Democrats are taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday with what Fox News calls a “growing socialist wing” that “will flex its muscle.”
“The party agenda is increasingly embracing big-government policies like ‘Medicare-for-all’ and guaranteed jobs programs — as well as an aggressive ‘Green New Deal’ that would include all this and more as part of a fundamental overhaul to America’s economy and specifically its energy sector.”—Fox News
For America’s gun owners, estimated to be 100 million strong and maybe stronger, that may be the good news. It may translate to House Democrats spending more time on those subjects then on the battle they truly want to wage against the Second Amendment.
According to Brinkwire.com, “common-sense gun reform” is still on the party agenda, although rights activists are increasingly challenging the term “common-sense.” As reported Wednesday, common sense appears to have flown the coop. Rep. Nancy Pelosi has promised new gun control legislation, and several bills are anticipated from the Democrats’ “task force on gun violence.” House Democrats want so-called “universal background checks,” which sounds good but has it really accomplished anything, since criminals are ignoring it.
The Fox story recalled an alarming Gallup survey from last summer in which it was revealed that, “For the first time in Gallup’s measurement over the past decade, Democrats have a more positive image of socialism than they do of capitalism.”
“Attitudes toward socialism among Democrats have not changed materially since 2010, with 57% today having a positive view. The major change among Democrats has been a less upbeat attitude toward capitalism, dropping to 47% positive this year — lower than in any of the three previous measures.”—Gallup, August 2018
Before dismissing the Gallup survey, it was that same group which recently revealed in a different survey that guns are not an issue with the majority of Americans. Indeed, guns are at the bottom of a priority list, according to the Dec. 2-12 survey.
What does all of this mean? At the very least, the national party leadership may be far out of sync with average citizens, and that might be generous. The December Gallup poll also revealed that on the list of concerns for most Americans, “government has commonly been cited in recent years as the most important problem facing the country.”
One gauge of the socialist/progressive mindset can be found by following the daily postings of a group calling itself Seattle Indivisible. This organization focuses on subjects dear to the Left, and the current topic is how to oppose an idea in the Democrat Rule Package called Pay-Go.
Seattle Indivisible doesn’t like Pay-Go and here’s why: “Pay-Go stipulates than the cost of any new government program must be offset by new government revenue from somewhere else.”
What’s wrong with that? According to Seattle Indivisible, “This seems like a reasonable rule on its face, but it could hamstring our ability to enact the sort of sweeping programs, like Medicare-for-all, that won us the House majority in 2018. Rather than try to fit crucial social programs into tiny, impossible budgets while Republicans drive us into debt with tax cuts, we need to be ambitious and think in the long term of how much things like universal health care will save our country in the future.”
So, who is supposed to pay for this ambitious agenda, and how?
By the same token, it’s this sort of thinking that also pushes increasingly restrictive gun control, promising that the measure du jour will “help reduce gun violence.” But when it doesn’t work—see how well the Venezuelans are doing under socialism and public disarmament—then what?
Some people might wink and observe that’s why they zealously defend the Second Amendment.