Debate Demonstrates Democrats’ Disconnect



In advance of the kick-off of another two-night round of Democratic presidential debates, former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel offered some sound advice those fellow Democrats who are seeking to unseat President Trump.

“Before our party promises health care coverage to undocumented immigrants — a position not even Ted Kennedy took — let’s help the more than 30 million Americans who are a single illness away from financial ruin. Before we start worrying about whether the Boston Marathon bomber can vote, let’s stop states that are actively trying to curtail voting rights ofcitizens,” wrote the former adviser to President Obama.

The counsel went unheeded as many of the assembled candidates expressed support for replacing private health insurance with some variation of government run health care – a proposal to which most Americans are opposed. And then they backed decriminalizing illegal border crossings – again, a position to which most Americans are opposed.

In a nutshell, most of the potential nominees, including front-runners Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, want to take Americans’ private health insurance away from them and force them to subsidize the coverage of illegal aliens.

“It does seem as if you’re running for president that you ought to take into consideration what the country wants. And the fact is large numbers of people oppose the Medicare for All proposal if it replaces private insurance,” said former Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod in the debate’s wake. “We’ve seen it in poll after poll, a large number of people in this country do not believe the border should be decriminalized. A large number of people in this country  don’t believe that undocumented immigrants should qualify for public [aid].”

Some sanity was heard from more moderate Democrats, such as Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who hails from a labor union-heavy district.

Addressing the positions taken already in the debate, Ryan noted that “we’ve talked about giving free health care to undocumented workers when so many Americans are struggling to pay for their health care. I quite frankly don’t think that that is an agenda that we can move forward on and win.”

Unfortunately for Ryan and other moderating voices, the polls so far indicate neither he nor they are in a strong position. It would seem from the first night that the presidential carriage is being driven by the open borders faction of the party.

For a sense of just how implausible that might seem, just ask Bernie Sanders.

“Should we have a completely open border so that anyone can come in the United States of America? If that were to happen, which I strongly disagree with, there is no question in my mind that that would substantially lower wages in this country,” said the Vermont senator during his last presidential campaign in 2015.

 “Do you think there is any candidate for president who thinks that that makes sense? I don’t think so,” he said.

It seems Sanders and many Democrats think differently now.

About Author

avatar

Jennifer joined FAIR as Web Content Writer in 2017 and brings to the role extensive communications and media background. She began her career as a policy research analyst on multiple national and state political campaigns before entering journalism. In addition to spending over a decade writing for several broadcast and print news outlets, Jennifer directed communications strategy for a member of Congress and a military nonprofit.

3 Comments

  1. avatar
    Stephen Russell on

    Dems deny voters BUT OK with illegals & damn the nation.
    Thats the Dem MO
    In power do nothing but raise taxes etc.
    Dem legacy since 1866

  2. Pingback: Debate Demonstrates Democrats’ Disconnect – The Importance of Business

  3. avatar

    The new tactic is accusing the moderates of spreading “Republican talking points”. Sometimes “talking points” are simply the truth. This may win the nomination for the major candidates but it’s giving a ton of ammunition to the other side. It’s like how every Republican is a racist or “Russian agent”, which they are calling Mitch McConnell because he opposes their “voting security” bill.

    That’s very ironic considering that Democrats seem to have no problem letting you vote if you have no more than a utility bill. Every effort to see that people have a verified ID is considered “voter suppression”. But there is no reason, none, why a person cannot obtain a secure ID. There are state or private groups that will assist people to obtain one for free, you just have to ask for the help.

    They keep talking about elections supposedly lost because of suppression of thousands of votes, but like everything it’s an unsubstantiated charge and they cannot provide people who were not allowed to vote. Because by law every person without the proper ID can cast a provisional ballot which is counted if later verified.

    If there’s real voter fraud it has to do with the “ballot harvesting” law in California that allowed party representatives to personally collect, and in some cases fill out, absentee ballots which they have a list of who received them. It’s why on election night several GOP House candidates had large leads in the precinct totals and then “lost” because of all the harvested ballots. And the chances anyone in California will investigate any of that? Zero.