Test your political IQ:
- Who said, “[T]he single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it’s so rare.”
- Who said, “[L]iberals have been unable to acquire from life what conservatives seem to be endowed with at birth, namely a healthy skepticism of the powers of government agencies to do good.”
- Who made the following statement about citizen responsibility and law enforcement?: “Every American has the duty to obey the law and the right to expect that the law will be enforced.”
- Who said this of urban public welfare victims?: “[T]hey have no father because their mothers cannot get assistance from the government unless the father has left the home” and “there’s a premium on the father not living with the family, and…a premium on not working. If you work, you lose…money…. [P]eople live on welfare, …the welfare rolls spread, and the rest of the population…get tired of paying taxes, so they move into the suburbs.”
- What presidential prospect said: “I don’t think…that the federal government can do it…I think we have to…bring the private sector in…make it attractive for them to invest…, to build housing in the ghetto…through tax credits and…write-offs.”
- Name the presidential candidate who said, “[T]o those who say we must take risks for peace by cutting the meat from our military muscle, I say you are unwittingly risking war.”
- What president(s) signed successful, across-the-board, supply-side tax cuts?
- What president appointed Supreme Court Justice Byron “Whizzer” White who dissented in the Roe v. Wade decision?
Answers: 1) Democratic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (NY). 2) Ditto. 3) Democrat Robert F. Kennedy. 4) Ditto. 5) Ditto. 6) Washington Democrat, Senator Henry “Scoop” Jackson. 7) Republicans Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Donald Trump – and the first supply-sider, Democrat John F. Kennedy. 8) JFK.
Those old party stalwarts wouldn’t recognize or tolerate a radicalized Democratic Party that embraces late-term abortions, socialism or open borders.
The modern Democratic Party is a fragile coalition of disparate, often conflicting interests. Moneyed, white, progressive, “elite” Democrats who largely monopolize media, academia, foundations and boardrooms mistakenly assume that their putative “downstream” coalition “partners” – blacks, Hispanics, among them – are equally liberal. Accordingly, two dozen Democratic presidential wannabes (whom 60 percent of the American public considers “underwhelming” – Harvard Harris poll, May, 2019, page 146) are running hard-left to attract attention and campaign funds, but seldom pay even boilerplate lip service to traditional constituencies.
In two-plus years, blue collar jobs have increased dramatically; black/Hispanic joblessness has reached historic lows; incomes are rising. Plus, some core Democrats, especially minorities, are religious and pro-life. Nearly ninety percent of Americans oppose late-term abortions and open borders. Although some among the party’s youth component are receptive to a vague notion of “socialism,” significant majorities of Americans, including Democrats, are not.
Democrats are making it “progressively” easier for “their” people to vote Republican in 2020 – or just sit it out. If they do either, by comparison, 2020 will make Democrats’ 2016 anguish seem celebratory.