Democrat Party as Cult

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Left wing movements tend to continually move to the Left until a Thermidor reaction occurs.  The Thermidor reaction may occur for the Democrats if Trump crushes them next year at the polls.  Or not.  McGovern’s debacle in 1972 did little to stop the move to the Left of the Democrats in Congress, although Jimmy Carter was the candidate for the Democrats in 1976.  The problem for the Democrats is that their moderate wing no longer exists.  If Speaker of the House Pelosi is now considered to be a Democrat moderate, we have a party that is moving into a stage of political development on the Left hitherto unknown in the American political mainstream, at least since the heyday of the American socialist party almost a century ago when Eugene V. Debs got 900,000 votes for President in the election of 1920.   That this move to the Left also embraces the toxic politics of race makes for an explosive combination.  Turbulent times ahead.

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  1. T. Shaw
    Don’t you know the rules. You can only vote twice (or more often) if you vote Democrat.

  2. Thelma and Louise had a grand exit strategy…remember?

    When I look upon these criminals I see the exact same exit strategy….driving America off a cliff.

    Death, Famine, War, and Conquest….that’s fitting for the photo above, imo.

  3. The problem we face at the time is that their stock in trade is constant lawfare, electoral fraud, dreadful race demagoguery, and frank lunacy (abolish ICE). To that, the Sanders pushers have added escalating cross subsidies without reflecting on the dysfunctions induced by the already existing cross-subsidies. (This is most evident in re higher education). Sanders is an honest man, but his mental picture of the business sector is drawn from the Monopoly board and the Duck Tails cartoons his step-children used to watch.

    All of this should provoke an erosion in the Democratic base and a vigorous counter-reaction among swing voters, but it’s hardly moving the needle.

  4. Image of a new band?

    I knew that Rolling Stone was a bad magazine but it seems to have “jumped the shark” and dumped it’s purpose of articles in and about music and the music industry and gone all political. Happily I’ve never been part of their target audience.

  5. Democrat moderates exist, after a fashion. However, they do not exist in Washington, NYC, Chicago, LA, Seattle or the Bay Area.
    I became an adult and graduated from college in the 1980s. It was unthinkable then that the captains of industry would be in the tank for the Left. Well, they are today. This is the residue of the 2008 financial meltdown, brought to you courtesy of your Federal Government, but blamed on capitalism.

  6. “Thermidor reaction”

    A precise prognosis of the current troubles.

    They will eat each other alive before this happens & I believe this will happen if Trumps wins re-election.

    Then it will be time to place a jiffy pop on the burner and prepare to watch exploding heads on CNNMSNBCNYTIMESWaPo 24/7!

  7. This is the residue of the 2008 financial meltdown, brought to you courtesy of your Federal Government, but blamed on capitalism.

    It was actually brought to you by financiers making bad business decisions. The contribution of Congress and federal regulators was general non-feasance, regulation poorly informed by economic principles, and a failure to update the regulatory architecture to keep pace with innovations in finance (e.g. credit default swaps). The progenitors in the industry worked for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG, Citigroup, Wachovia, Countrywide, Washington Mutual, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, and a scrum of minor parties who loaned people money on easy terms to buy property at inflated prices. The characters in government who brought you this would be the agents of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, especially Barney Frank; another set of the culpable would be the trio of officials who sabotaged Brooksley Born’s efforts in 1998 to provide for more transparency in the trade in over-the-counter derivatives. Another would be characters at the Securities and Exchange Commission who did nothing about Bernard Madoff (the linchpin was a securities lawyer on their staff, who, like many lawyers, proved to be innumerate when proofs of Madoff’s scam were explained to her) and also allowed bulge bracket securities firms to be levered 30-to-1.

  8. Since this is a Catholic website and the word “cult” is used, it would be useful to look at all of these strange goings-on in the Democratic party and the wider world in a wider Catholic perspective. In fact, we read in St. Paul’s predictions of the future: “unless the apostasy {loss of faith} comes first and the lawless one is revealed … who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god and object of worship …. do you not recall …. I told you these things? … for the mystery of lawlessness is already at work, but the one who restrains {the Church’s magisterium} is to do so only for the present until he is removed from the scene …. for those who are perishing because they have not accepted the love of truth so that they may be saved” (2 Thess 2:3-12 ff). For example, the word “God” was shouted down in the platform in the last Democratic convention though the leadership shrewdly pretended the opposite at the time.

  9. Don’t you know the rules. You can only vote twice (or more often) if you vote Democrat.
    Philip</a

    Trump has been a Democrat before. He donated big bucks to Democrats too, including Hillary Clinton. Trump isn’t any ol’ RINO, he’s a Democrat in RINO clothing. So Art Deco can vote for Trump just as he would for any other Democrat. HTH

  10. Can someone be a Democrat and a faithful Catholic. I’m sure there’s something in the Bishop’s Bible about serving two masters.

  11. Trump isn’t any ol’ RINO, he’s a Democrat in RINO clothing.

    Again, the RINO discourse has always been stupid, given that the term has been regularly applied to at least one Republican presidential nominee. That aside, there isn’t one Democrat left in Congress with a voting record more congenial to the Republican caucus than that of Susan Collins, who may be the Republican in Congress most troublesome for party whips.

    As for Trump, his registration in New York has varied. He’s been a Republican, a non-partisan registrant, a Democrat, then a Republican again. He’s in the real estate business in New York. With scant doubt, it’s been his habit to look on politicians as fungible. In office, he’s run a Republican administration with some riffs: the emphasis on controlling the border, a more combative stance in trade negotiations, a more Kissingerian outlook in re the politico-military aspect of foreign relations, and a willingness to mud wrestle that exceeds any president in my memory. Creatures like David French misunderstood him entirely four years ago and have continued to double down in these misunderstandings.

  12. I didn’t vote Trump in the primaries because I wasn’t sure of his leanings, now I don’t see Trump as espousing any major Democrat issue as his own and applying them as the Dems would, such as abortion, the military, immigration, foreign policy in the Middle East and putting America first. Somehow that doesn’t sound much like a Rino. He’s turned out to be a lot less Democraty and a lot more Republicany

  13. In office, he’s run a Republican administration with some riffs: the emphasis on controlling the border, a more combative stance in trade negotiations, a more Kissingerian outlook in re the politico-military aspect of foreign relations, and a willingness to mud wrestle that exceeds any president in my memory. Creatures like David French misunderstood him entirely four years ago and have continued to double down in these misunderstandings.

    An accurate assessment Art. I would add that he has been better on the pro-life cause than any Republican President since Reagan.

  14. I’d say Trump’s been better than Reagan on pro-life issues. And over at Instapundit today, never-Trumper Charlie Martin calls Trump a JFK Democrat, the next best thing to a Republican. If that’s the case, Trump must be the only one left, because the rest of them are either dead or Republicans.

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