By Greg Smith
It is downright sad to hear the growing chorus of Democrats calling for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA to run for president.
“Let’s get a liberal populist former Harvard law professor with little Senate experience and no legislative accomplishments to run for president because her speeches are electrifying,” shouts a participant at a Peace And A Metric Ton of Justice for Homeless Transsexuals protest in Boston, clutching her $11 free-trade soy frappe mocha. “Yeah, that’s what the country needs.”
The 2016 presidential election is shaping up to be tough on the Democratic Party. Obamacare will be the gift that keeps on giving, to Republicans.
The hacking of Sony Pictures Studio and threats of violence against movie cinemas is going to hurt the more liberal wing of the Democratic Party in 2016. There is a persistent notion that the GOP is the party of the rich, but in reality the super-rich are at least if not more likely to financially support Democrats.
The super-rich have seen a belligerent foreign power cause many millions of dollars in damages to an American company on American soil and threaten violence against theaters, and get away with it. It makes one wonder if they now have a little more understanding of the general reality behind Col. Nathan R. Jessup, Jack Nicholson’s character in A Few Good Men: “. . . My existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall.”
Most of the world’s governments do not follow Western notions of freedom and tolerance. Since U.S. merchant ships and crews in the Mediterranean Sea faced the threat of captivity and death at the hands of Barbary pirates – and New England merchants and bankers at home faced financial ruin — Americans have learned time and again that real or perceived weakness on our part is looked at merely as an opportunity by these enemies. Wealthy liberals are going to wonder if a little more fear of American power is necessarily a bad thing.
The 2014 midterm election revealed the Democratic Party has a problem with white voters. Party officials may not yet even understand how the racially charged atmosphere that motivated the assassination of two on-duty police officers by a black man in New York City is going to sway the nation politically. White voters are not turned off by some protests and generally support legitimate agitation against injustice, but when protesters walk the streets calling for the murder of police, which shortly comes about, that is a recipe for continued white flight from the party of Jefferson.
The current unrest in New York City and across the country is nothing more than a pathetic political correctness run amok. The city is a bastion of liberalism that not only tolerated but silently approved of stop-and-frisk laws that mock the Constitution and the notion of personal freedom. Had stop-and-frisk been carried out on Wall Street, outside synagogues or in white neighborhoods there would have been a hue and a cry, but the heavily Democratic city was silent so long as minorities were the target. Now they want to pretend they care about all lives.
Greg Smith is a freelance writer and political consultant who lives in Bantam, CT. His blog is found at www.betterfatthanfascist.com.