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The Democrats Gave In to Radicals and Gave Up on Common Sense - Joseph Epstein

By NDrLoR follow NDrLoR   2020 Feb 12, 2:29pm 809 views   19 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    


George Orwell noted the nervousness of people on the left when confronted by those even further to the left. This nervousness stems from leftists’ fear that they will be taken for impure in their own leftism, that their thought and actions don’t go far enough, that they are, finally, not really on the bus. In America during the 1930s, Communists mocked liberals for their weakness, and liberals worried about not measuring up. Hence the phenomenon of the “fellow traveler,” someone who sympathized with the Communist Party but couldn’t bring himself to join it.

Orwell’s observation remains in play. In the mid-1960s, Stokely Carmichael and other young black militants pushed the American civil-rights movement leftward, and away from its goal of integration. Liberals, unable to face down this left-wing pull toward Black Power, knuckled under. A gloriously successful campaign for equal rights based on conscience and dignity devolved into an angry, incoherent movement based on guilt and victimhood. The last thing allowed was the concession of progress of any sort in racial matters. Impressive civil-rights leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Whitney Young, Roy Wilkins, and A. Philip Randolph were replaced by such dubious figures as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. The movement never recovered.

The same phenomenon appeared in American universities. In faculty meetings everywhere, small groups of the most radical professors were able to get their way through political pressure.

Liberals, generally in the majority, were worried (if not terrified) of seeming to be on the wrong side. When they didn’t give in completely, they sought compromises that invariably favored the radicals. Standards and intellectual authority in universities have given way to political correctness and identity politics.

The same scenario is playing out in the Democratic Party. Since nominating George McGovern in 1972, the party has moved progressively leftward. If the Democrats may by now be said to have a center, it cannot hold, as William Butler Yeats has it in his poem “The Second Coming.” Among today’s Democrats, “The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity.”

By ceding moral authority to the far left, the Democrats have lost the power to counter bizarre proposals with simple common sense. When a freshman congresswoman proposes a wildly improbable Green New Deal, instead of responding as Democrats of an earlier day would have—“Whaddya, kiddin’ me?”— they now take it seriously and several adopt it. When two other freshman Democrats make anti-Semitic pronouncements, no one in a party overwhelmingly the choice of Jewish voters has the authority to tell them to knock it off. When Democratic presidential candidates propose to provide free health care for all, or eliminate college tuition and college debt, or enlarge and pack the Supreme Court, or eliminate the Electoral College, all this is taken in earnest. And the Democratic Party is being held hostage to identity politics, so that no national ticket can ever again be without a black or female candidate.


Donald Trump’s aggressive personality has hastened the Democrats’ radicalization. Party members measure the intensity of their idealism by their hatred of Mr. Trump. The tone and temper of the contemporary Democratic Party encourages— indeed fully supports—this sad condition.

Consider Speaker Nancy Pelosi. A serious and skillful politician, she was finally pushed by her party’s left wing into permitting a hopeless impeachment proceeding that violated her own sensible criteria: that the reasons for impeachment be compelling, the evidence for it overwhelming, and the support for it bipartisan. When the impeachment failed in the Senate, as she had predicted it would, it drove her to the distinctly un-Pelosian act of tearing up her copy of the State of the Union address on national television.

What is to be done? No one has a good answer. Perhaps the only hope is that the Democrats put together a nightmare ticket—Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker, say, or Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris—and the party is so crushingly defeated in November that it returns to its long-lost political seriousness.
1   Ceffer   ignore (5)   2020 Feb 12, 2:42pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

"Nightmare ticket" Heh, Heh! Not much to choose from a nightmare field. Too bad Obama already has all the quality snort he wants and his cathodes are burning out.

Virtue signaling one-upsmanship combined with cynical subversion and free shit posturing has it's consequences. May the best pandertarding phony win.
2   theoakman   ignore (0)   2020 Feb 12, 3:25pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

They've even created an environment too shame you in the workplace unless you agree with their beliefs. They've created their own reality where they have the moral high ground on every issue in their minds.
3   Fortwaynemobile   ignore (3)   2020 Feb 12, 4:53pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

I’m CA it’s 100 insane left running that show. You are either gaying your kids or you are a bigot. That level of crazy. Left doesn’t filter their own retards, shit rolls downhill here because of that.
4   Brd6   ignore (1)   2020 Feb 12, 5:00pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

OccasionalCortex says
a LOT of voters just vote for Trump as a humongous FUCK YOU retaliation against that.

ME ME ME
5   Ceffer   ignore (5)   2020 Feb 12, 5:31pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Hah, Hah! Anybody named Epstein need the hashtag '#StillUnsuicided'.
6   Brd6   ignore (1)   2020 Feb 12, 9:05pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

I don't like the guy, did not vote for him in 2016, I switch off TV when he talks, but because of the illogical TDS and media stupidity/bias I will vote for him in next elections, only becuase FUCK YOU and because I am fucking sick and tired of being told how I oppress the whole Universe with my existence. In 2015 I did not think anyone could get me to this state of mind.
OccasionalCortex says
7   Rin   ignore (8)   2020 Feb 12, 9:45pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

rd6B says
, I switch off TV when he talks, but because of the illogical TDS and media stupidity/bias I will vote for him in next elections, only becuase FUCK YOU and because I am fucking sick and tired of being told how I oppress the whole Universe with my existence. In 2015 I did not think anyone could get me to this state of mind.


I've gone way beyond you on that one ...

https://patrick.net/post/1329612/2020-01-09-rin-is-going-to-make-his-vote-for-trump-count-this-year-2020

Because of exactly the same reasons as you, I'm renting a sublet in the midwest and casting my vote there, instead of Massachusetts, my home state because my vote doesn't count in the Boston area towards the national election as it's an automatic blue state.

And what's amazing is that all these bitches, who hate Trump, can do the same but no ... they can't leave their posh enclaves in NYC, Boston, DC, SF, LA where men are pussified and expected to cowtow to feminazis.
8   Brd6   ignore (1)   2020 Feb 13, 7:21am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Rin says
Because of exactly the same reasons as you, I'm renting a sublet in the midwest and casting my vote there, instead of Massachusetts, my home state because my vote doesn't count in the Boston area towards the national election as it's an automatic blue state.

I am in TX which is an automatic red state, despite hopes and prayers of so-called libruls for last 20 years. So my vote is not that important, but I will vote just because FUCK YOU.
What is even better, in my (academic) environment, I see people starting to waver in their anti-tRUMP stance, not because of glorious golden haired FUHRERS qualities (or more precisely lack of them), but because the opposing side is three orders of magnitude more insane. I would guess that more than a third of our faculty either will not vote being disgusted with D's and their identity politics, or will vote for Trump. Two of my naturalized Persian students will vote for tRUMP - what does that say about side that opposes tRUMP???
9   HeadSet   ignore (3)   2020 Feb 13, 2:24pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

They don’t love him because they think he’s perfect. They love him despite his flaws because they believe he has their back.

+1000
10   Fortwaynemobile   ignore (3)   2020 Feb 13, 2:28pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

HeadSet says
They don’t love him because they think he’s perfect. They love him despite his flaws because they believe he has their back.

+1000


Voices of reason like that aren’t tolerated by msm.
11   jazz_music   ignore (14)   2020 Feb 14, 6:19pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

NDrLoR says
Donald Trump’s aggressive personality
Erratic & lawless game show host on adderall- Phentermine/cocaine with delusions of grift-grandeur with cover from partisan Senate and freshly stuffed SCOTUS.

Rule of law is crushed.

What do y’all recommend? MOAR??
12   Hircus   ignore (0)   2020 Feb 15, 10:43am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

jazz_music says
What do y’all recommend? MOAR??


Seems you keep missing the point just made in this thread.

We recommend Trump, because he's much better than the alternatives.

You can try to point out minor flaw after flaw in a fit of orange man bad, but the point still stands.
13   Brd6   ignore (1)   2020 Feb 15, 10:49am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Hircus says
Seems you keep missing the point just made in this thread.

We recommend Trump, because he's much better than the alternatives.

You can try to point out minor flaw after flaw in a fit of orange man bad, but the point still stands.

If Gabbard would be a D nominee, I might have voted for her. If it is a choice between tRUMP and Bloomberg/Clinton or Sanders/someone else, then tRUMP it is. At least he is entertaining...
14   NoCoupForYou   ignore (2)   2020 Feb 15, 10:51am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      



The Left always gets super freakin' Cocky and Obnoxious just before they nominate a McGovern.

Oh the Tears and Impotent Rage coming this November.
15   Shaman   ignore (2)   2020 Feb 15, 11:01am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Hircus says
You can try to point out minor flaw after flaw in a fit of orange man bad, but the point still stands.


Some people are too stupid to ever grasp the concept of common sense. Poor things should have guide dogs to make sure they don’t decide white is black and get themselves killed at the next crosswalk.
16   APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostakovitch   ignore (55)   2020 Feb 15, 11:29am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Unless the democrats advocate firing squads replace medicare and shift of all tax burdens to non-millionaires like normal common sense people, they'll get the complete and total destruction they deserve. In fact, there is no law against showering them with pork gravy from national guard helicopters and freeing rabid animals on them at the polls. TOTALLY LEGAL!
17   jazz_music   ignore (14)   2020 Feb 15, 3:19pm     ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag      

Hircus says
You can try to point out minor flaw after flaw in a fit of orange man bad, but the point still stands.
I understand you really believe this

You exist in a special world all your own and even have your own language, customs, and facts to share only really with the brotherhood of white male butt hurt.

In the real world y’all are just another minority. One that falls on it’s ass when separated from fascist life support.

All punchlines here. No discussions. Enemies are everywhere outside the bubble.

Boo!
18   jazz_music   ignore (14)   2020 Feb 15, 3:28pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

I mostly love the way APOCALYPSEFUCK laughs at your inability to see beyond your fascist propaganda.

The parody is hysterically funny.

Where on the autism spectrum are you cunts with daddy issues anyway?
19   NoCoupForYou   ignore (2)   2020 Feb 15, 4:46pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

jazz_music says
You exist in a special world all your own and even have your own language, customs, and facts


Uhh......

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