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So Much for Moderation

Make no mistake: Hillary Clinton may well be the Democratic Party’s last “moderate” candidate.
Her humiliating loss to a man who upended the foundation of the Republican Party is now doing the same to her own party. With the Democratic establishment severely wounded, the far left is plotting a coup, and there will be blood. As Jonathan Easley of The Hill notes:

Progressives are itching to see the national apparatus reduced to rubble and rebuilt from scratch, with one of their own installed at the top.

And there is talk among some progressives, like Bill Clinton’s former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, about splitting from the Democratic Party entirely if they don’t get the changes they seek.

Despite the fact that a Trump victory was to some degree a rebuke of the far left’s ideological largesse, it’s the far left that stands to benefit from Clinton’s defeat.

In fact, the reduction to rubble may have already begun as far-left Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have assumed leadership positions in the Senate a mere week after Clinton’s defeat, and Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison is in good position to gain control of the Democratic National Committee.

For those unfamiliar, Ellison is to moderation what Trump is to good taste; antithetical in every sense. Via Commentary:

Ellison represents the most liberal district in a liberal state, just outside central St. Paul…
According to reports, Ellison has the outright backing of incoming Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and Senator Bernie Sanders. He has been praised by Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has emerged as a power broker in the new Progressive Era. In extending to Ellison their endorsement, though, the Democrats are making a big bet on fanaticism.

Ellison, a former disciple of Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, has compared the 9/11 attacks to the Reichstag fire, implying that its effects — the empowering of the Bush administration to prosecute the Global War on Terror — was the attack’s design.

That’s right. This man may soon lead one of America’s two major political parties, and far-left power brokers such as Sanders and Warren will likely support him. Radicalism just became mainstream, and the Democratic Party of the future will make Hillary Clinton look like Margaret Thatcher.

Add to this brewing storm the resistance that establishment extraordinaire Nancy Pelosi has encountered in her bid to once again lead Democrats in the House, and it’s clear that the Democrats, and America, have a monster on their hands.

The determination and prowess of the far left cannot be underestimated; should it eventually seize power, the country as we know it would likely never be the same.

Its agenda is no secret: From wealth redistribution to partial birth abortion to unchecked globalism, it’s a platform that more resembles the most liberal European countries, many of which are now experiencing a rightward shift after decades of disastrous far-left lunacy.

In fact, we may well soon wish for the socialist, politically naive liberalism of our European partners. America has a habit of doing everything bigger and better, and I see no reason why far left politics should be an exception. That is, of course, should Trump’s presidency prove a disaster.

And therein lies the key. Should a Trump administration deliver on even a small number of its promises and the economy remains stable, it’s unlikely that any far-left agenda such as Ellison’s would be readily adopted by a majority of American voters.

But the American voter is capable of wild ideological shifts should things go south, as Trump’s victory so clearly demonstrates.

Should those typically Democratic voters who (likely reluctantly) embraced Trump feel neglected four years from now, the lure of socialism may well bring those counties back into the Democratic fold. After all, without jobs, they have few other options.

But chances are that platform will look much different from the one that was recently shellacked at ballot boxes across the country.

Rather it will resemble the most radical platform in American history, a vitriolic, godless freight train that will stop at nothing to upend traditional American values.

And it could easily be a mere four years away; if those blue counties do have a change of heart and colleges continue to pump out a steady crop of emotionally stunted, fully indoctrinated crybabies, the numbers may add up differently next time.

Lest you think me paranoid, remember: No one thought Trump could win, either.

Republicans may be celebrating now, but they would be wise to cut the party short. For while they toast, the likes of Warren, Ellison, and Reich are preparing for battle. And if they ever win, the war may well be lost forever.

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