Democratic Party Has Taken A Hard Left Turn



Recently a septuagenarian friend of mine (a Democrat) said to me that he didn’t think the Democratic Party was the same party that it used to be. I said “No fooling” and engaged him in a discussion of changes in the Democratic Party in the last half century.

It started during the administration of President Roosevelt. Norman Thomas was an American socialist that had run for president of the United States six times as a candidate for the Socialist Party of America.

But at the Socialist Party convention in 1944, Norman Thomas made this statement: “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of ‘liberalism,’ they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened. I no longer need to run as a Presidential candidate for the Socialist Party, the Democrat Party has adopted our platform.”

That is what has happened to the Democratic Party. The socialist registered and in the coming years became more active in the Democratic Party and in some cases even control its activities.

The Democratic Party took a hard left turn in 1964 under the LBJ administration and has been proceeding in that direction ever since.

Just think of the “liberals” the Democratic Party has presented to the American people since, including Carter, McGovern, Clinton, Gore, Kerry and now the most obvious socialist, Barack Obama!

Socialism is defined as “a system of ownership of the means of production and distribution by society rather than by individuals.” That is exactly what Obama and the Democratic Party are trying to do to our country. Is that what we want them to do? Do we want to give up our freedoms? I think not!

Don Castleman


Ted Paulk 5 years ago

What freedoms are we supposed to be giving up? I haven't lost any lately. How is America becoming socialististic? Ownership of all big business is in private hands, eg., auto, banks, GE, etc. We are the only society that refuses to take care of our sick citizens, and Arizona leads the nation in letting people die from lack of medical care. If fixing this is what you call "socialism", I'm all for it, but I don't think that is what our American Democracy, which is what we still have, after 236 years or so, is all about. Cheer up, dude.


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