America's First Major Socialist Party Debuts in Philadelphia
Under cover of a sudden profusion of American flags (borrowed from city hall) and staged chants of "USA" ringing out on the final day, a new party was born in Philadelphia.
Gone are The Democrats. Welcome, The Socialists.
Okay, the Democratic Socialists, in deference to Bernie Sanders, whose party it is no matter who was giving the acceptance speech on Thursday. He held the whip hand and will continue to do so to keep his followers on the reservation.
And, yes, there have been more than a few socialist parties in America before - Eugene V. Debs, Norman Thomas, etc. - but never has one of our two major political parties been taken over to such an extent, not even during the days of George McGovern or Jimmy Carter.
I wouldn't go quite so far as Dan Greenfield, who wrote the following in a compelling column in FrontPage:
Sinclair Lewis famously said, "When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross". More accurately, when Communism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross. That’s what the Democratic National Convention was.
So far, as I see it, it's still socialism. Hillary Clinton (even under the spell of Bernie ) is closer to François Hollande or some other Eurocrat than she is to Chairman Mao. But the situation is bad enough and likely to get worse, if she is elected.
Those who think that she will be the second coming of centrist Bill should have their heads examined -- or at least watch the reruns of her speech. Bill was asleep during it. Call it self-preservation of mind or body, he couldn't take it either way. He knew what was coming and it wasn't going to be a reprise of his most famous line -- "The days of big government are over." Quite the contrary. The days of big government are coming as never before. So he shut his eyes, and not just from whatever health issue he may be harboring.
They should also reread Hayek's The Road to Serfdom, written during the rise of the National Socialist Party, for a clear analysis of why socialism inevitably turns totalitarian.
Which leads me to this: Many of you think you have the luxury of debating whether Donald Trump is sufficiently conservative or is really a Republican or will carry out all the things he says he will (more of this in a moment).
Sorry, you don't. It's five minutes to midnight for Western civilization. Europe, in case you haven't noticed, is on the brink of going Islamic. Twenty-five percent of French teenagers already are. Mohammed has been the most popular baby name in the UK for some time. (Thank God, they passed Brexit.) And Ms. Merkel, despite the constant carnage in her country, is doubling down on Middle Eastern immigration.