I have no doubt that this New York Times article, written by Sheryl Gay Stolberg and published the Sunday before last, was meant as a warning that those dastardly Republicans were going to lie about today’s new Democrat Party.
But, inadvertently – ironically – has the Times given its readers a heads-up on reality?
Here is the article’s headline and first two paragraphs:
Republicans Hope to Sway Voters With Labels That Demonize Democrats
WASHINGTON — In the 116th Congress, if you’re a Democrat, you’re either a socialist, a baby killer or an anti-Semite.
That, at least, is what Republicans want voters to think, as they seek to demonize Democrats well in advance of the 2020 elections by painting them as left-wing crazies who will destroy the American economy, murder newborn babies and turn a blind eye to bigotry against Jews.
Ok, let’s think about this:
-Has the Democrat Party lurched socialist?
You don’t have to go very far to answer this: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 29 year old bartender who managed to uproot ten term incumbent Joe Crowley, has presented us with the “Green New Deal” – a socialist blue print that puts the government in control of just about everything, gives lots of free stuff to people, and fantasizes it can be paid for by “taxing the rich” up to 70% (and who knows how much more, when she realizes this won’t even come close to financing even a tiny fraction of her “proposal”).
If this party joke were just put out by Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and ignored/derided by other Democrats, that would be one thing. But, at last count, over 80 Democrat house members and over a dozen Democrat senators have endorsed it – including at least two presidential candidates.
Democrats – socialism? check.
Just this week, 43 of the 47 Democrats in congress voted against the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act”, which states that if a baby survives an abortion attempt and is born alive, doctors must treat that out-of-the-womb, live baby as any other live human being and do what they can to sustain its life.
(Six Democrat senators are currently running for the presidency: Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand and Amy Klobuchar. Every one of them voted against this bill)
In other words, they voted against a bill with the sole purpose of protecting live, born babies from intentionally being left to die.
Baby killers? Check.
For years, the Democrat Party has lurched further and further into the Israel-hating, Jew-hating swamp. Most recently it elected two overt anti-semites – ilhan omar of Minnesota and rashida tlaib of Michigan – to the house. And instead of condemning their views, Democrat leadership – that would be Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi – has given each of them important committee assignments.
In addition, omar, tlaib, are among a large number of other Democrats, most of them among the Congressional Black Caucus, who have stood up for/spoken positively about louis farrakhan – a career racist anti-Semite of the first order. And even the remnants of what used to be a more Israel-friendly, tolerant Democrat Party (e.g. Jerrold Nadler, Nita Lowey, Eliot Engel, etc.) give them tacit support by standing back, shutting up and letting it happen.
With the above in mind, I would like to congratulate Ms. Stolberg and the New York Times for the first two paragraphs of this article – and, for the most part, the neutrality of what comes afterward. I doubt it was their intent but, inadvertently, in trying to ridicule Republicans for attacking Democrats on these grounds, they got it right.
I wonder if they even realize it.