Whether the United States is in real danger of becoming dominated by socialist policies and politicians is a growing concern for conservatives, according to an Associated Press article published today. The reporter interviewed a number of citizens in Colorado from across the political spectrum and found that most Democrats seemingly have no qualms about moving the country into full socialism.
“My goodness, they’re trying to make it sound horrible,” said Helen Sigmond, Democrat and member of the Alamosa County Commission. “But my goodness, who is Trump’s best friend? Putin.”
Heading into the 2020 election season, politicians on the left are pushing more and more extreme positions, with avowed Socialists Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez leading the way. It’s clear that next year’s election could go a long way toward determining the country’s long-term future, to include the effective survival of America’s defining Bill of Rights.
President Trump called out the danger in his 2019 State of the Union Address to Congress in February when he said, “We were born free and we will stay free. Tonight we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”
Tellingly, the President’s declaration was met with thunderous applause from the Republican side, but stony silence from the Democrats … every one of them.
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“I don’t think they understand where it will lead. Democrats are innocents. They think a utopian world exists,” said Paul Kelly, an accountant and independent voter, as quoted by the AP.
“A dog whistle,” is what Prof. Nick Saenz, Democrat, said about socialism concerns. He said he thinks the worries about socialism are aimed at older voters’ Cold War fears of the communist threat.
Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, facing a tough re-election battle in Colorado next year, told enthusiastic supporters at a fundraiser last week that Democrats are bulldozing the country toward socialism. “That’s not what government is or what it should be,” he said. “We have to stand up and fight. Are you going to join me in this fight?”
Gardner has been sounding the alarm for months about the rise of socialism in America. He points to the “Medicare for All” health care bills and the Green New Deal proposal for aggressively, unrealistically cutting carbon emissions.
GOP admonishments about the leftist drive to transform America … in nothing short of a revolution, according to many … are not necessarily resonating with moderate, independent voters who will be key when votes are counted. AP reporter Alan Fram wrote, “Several said capitalism was too embedded in the U.S. to be truly threatened and Republicans were using socialism to stir unease with Democrats by raising the specter of the old, repressive Soviet Union and today’s chaotic Venezuela.”
“They’re preying on fear,” said David Kraemer, a financial adviser and an independent voter.
Republican warnings about socialism are “Cold War stuff,” said Morgan Carroll, chairwoman of the Colorado Democratic Party. “I think that probably does fire up their base, but you cannot win an election in Colorado with the Republican base alone,” she said.
Republicans believe it’s an important, winning strategy to advise voters they need a GOP-controlled Senate that will protect against Democrats wanting to take their current health insurance, their energy sector jobs, and more.
“I think we’re running to be the firewall that saves the country from socialism,” Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky recently told reporters.
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