Well, it was quite a week in American politics, and you get the sense that momentum has suddenly shifted to the Republicans, in a big way.
Partly, it is because of the seeming momentum from Pres. Donald Trump’s “State of the Union” speech. Mainly, though, it is because the Democrats are imploding and the Trump GOP has finally capitalized on it, at long last. The opinion page of the Wall Street Journal said it all with a piece about the SOTU titled “The Longest Day for Trump’s Adversaries“.
Of course, Virginia has been the eye of the storm lately for Democrats, with the scandal-plagued Governor there admitting to wearing blackface in his younger days, with the scandal-plagued Lt. Governor accused of sexual assault, and with the scandal-plagued Attorney General also admitting to wearing blackface in his younger days. All this makes the entire state look very bad, and makes the entire Democratic Party there look even worse.
It has also been a humiliating week for the rest of the party elsewhere in the country, and in particular for their presidential contenders. Mainly, they have been coming under fire from Judge Jeanine and others for lurching into socialist territory, with ideas proposing to control the means of production, tax the rich, and so on.
The face of socialism in the Democratic Party has been rookie congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has been hogging the media spotlight promoting and supporting exactly these sorts of things. I believe she was the one proposing the rich be taxed at 70 percent!
The latest policy being floated by Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and her crowd has been the “Green New Deal”, policies which include a carbon tax, ending all traditional forms of energy within ten years, rebuilding every building in the United States, and ending all air travel!
Obviously, these policy ideas are exactly of the sort that make Trump look sane by comparison. What I find most bizarre is how many top Democrats have leapt on board this Green New Deal bandwagon: folks like Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, and of course everyone’s favorite Democratic socialist, Bernie Sanders.
Folks, this Green New Deal is not only absolutely expensive and unworkable, it’s also a job-killer. These pledges not only would decimate the entire oil and energy industries, but also the airline industry too. That’s a lot of people headed to the bread lines if this plan ever sees the light of day. That is I am convinced this will be a total flop with voters: people will vote to keep their jobs. As for those who might still have jobs after this, how will they be able to afford all the taxes that will come in? They can’t!
You have to think the Republicans are licking their chops at the prospect of running against a platform that includes any of this nonsense in 2020. If this “Green New Deal” lunacy is the Democratic platform, they will be setting up Trump and the Republicans for a landslide win of ’72 Nixon-Agnew proportions.
No wonder we are getting so much talk from Trump lately warning about “socialism”. They have a winning issue for 2020 and they know it.