How often do you hear the complaint that the Democrats might not be perfect, but the Republicans are just moving too far to the right? We’re told that this is a center-right country and we can’t have all of these far-right Republicans running things. In the meantime, we have Republicans like John McCain cozying up to President Obama, or Marco Rubio joining the Gang of 8. Those that oppose them are called Wacko Birds.
But what you don’t hear about is how far to the left the Democrats are moving. Just look at President Obama’s agenda. He’s trying to kill the economy through regulatory fiat. Hey, if you can’t do it through the Congress, just have your bureaucratic minions do it through regulation. We could talk for hours about the full time jobs Obamacare has killed.
As a procession of Republican governors cracked down on abortion in recent months, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York tried to lift the state’s long-standing restrictions on abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, also a Democrat, granted a temporary reprieve to a murderer on death row and signed laws limiting rounds in gun magazines and allowing illegal immigrants to get driver’s licenses. So did Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley in Maryland, who also banned capital punishment and legalized medical marijuana.
While Republican governors elected during the party’s historic wave in 2010 have drawn criticism for their unabashedly conservative agendas to restrict abortion, rein in labor unions, and slash state spending, a number of Democratic governors are just as aggressively pushing liberal policies such as gay marriage and gun control. Emboldened by President Obama’s reelection, a younger and more diverse electorate, and an increasing number of state governments under one-party control, these Democratic governors are crusading on issues the party steered clear of until recently. It’s happening not just in solidly Democratic states like New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Connecticut but also in more competitive battlegrounds such as Colorado, where new gun laws are fueling two recall elections and threats of secession from some rural counties.
As potential presidential candidates and rivals to Hillary Rodham Clinton, governors such as Cuomo and O’Malley are leading the Democratic Party down its most socially liberal path in decades.
As if trying to spare states the fate of Detroit, or limiting abortions to the first twenty-something weeks of pregnancy are somehow “far-right” concepts. Do a poll and ask people “Do you want your state, county or local government to declare bankruptcy like Detroit did?” or “Do you believe that abortion should be restricted to the first 22 or 24 months of pregnancy, and outlawed after the baby is viable?” and see how people answer those questions. Something tells me that all but the most rabid, far-left respondents will answer those questions “no” and “yes.” Unfortunately most polls aren’t presented that way, but even still, your average thinking American does not believe governments should spend themselves into bankruptcy, or that viable babies should be killed. But since the left has controlled education and the entertainment and news industries for so long, we have fewer and fewer Americans who even know how to think.
But of course, we’ll keep hearing about how some in the Republican Party are moving too far to the right – you know, the ones with the traditional values that we were all raised with, and those who actually mean it when they take a vow to uphold the Constitution – so we have to keep electing these far-left radicals.