U.S.A. –(Ammoland.com)- “Dems need to allow young people to seize leadership opportunities like the republicans have with people like Rubio, Ryan etc.,” #Marx… uh… #March for Our Live enfant terrible David Hogg proclaimed in a tweet justifying his criticism of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as old. “We can go younger.”
That he’s itching for power over others is obvious. Believing in the flattery of his special interest handlers and a fawning press, the high school graduate is champing at the bit to run for Congress as soon as he’s old enough. That his lack of any concrete experience or understanding of the Constitution might give anyone second thoughts is a non-starter: Neither is needed for an ignorance-based popularity contest.
What we’re seeing are the first skirmishes in a war with Old Guard Democrats. And we’re seeing that unfold in places where hard-line leftists are gaining traction and predominance over their more “pragmatic” elders, who are increasingly being perceived as out-of-touch, out-of-date and even obstacles.
Despite having any semblance of qualifications, 28-year-old “Democratic Socialist” darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ousted 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th District. And seemingly perpetual California Senator Dianne Feinstein did not get her state party’s automatic nod – Kevin de León is not only considerably younger, he and Ocasio-Cortez represent a growing demographic that will increasingly factor ethnic interests into its votes.
Time and again Ocasio-Cortez has been shown to be clueless on issues from foreign policy to economics and more, but that doesn’t matter. Look at her district. The guy she beat in the primary got almost 83% of the vote the last time he ran. The only way she can lose is if she does something that gets her arrested and disqualified—and she’d still probably get more votes than the Republican.
True, establishment Dems won't go gentle into that good night, and with their connections and war chests expect to see more races testing the adage that old age and treachery will overcome youth and skill. But what we’re seeing is the coming to power of a monster of the party’s creation. It feeds off an electorate for which manipulated emotions outweigh anything so mundane as rational policy considerations – never the strong suit for the Democrats anyway.
We’re seeing, for lack of a better term, a mobocracy, and that’s exactly what those behind their manufactured Hogg phenomenon are counting on. And while speaking his mind may have revealed a Freudian slip, it’s just as likely to assume he meant what he said and that his handlers approve when he expresses his intent to “seize leadership opportunities.”
That says a lot about the mindset, that political power is something to be seized, and that political opponents are to be disarmed.
The predicted “Blue Wave” is a an obvious ploy to demoralize and psyche out Republican voters, to make them believe going to the polls would be futile. Don’t fall for it, even though some Republicans appear to be trying their damnedest to make it a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Back in December I reported on a House race in Virginia that was forced into a recount and a tie-breaker drawing that could have been avoided if just one more gun owner had bothered to vote. That the gun-grabber didn’t win was a matter of luck.
We see what’s at stake with the unprecedented tactics being employed in opposition to Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination hearings. Knowing the importance of how SCOTUS will rule on Second Amendment and other freedom-related cases, it’s imperative that power be denied to those who feel entitled to seize it. It’s imperative that you and I do our parts to keep that from happening.
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.
In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.