A snapshot of today’s Democratic party, and in particular the race of DNC Chairman seems to provide a startlingly clear picture of former President Obama’s true objective dating back to 2008.
“You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
It is easy to assume the Democratic party is flailing and stumbling toward the permanency of a progressive fringe minority party. Certainly, the numbers argue for that contention at the moment. But the term, “at the moment” might be key to thoughtful consideration of what is now Barack Obama and Bernie Sander’s party. In 1843, Karl Marx had this to say:
“But, if constructing the future and settling everything for all times are not our affair, it is all the more clear what we have to accomplish at present: I am referring to ruthless criticism of all that exists, ruthless both in the sense of not being afraid of the results it arrives at and in the sense of being just as little afraid of conflict with the powers that be.”
It appears Obama knew exactly what he was saying in 2008, and the audience to whom he was addressing. Looking at the party today, it is apparent the former President was signaling his dismissal of the private sector blue collar voter bloc as a significant foundational entity within the party. While these voters had traditionally voted the Democratic ticket, no one can deny these Americans still possess very traditional US values. They are still churched, still believe in the Bible as the Word of God, still are proud of America and deeply patriotic, and have a deep respect for work ethic and earning a day’s pay for a day’s work. These new Trump voters are no socialist, nor will they ever be. Obama knew that then, and President Trump proved him correct.
What if Obama began the deconstruction of the party with the intent of rebuilding it the mirror image of the The Party of European Socialist? This is how they describe their party: (pes.eu):
“The Party of European Socialists (PES) brings together the Socialist, Social Democratic, Labour and Democratic Parties from all over Europe and Norway. Together with 33 full member parties and 13 associate and 12 observer parties, we fight for better and progressive Europe..From our foundation in 1992, our fights have shaped us as a strong progressive movement promoting true gender equality, job creation, international solidary, growth, worker rights, social protection, progressive migration policies and green societies that respect the environment. Our movement continues to unite and shape a better future for Europe.”
Close your eyes and you can clearly see Obama or Bernie Sanders and their respective DNC Chair candidate puppets say these exact political philosophies. It is no wonder the Democratic politicians are catering to the progressive fringe, having deliberately abandoned their center base, the progressive fringe is their bridge to the creation of the Socialist Democratic Party of America.
Both of the DNC Chair front-runners are decidedly socialist. Powerlineblog reports on Keith Ellison attacking President Trump:
“I think that Donald Trump has already done a number of things which legitimately raise the question of impeachment. On day one, he was in violation of the emoluments clause….So yeah, I think we need to begin investigations to not go after Donald Trump, but to protect our Constitution and the presidency of the United States – to make sure that nobody can monetize the presidency and make profit off it for their own gain.”
It would be short-sighted to think this is inadvertent bumbling and incompetence. Wisdom and past experience dictate we take them at their word. What Mr. Ellison is advocating is the final deconstructing of American democracy as we know it.
These progressive politicians are now saying what The Party of European Socialist has espoused for some time now. A bridge too far for America? Time will tell.