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Andrew I And The Monolithic Marxism Of The Democratic Party

By Don Feder – Barbwire guest contributor

The good news for right-to-lifers, Second Amendment supporters and defenders of marriage is that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Andrew I) isn’t planning to expel them from his realm – even though they have no place among decent New Yorkers.

In a January 17 radio interview about “extreme conservatives” who he claims are vying for control of the GOP, Cuomo asked rhetorically: “Who are they? Are these extreme conservatives, who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapons, anti-gay, is that who they are? Because if that is who they are, and if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York. Because that is not who New Yorkers are.” In other words, if extreme conservatives are extreme conservatives, and that’s who they are, they better high-tail it outta town. The thought that there are those in the Empire State who don’t share his ideology drives Cuomo to sputtering incoherence.

After a firestorm of criticism for remarks that reverberated with the sound of marching jackboots, Cuomo claimed his comments were “distorted” (that’s original), that he was not referring to ordinary New Yorkers who happen to hold these vile views, but to “extreme” candidates. Clearly, that’s not what he said (not that it would have been much better), but to be a Democratic politician is to deny what’s manifestly true.

Among those Cuomo considers untermenschen are New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Little Sisters of The Poor, the late Dr. Martin Luther King (who once described homosexuality as a “culturally acquired” problem in need of a “solution”), the voters of 31 states who amended their constitutions to ban gay marriage, the 78% of Americans who’ve said abortion should be illegal in all or most cases (in a 2013 Gallup poll), and 4.5 million members of the National Rifle Association, plus tens of millions more who oppose draconian gun laws.

Cuomo’s rant validates David Horowitz’s adage, “Inside every liberal is a totalitarian screaming to get out.”

In all of U.S. history, no party has been as monolithic as today’s Democrats – not the Democratic Party of the Civil War era (which included Unionists and secessionists), not Republicans of the Progressive era (who included Teddy Roosevelt and J.P. Morgan) not Democrats of the New Deal (who spanned the spectrum from socialists like Rexford Guy Tugwell to conservatives like Al Smith).

Democrats of the 21st century are marked by a uniformity bordering on the maniacal. This they call diversity.

In the same interview, Cuomo said there was a “schism” within the Republican Party, and that Republicans were “searching for identity.” He explained: “The gridlock in Washington is less about Democrats and Republicans. It is more about extreme Republicans (those who believe gun ownership should be a choice but killing unborn children should not) versus moderate Republicans.”

In Cuomo’s party, there is no “versus,” no struggle – no minority viewpoints. There’s as much dissent in the Democratic Party as there is in Castro’s Cuba. Democrats have found their identity. The party of Jefferson has become the party of Robespierre.

Where have the moderate Democrats gone? It wasn’t that long ago when the party could include a Sam Nunn and a George McGovern, an Ed Koch and a David Dinkins, a Daniel Patrick Moynihan and a Jerry Brown, a Zell Miller and a Barney Frank.

Miller was the most popular governor in Georgia’s history. After leaving that post, he served in the Senate. The Georgian went from being the keynote speaker at the convention that nominated Bill Clinton in 1992 to being the keynoter at the convention that re-nominated George W. Bush in 2004. In his 2005 book “A National Party No More: the Conscience of a Conservative Democrat,” he reflected on the alienation of what used to be the Democrats’ bedrock constituencies (blue-collar voters, Southern conservatives and ethnics – Irish and Italian-Americans in particular).

Lanny Davis, former advisor to Bill Clinton, said his party needs to be “more aware that issues like abortion, like guns, like gay rights have two sides, and that we need to address people (on the other side) who feel deeply about those issues and show a willingness to compromise.” The way Democrats address people on the other side of these issues is telling them to go to hell.

In an article in The Atlantic of December 5, 2013, Ted Van Dyk notes that from 1968 to 2000 (a period of 32 years), just two Democrats were elected president – both “Southern populists who had been careful to differentiate themselves from the Great Society and their liberal predecessors.”

Van Dyk says the Democrats can take little comfort from the president’s reelection, which he attributes to “unprecedentedly skillful identification and mobilization of key Obama voter groups” and a “highly effective scare campaign designed to convince those groups that Mitt Romney and Republicans were heartless plutocrats, servants of wealth and enemies of women, Latinos, African Americans and the middle class,” or, as Cuomo would say, “extreme conservatives” who have no right to breathe – the air!

For Cuomo and friends, extremism in the defense of the welfare state is no vice; moderation in the pursuit of “social justice” and income equality no virtue. Here are the voices that dominate the Democratic Party.

•  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Tea Party activists are “modern anarchists,” who “do not believe in government.” Reid considers opposition to his brand of socialism (mega-deficits, trillion-dollar stimulus packages and nationalized health care) anarchistic. I’m surprised that he didn’t also call them atheists for not worshiping the state.

•  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who said “unemployment benefits are creating jobs faster than any other program” (think how many more jobs could be created by increasing benefits from 99 weeks to 299 weeks), believes enforcing immigration laws is “un-American” and “family planning services (abortion and contraception) reduce cost,” by reducing the number of people – especially the poor and minorities?

•  Pelosi may be one of the more restrained leaders of her party. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee, compares voter ID laws to the poll tax. She says requiring voters to produce the same identification needed to cash a check would “literally drag us back to Jim Crow laws.” During the 2012 campaign, Wasserman-Schultz charged that opposition to Obama’s welfare policies was a “shockingly transparent appeal” to white racism, designed to serve as “a dog whistle for voters who consider race when casting their ballot,” or, as Joe Biden told a predominantly black audience the same year, Romney and the Republicans want to “put you all back in chains.”

•  In a speech to the leftist Center for American Progress last week, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer called for more IRS harassment of Tea Party groups, which he blames for Republican control of the House.  Schumer claims that in 2010: “There was no effective defense of government. When the tea party elite came in and said ‘government is your problem,’ we didn’t say: ‘No it isn’t. It’s part of your solution.'” Controlling the White House, the Senate, the mainstream media, public education and the big foundations isn’t enough to counter the Tea Parties. The Democrats also need the IRS to act as their political SWAT team.

•  Rep. Alan Grayson, the foona lagoona baboona from Florida, whose sagacity has made him a legend in his party, said in floor debate on Obamacare: “If you get sick, America, the Republican health care plan is this: Die quickly. ” If you’re over 60 and get sick, the bureaucrats who run Obamacare’s death panels won’t care if you die quickly or linger, as long as you die – but they’ll give you a few painkillers, to show they’re compassionate.

•  New York’s newly minted Mayor Bill De Blasio took his bride to Cuba on their honeymoon. Just before the mayoral election, De Blasio told a group of real estate developers: “Everything you have heard about me is true … I believe in the heavy hand of government.” When told that 21% of New Yorkers are on food stamps, he replied why so few? The Communist Party USA was euphoric over his victory, celebrating the “joy of a new day for New York.” The commissar cometh.

•  Cuomo says “true Democrats” are “aggressive progressives” who pursue “social justice, economic justice and racial justice.” He pushed a bill in Albany which would have removed a limitation on abortion after the 24th week and authorized other health-care providers (school nurses? dental hygienists?) to perform abortions, not just physicians. He believes in universal pre-school for 3- and 4-year-olds and opposes education vouchers (which “threaten to undermine our existing public schools”). You can choose to have an abortion but not a private education for your children. Cuomo is currently demanding a ban on “high capacity magazines,” defined as those that hold 10 rounds. He wanted to make it seven rounds, until he was told that such magazines don’t exist. His head is about to explode.

Many rank-and-file Democrats are infected with Cuomo-itis. In a November 2013 Gallup poll, 53% of Democrats expressed a favorable view of socialism – doubtless based on its stellar performance in North Korea, Venezuela and the Soviet Union – compared to 23% of all Americans.

Apparently, the Tea Parties have succeeded so well in spreading discontent among the masses that in a Gallup survey released last week, 65% of Americans said they were “dissatisfied” with “the U.S. system of government and its effectiveness,” up 18 points from 2008. Also, 66% are unhappy about the size and power of the federal government. With trillion-dollar deficits, unemployment permanently hovering around 7%, and a president who thinks he’s all three branches of government, is such skepticism really warranted?

Indicative of the mutation of the party of JFK, Harry Truman and FDR (who publicly prayed for our soldiers on D-Day), at their 2012 national convention, the Democrats tried to take God out of their platform.

It was in a throwaway line that said they were committed to helping “working people” achieve their “God-given” potential. Perhaps they heard that God is an anti-choice homophobe.

Afraid of how the move would play in Peoria, Obama insisted on retaining the original language, though it was clear from boos and catcalls on the floor that God wasn’t popular with a majority of delegates.

Andrew Cuomo is half right. Those who believe in gun ownership, restrictions on a procedure that takes innocent lives, the only definition of marriage that makes any sense, and God (actually, anyone who isn’t a freaktoid leftist ) have no place in his party. That’s not who the Democrats are.

Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains his own website,

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