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The least covered Big Story in the media right now is the severe leftward lurch of the Democrat Party. Four avowed Socialists won primary elections in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. Democrats on the city council of Seattle, led by an avowed socialist who once proposed confiscating the Boeing aircraft factory, just forced through a punitive anti-business tax. Progressive Democrats from Andrew Cuomo to Dianne Feinstein are being challenged from their left by candidates in the socialist Bernie Sanders mode. Sanders himself, absent some chicanery from the DNC, would very likely have been the party’s nominee for president in 2016.
For most of my adult life, the media have been replete with stories and editorials forever fretting that “the Republican Party has been taken over by the hard-right.” Forever, the Republicans were counseled to “take back your party from the radical right, move to the center.” Republicans have been ever lectured to abandon “divisive social issues,” in the same way that Democrats are never, ever counseled to moderate their positions on taxes, spending, and regulation. The media complex is desirous that Republicans stop running on the policies that have made them the dominant party of the southern and interior United States, and instead adopt the policies of New England Republicans. (Just how many Republicans does New England send to Congress anyway?)
Meanwhile, the Democrat Party lurches hard to the Socialist left, and there is hardly a peep from the media. On those rare occasions when it is remarked upon, it’s not in the dire tones of doom that the ascendancy of conservatism in the Republican Party rated. It’s more of a soft “generational shift” like in this LA Times article.
This hard-left lurch of the Democrat Party would seem to be a topic worthy of a higher level of scrutiny. Instead, the media are too busy broadcasting the claims of a porn star’s shyster lawyer.Published in