If the Democrats are looking for a good campaign slogan for 2020, might I suggest this?
“Who are you gonna believe, us or your lyin’ eyes?!”
This seems especially relevant after this weekend’s California Democratic Convention in San Francisco (talk about the ground zero of “progressivism.”) National level Democrats and their countless media apologists keep insisting that the party base really aren’t a bunch of leftist radicals who want to impose socialism on America; why, that’s just a lot of partisan propaganda smear tactics puffed up by crazy Republicans.
But in order to believe that, you have to overlook the fact that when former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (one of the few Dem hopefuls with any executive experience at all) told the crowd, “If we want to beat Donald Trump and achieve big progressive goals, socialism is not the answer,” he was greeted with loud, sustained booing. If they don’t embrace socialism, then why do they react to any badmouthing of it like a mother who’s just been told that her baby’s ugly?
Hickenlooper wasn’t the only Democratic Presidential hopeful who got booed for trying to sound too sane. Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney also brought out the boo-birds by arguing against the $32 trillion “Medicare For All” scheme, saying, “We should have universal health care, but it shouldn’t be a kind of health care that kicks 150 million Americans off their health care. That’s not smart policy.”
To be fair, I’m not sure if they were booing his criticism of Medicare For All or his mention of smart policy, since they’re equally opposed to both. Either way, his tepid argument for a government takeover of health care but not an entirely stupid one that voters would revolt over was enough not only to get him booed, but to prompt Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to call on him to quit the race due to his disqualifying level of minimal common sense.
Incidentally, Joe Biden, who is trying to position himself as a moderate alternative to the screeching, fist-shaking leftist loon wing of his party, took flak for not showing up at all, which I think is the wisest decision he’s made in years.
In 2012, when Democratic leaders realized that purging their platform of the name of God and support for Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was not playing well in “flyover country,” they attempted to reinsert it, leading to that famous booing incident at their national convention. Some argued that they weren’t booing God but the obviously rigged vote to reinsert God and Jerusalem.
But that’s an academic point: the Party had already purged God from its platform, and if they had to rig the vote just to reinsert God, then chances are God wouldn’t have been very welcome at that convention. And while party apologists dismissed Republican claims of the Democrat’s far-left base being hostile to God and people of faith as phony propaganda, it wasn’t long before Christian business owners were being hounded into bankruptcy for declining to participate in same-sex weddings and the Little Sisters of the Poor were being hauled into federal court for not wanting to pay for contraceptives and abortion drugs – the latter an abomination that continues to this day, despite President Trump granting the nuns an exemption.
So pardon me if I see a connection between booing God at a political party convention and that same party trying to use legal bullying to force religious people to support abortion and same-sex marriage. And when we hear an entire convention of Democrats booing someone who says socialism isn’t the answer, please don’t try to tell me that the claim that many in the party now embrace socialism is just a lot of rightwing paranoia. Or that they were simply booing the very mention of the word "socialism." It definitely wasn't a Trump rally crowd.