A Hard Left and Into The Ditch

“The era of big government is over” – Bill Clinton, 1996.

That may be the last sensible thing any elected Democrat ever said. Of course that was a time when sensible Democrats like Evan Bayh, Sam Nunn, and Joe Lieberman were amongst the ranks but those days are gone. Beginning with the election, or as Democrats are fond of saying, the “selection”, of George W Bush the Democrats have been veering left. There was a brief moment in 2001 when the attack on our homeland caused the parties to set aside their differences and focus instead on the growing dangers of the outside world. In fact some of the most impassioned arguments for the Iraq war on the Senate floor came from Democrats Hillary Clinton and Jay Rockefeller. But that unity and that passion would be short lived. As soon as the war became difficult and many Americans became frustrated, the Democrats seized the opportunity and began polarizing the country for political expediency, and that polarization is even more pronounced today.

Over the last decade, the Democratic Party has used every issue possible to divide this country along every societal line; age, race, sex, income, etc. The Democrats have also used every single procedural weapon to push through partisan legislation to the extent of lying on the Senate floor, lying to the American people, and creating and employing the fourth “regulatory” branch of government when Congress opposed them. The Democratic Party has moved so far left over the last decade that their ranks are thinning and their constituencies are dwindling. It’s more than a little embarrassing that the current field of Democrat POTUS candidates are all older, white career politicians, and outside of Julian Castro and Cory Booker, their bench is very weak. By comparison, the GOP is flush with young, talented people including the current field of POTUS candidates but also including folks like Susanna Martinez, Mia Love, Paul Ryan, Raul Labrador, and Trey Gowdy. The Democrats can’t even come close to matching this abundance of young talent. But what is even more perilous for the Democrats is their shrinking base. Their pandering over the last several years has emboldened a few of the more vocal minorities, which is now causing problems for them by continually having to serve more and more of their extreme demands. Just in the last couple of years the Democrats have angered the unions, a bedrock constituency, by appeasing the environmentalists and not approving the Keystone Pipeline. Also, via the fourth branch of government, manufacturing and mining jobs are disappearing and as a consequence so are even more union jobs. I also think that the #blacklivesmatters movement, which is literally taking over the Democratic podium this campaign season, has deeper roots than many want to admit. I think the movement has more to do with the sad plight many black families find themselves in largely as a result of government policies over the last 50 years. Policies of which they have been voting for, and of which were promised to “help” them. These policies have failed them and their community and I think their frustration is being misread to be an anti cop movement, which again is angering the unions. And now, on top of the many failed social and economic justice programs is the open border policies and legalization efforts the Democrats are pushing, which will only serve to flood the already crowded low skilled labor market and drive wages down. Black youth unemployment is over 50% and that will only get worse until we bring new solutions to the table and stop the progressive Democrats from “helping”.

The Democrats have painted themselves into a corner by their zeal for power and control and their incessant pandering to the smallest of grievances over the last several years. According to Real Clear Politics, 63% of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, and I highly doubt that that those people are hoping this country would be even more polarized and regulated. I think the most obvious example of how far left the Democrats have gone is the fact that the rival candidate to the Democrat front runner is an admitted socialist and not even a member of the party. From abortion, to immigration, to foreign policy, tt is time to define the Democrats positions just as they are, tenuous and extreme.

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26 thoughts on “A Hard Left and Into The Ditch

  1. tiredoflibbs August 20, 2015 / 6:42 pm

    I would encourage the moderators to leave mitchie’s post as an excellent example of the progressive mentality (especially from one who claims to be a pilot and believes planes fly because of a vacuum UNDER the wings).

    When facts are presented that show the ugly side of their agenda, this is the typical response from these mental midgets …. “projection”.

    Mitchie is too simple minded for anything else. Despite the fact, that proggies and the divider in chief have put black against white, LGBT agaisnst straight, poor (because of their failed policies – not one has been raised out of poverty or dependence) against the rich (despite being filthy rich themselves), legal citizens against illegal aliens (they are desperate for fresh voters to fool), etc. etc. – all he can claim is “projection”.

    Proggies are in denial and can’t face the ugly truth that they are despicable people who satisfy their guilt with handing out other peoples’ money. One has never seen such an unhappy group of people.

    As I said, I would encourage the moderators to leave it up – but it is a stain of the simple minded drone.

    There is no benefit to retaining the posts of the Left. They add nothing, and only illustrate their knee jerk brainless reaction to anything that does not fit in with what they have been told they think. We already know this and don’t need to have it smeared all over this blog. //Moderator

    • Amazona August 20, 2015 / 10:29 pm

      Tired, as your reference to mitche’s post is in this thread, I have to assume that post was a response to something in the thread post. I have gone through it and can’t find a single thing that could possibly be considered “projection”. (Though we do have to remember the Left’s belief that they can simply redefine terms at will. And the fact that they routinely use terms they don’t begin to understand, such as “conservative”.)

      Clearly the Right has not embarked upon an all-out campaign to divide the people of this nation into disparate and mutually distrustful groups, so he can’t be referring to the comment on the Left’s efforts to polarize the nation. Though the Right Establishment HAS drifted to the Left, it has not gone so far over the cliff that it is thinking of nominating a full-blown Socialist who is not even a member of the party, so the comments on the radical lurch to the radical Left is hardly “projection” of any right-leaning philosophy.

      No, as I have analyzed the thread post I can’t find anything that would support any claim of projection by the author—assuming that was what mitche was trying to say. Whatever it was, I think it is safe to say it was as intellectually compelling as the rest of the RRL efforts to rebut truths posted here—just an indignant “nyuh-UHHH!” and a sneer.

  2. Amazona August 20, 2015 / 10:35 pm

    ‘These policies have failed them and their community and I think their frustration is being misread to be an anti cop movement…”

    Here I disagree. I think there IS an “anti cop movement” and it is being fostered by the race pimps who prey on the irrational emotions of people whose impotence fuels rage. The impotence is, of course, due to the fact that these people have no real voice because they are so uneducated they can’t participate in the American way of life, they can’t communicate with any degree of lucidity or clarity, they barely speak the same language as the rest of the country, their self-imposed cultural isolation has made them aliens in their own land, the programs they thought would help them have stripped them of their dignity, and it is easier to strike out blindly and violently than it is to take responsibility for the situation and work to change it.

    While this group may be numerically small, it is very vocal and has a vast amount of media coverage, and the overt support and encouragement of many in the highest levels of our government.

    • Cluster August 21, 2015 / 7:14 am

      …they can’t participate in the American way of life, they can’t communicate with any degree of lucidity or clarity, they barely speak the same language as the rest of the country, their self-imposed cultural isolation has made them aliens in their own land,

      That’s an excellent observation. The inner city black communities have become islands of uneducated dysfunction that black activists prey upon to enrich themselves with influence and money. Sadly, their communities will only continue to deteriorate under socialist, progressive, Democrat policies, and no one is saying that.

  3. Amazona August 20, 2015 / 10:36 pm

    Wow—I see we are back to Random Placement of posts.

    • Amazona August 21, 2015 / 9:36 am

      “Here’s more projection: Leftism is a pathology of mendacity.”

      Not quite sure why you consider this statement “projection”. Projection is when you identify one of your own pathologies and then ‘project’ it onto someone else. Someone who is dishonest will project that onto others, and claim that other people are dishonest.

      I know of a lawsuit in which a man was removed from his partnership in a company because he was caught stealing, among other things. After his removal the other partners learned he had a history of this kind of behavior. He has sued the company, and his entire suit is based on accusing them of doing the things he has done over the last 40 years. He used to cook the books to steal from partners, so he accuses them of dishonest bookkeeping. He used to use company money to pay for his vacations, etc. so he accuses his former partners of doing this. This is projection. One of them told me that all they have to do, to know what this former partner used to do, is look at what he accuses them of doing, so much so that their new strategy is to wait till he makes an accusation and then look at the records for evidence that this is what HE had been doing.

      So if you say that the statement “Leftism is a pathology of mendacity” is a projection from the Right, you are saying we think this is true of us, so we are projecting it onto the Left.

      • Cluster August 21, 2015 / 10:22 am

        The “projection” comment was made in jest

      • Amazona August 21, 2015 / 10:29 am

        Cluster, knowing you as I do, I figured that. But knowing me as you probably do, I won’t pass up a chance to make a point about what some troll has said, even if I have to go through you to do it. And I do think we have readers who do not participate, and may not know our history the way we do.

      • Cluster August 21, 2015 / 10:35 am

        True that

  4. Retired Spook August 21, 2015 / 8:34 am

    Ben Crystal nails it this morning — just how out of the mainstream the Donkeys are, and what we dislike about them so much.

    Hillary’s email lowlights are bullet points on a resume that also includes highlights like “has a uterus” and “is married to Monica Lewinsky’s ex-boyfriend.” Think about the level of respect the Democrats have for the electorate when they try to sell us a pantsuit full of snake oil. Try not to think about their back-up plan, should we the people decide to give Granny Hilldawg a pass. Behind Madame Clinton, the roster includes an ancient communist who thinks the wrong side won the Cold War, a cover-band musician who made Baltimore the party it is today, and two or three other white guys to be named later. Their only other idea is draft Vice President Joe Biden, which would be entertaining in much the same cringeworthy manner as the “bad” auditions on reality TV game shows.

    When we mourned the loss of life in Benghazi, they put some low-budget film director in prison. When we objected to Obama’s crimes, they sent the IRS after us. When we pointed out that “all lives matter,” they called us racist and set our cities on fire. Our country is being overrun by violent illegal aliens, and they’re holding the “in” door wide open. We abhor taxpayer subsidies for Planned Parenthood’s baby-parts racket, and they accuse us of fighting a “war on women.” And now they expect us to cast a ballot for a woman who is either a technological rube or a dead-eyed liar. That’s how much the left respects us. Next fall, we have an opportunity to show them how much that respect is worth.

    • M. Noonan August 21, 2015 / 10:36 am

      We’ll see if it works – if Hillary is sworn in on January 20th, 2017 it will be an indication that the American people finally don’t care about their country any longer. All we’ll care about – at least in our voting majority – is whomever is checking off the Politically Correct boxes and is promising us the most free stuff.

  5. Cluster August 21, 2015 / 2:51 pm

    We may have a winner for the most deceitful progressive in the country. I present to you – Paul Krugman. According to our friend Paul, debt is good, as long as it is liberal debt:

    Believe it or not, many economists argue that the economy needs a sufficient amount of public debt out there to function well. And how much is sufficient? Maybe more than we currently have. That is, there’s a reasonable argument to be made that part of what ails the world economy right now is that governments aren’t deep enough in debt.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/21/opinion/paul-krugman-debt-is-good-for-the-economy.html?ref=opinion&_r=1

    But of course, this quite a departure from his stance on this issue when Bush was President:

    I was blaming him for debt — debt that was incurred on Bush’s watch. If you don’t think that’s fair, let me echo Barney Frank and ask on what planet you spend most of your time. Second, now that you mention it, surely much of the current deficit can be attributed to the previous administration’s policies. I mean, we’re all of seven months into the Obama administration; nearly all federal spending, all federal taxes, are dictated by laws that were in effect before Obama took office. Both Bush and before him Reagan spent years blaming all their problems on the failures of their predecessors

    http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/27/a-further-note-on-debt-and-deficits/

    So there you have it folks. Just another example of a progressive who lies as easily as they breathe.

    • tiredoflibbs August 22, 2015 / 7:36 am

      Cluster, these statements by Krugman go hand in hand with President Obame and Candidate Obame.

      Remember when Candidate Obame criticized Bush for taking the “Bank of China” credit card and racking up almost 4 trillion in debt describing it as “irresponsible and unpatriotic”. Then, President Obame racks up almost double the debt in half the time. The excuses were “it’s Bush’s fault” and “he had to spend that money…” dutifully repeated by the mindless drones at the other blog. Now we have Krugman saying public debt is good (ignoring the fact that “debt was incurred on Obama’s watch”)….and I am sure Obame and the rest of the looting Democrats would agree…. until the next non-Democrat President.

      Soon, they will run out of other people’s money – the looters and takers will still have their hands out while the providers will expose empty pockets, then where will we be? Unaffordable public debt will not be so great for the economy then…. but hey the lies make for good excuses now and the mindless drones and LIVs won’t know that or even care as long as their dependence is met with “government cash”.

      • Cluster August 22, 2015 / 8:27 am

        Liberalism is what looks like smart to stupid people.

      • tiredoflibbs August 22, 2015 / 8:55 am

        “Liberalism is what looks like smart to stupid people.”

        That quote directly applies to those at the other blog. Ol’ mitchie claims he struck a nerve with his “projection” comment. Sure he struck a nerve, the nerve that connects to the part of the brain that recognizes individuals who are part of “I can’t believe people can be so stupid.” crowd.

      • Cluster August 22, 2015 / 9:05 am

        It’s a pathological ignorance that is dangerous. I just ran across another Krugman quote bemoaning Bush spedning:

        “We have a world-class budget deficit,” he said, “not just as in absolute terms, of course — it’s the biggest budget deficit in the history of the world — but it’s a budget deficit that, as a share of GDP, is right up there.”

        Remember the many Democrats sounding the alarm that we were “spending our children’s future”. Ironically, I agreed with them back then, but they somehow have changed their minds re: the debt, and now Krugman doesn’t think we are spending enough. Pathological ignorance.

      • tiredoflibbs August 22, 2015 / 9:14 am

        $18 trillion in debt does not compare to the unfunded future commitments that are on our children and grand-childrens’ backs (and how many other future generations). Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, obamacare and other programs (that keep growing and growing) are not funded – they rely on present contributions to keep them afloat. There are no trust funds that have these programs financed.

        Obame stands up there and lies that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are not going broke. Just a few short years ago the tune was different when Bush was President. Now, all that rhetoric and chest beating from the Democrats has disappeared. They and their mindless drones are silent until the next non-Democrat administration.

        Truly pathetic bunch of individuals with “group mind” thinking.

    • meursault1942 August 24, 2015 / 10:32 am

      It’s hard to believe that someone would insist on frequenting a place where they are not welcome. It’s an indication of a disturbed mind and someone who craves attention like many immature people do. A character flaw consistent with people who lack self awareness.- Moderator

      • tiredoflibbs August 24, 2015 / 12:21 pm

        “It’s hard to believe that someone would insist on frequenting a place where they are not welcome. It’s an indication of a disturbed mind and someone who craves attention like many immature people do. A character flaw consistent with people who lack self awareness.- Moderator ”

        Based on his repeated posts, it is obvious this miserable drone hasn’t learned from his own history. He can’t be expected to learn from history of this country, this pResident or any pRegressive candidate. Based on his posts, he lives in the here and now and easily puts aside what happened 5 minutes ago.

        This individual is incapable of learning anything – he just regurgitates the latest sound bite he has heard from the pReggressive media, which could change in the next few minutes.

        I remember a series called “Short Attention Span Theatre”….. I am sure he was an avid viewer.

      • Amazona August 24, 2015 / 5:15 pm

        But we already know what they are like, and most of us just try to avoid them. Why don’t the moderators just quietly remove their posts and the rest of us not answer them or refer to them in any way? Surely we all understand that acknowledging them in any way just feeds them,and besides it leaves skid marks on the blog.

        And no, I don’t mean from tires……………

  6. dbschmidt August 23, 2015 / 9:05 pm

    I still find it quite amusing that here in NC the “Black lives matter” group is hellbent on defacing and ultimate removal of everything and anything that might be Confederate in nature without thinking about the States rights issue the war was actually fought over while at the same time a great many of the same people are engaged in the “fight” for illegal immigrants because they should not be punished for what their parents did.

    • Amazona August 23, 2015 / 9:58 pm

      Maybe we should take a look at just WHICH black lives matter to the people in this movement. It appears that the only black lives that matter to them are the lives of adult or nearly adult males whose life choices put them in conflict with law enforcement.

      Let’s look at the black lives that do not matter to them. That would include black women who are so often impregnated and then abandoned without support for them or their children, in a dysfunctional culture that expresses admiration for “baby daddies” who brag about how many illegitimate and abandoned children they have fathered. Certainly the lives of black children don’t matter to this movement—-at least I don’t see them carrying signs demanding school vouchers so black children can attend private schools and be on equal educational footing with other children whose parents are able to get them out of the pathetic excuses for education provided by so many of our public schools. I don’t even see them advocating a change in attitude to encourage black children to excel in school, instead of teaching them that learning, and speaking clearly, are “too white”, so they grow up uneducated, without job skills, and sounding like ignorant savages. The lives of the black poor who live in daily terror due to gang violence don’t seem very important to these rioters protesters. Obviously black lives are of no significance at all if they are still in the womb. And of course the lives of black conservatives are worthless and couldn’t matter less.

      Actually, I see no respect at all for the vast majority of black lives. I don’t see a movement to get black people educated and in the work force, so they can regain the personal dignity lost by being dependent on others. I don’t see a movement to re-establish the black family, to develop a strong cultural foundation for civility and respect and accomplishment.

      As far as I can see, if you are not a black person who is an adult or nearly so, whose personal behavior puts him or her in opposition to the law, your life ain’t worth s**t, no matter what your race might be—-including black.

      • Cluster August 24, 2015 / 8:07 am

        Let’s look at the black lives that do not matter to them. That would include black women who are so often impregnated and then abandoned without support for them or their children, in a dysfunctional culture that expresses admiration for “baby daddies” who brag about how many illegitimate and abandoned children they have fathered. Certainly the lives of black children don’t matter to this movement

        RIGHT ON! RIGHT ON! RIGHT ON!

      • Amazona August 24, 2015 / 7:18 pm

        I’ve linked, a couple of times, to a video of a young black man whose appearance is identical to that of Michael Brown, who has been identified as Michael Brown, slugging and kicking and stomping a frail old black man. It is a very difficult video to watch.

        Want to know how much “black lives matter”? It was video taped by at least one person, and there are several people in the background, including middle-aged women, who never did a thing to help this old man.

        I wonder why HIS life didn’t matter. Maybe “black lives matter” only when a white person is identified as the aggressor. We don’t see these rioters “protesters” bleating about black lives being lost to black gang violence.

      • Cluster August 24, 2015 / 8:17 pm

        A 9 year old black girl was killed by a stray bullet from a drive by shooting in Ferguson a week or two ago and I would certainly think her life mattered but judging by the silence, I guess not. Sad.

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