In the nursery rhyme “Humpty Dumpty,” after falling off a wall, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men were unable to put him back together again. While the rhyme’s lesson is simple, it appears lost on 21st century Democrats.
For those who have forgotten, Humpty Dumpty was an egg – thus the lesson he learned was “you can’t unbreak a broken egg.” The lesson comes to mind as we bear witness to an America becoming more and more fractured.
We see individual interest groups adopting the attitude (taking license with Admiral Farragut’s famous quote in the 1864 Battle of Mobile Bay), “Damn the rule of law, full speed ahead,” as they aggressively seek to impose their will upon others.
While groups like Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street and others have taken to the streets gaining headlines for their causes, a group in Portland, Oregon, took demonstrations to a new level. Protesters opposed to Trump’s zero tolerance immigration policy blocked entrances and exits to the local ICE office, forcing it to close down.
Despite this flagrant violation of law in forcing a U.S. government office to shut down, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, incredibly, refused to call in the police to remove the protesters. Federal officers had to be called in to do the job for an incompetent mayor.
As a congressman observed, incidents such as this tell us “we are heading toward a second Civil War.” But there are two other major concerns about how the Portland protest ratchets things up.
First, while other demonstrations were limited to inconveniencing the public, this one specifically targeted shutting down a U.S. government office responsible for performing an important national security function.
Second, because we live in an era dismissive of personal accountability – whether Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, Maxine Waters’ call for harassment or liberal college students shutting down conservative speakers and damaging school property in the process – interest-group protesters stir up trouble working under the folly their actions are above the law. This should not be so.
Local citizens reported the Portland riots turned violent, not at their initiative, but at the initiative of the antifa movement. It is no secret antifa thrives on violence and, if not generated by others, will take the lead in sparking it. But as the center of the Democratic Party shifts more and more toward the far-left fringe, there seems to be no effort to arrest that progression. Whether protest participants are actively aware they feed into this shift or whether, like a strong undertow, they are unwarily caught up in it is unknown. But it raises the question: Where is this shift taking the Democrats?
In July 2015, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was asked a revealing question by MSNBC host Chris Matthews. The straightforward question was, “What is the difference between a Democrat and a socialist?”
Obviously, as a liberal sensitive about this shift, Matthews asked the question in all earnest. But Wasserman avoided answering it, giving the response, “The more important question is what is the difference between being a Democrat and being a Republican?”
Matthews attempted three times to get Schultz to answer the question pointing out in his last attempt, “You’re chairman of the Democratic Party. Tell me the difference between you and a socialist.” One final time Schultz again deflected the query insisting, “The relevant debate that we’ll be having this campaign is what’s the difference between a Democrat and a Republican.”
To force a response from Schultz, a less left-leaning Matthews might have tried a backdoor query based on her preferred focus, pressing her with, “Would it be accurate to say the difference between a Democrat and a Republican is that a Republican is not a socialist?”
In absolutely refusing to answer this question, Schultz either is so naïve she is unconscious of the party’s shift toward socialism or else knowingly sought not to let the cat out of the bag prior to the 2016 presidential election.
For all intents and purposes, however, the Democratic Party is transitioning into a socialist one. However, what Schultz either could not or would not say in 2015 has now been confirmed by her replacement at the DNC helm, Tom Perez. With the recent election of avowed Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Perez says it is the future of the party. This is a most worrisome revelation.
What took place in Portland, despite antifa taking the lead, plays into the socialist agenda. Meanwhile, Democrats, led by Perez and still seething over Hillary’s loss, look for every opportunity to push this agenda by attacking Trump. Yet Perez, as party spokesman, seems blind to the chaos, evident in Portland, that his party continues to feed.
Perez used the July 4th holiday to play up the separation of immigrant children theme – one which, unsurprisingly, failed to generate concerns under Obama’s watch and is moot now any way due to Trump’s executive order. Perez suggested, “Everywhere we look, our most fundamental values are under attack.”
Nothing more could undermine “our most fundamental values” than having the country transition to socialism.
The 19th century Scottish historian Alexander Tytler noted a cycle of life for democracies, projecting that no such form of government could survive for more than two centuries. While the U.S. has lasted 242 years, it now lies on the cusp of fulfilling Tytler’s prediction. The historian noted in this cycle, “A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy.”
What he describes is socialism – and it is a death knell for democracies.
A democracy’s decline by transitioning into a socialist state is similar to Humpty Dumpty’s fall. Breakage cannot be undone, even if all the king’s horses and all the king’s men are so inclined.