminalizing illegal border crossings. He also claimed that:“Environmentalists complain [Buttigieg’s] climate plan is less sweeping than his early rhetoric suggested it might be.”


Conservative pundit and attorney Paul Miringoff of powerlineblog.com asked last week: “Is Medicare for all the liberal position? Is decriminalizing illegal border crossings? Is packing the Supreme Court? I would have called Medicare for all socialist, decriminalization leftist, and court packing radical. I would have expected the Post, at a minimum, to call them progressive. If, instead, these positions are liberal, the political ground has moved from under our feet.”


So then, what positions would be considered radical left today? Must someone be a bomb-tosser like Bill Ayers and advocate violent overthrow of the government? The Green New Deal would put government in control of how people eat, travel, reproduce, work, and what kind of house they live in. What else is there? That looks like total control to me — somewhere between socialism and communism lite.


The Washington Post is a big voice in mainstream media, all of whom are on board with the new labels. What was radical left only months ago is now liberal. What was liberal is now centrist. So, where do mainstream media want to put yesterday’s conservatives? Are they fascists now? If so, it was a short trip from Hillary Clinton’s racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic basket of deplorable to today’s fascists. 


At the end of Barack Obama’s two-year tenure as a US senator, the National Journal labeled him our most liberal senator. As president, mainstream media referred to him and his VP Joe Biden as “centrist” and “moderate.” Until lately, it would have been very hard to call Joe Biden anything but liberal over his 30+ year career in the senate, but liberal media outlets like the Washington Post think themselves moderate too and give plenty of coverage to leftists who charge that President Trump is fascist and compare him to Hitler.


John F. Kennedy would be called conservative today and wouldn’t likely feel comfortable in today’s Democrat Party He opposed Affirmative Action, was pro-2nd Amendment, and favored major tax cuts. He couldn’t possibly get the 2020 nomination for president. He was a US Senator in 1954 when President Eisenhower implemented “Operation Wetback” and deported over a million Mexicans from the United States. Maybe it’s there somewhere, but I could find no evidence that JFK or any other Democrat opposed it. His predecessor, Democrat President Truman, deported plenty of Mexicans as well at the end of World War II.


How far left will Democrats and their mainstream media go?

8 comments:

Kafir said...

“How far left will Democrats and their mainstream media go?” As far as it takes. With all the reading, studying, soul searching, discussions and so on over the years about our political sytem, there is one quote that sticks with me which I’ve posted it previously.

“The issue is never the issue; the issue is always the [Marxist] revolution. Take any agenda: gay rights, civil rights, the environment, immigration. Name it. To the Left, the issue is only relevant if it provides them with power and wealth to the expense of all else.” -David Horowitz

With the current Dems to have elected stealth jihadists such as Omar or Tlaib, socialists like AOC in Congress and presidential candidates, Bernie and Pocahontas, as their “leaders” (to name a few), it is not just alarming, it’s downright dangerous. It’s what we get from decades of dumbing down our public schools with Leftists in charge and the implementation of Common Core. Thankfully, President Trump has ordered the DOE to eliminate it. It’s certainly a step in the RIGHT direction.

Brian said...

The Republican Party has shifted so far to the right that people like Lincoln would not recognize it or approve of it at all. Just look what happened to honorable and solid Republicans of the recent past like McCain, being attacked and ridiculed by the dim-witted leader of the party. Despite Tom's claim, there are no liberals in the Republican Party. Tom's claims have become worse than unreliable, they have become ignorant farces. Does he really believe that the New Green Deal would ban cheeseburgers?!? Or even flying, for that matter? Read the damn thing Tom, it's not that long. Doing a little research of your own rather than relying on your Fake News outlets would help you not look like a dope.

And for Kafir, who seems to like quotes:

"Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people,
it is true that most stupid people are conservative."
- John Stuart Mill

As for the Common Core, it is a set of standards, not a federal law, and some states chose to implement it while others did not. States have—and have always had—the power to determine whether to adopt Common Core. Trump hasn't done diddly about this.

Steve said...

Your opening paragraph seems to suggest you’re critical of the lack of conservatives in the Democratic party while hanging your hat on the liberals in the Republican party. Am I right on that? If so, it isn’t consistent with previous posts about those liberal Republicans. The liberals in the Republican party, none of whom you identified, have always been the source of criticism and disdain from you and other partisan Republicans. Any Republican who deviates from the party playbook is considered a RINO by you and the other ideological purists. You’ve criticized McCain, Flake, Collins that I can think of. I’m sure there are others. Who are these liberal Republicans, and what were their liberal accomplishments, votes, initiatives that you admire or respect? Are you hopeful for more liberal voices in the Republican party, or do you want to get rid of the ones already there, who ever they are.

Brian said...

Wow, Donald Trump just promised to ban Girl Scout cookies and hiking, and not a peep from the Republican Party. How far right will they and their media go?!

Covercharge said...

I never thought I would actually say it, but I think I might be getting tired of winning. Anybody seen the stock market lately? Best President of my lifetime.

Steve said...

If people do call Trump a fascist, no need to get your knickers too knotted up over it. There’s probably some hyperbole in there, not unlike the Republicans who spent eight years calling Obama a Communist, Marxist, Socialist, Fascist, Nazi Muslim born in Kenya with a “deep-seeded hatred for white people,” who hates America, freedom and Christianity. Some even theorized he was a Manchurian candidate who sought and achieved the highest elected office in the country for the sole purpose of destroying America from the inside.

Brian said...

Anybody seen the National Debt lately? The one that Trump promised to eliminate while in office but instead has added over 8 trillion dollars to.

Anybody seen the US deficit lately?

But the sheep keep whistling merrily past the graveyard bleating about the stock market.

Freeadmission said...

Covercharge said "Best President of my lifetime".

I really must compliment his ability to spell and to type seeing as he must be less than 4 years old....although he did misspell "whining", forgetting to add the "h" and adding an extra "n".