Another week, one other feverish contest amongst Democrats to see who can drag the occasion quicker and farther to the left. The new 12 months is starting with a blistering tempo, with wild and loopy concepts popping up throughout the nation.
Start in Washington, the place Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi made an enduring impression by saying no, no to President Trump’s smart proposal for obstacles and different safety at the southern border. Their rejection, and implicit denial that there is even an issue, serves as an invite to lots of of 1000’s of extra migrants to cross illegally. And every new wave ensures that future Dems will probably be ready to demand amnesty for successive generations of “Dreamers,” thus roiling America for years.
Heckuva job, Chuck and Nancy. You ought to begin a podcast, the place you every get your individual podium.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, already the left’s congressional rookie of the 12 months, added to her enchantment by making a push to tax the richest Americans at 70 p.c of their revenue. She additionally continues to marketing campaign for a Green New Deal, a set of concepts so massive — and imprecise — Vox author stated it goals to do nothing lower than “decarbonize the economy and make it fairer and more just.”
Wow — it’s exhausting to be extra of a purist than that.
Meanwhile, new California Gov. Gavin Newsom signaled his advantage by promising his state could be a “sanctuary to all who seek it.” He additionally expanded free well being take care of unlawful immigrants, apparently hoping to entice extra of them. Bravo!
The competitors, then, was stiff — till New York City Mayor de Blasio blew all of them away. He wins first prize by vowing womb-to-tomb handouts and a everlasting push for extra free stuff.
Appearing well-rested from months of doing nothing, de Blasio lapped the competitors with three days of come-and-get-it giveaways. First he vowed free well being take care of 600,000 New Yorkers, half of them right here illegally. Next got here a plan to pressure non-public employers to give practically all employees 10 paid trip days a 12 months.
Then, in his State of the City speech, de Blasio secured victory by making much more guarantees, equivalent to seizing non-public house buildings from dangerous landlords, and laying out a imaginative and prescient for a metropolis that might bury capitalism.
A red-diaper child himself, the mayor declared a complete class warfare: “Brothers and sisters, there’s plenty of money in the world. There’s plenty of money in this city. It’s just in the wrong hands.”
Heart be nonetheless!
There was additionally this grievance-stoking pander to the individuals: “You’re not living the life you deserve. And here is the cold, hard truth — it’s no accident. It’s an agenda. An agenda that’s dominated our politics from Reaganomics to the Trump tax giveaway to the wealthy and corporations.”
Finally, a tease a couple of superb future in Havana-on-the-Hudson: “This country has spent decades taking from working people and giving to the 1 percent. This city has spent the last five years doing it the other way around. We give back to working people the prosperity they have earned. And we are just getting started.”
The solely factor lacking was a pressured singalong to the socialist anthem, “The Internationale.”
In regular instances, over-the-rainbow rhetoric may very well be dismissed as window dressing. But today, Democrats, raging at Trump and emboldened by Bernie Sanders’ marketing campaign in 2016, are lethal critical a couple of exhausting left flip.
Even with the complete collapse of Venezuela earlier than their eyes and the plain horrors of life below communism and socialism, American leftists are now not embarrassed to espouse ideologies which have failed miserably each place they’ve been tried.
In some ways, then, de Blasio is made for the second. He and his equally radical spouse, Chirlane McCray, spent their 1994 honeymoon sneaking into Cuba, in defiance of a US journey ban. Earlier, he had supported the Sandinistas, the Nicaraguan communist group concerned in a bitter civil warfare, with the American authorities on the different aspect.
Yet by the time he first ran for mayor in 2013, de Blasio had scrubbed all references to far-left activism from his Web web site. He was only a progressive, keen to make offers with the real-estate business, which in flip stuffed his slush funds with money.
But now, as he begins Year 2 of his remaining time period and his occasion resembles his previous, he’s absolutely out of the closet. All that cash “in the wrong hands” is a juicy goal for an formidable politician.
Unlike Schumer, Pelosi, Newsom and others who should show their leftist avenue cred, de Blasio, like Ocasio-Cortez, can say “brothers and sisters” with out sounding false. This is who he has all the time been, and now he doesn’t want to fake he’s another person.
To be clear, I don’t imagine he has any probability of being president in 2020. He’s lazy, corrupt and incompetent, and New York is in apparent decline below his “leadership.” But that makes him all the extra harmful.
Having little energy and no clear future, he has nothing to lose. He will be reckless with each his rhetoric and metropolis funds as a result of his foremost purpose is influencing his nationwide occasion’s tenor and course.
And so, for one week at the least, de Blasio takes the cake as the most radical Democrat in America. These days, that’s fairly a feat.
Righting Mideast course
Once once more, Barack Obama’s line that “elections have consequences” has been turned on its head, this time by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. He used a visit to Cairo to draw a pointy distinction between Obama’s failed Mideast insurance policies and people of President Trump.
Cairo is the place Obama began his apology excursions, and Pompeo mocked the former president’s efforts to woo Iran whereas being hostile or detached towards Egypt and different allies.
“We learned that when America retreats, chaos often follows,” Pompeo stated. “When we neglect our friends, resentment builds. And when we partner with enemies, they advance.”
He added: “The good news is this: The age of self-inflicted American shame is over, and so are the policies that produced so much needless suffering. Now comes the real new beginning.”
It’s an excellent and vital speech, one which precisely displays America’s historical past as a pressure for good round the world. Pompeo additionally is blunt about Trump’s plan to get our allies to assist share the burden in Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere.
Find the speech on-line. It’s a must-read.
The Dems’ actual border agenda
Reader David Marshall concisely says what lots of people imagine. He writes: “Let’s face it. The real reason that Dems don’t want a wall is that the majority of people coming in will eventually become Democratic voters. They are trading our security and our laws for voters.”