Lately I’ve been thinking a great deal about the Democratic Party and its dramatic shift to the left in recent years. Most of us have witnessed this extreme lurch to the left and find ourselves asking how did we go from fighting socialism and communism to one of our major political parties embracing many of tenets of these ideologies in some aspect? How did we go from rewarding success based on individual effort to taking the wealth from the successful and redistributing it? The answer is really not that complex. The reason for this dramatic shift is due to the rise of the progressive left in the last 20 years. The rise has led to a takeover by them of the Democratic Party.
The progressive policies support a nanny state model for America. This is a model that regulates every aspect of our lives and in the early 20th century this ideology was soundly rejected by the American people. In fact the rejection was so profound; the label progressive became a dirty word in the political landscape. Progressives were driven underground where they patiently waited for their day to come again. Well their day came and in 2006 when they were put back in power by the people and for many it signaled an acceptance by the people of their progressive policies. The nation became more and more polarized as the rift between conservatives and liberals/progressives grew. This divide is so deep that we do not see compromise as an option anymore. For many conservatives compromising with this radical faction of the left means compromising with an ideology that contradicts everything America is about. An example of this mindset was displayed yesterday morning on Fox and Friends. Hank Williams Jr. was being interviewed and stated that he viewed Obama and Biden as the enemy. He further went on to say that any compromise with these people was a bad thing. His comments cost him his job with ESPN and his opening song was removed from Monday Night Football. This is how divided we have become. We have indeed fundamentally transformed into a nation where two separate Americas exist; the conservative right and the progressive left. As for many traditional Democrats who still believe this is the Democratic Party of the grandparents they are living with their heads buried in the sand blindly voting for any candidate who has a (D) next to their name. They’re so blinded by party name they don’t even realize their party has dramatically changed.
One person who did notice this change was country music star Toby Keith. In 2008 Mr. Keith a lifelong Democrat decided to leave the party because he felt it no longer represented his values or views. Now if you know anything about Toby Keith, he is a solid supporter of the military and he strongly believes in American exceptionalism. This is who Toby Keith is, and something inside of him told him his party no longer represented these values or views. Now if Toby Keith can see the light how many other traditional Democrats will see the light in the near future? I believe many are starting to come to terms with the notion that this is NOT the Democratic Party of their grandparents. And as the progressives continue to reveal themselves for who they are, the Democratic Party will slowly began to dissolve. Looking in my crystal ball this is what I see for the Democratic Party. They will become irrelevant. Let me know what you think.
Liberty forever, freedom for all!