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By Dr. James D. Veltmeyer
Special to Anza Valley Outlook 

Has the Democrat Party gone crazy?


Last updated 4/13/2019 at 2:09am

Millions of Americans, including countless numbers of cradle Democrats from our nation’s heartland, are scratching their heads in wonder and disbelief at today’s Democrat Party. Even considering that party’s rather unsavory past in regards to slavery, Jim Crow and the Ku Klux Klan, the present currents within the party of Jefferson and Jackson are downright looney.

For decades, the Democrat Party has heralded itself as the champion of working and middle-class wage-earners while the Republican Party was pigeonholed as the party of big business and the wealthy. Yet, the most prominent representatives of the party now – personified by the likes of Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and media darling Queen Alexandria Ocasio-Big Mouth – would literally wipe out millions of middle-class jobs in America’s most important industries to carry out their fight against so-called “climate change.” If anyone works in the oil and gas industry, the automobile industry or works for an airline or on an aircraft assembly line, they had better prepare for the unemployment line if these New Democrats have their way. If you’re a farmer, you better let your land lie idle as Queen Alexandria is coming for your tractor.  If you are one of 170 million Americans who receive your medical coverage through your employer, forget it. And, if you are one of the many thousands of Americans working in the health insurance field, clean out your desk. As a physician, my job would be nationalized, and I would no longer work for my patients, but for the government.

The so-called “Green New Deal” that has been embraced by most of the Democrat presidential candidates and dozens of members of Congress demonstrates how truly radical and dangerous these New Democrats have become. With a price tag that is five times the size of the U.S. economy and would cost every American household $65,000 per year, this scheme would crash the American economy while building trains to Hawaii and putting

government bureaucrats in charge of your McDonalds Quarter Pounder consumption.

It would unleash widespread poverty throughout our land. Is this what the party of Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy has come to? Unfortunately, it is not a joke; these people are deadly serious. They truly admire the vicious totalitarian socialist and communist states of the past and present.  Bernie Sanders honeymooned in the Soviet Union and praised bread lines.

As an immigrant from Ecuador who actually stood in bread lines, I really think American supermarkets are far superior. Others have glorified Castro’s Cuba and refuse to condemn Nicholas Maduro, the despot who is starving the people of Venezuela. To people like Bernie Sanders, Pocahontas and Ocasio-Big Mouth, deprivation and suffering is really OK as long as they fly in private jets and own multiple homes, usually surrounded by gates. These Democrats have far more in common with Josef Stalin, Mao Zedong and Fidel Castro than they do with

Roosevelt, Kennedy or even Lyndon Johnson.

FDR’s “New Deal” which the current crazies in the party have expropriated for their wacky plan had many flaws, but it certainly did not challenge the fundamental basis of the American economy – free market capitalism. Prior generations of Democrats sought not to abolish capitalism but to take off some of its rough edges – in order to help the people whose jobs the New Democrats now want to abolish. FDR did not want a “guaranteed income” for people unwilling to work. To the contrary, he believed welfare should be a temporary program only, otherwise he compared it to a narcotic which would destroy the human soul. Likewise, Kennedy would be appalled to see the direction his party has taken. JFK was an advocate of economic growth and job creation through cutting tax rates, not raising them up to 90% or higher as proposed by some of the party’s most addle-brained leaders.

Franklin D. Roosevelt forged the modern Democrat Party based on the tragedy of the Great Depression. It was a coalition, as all successful political movements generally are. It consisted of poor, rural Southern whites, African Americans, union members and Northern white Catholics and ethnic groups, like the Irish, Italians and Poles.

The Republican Party of that day was best described as the Episcopal Church at prayer. FDR’s four successful presidential campaigns plus the Democrats’ ability to hold Congress uninterruptedly for 40 years was based

on maintaining the support of this coalition of voters. While that coalition fractured slightly at the presidential level in the 1950s due to the bipartisan appeal of the World War II hero, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, it did not start to crumble until the decisive election of 1968. The year 1968 – the year of America’s collective nervous breakdown—saw working-class workers and union members defect in large numbers to Republican Richard Nixon and independent George Wallace. Combined, they captured 57% of the popular vote. The vote for Democrat Hubert Humphrey – LBJ’s loyal vice-president – was just 43%, 18 points lower than Johnson’s vote four years earlier – perhaps the peak of the party’s electoral strength and public mandate. Yet, as a result of riots and civil unrest and the Vietnam War, that mandate collapsed in just 48 months. All the high hopes of LBJ’s “Great Society” were buried in the jungles of Southeast Asia.

What happened? The “hard hats” and union members who were patriotic and culturally conservative were angered and outraged at what they saw as the outright anarchy that appeared to have gripped the nation – flags being burned, cities set aflame and long-haired hippies and yippies running wild preaching free love and the wonders of tripping on LSD. They left a Democrat Party that seemed to have lost control of the country and flocked to the law and order messages of Nixon and Wallace. Nixon, of course, was elected.

By 1972, the inmates had taken over the asylum of the party and it lurched far left – nominating triple A or “Abortion, Acid and Amnesty” candidate George McGovern at a wild Miami convention where traditional Democrats were uninvited and Red China’s murderous dictator Mao received votes for vice president. Sound familiar? The party’s platform was so extreme that Big Labor – the historic heart and soul, not to mention checkbook – of the party walked away.  As did millions of their members, earning Richard Nixon a 49-state landslide re-election.

Is history repeating itself? Tens of millions of old-school Democrats whose forebears enlisted in FDR’s “New Deal” army have permanently left the party. They are Catholics. They are Protestants. They are Irish. They are Italians. They are suburban. They are rural. What they aren’t are socialists or communists. The party’s dwindling support now relies almost exclusively on newly arrived Latino immigrants, which is the reason the party now supports completely “open borders” which also forces down the wages of the workers the Democrats claim to represent, African Americans and the Jewish community. And, only by importing millions more from south of the border does the party have any chance of empowering itself for generations.

However, the winds of radical socialism blow in many directions. President Donald Trump’s support among African Americans is reaching new highs as unemployment falls to new lows. The president’s approval rating among

Hispanics stands at 40%. And, Jewish voters who have normally voted 70% to 80% for Democrat candidates may now be rethinking their allegiance to a party that winks and smiles at anti-Semitism.

If the Democrat Party nominates one of its radical extremists in 2020, offering voters a platform that prohibits cars and planes, wants to tax them at 90%, takes away their medical coverage, forces them on to all vegan diets and legalizes infanticide, expect additional defections from what remains of the old “New Deal” coalition – including millions of African Americans, Latinos and Jews – and a  second term for Trump.

Dr. James Veltmeyer is a prominent La Jolla physician voted “Top Doctor” in San Diego County in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017. Dr. Veltmeyer can be reached at [email protected]


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