The GND and 'Socialist' Democrats Are Normalizing Trump Mar 6, 2019 6:49:53 GMT -5 Optimus likes this
Post by Don on Mar 6, 2019 6:49:53 GMT -5
I think this article speaks to what Opty and others have had to say about the Dems working hard to shoot themselves in the foot in 2020.
The Green New Deal and 'Socialist' Democrats Are Normalizing Trump
The article discusses Trump's current 42% approval rating, gives a fairly even-handed account of the "accomplishments" Trump is getting credit for, and discusses a wide variety of bone-headed dems saying stupid stuff to energize their far left base. Then it throws some facts into the mix.
Indeed, for all the talk of the growing popularity of socialism, especially among younger people, over the past couple of years, the fact remains that Americans generally don't like the term or its connotations. The NBC/WSJ poll asked respondents whether they had positive or negative reactions to various people and ideas. When it came to socialism, just 18 percent of people had "very" or "somewhat" positive feelings about socialism, while 50 had negative feelings. For capitalism, the percentages were reversed, with 50 percent being positive and 19 percent being negative.
The article then makes the same point that has been made here, repeatedly.
To the extent that the Democrats take on the mantle of socialism or allow Donald Trump to tag them with it, they will not only make him seem more and more mainstream and acceptable, they will almost surely lose the 2020 presidential election.
If you're gonna peddle fascism1 in sheep's clothing, "capitalism" is apparently a better buzzword than "socialism."
1Removing the party bias from the definition, fascism is defined as "ultranationalism, characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition and strong regimentation of society and of the economy." Now, if anybody wants to claim that either party doesn't see this as their objective, I'm open to evidence. (Oh, and remember that tariffs and border walls are nationalistic protectionism, whether proposed by democrats, by Bernie or implemented by Trump.)