I’ve never been a democrat, I didn’t vote for Trump, and I long ago withdrew from the Republican Party. Republicans in the government, like their democrat counterparts, have become swamp dwellers that only serve their own interests. Both took an oath to perform public service and to do the right thing but instead put their emphasis on such things as getting re-elected, taking care of the powerful, and maintaining the status quo.
But this article isn’t about Republicans. It’s about the disappearance of the democrats and liberals I knew when I was a young man and their political party. While I didn’t agree with all their ideas and programs, there was a certain dignity to being a liberal – still is. Most of the democrats today are no longer liberals, if they ever were. They have been replaced by what I call 21st Century Democrats. The old party has eroded from a political ideology that sponsored a strong central government, welfare and other entitlements and has become an identity that is the repository of moral authority expressing itself in moral opinions. Instead of offering solutions, 21st Century Democrats and their mainstream media are full of hate and behave like small children – miserable, trash-talking, ill-disciplined, self-righteous, hateful and useless. Witness the behavior of democrat lawmakers at the last State of the Union address. Along with them we have lost almost all of the liberals.
Where the raison d’etre of liberalism is liberty and freedom; the raison d’etre of 21st Century Democrats is moral authority. They are good; the rest of us are not to be trusted. They no longer challenge the ideologies of the rest of us; they attack us directly. Those that don’t agree with them are evil people who have to be marginalized, isolated, threatened, jailed, hated and even put to death. This type of behavior exposes what the democrat party has become: a politics shrouded in pathos –an appeal to the emotions of the audience rather than the logic of its politics. They have become an openly intolerant, bigoted, group of people.
Worse still, 21st Century Democrats have participated in an increasing amount of political violence of late. Last year a democrat fired upon 24 members of congress after being assured they were republicans. And there was also the ‘Antifa’ violence in Berkeley and elsewhere. Those behind the masks vote democrat. And there have been calls by democrats in the entertainment industry for the death penalty for some of Trump’s aides and for Trump himself. Can another inquisition be far behind?
21st Century Democrats have not only encouraged such political violence, they have thwarted free speech on college compasses, indulged in hate speech, etc. Real liberals would not do any of this. The fact that our president makes personal attacks on his opponents is no excuse for what’s going on. It is one of the reasons I didn’t vote for him. But their behavior also comes about from years of adherence to political correctness and identity politics. They are more concerned with diversity of demands by women, African Americans, Latinos, immigrants, Muslims, and L.G.B.T. people than in appealing to Americans as a whole. A result is an America that is as divided as it has been since the Civil War.
21st Century Democrats have made victims out of each of the identities: e.g. women, blacks, Latinos, Muslims, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, and others. As is typical of victims, 21st Century Democrats are taking no responsibility for the shape that the country is in. And worse, will not accept any accountability for the divided nation that we have become. They have become an openly intolerant, bigoted, group of people. And they are joined – perhaps even led – by CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, and other news organizations of their ilk.