The Democratic party brand has become tarnished


One could conclude the Democratic Party has swung too far to the left and peril awaits them in upcoming elections. Debt is no longer fashionable; a tool many bragged was trendy. One need not look far to see citizens across the land rising in revolt to the status quo. The Democratic Party brand of broad and far-reaching government has become tarnished to say the least. And it wouldn’t be ridiculous to speculate that Democrats have cursed themselves with such labeling, and they could easily lose control of Washington for the next 20 years.

It’s been said recently that the American dream is now to be debt-free. That’s contrary to what the Democratic Party’s brand is defined. One could envision that the vast majority of Americans are tired of the shenanigans of big government and the massive debt being accumulated.

Liberty and freedom is more fashionable than ever and conservatism is on the rise, contrary to what many may say. Yet, liberalism or socialism is failing in many parts of the country and those who have favored the Democratic Party for years now question it.

The AFL-CIO has supported President Obama in the past, but they’re now turning on his administration because of Obamacare. Much to the dislike of the White House, the union signed a resolution against the healthcare law. They say it would drive up healthcare costs for their members. The union called the law “highly disruptive.”

If Democrats lose support of the unions they will lose a vast voting block, and their hopes of winning future elections would be impeded.

The mayor of San Diego, a Democrat, resigned from office in light of sexual harassment charges he faced from female accusers — it would appear it’s no longer trendy or cool to bolster Bill Clinton-ish type behavior while in office anymore.

Anthony Weiner, a former congressman and Democrat, also resigned his post in light of lewd conduct while in office. It was once a belief that Democrats could rebound from such escapades and regain the confidence of voters and be reelected. That belief doesn’t seem to have much credence anymore. After he gave his concession speech a reporter tried to interview Weiner, but through the glass of the vehicle he was sitting in he gave the reporter an obscene gesture by flipping him the middle finger. It’s safe to say a growing number of Americans believe most politicians nowadays are flipping off their constituents.

Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for United States president in 2016 recently, but numerous scandals pertaining to the private email server she possessed and the millions upon millions of dollars that poured into her and Bill’s questionable Foundation are mounting. Her response has been to remain silent when questioned about such matters. A well-known female journalist labeled her tactics “The silent movie campaign.”

If the Democratic party brand hasn’t become tarnished then why is Hillary Clinton, with so much baggage in tow, the presumptive front runner and ordained winner by so many?

It’s quite reasonable to assert that the Republican Party is troubled and fractured as well. The conservative, or Tea Party driven, side of the Republican Party is on the rise. Yet, if the moderate establishment half of the party doesn’t drive itself to the right and sway from liberal tendencies many of those politicians will face a tough primary fight in up-coming elections and some will no doubt lose their seats.

America hasn’t prospered or become that shining light upon the hill through the leadership of the Obama administration. When Barack Obama said he was going to “fundamentally transform” the nation some knew what he was talking about, but many didn’t.

It’s a safe bet to say many have a bad taste for socialism now. As the old saying goes, you never know what you truly have until it’s gone. When the new president of the United States takes over they will have a tall task to undertake in repairing the socialistic damage that’s incurred as liberalism reins with this administration.

I’m not alone in saying there’s a stirring going on throughout the land. Politicians who see the trend are wise and will retain what they have worked so hard for, but those who don’t will be whisked away.

Greg Allen’s column, Thinkin’ Out Loud, has been published bi-monthly since 2009. He’s an author, nationally syndicated columnist and the founder of Builder of the Spirit in Jamestown, Indiana, a non-profit organization aiding the poor. He can be reached at www.builderofthespirit.org or follow him on Twitter @GregAllencolumn.

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