COMMENTARY | A couple of recent incidents makes one wonder if there are elements of the Democratic Party that have gone, for the lack of a better word, stark raving mad. Two prominent Democrats exhibited symptoms of paranoia of the sort that needs medical treatment.
First up, we have former governor, former presidential candidate and former head of the Democratic National Committee, Howard Dean. Dean, in a speech in Colorado, suggested that Republicans who are in favor of voter ID laws are not Americans and should decamp immediately to either Russia or the Ukraine. It is a bone chilling thought what the Screamer would have done had he been elected president in 2004.
Mind, Dean is known for making off putting statements. But next up we have Jay Rockefeller, the outgoing senior United States Senator from West Virginia. With all due apologies to Jeff Foxworthy, he suggests that if you oppose Obamacare, you must be a racist.
“I’ll be able to dig up some emails that make part of the Affordable Care Act that doesn’t look good – especially from people who made up their mind that they don’t want it to work because they don’t like the president. Maybe he’s of the wrong color, something of that sort. I’ve seen a lot of that and I know a lot of that to be true. It’s not something you’re meant to talk about in public but it’s something I’m talking about in public because that is very true.”
This is rich, considering that the late senior senator from West Virginia was Robert Byrd, a former member of the KKK. It suggests that had Hillary Clinton been elected president and had rammed through something like the Affordable Care Act, it would have been more acceptable because she of the “right color.” Of course opposition to Hillarycare would have been considered sexist, one supposes.
The Democratic Party, which used to contain people like John F. Kennedy and Franklin Roosevelt who were at least able to make arguments with high, soaring positive rhetoric, is now filled with angry little men who hate a great many of their fellow Americans and are not shy of making that hatred known. Letter them anywhere near the levers of power should not be contemplated until sanity returns to the party of Jefferson.