If it seems like Democrats have become increasingly crazy during the Trump administration, it’s not just your imagination. A recent analysis from the Pew Research Center has found that Republicans are no more conservative or “radical” than they were even 20 years ago, but Democrats are extremely liberal. Even twenty years ago, a near-majority of Democrats agreed that government spending was wasteful, that the private sector is always more efficient than the government, and that illegal immigration must be combated. That’s no longer the case today.
In a move that no Democrat 30 years ago could’ve predicted, the Party is openly embracing socialism today. Bernie Sanders briefly joined their Party to run for President as a socialist, and the Party’s latest darling is another professed socialist, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (Commie Cortez Pressed on How to Pay for Socialism – She’s Clueless). There’s also Julia Salazar, who’s running for Senate in New York as a socialist, like Cortez.
And why? Because their Party really is becoming a socialist party. Hillary Clinton even acknowledged as much, in citing it as one of her five million excuses for her loss. “41 percent of Democrats are socialists or self-described socialists, and I’m asked ‘Are you a capitalist?’ and I say, ‘Yes, but with appropriate regulation and appropriate accountability.’ You know, that probably gets lost in the ‘Oh my gosh, she’s a capitalist!’” Hillary told an audience. (RELATED: Hillary Claims ‘Being a Capitalist’ Hurt Her With Democrat Voters).
While Democrats may be going further left to appeal to their own base, they’ve completely alienated everyone else.
A new analysis from the Wall Street Journal shows that America’s working class towns, which traditionally voted Democrat, are abandoning the Party in droves. To summarize:
- In 1992, 15 of the 20 congressional districts with the highest share of manufacturing jobs were represented in Congress by Democrats. Today, all 20 are held by Republicans.
- In 1992, Democrat Bill Clinton won 49% of counties in which manufacturing accounted for 25% or more of all jobs. By 2016, Democrat Hillary Clinton won just 5% of manufacturing counties. Republican Donald Trump won 95% of them.
- In 1992, manufacturing made up 15.4% of the U.S. workforce. Today it’s just 8.5%. But those companies that did survive have done so by moving out of high regulation, high tax, big union Democratic cities, and into areas outside suburbs along interstate highways south from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, through Ohio and into the Carolinas and the deep South.
Is it really a surprise that working America doesn’t want socialism? Not to us, but Democrats haven’t figured that out yet.
Let’s hope they remain clueless until at least the midterms.