Mark Waldeland sent the following article written by Rob Schwarzwalder at the Stream:
The Left’s Politics: Exclusion in the Name of Inclusion
By taking radical stances on a host of issues, alienation has become the Democrats’ stock-in-trade.
Politics is, in part, a mathematical art: Its practitioners only win by accruing enough voters to carry elections.
It is therefore odd that the Left continues to subtract voters from its ranks. Deliberately. And it does so in the name of “inclusion.”
In a Gallup Poll taken in May 2016, 41 percent of Democrats identified as moderate or conservative on social issues. Yet clearly, the national Democratic Party is veering hard Left on such matters as abortion, same-sex marriage, and transgender “rights.”
Consider the 2016 Democratic Party platform on abortion. It reads as if written by a clenched fist in a mailed glove: “We believe unequivocally … that every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion — regardless of where she lives, how much money she makes, or how she is insured. We believe that reproductive health is core to women’s, men’s, and young people’s health and well-being. We will continue to stand up to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood health centers. … We will continue to oppose — and seek to overturn — federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment.”
1984’s Ministry of Truth could not have decreed it better.
Federal funding for abortion. An end of all state restrictions on abortion-on-demand, through the ninth month of pregnancy (even Roe allows for the possibility of state laws against such). And abortion (“reproductive health”) is “core” to “health and well-being.” This is chillingly reminiscent of a statement by the co-founder of what became the National Abortion Rights Action League, Lawrence Lader, who wrote in 1973 that abortion is “central to everything in life and how we want to live it.”
Abortion is the most wrenching and disturbing example of the Democrats’ sharp turn to the Left, yet in terms of the political calculus employed by the DNC, it is emblematic of a certain stubborn denial of reality.
A Marist College poll released on January 23 found that “there is a clear bi-partisan consensus on limiting abortion to — at most — the first trimester, with a majority of Clinton supporters (55 percent) and more than nine in 10 Trump supporters (91 percent) saying they support such limits.”…..please read on below: