Iowa: The Democratic Fight of Capitalism vs. Socialism

Iowa: The Democratic Fight of Capitalism vs. Socialism

( – Democrats hold their first-in-the-nation caucus in Iowa on Monday night. They will decide if the party in Iowa will lean towards moderate capitalists like former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) or far-left liberal socialists like Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

Based on media reports there appears to be a lot of concern within the Democrat party about their ability to win if the party chooses a far-left, big-spending, Democratic Socialist.

Regardless of who wins, there is going to be division in the party.

Sander’s surrogates are already claiming the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is rigging the convention against him. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that the convention this summer could become brokered. If that happens, it may open the door to a moderate like Micheal Bloomberg getting the nomination.

If that happens, some of Sanders’ supporters may vote for Trump again in November like they did in 2016, helping to hand him the White House for a second time.

Warning Signs Are Ahead

For the moment, Sanders has the youngest, largest, and most devoted followers in the race. However, they do not represent the majority of Democratic voters.

At a campaign rally on Saturday night, Sanders called on his supporters to prepare for battle against virtually everyone.

Speaking to nearly 3,000 people, Sanders said, “We are taking on the entire political establishment. Both the Republican establishment and the Democratic establishment… This is the political reality of the moment.”

As in 2016, Sanders has positioned himself as the one person standing against the rigged system.

However, for moderates, the issue is both one of policy and winnability against Trump.

Sanders and Warren support in excess of $100 trillion in combined spending for Medicare-for-All, the Green New Deal, student loan forgiveness, and free college.

Biden, Buttigieg, and Klobuchar want to build on Obamacare and say that destroying the system is not the answer. They don’t believe in student loan forgiveness or free college, and their environmental policies are much less extreme. They say if the party adopts the far-left policies they will be unelectable and will hand Trump the White House with potentially larger electoral college numbers than in 2016.

Bernie Bros Present Challenges

Sanders’s call to war is being heard loud and clear by his closest followers. The Bernie Bros are a controversial group of followers that are so extreme that even Sanders has called them out at times. However, that doesn’t mean he is outright ignoring them either.

The Bernie Bros come out of a culture that Sanders created when he made claims of inequality, blasted billionaires, and condemned corporate greed.

The Bernie Bros have ruthlessly attacked his competitors — especially women. They have taken Sanders’ call for a political revolution and put it on steroids which has led to misogyny, abuse, and very poor taste.

Sanders Losing Support From Fellow Democrats

Over the last few months, old scars have been ripped open while new wounds have appeared. Last week, Hillary Clinton said that “Nobody likes him (Sanders). Nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done.” She further said that Sanders didn’t do enough to bring the party together to help her win the 2016 election against Trump.

Last week, Sanders apologized for a scathing attack on Biden by his surrogate and Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout. Teachout accused Biden of having a “big corruption problem.”

Biden’s campaign countered immediately in an email blast: “As Democrats, I thought we all knew this election was too important to attack other Democrats. But Bernie Sanders and his campaign don’t care about that.”

Over the weekend, former Secretary of State John Kerry, a supporter of Joe Biden, said that he may have to enter the presidential race due to “the possibility of Bernie Sanders taking down the Democratic Party — down whole.”

The fact that Bloomberg has jumped in and Kerry is expressing deep concern about the party’s ability to defeat Trump says much about the potential division coming in the Democratic party. It may be inevitable that the party implodes on itself as the far-left socialist wing goes to war with the moderate wing of the party.

This time around, Sanders is ready to fight even harder for a far-left socialist agenda than in 2016. If Sanders loses the primary, it could be interesting to see what happens to the Democratic party moving forward regardless of who wins the election in November.

By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor

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