“Moderate Democrat”: an oxymoron if ever there was one.
For anyone wondering if there were any centrist or “moderate” Democrats who could appeal to independent voters and threaten President Trump’s reelection bid in 2020, the first two debates answered that question. There aren’t.
The narrative many in the media spun is that this race is a battle of socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders and far-left Sen. Elizabeth Warren versus numerous “moderate” or “mainstream” candidates such as Mayor Pete Buttigieg or former vice president Joe Biden. What we have witnessed from the first two debates, however, is that all the candidates are now pandering to a radicalized Democratic Party base far out of step with most Americans.
In 1962, Democratic President John F. Kennedy advocated one of the largest tax cuts in American history. Now? Democrats like Sanders openly advocate taxing the middle class to pay for lavish spending projects like full free college tuition and taxpayers paying off student debt. Sen. Kamala Harris openly bragged that “when” she became president, she wouldn’t hesitate to pass anti-Second Amendment measures with no input from Congress. Harris’s threat should send a chill up the spine of every freedom-loving American.
Oh, you can rest assured that it does. The real question is: how many freedom-loving Americans still remain? Worse: after all the decades of propaganda and indoctrination from government schools, the universities, the entertainment industry, the press, and even Big Bad Government itself, how many CAN there be? Denied a proper education regarding their own national history and the country’s philosophical roots, taught to despise its Founders as reprehensible, slave-owning cads, do most Americans still treasure freedom, or even understand it at all?
On January 23, 1996, Democratic President Bill Clinton declared in a State of the Union Address that “the era of Big Government is over.” Twenty-three years later, every major candidate in the second Democratic primary debate raised his or her hand in support for taxpayer-funded health care for illegal immigrants. All seem bent on the elimination of America’s sovereignty. Most of them support a version of the socialist “Medicare for All” program Sanders has proposed, which would end private health insurance. Unrestricted access to abortion seems so “automatic” it was hardly mentioned in the second debate.
The current crop of Democratic candidates is unprecedented in its embrace of far-left ideology. Democrats used to skirt around the idea of any sort of nationalized or single-payer health system. Many rejected it outright. Now? Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper and Sen. Michael Bennet—both characterized as “moderate” by the press—repeated the leftist idea that “health care is a human right.”
Still currently leading in the polls, Joe Biden is the most highly-touted “moderate.” However, in his first debate for the Democratic nomination in 2020, Biden came out in favor of “mandatory” biometric “smart-guns,” nationalized preschool, and “free” community college. If these ideas are now what the media counts as “moderate,” then they have completely shifted the Overton window so far to the left that America may be in a bit of trouble.
Gee, ya think? Might be more useful at this point if we think of the Overton Window not as a window but another in a long list of ratchets, all of which turn only one way: to the Left.