The feeding frenzy of 2020 politics began when the polls closed on election day last November, so get ready for an often nauseating daily diet of who’s up, who’s down, who’s in, who’s out, particularly from the Democrats, who it appears might field a primary competition featuring as many as 20 or 25 candidates, most of them racing to find out who can outflank the others in getting to the left, and I do mean far left, and many of them simply seeking their allotted fifteen minutes of fame. The good news about this is that there is a real possibility that the election can be about governing ideas and their consequences. And at this point the progressive left’s range of ideas include 70-90% marginal tax rates, open borders, universal single payer health care with the elimination of private insurance, free college tuition, and abortion on demand through the third trimester, among other socialist notions.
Now comes Howard Schultz, Starbucks founder and CEO, the poster boy for the American success story and a lifelong loyal Democrat, who is considering a run for President as an independent and who would be comparable to a Bill Clinton or John F. Kennedy Democrat. The response from the left was the complete and loud vilification of his intentions, with establishment liberals and their fellow travelers bashing his doubts about the efficacy of 70% tax rates and Medicare for All and asserting that his candidacy would benefit a Trump re-election.
I actually think that a Schultz candidacy, or any viable attempts by credible people like him to get a place on the policy stage, is healthy. It would have the potential to elevate the political discourse to one of ideas and away from the divisive tribal smear tactics we have endured for the past two years and, who knows, no doubt some of his views might deserve serious discussion.
But the across the board response from the Democrat establishment is indicative of its sentiments–a discussion of ideas is not welcome, including a debate in the primaries that might enable them to govern effectively if they win, and nothing is acceptable that is not totally anti-Trump. In fact, as the Wall Street Journal has suggested, they don’t want to hear anything that will interfere with “socialism by acclamation”. A sad state of affairs from the country’s oldest political party.
Dick Wiesner says
Jim, good comments about several topics…I’m actually thinking of supporting Schultz if Trump can’t increase his support base…Dick W.
Vern Wuensche says
Respectfully Dick, that would only increase the risk of electing a Socialist who calls him or herself a Democrat. If Trump can appoint one more Supreme Court justice America could begin the slow but steady road back. If the Left than promotes their living Constitution there would be serious consequences.
Greg Stachura says
I have of late been wondering what, exactly, is “mainstream” today? We often refer to the older media in television and newspapers as such but it is clear that that influence is waning as viewers and readers defect.
The elevation of the discourse in our culture and politics seems to be a prayer at this point, though I agree that some voices on talk radio and other venues wield reason and regard for virtue against a torrent of ignorant and vulgar assaults upon custom, tradition and prescription.
We are suffering the consequences of a near century long failure to educate and cultivate a class of Americans capable of leading the people away from the siren song.
Tim Phillips says
That is the most brilliant comment and question posed in years. Well done.
We are reaping the winds of indoctrination, not education, of several generations of both private and government school graduates, that have no sense of their history or civic responsibility combined with personal accountability.