Socialists Gaining Ground Among Dems

Socialists Gaining Ground Among Dems

( – Democrats in New York are sliding toward far-left socialism, setting up a battle for the heart and soul of the Democratic Party. After Tuesday, June 23’s primary elections, entrenched, establishment Democrats could be derailed and dethroned as the party continues its quick slide to the far-left.

How much influence can they gain before a civil war breaks out within the party?

As she promised she would, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) built a massive war chest over the last two years and put it to use defeating moderate incumbents. AOC endorsed and supported middle school principal Jamall Bowman, who is poised to beat longtime establishment Democrat, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY).

Engel in Deep Trouble

Engel is a 16-year veteran of Congress and the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He was endorsed by powerful Democrats such as:

  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D)
  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC)
  • Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)
  • Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

However, these liberal endorsements were not enough to overcome AOC’s influence in the Democratic primary.

For her part, AOC defeated longtime CNBC Anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera to win the Democratic primary battle in her district this year. In 2018, AOC shocked the world when she defeated the third most powerful Democrat in Congress, Joe Crowley.

Future of the Democratic Party in Question

Across the political spectrum, there is little talk about the socialist movement in the Democratic Party and the powerful influence it wields. Either political pundits, who are predominantly liberal Democrats, are naively unaware of what’s happening, or they are willfully ignoring it. Either way, the movement will have long-term implications for both the party and the country moving forward as it appears it’s no longer just a fringe element.

Defunding and even elimination of police, free college, student debt elimination, free healthcare, and other radical ideas that they promote could have dire consequences.

A split in the party will mean a far-left ideology will force itself into Congress and on the country. In many instances, it would likely result in less, or no, legislation as moderate and conservative Democrats join forces with Republicans to block far-left policy proposals.

Additionally, Social Justice Democrats will struggle to gain influence outside of the East and the West Coasts. This could open the door for conservatives to gain influence in the rest of the country as Democrats are embroiled in a civil war and could ultimately become a minority party.

Conservatism Holds the Answers to America’s Problems

Unfortunately, the fact that the country is experiencing this at all says something about the state of politics today. The reality is that conservative policies hold the answers to much of America’s social problems.

Wrongly so, Americans see conservatives as oblivious to the challenges of the poor and the loss of the American Dream. That’s the result of talking about policies in the weeds without the context of why the policies are important to people’s lives.

Some believe socialists have the answers without understanding that they make the problem worse. The conservative message is simple: the free enterprise system empowers us to make choices for ourselves. In socialism, the government strips away opportunities and makes decisions for you.

Passing laws against or for “issues” can’t change behavior. The poor, rich, minority, immigrant — EVERYONE — should be able to realize their success. Under a socialist mindset, that can’t happen.

For now, it appears that liberal Democrats are in big trouble as the socialist take over the party, and that’s bad for the country. However, conservatives must do a better job of making their case this fall and beyond.

By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor

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