Last week, about 450 Democratic candidates from around America gathered in Washington for several days of discussions and training sponsored by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, preparing for what they’re certain is going to be a massive blue wave election that will finally prove Americans are desperate for far-left government. They think this is the year when socialism will actually work for the first time ever because it will finally be imposed by the right people (that’s my assumption, since that’s the excuse they usually give for socialism bringing nothing but poverty, corruption and misery everywhere else it’s been tried for the century or so.)
The attendees believe that their ideas (expanding Social Security, single-payer government health care, a $15-an-hour minimum wage, free college tuition, etc.) are now popular enough with a majority of Americans that they can win both Houses of Congress. I assume they’re unaware of the approaching Social Security funding crisis, the rationing of care and massive cost overruns in places with single-payer health care, and the destruction of jobs and businesses under the $15 minimum wage. I also assume they assume that Americans are unaware that we already have a $21 trillion national debt, and even if we “tax the rich” at 100%, it wouldn’t make a dent in it. I further assume they are unaware of reality.
As if to cement the idea that they think all of America wants to be California, including the many Americans who fled California precisely for these reasons, the seminars included lessons from Hollywood scriptwriters on how to sell their personal stories to voters. It would hardly seem necessary to point this out, but:
1. Movie box office is way down and the Oscar ceremony has crashed in the TV ratings, largely because Americans are fed up with having leftist politics imposed on them by Hollywood scriptwriters…and 2. If you have to use the tactics of Hollywood fantasy to convince people that your political ideas work, maybe that’s a clue as just how viable they really are. I’ll bet the people of Venezuela wish they could replace the results of socialism by covering them up with a lot of CGI-created prosperity, happiness, food, medicine and toilet paper.
Let us hope and pray that if anyone wakes up to reality, it will be the voters across America who were contemplating sitting the election out because “things couldn’t get worse, even if the Democrats won back Congress.” Yes, they can, and they definitely will.
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