Over the weekend, a cataclysmic storm continued to build, threatening massive destruction. I don’t mean the hurricane in the Gulf, but the escalating battle in Congress between the old line House Democrats (the “hide what we really believe until after the election” faction) and the regressive “progressive” Democrats who’ll come right out and tell you they want open borders, sky-high taxes, no prosecution of criminals, no deportations of illegal aliens, and socialism replacing capitalism. They think that’s a winning platform, while the old line Democrats think it’s the kind of platform that drops out from under you when you get hanged.
That link recaps some of what led up to this, plus the latest development in which Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Chief of Staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, suddenly catapulted from the shadows to center stage by accusing other Democrats – including black and Native-American Democrats – of being racists and white supremacist sympathizers. This is what happens when you develop a bad habit: you just can’t stop doing it even when it makes no sense whatsoever.
(To refresh your memory, Chakrabarti is the guy who’s usually photographed wearing a T-shirt with the face of a radical, Nazi-sympathizing Indian leader on it. He's a ringleader of the Justice Democrats, the far-left group that got AOC elected and hopes to repeat that nationwide using the same strategy: target low-turnout Democratic primaries in one-party districts and run stealth campaigns for radical leftists who defeat incumbents whose supporters assumed they’d win so they don’t bother to show up at the polls. This is how America got AOC in Congress, thanks to just 16,898 primary voters in a Bronx district with nearly 700,000 residents. I plan to keep warning people about that until the word gets out, so we can stop the rising tide of America-hating Congress members and D.A.’s who refuse to prosecute 90% of crimes.)
This is great spectator sport for Republicans, but it’s not healthy for one of the parties in a two-party system to be tearing itself apart, particularly when its young up-and-comers are ignorant of history and want to impose policies that have been proven tragic failures everywhere they’ve been tried.
And while Speaker Pelosi and her supporters try to tamp them down and point out that they are only four votes in the House, this news must send chills down her spine:
A poll taken in May (even before all the publicity over the Dems’ civil war ramped up) of swing voters that the Dems will need to win back from Trump found that the Democrat whose name they most recognized was AOC. Among swing voters, 74% knew AOC, and 22% approved of her. Likewise, 53% knew Ilhan Omar, and 9% approved of her. Also, 18% viewed socialism favorably, and 69% disapproved of it.
Remember how I told you that the far-left platform was like the platform you get hanged from? Well, if the Dems who mount that platform do swing for it, then it may be swing voters dropping the trap.
I’ll link to this excellent article by Derek Hunter at Townhall.com, on how the House Democrats’ so-called “Squad” (AOC, Tlaib, Pressley and Omar) and many of their radical supporters perfectly represent what has long been identified as perhaps the most dangerous and annoying combination of personality traits ever: ignorance and arrogance.
Ignorance is not stupidity; it simply means lack of knowledge. Ignorance is forgivable because we’re all ignorant of some things, but wise people try to learn more about important subjects to cure their ignorance. Arrogance is also an understandable flaw; it’s easy to get a big head when you really are the best at something or a recognized expert in your field.
But possibly because of the leftist takeover of the education establishment, which preaches socialism to ignorant youth while teaching them nothing of value about history, civics or economics (but a lot about self-esteem), the combination of ignorance and arrogance is epidemic in some quarters. It leads people to believe they are experts at things they really know nothing about, and to insult and smear the motives of anyone who holds a differing view or tries to bring up inconvenient facts of which they are not aware.
Sound like anyone you know? Or maybe four people you know?
This is a tactic that Democrats have used on Republicans for years, accusing us of “xenophobia” for wanting to enforce our long-standing immigration laws; of Islamophobia for thinking it’s a bad idea to let people from nations that are hotbeds of anti-American terrorist activity flood into the USA without proper vetting; and of racism for…well, disagreeing with them about anything. Now, some like Pelosi are finding out what it’s like to have to deal with the ignorant, arrogant creatures they created and set loose on American society.
As Hunter so perfectly puts it at the link above, “Frankenstein’s monster always returns to the castle and destroys it.”
Speaking of the currently widespread combination of ignorance, arrogance and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, we got a prime example during a House hearing when AOC tried to condescendingly lecture Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan that “asylum seekers” are not committing a crime, even if they didn’t follow the proper procedures for requesting asylum and entered the US illegally. It did not go well for her.
In fact, Homan laid down the law to all the Democrats in the room about what the law says and how their own actions caused the border crisis they’re blaming ICE and Trump for. It’s ironic that someone would have to explain the law to America’s lawmakers, but judging from what I’ve seen on C-Span lately, I suspect they aren’t really lawmakers. They just play lawmakers on TV.
To follow up, here’s Homan on “Fox & Friends,” explaining how he’d just “had enough.”