Democrats Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Is it just me, or has it also occurred to you that Democrats, in this all-important year leading up to the 2020 election, rarely talk about policy issues? They are exclusively focused on removing President Donald Trump, and they only discuss policy during their somniferous debates.

In the Democrats' defense, their mainstream media bosses cover nothing but Trump and Trump crucified. Also, some Democratic Party leaders probably realize that their ideas don't fully resonate with the people and so it is in their interest to keep the focus on Trump.

But to their surprise, it seems they have made a grave tactical error in putting all their rotten eggs in the impeachment basket. Polls indicate their strategy has backfired, especially among independents and particularly in the swing states.

Perhaps people are sensing that the Democrats are focused more on Trump than on solving the nation's problems.

Only if you believe — as do the Democrats' leftist base and Republican never-Trumpers — that Trump is the nation's major problem will this myopic approach likely appeal to you. Most people, however, aren't neurotically obsessed with Trump and still care about the economy, the border, abortion, guns, foreign policy, and other issues.

But let's step back a minute. Is the Democrats' decision to fixate on alleged Trump corruption just a matter of strategy, or could it be just as much an organic development flowing from the same extreme mindset that drives their policy agenda? Could it also be that they are so convinced of the superiority of their ideas that they think they don't have to spend as much time selling them? Even though some Democratic Party leaders are nervous, they are prisoners of their base and their media masters.

I believe the radical leftist ideology thus dominating the Democratic Party leads to the left's malice toward Trump, which actually has far less to do with his so-called coarseness than with his steadfast and mostly successful opposition to the party's policy agenda.

Leftists aren't used to losing these days. Everywhere they look, their ideas appear to be dominating. People with contrary opinions are being muzzled and shamed throughout our culture. Anyone remotely within their orbit who strays from their orthodoxy is forced to repent and apologize for their heresy.

The left has been further emboldened by former President Barack Obama's success at cramming many of his ideas down America's throat in his quest to fundamentally transform this nation away from its founding ideas — from identity politics to Obamacare to abortion to same-sex marriage to his war on domestic energy to an explosion of the administrative state.

It is interesting that leftists and many never-Trumpers believe that Trump supporters are a cult, robotically following their leader and mindlessly absorbing ideas of their group, when, in fact, leftists are the ones obsessed over Trump, intellectually imprisoned by their own groupthink and seeing everything through their Trump-colored lenses. They are the ones mired in their own echo chamber, largely oblivious to what makes the rest of us tick.

Proof of leftists' ideological isolation is their cluelessness about the pitfalls in pressuring Democratic Party leaders to move so far left so fast. They obviously have no idea that there are tens of millions of us out here in flyover country — and many more than you think in purple and even blue states — who haven't given up on the ideas that make this country great and exceptional.

For all their smugness about Trump's imminent demise and the superiority of their “enlightened” policy positions, they have an uphill battle going into 2020, which is partly attributable to their arrogant dismissal of the rest of the nation and partly to Trump's policy successes.

As much as they've succeeded in indoctrinating many young Americans and others, they still have a long way to go in making their case for abortion on demand up to the point of birth and beyond; open borders; free health care, education and sanctuary for illegal aliens; socialism; single-payer health care; identity politics; gender anarchy; radical environmentalism; confiscatory taxes; and the selective suppression of speech and religious liberties.

In an open and honest airing of these ideas, Democrats still cannot win national elections. Some of the party's old guard leaders realize this, which is why they concentrate on Trump, conceal their party's radicalism and have recently been trying to moderate their ideas.

But they are caught between a rock and reinforced concrete. Concentrating on Trump alone isn't working, but pivoting to their radical agenda might be even riskier, however much they try to soften it. Look for them to become even more desperate to impeach Trump, or for a bitter intramural struggle between the radical elements dominating their party and the few remaining leaders who realize that this extremism won't yet sell nationally.


David Limbaugh
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Marlboro
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Marlboro

I feel it is a mistake to place all Democrats into a single mindset, just as it is a mistake to place everyone supporting Trump into a single mindset. No one is totally drawn into a single mindset and brainwashed into submission. We all share the ability to reason if given the opportunity. Trump is not perfect, nor is any Democratic candidate. None of us are either. It is the independent thinkers, the ones who look at multiple sources of news, reading what the opposing viewpoint thinks as well as the viewpoint of those that don’t have a card to… Read more »

StWayne
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StWayne

I respect your view. Nothing wrong with staying informed, or how you channel it. The problem today; and this is the thing to think about; is that if a moderate democrat is elected to office based on their moderate views, then it’s just a matter of time before they become radicalized because radicalization is only ever, just a pressing thought away. This is why the middle ground no longer applies as a deciding political force these days. They, we, have been nullified by the left’s far-reaching political agendas. Moreover, who from among them can withstand, or has ever withstood, a… Read more »

donfranko
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donfranko

Thank you for your service sir. However, by voting for democrats at any level you are sending a message of support for the radical policies they are requiring of their candidates. You cannot vote for democrats and say you are a God fearing patriotic American citizen who believes in our constitution, the right to life, and the bill of rights. It is obvious that a MAJORITY of the dem party are pushing measures in opposition to those beliefs.

Will Flatt
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There are just two major ideological camps in America, and that is Leftism (socialism, marxism, etc.) and conservatism. Any ‘moderate’ Democrat running for office is just a wolf in sheep’s clothing, appealing to moderates such as yourself, MANIPULATING YOU TO CON YOU OUT OF YOUR VOTE so that he/she can implement a radical Leftist agenda once they get into office! The reason why there are only two major parties in the USA is because of this left/right divide, and the Left has for the most part been co-opted by the socialist/communist radicals to implement an anti-freedom ideology. That means it… Read more »

RoyD
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RoyD

Sounds to me, Marlboro, that you should watch “Animal Farm” again and pay attention this time. And, if you haven’t seen it, you should watch it and be sure to pay attention. You can thank me later.
Some might ask, why “Animal Farm”? Because it is a lot easier than trying to explain the past 170 years of history.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Marlboro, Currently, the people in the democrat party are not allowing middle ground and independent thinkers in their party. If one did not approve of the current democrat party and its platform, why would one even want to stay in the democrat party when another party welcomes middle ground and independent thinkers?

USA
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USA

WB, Hahahaha, we can’t save them.

StWayne
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StWayne

Having lots of trouble logging in, and posting. Sometimes I can, but more times than not, I can’t. Not sure what the problem is. If I go off-air for any length of time, at least you know why. If it’s on Ammoland’s end…I won’t be back because I’m being edited. Hope not, but we’ll see. As for why this might be, is because I don’t always have something positive to say about those “deals” they post on, and their advertisers make it clear that this is unappreciated. Critically, this is WHEN I noticed that my posts weren’t going through, leading… Read more »

RoyD
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RoyD

Posts taking forever to load seems to be what I see the most. Annoying but still small potatoes overall.

StWayne
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StWayne

I know this post is supposed to be about Trump Derangement Syndrome, but it was a hyperlink in RoyD’s post that got me here. And I would like to thank you for that. I have often commented in the past on how immigrants bring with them the very ideologies that they flee from, and how strange that is: the very notion of carrying around someone else’s’ fire without even be conscious that you are. Then along comes a link to a video on how to change the way you see/perceive something. And so I did, and lo I did. Which… Read more »

Vern
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Vern

There is no life in socialism/communism, it is a death cult, always has been, always will be. The democrats and their co-conspirator’s on the left, keep trying to whip that dead horse back to life, and in so doing bring death to everything they touch. The young people today who have been taught that the future belongs to them and the socialist ideology have been lied to by the best of liars the left has. If the young get the socialist state they have been taught is best for them, the first thing they will find out is that there… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Vern, no humor or laughter, either!

Vern
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Vern

One of the traits of death.

Oldvet
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Oldvet

@Vern…Would they understand if we explained it to them like it is …A pyramid scheme

Vern
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Vern

I think they lack the intelligence to even understand that.

USA
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USA

Vern, When I attempt to explain to the local Socialists that they are surrendering their country and freedom they reply by saying that can’t happen because they have rights so yes I agree with your comment 110%.

RoyD
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RoyD

How many remember this Democrat from “long ago” and what he said. Here is something that he said. He would be considered a right wing conservative these days.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pb__-nmMnvQ

Old Ch.E.
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Old Ch.E.

I didn’t/wouldn’t vote for them either.

Stripeseven
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Stripeseven

That “Rock and a Hard” place you mention should be a jail cell.

USA
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USA

When Red Coats call themselves Democrats you have been deceived.

Satan = Illuminati = Banker Cartels = Pope = Queen = Red Coats = Democrats = Communism = 1776, Pt.2 – 2.0