I grew up in a Democratic Party home.
My Dad was a labor leader, on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union, a yellow-dog Democrat.
I remember cheering the election of John F. Kennedy as a kid and, as a family, mourning his assassination in the turbulent fall of 1963.
To us, you’d have to be insane to vote for Barry Goldwater. It was all the way with LBJ in 1964.
That’s about the time the wheels started coming off the Democratic Party. The process of anti-American radicalization was all but complete by 1972 with the nomination of George McGovern. Democrats have never looked back since. Today the party is indistinguishable, quite literally, from the Communist Party USA, which no longer sees any point in running its own candidates for president as it did through the 1970s.
You could point to any number of issues to illustrate the radicalism of the Democratic Party:
- It prefers socialism to free enterprise.
- It prefers redefining marriage from a union of one man and one woman to anything goes.
- Though it loves government regulation of just about everything – from the size of soft drinks to your choice of medical care to public smoking – it tirelessly opposes any restrictions on the killing of unborn babies whatsoever.
- It believes requiring identification to vote is equivalent to “voter suppression.”
- In fact, it proffers that requiring Democratic presidential candidates to provide proof of constitutional eligibility for the office is akin to racism.
I could continue ad nauseam. And, believe me, I get a little nauseous reviewing what this party stands for today.
But perhaps the most striking change in the character of the Democratic Party can be witnessed in its growing hostility to “fairness” and “free speech.”
An illustration of this can be seen in the way Democrats, whose political allies dominate the news media, the entertainment industry, academia, education and all of the major cultural institutions, are pushing to stamp out any dissent from their party line coming from independent Internet news sites like this one.
A week and a half ago, a key Democrat on the Federal Election Commission called for new rules on Internet-based campaigning, prompting the Republican chairman to reiterate a warning that Democrats want to regulate online political sites and even news media like the Drudge Report.
“A re-examination of the commission’s approach to the Internet and other emerging technologies is long overdue,” said Democratic FEC Vice Chairwoman Ann M. Ravel.
Under a 2006 FEC rule, free political videos and advocacy sites have been free of regulation in a bid to boost voter participation in politics. Ravel’s statement suggests that she would regulate right-leaning groups like America Rising, which posts anti-Democrat YouTube videos on its website.
FEC Chairman Lee E. Goodman, a Republican, said if regulation extends that far, then anybody who writes a political blog, runs a politically active news site or even chat room could be regulated. He added that funny Internet campaigns like “Obama Girl” and “Jib Jab” would also face regulations.
“I told you this was coming,” he said. Earlier this year he warned that Democrats on the panel were gunning for conservative Internet sites like the Drudge Report.
The sea change in Democratic Party thinking reflects a war-like attitude the new ideologues have toward domestic politics. It’s the kind of mentality that eventually leads to totalitarian, police-state tactics. That’s how dangerous the Democratic Party has become.
It isn’t willing to compete on an even playing field in the battleground of ideas. It’s isn’t even willing to compete on a playing field that is heavily stacked against its opposition. It seeks to destroy the opposition, deny it any meaningful platform or forum, to label its ideas hate speech and worse.
And that’s why Americans need to continue their opposition to all members of this party beyond Election Day.
It’s about preserving the Constitution. It’s about saving the American way of life.
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