The Doubledown Party
That’s my new name for the Democrats. They are the party that, even as their political support keeps declining, keep doubling down on the destructive, leftist positions and policies that are near their heart. They’ve doubled down on Solyndra, on raising taxes during a recession, on the belief that prosperity comes from government taxing and spending, on Elizabeth Warren’s contemptuous class warfare diatribe against business corporations, on the charge that what drives the tea parties is racial animus against black people. And now, in perhaps the Mother of All Doubling Downs, they are associating themselves with and endorsing the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations and their offshoots such as Occupy Philadelphia. These demonstrations seem to come from the same place on the ideological spectrum as the anarchistic anti-globalism protests that have torn apart every city where the finance ministers of the major economic powers, the G-7, have annually met for the last many years. To my knowledge, Democratic politicians and their journalist mouthpieces (such as E.J. Dionne) never identified themselves with these types of disruptive and lawless protests before. Now they are.
UPDATE: If you think I’m exaggerating about the Doubledown Party’s support for the protesters, see this, posted at The Weekly Standard at 5 p.m. today:
During a press conference Thursday afternoon, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi praised those participating in the “Occupy Wall Street” protests. “God bless them,” Pelosi said, “for their spontaneity. It’s independent … it’s young, it’s spontaneous, and it’s focused. And it’s going to be effective.”
In pursuing this mindless, madly rigid course of doubling down on every position that is harmful to society and damaging to the Democrats’ own popularity, whom are the Democrats following? Their leader, Obama. This has become the Age of Obama, in ways that no one quite imagined in 2008.
Embracing law-breaking protesters worked out so well for the Democrats in 1968 and 1972.
Thomas Bertonneau writes:
On Doubling Down: It might be farcical or absurd. It might signify fatal stupidity. Or it might signify a new phase of recklessness and fanaticism. I find it worrying in the extreme.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at October 06, 2011 06:35 PM | Send