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Crazy versus crazier: There are no moderate Democrats

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Crazy versus crazier There are no moderate Democrats

There’s a narrative being built by mainstream media and leftist pundits as they try to hedge their bets, unsure of which presidential candidate will emerge but knowing that whoever it is, they’re going to support them. This narrative is being repeated by many conservative news outlets as well. It poses the notion that there are far-left Democrats such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and there are moderate Democrats like Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg.

This is false. Even the most “moderate” Democrat in the field today is proposing policies that would have been considered radical if President Obama or Hillary Clinton brought them up. To say that the ones not as far to the left as Sanders and Warren are moderates is not an accurate characterization of their policy proposals. They’re all radical progressives. A few are just more radical than the others.

Even Biden, the frontrunning “moderate” of the group, is proposing policies that are to the left of the President he served with for eight years. His history as a lawmakers is relatively moderate, but things have changed. The Democratic Party has changed and Biden has changed along with it so he can keep up with the radicals. Lest we forget, there was a time not too long ago when it was possible to be a pro-life Democrat. Biden has always struggled with his stance on abortion because his Catholic faith prohibits it. But today, he’s all in for abortion-on-demand because that’s what the radicals who actually control the party have named as their policy stance.

Some may argue that “moderate vs progressive” is relative to the times, and there’s some truth in this notion. But if that’s the case, the least radical of the group are still proposing ideas that are far to the left of the mainstream. It’s more accurate to categorize these folks as “less progressive” instead of “more moderate” because even the furthest candidates to the right are still far to the left of center.

Every Democratic candidate is proposing a pathway to Medicare-for-All. Even Biden’s Obamacare 2.0 proposal has language in it that proposes a public option as a step towards single payer. The idea that’s being floated by other’s currently being called “moderates” is Medicare-for-All-Who-Wants-It. This is a dangerous concept, arguably more dangerous than flat-out Medicare-for-All, because it will drive up private insurance costs and taxes at the same time. With insurance companies competing against a public option that draws in most of those who are currently being subsidized under Obamacare, they will be forced to raise premiums and deductibles on those who choose to keep their insurance. This raise will drive more people to the public option. It’s a cycle that leads to Medicare-for-All by default, a scenario that will cause lurches in costs and incongruous revenues to cover it.

In other words, their more “moderate” proposal could bring about healthcare turmoil through uncertainty. As bad as Medicare-for-All is, at least it cuts to the chase and prevents the turbulence of its dangerous half-measures cousin that is so popular with the less radical candidates.

Every candidate is also pushing for some variation of border security changes that will lead to de facto open borders. They’re hesitant to say it; Buttigieg waffled in the span of back-to-back answers regarding decriminalizing illegal border crossings, attempting to make a distinction between “fraudulent” illegal border crossings and the non-existent other version.

The “moderates” are trying to send signals to the center without saying things that will get them bashed by the far-left. As awkward as the 2016 GOP primaries were at times, there was still transparency involved. With the Democrats this year, it seems like they’re either trying to appease both ends of the Democratic spectrum or they’re unwilling to commit to anything without asterisks attached. This is not moderation. This is disingenuous radicalism that’s leaving room for the center to not abandon them.

Every major candidate is pro-abortion, anti-gun, pro-open borders, and offering healthcare solutions far to the left of Obamacare. To say any of them are moderates is like saying getting stabbed is fine compared to getting shot.

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Can Lacy Johnson beat Ilhan Omar in Minneapolis?

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Can Lacy Johnson beat Ilhan Omar in Minneapolis

Minneapolis is one of the bluest major cities in America. The race for the Democratic nomination for the MN-5 district is essentially the general election because Democrats have held the seat belonging to Minneapolis since 1963. The closest a Republican has come to winning the district in this century was Alan Fine in 2006 who “only” lost to Keith Ellison by 34.3%. Oftentimes, the Democrat wins by over 50 points.

But Republican Lacy Johnson seeks to make history. He’s not making the attempt by being a moderate RINO trying to coax the people of Minneapolis into believing he’s basically a Democrat. His platform is boldly conservative and includes a balanced budget amendment, school choice, and a bear-hug embrace of President Trump’s economic policies.

Growing up with nine siblings in modest circumstances didn’t make him feel poor. It did make him realize it’s his responsibility to support his family as an adult and not rely on government. This is exactly the type of mentality we need more of in Washington DC. It’s the kind of mentality that will serve Minneapolis well.

Under normal circumstances, even being a strong candidate isn’t enough in Minneapolis when you have the letter (R) next to your name on the ballot. But in 2020, Johnson has one major advantage that should give the GOP hope. He’s going up against Ilhan Omar, the “Squad” member who has been nothing but an embarrassment to herself, Minneapolis, and the United States of America. Despite accomplishing essentially nothing outside of Twitter in her brief tenure, she still walks the halls of Capitol Hill as if she’s a diva rockstar. That’s part of the charade her “Squad” members portray; they’re a shame even to Democrats but because they’ve gained nationwide popularity among radical progressives, they’ve been allowed to keep playing their games. For now.

But even as Omar struts around Capitol Hill, she’s ignoring the people who put her in office in the first place. To Omar, Minneapolis is merely a place where she’s forced to campaign. We can see this based on her actions; literally nothing she has done in DC has even come close to affecting Minneapolis residence. That’s uncanny, even for a Democrat.

The people of Minneapolis may finally vote red for two reasons: (1) Lacy Johnson is a winner with great ideas, and (2) Ilhan Omar has been nothing but an embarrassment, absent from Minneapolis since her election. President Trump should endorse him.

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Why Bernie Sanders failed so hard this time

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Why Bernie Sanders failed so hard this time

Elizabeth Warren is the new Bernie Sanders. Mark it down. Sanders will be out of the race before the Iowa caucus even though he won it in 2016. Why? Because he was replaced by a younger, sleeker model.

But there’s much more to the story of the Sanders 2020 failure than just another radical progressive using the same basic talking points. Warren is something that Sanders is not. In fact, Warren has the one piece to the puzzle that Sanders has always lacked. He’s an old white straight male.

Elizabeth Warren female and will therefore beat Sanders for the radical progressive votes. It’s as simple as that.

In fact, it’s already happening.

Bernie Sanders South Carolina crowd size one-third of Elizabeth Warren’s

Campaign events by Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, competing for voters on the Left flank of the 2020 Democratic primary field, proved a study in contrasts this weekend as far as crowd sizes are concerned.

Nearly 300 people attended a Sanders town hall in Columbia on Saturday, while over 900 showed up to see Warren in Aiken the day before.

It was conspicuous that Eric Swalwell, Cory Booker, and other male candidates declared they would have a female running-mate long before they ever were a blip on the polling radar. They’re reading the tea leaves, seeing the writing on the wall, and realizing this version of the Democratic Party values intersectionality more than anything else. If a lesbian minority non-Christian ran this election cycle and had an ounce of personality, she would have run away with the nomination. But today, one must pick their favored intersectional characteristic since nobody possess all of them.

Do they go with minority female Kamala Harris? Gay male Pete Buttigieg? Minority political outsider Andrew Yang? It seems like most are picking the same card that beat Bernie in 2016. The Democrats want a female, and even though Warren is Caucasian (plus 1/1024 Cherokee!), she has the advantage of advancing the Sanders agenda and at times doubling down on it. Harris is trying to do the same, but she’s a mess. She can recover, but her bouncing policies are not as endearing as Warren’s strict adherence to radicalism-at-all-costs. And by “all costs,” I mean ALL costs… to everyone.

Despite being 1-2 in the polls from the beginning, neither Joe Biden nor Bernie Sanders have a chance of getting the nomination. The new Democratic Party will not nominate an old white male because they’re neither racist nor sexist. Ironic.

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Do Omar, Tlaib oppose LGBTQ rights like the Palestinian Authority?

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Do Omar Tlaib oppose LGBTQ rights like the Palestinian Authority

Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib want Israel to be boycotted, divested, and sanctioned. They want the Democrats in the House of Representatives to take Congressional action against Israel. They want to drive a wedge between the United States and Israel. Most importantly, they want Israel to no longer exist, replaced by the Palestinian Authority and a “New Palestine.”

Do they also support the Palestinian Authority’s ban on LGBTQ activities? Do they agree with the anti-LGBTQ tenets of the Muslims organizations the Congresswomen support?

In a society in which the media handled things in an unbiased manner, these are questions the press would be asking Omar and Tlaib following the Palestinian Authority’s ban on LGBTQ activities in the West Bank, an area where Tlaib’s grandmother lives and where she petitioned to visit before declining to do so after Israel allowed it.

The press should ask them if they support the Palestinian Authority’s move against LBGTQ individuals:

Palestinian Authority bans LGBTQ activities in West Bank

The Palestinian Authority banned members of the Palestinian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community from carrying out any activities in the West Bank.

The ban came after the grassroots group Al-Qaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society (Arabic for “the bow”), which engages and supports Palestinians who identify as LGBTQ, was planning to hold a gathering for its members in Nablus at the end of the month. The group operates both in the West Bank and among Arab-Israelis.

Both Tlaib and Omar claim to be supportive of LGBTQ rights. But they also have a not-so-subtle attachment to the Palestinian Authority and are actively working to put them in control of all of Israel. Does that mean they would approve of their ban of LGBTQ individuals “from the river to the sea”?

While many in America’s LGBTQ community continue to support and often partner with Islamic groups to help their friends in the Democratic Party, others in the community have spoken out against the anti-LGBTQ policies Muslim majority nations impose on their people. This needs to be addressed by LGBTQ leaders; they can’t (or at least shouldn’t) ignore the plight of the international LGBTQ community for the sake of political expediency.

The Palestinian Authority’s ban on all LGBTQ activities in the West Bank should be a point of contention that Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib need to reconcile. But they won’t. Mainstream media will bury the story and nobody will ask them how they feel.

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