North Dakota’s presidential caucuses are on Tuesday, March 10. It will be interesting to see who our state’s Democrats support. Will the party faithful join the Joe Biden surge, or will they support the more openly socialist candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders?
For Sanders it must seem like déjà vu all over again as the Democrat powers-that-be are lining up behind Biden, and Sanders odds of securing the nomination are fading. The road to Milwaukee for the Democrats is looking to get bumpy along the way.
But what is seemingly lost in the horse race for the nomination is how radical today’s Democratic Party has become. United in their hatred for President Trump, do Democrats in North Dakota realize where they are today as a party? After President Trump, what will unify the them?
Super Tuesday exit polls in California showed that 54% of Democrats had a favorable view of socialism, and in Texas it was 57%. Texas! Support for socialism among Democrats says more about where the party is at than it does for the future of Texas. Trump received more votes in Texas running virtually unopposed than the top four candidates on the Democrat side combined. Texas will not replace the Alamo flag with the hammer and sickle, but this is where the Democratic Party is today.
Beyond the support for socialism, the positions of the Democrat candidates on border security, health care and gun control show just how far the base of the Democratic Party has veered to the far left. The policies of so-called ‘moderates’ like Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota would have been considered fringe in the Democratic Party just a generation ago.
Not to mention that unwavering support and pride of the "right" to kill babies, even after birth, is now the litmus test for party membership. Moderate?
The media will now tell us that Biden is a moderate, that he will bring back the "good ol’ days," failing to mention his pledge on Super Tuesday to put Beto O’Rourke in charge of the “gun problem.” You remember last fall, when O’Rourke was running for president? He said, “Hell, yes, we’re going to take away your AR-15.” Moderate?
Support for the Green New Deal is also fundamental for Democrats and Biden sees it as a “crucial framework” to fight climate change. A recent study found that the Green New Deal could cost at least $70,000 per household in the first year after passage. Moderate?
I worked with many Democrats in the Legislature, I have to imagine some are struggling to see where they fit in their own party. But for a rare few, we did not hear of gun confiscation, abortion anytime, socialism or open borders. There were policy differences, but nothing like today.
There have been articles on these pages about the current condition of the North Dakota Dem-NPL Party and the difficulty in recruiting candidates. The unwillingness to put one’s name on the ballot with the policies of today’s Democrat Party is not hard to understand at all.