But not in a good way, in my humble opinion. Beginning with a major shift away from being a free market capitalist system to Socialism.
I am not being hyperbolic here, or being a Chicken Little. Check out this article from the New York Times:
[…] Fifty-six percent of those Democratic primary voters questioned said they felt positive about socialism as a governing philosophy, versus 29 percent who took a negative view.
In an address Thursday afternoon at Georgetown University, Mr. Sanders argued that the redistribution of wealth was at the heart of the American social contract, seeking to link himself with the legacies of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Franklin D. Roosevelt. The applause he drew should come as little surprise: Sixty-nine percent of Sanders supporters see socialism in a positive light, versus just 21 percent who view it negatively.
Even most of those supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination approve of socialism, 52 percent to 32 percent. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
And this is one of the reasons why I am no longer a Democrat. WOW. The good news is that a little over half of Americans still view Socialism negatively, according to the article.
Wait, that still isn’t very good news, is it? How in the world did we get to this place, that we think Socialism, an ideology that has failed MISERABLY in every country in which it has been tried (ask Greece and Puerto Rico for two recent examples), and a system under which literally MILLIONS have died, is getting real traction in this country is just astonishing to me. Truly astonishing.
There is little doubt to me that it is the Age of Entitlement in which we live. They do not seem to grasp that Socialism doesn’t raise everyone up, it brings everyone down. Yet, people have been convinced by Democrats and themselves that they are entitled to the wages of others. That said, whenever I ask people just how much more than the 35% Suzy already pays in taxes do they think they are entitled to have? And what makes them think they ARE entitled to the fruits of her labor considering how hard she worked to get to where she is, how hard she works every week, how much she has to travel, how many occasions she has to miss because of work, not to mention most weekends? Their response is that they don’t think they are entitled to it, but…I remind them that the programs they want, they money they want, is not funded by the GOVERNMENT, it is funded by US. That little fact always seems to elude people.
Yet, here we are with the Democratic Party becoming the Democratic Socialist Party. Know who else was a Democratic Socialist? Adolph Hitler, that’s who. Enough said.
The heightened sense of entitlement Obama has imbued into this country is clear in the Black Lives Movement, and on university campuses across the country. Students are making outrageous demands that are being caved in on by feckless, spineless faculty and Administrators. It goes right along with the Socialist mindset preached on so many campuses these days. And it is to this point that long time Harvard professor, Alan Dershowitz, lamented in this Daily Signal piece:
[…] “It’s gotten to the point where it is so abused and so hypocritical, and yet nobody is concerned,” Alan Dershowitz told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. “After 50 years of teaching at Harvard, I have never met a less courageous group of people than tenured faculty.”
The last thing administrators or faculty want to do is get into fights with minority students, because then they’re perceived as being racists and sexists and homophobes, and these are epithets that are hard to respond to. So it’s much easier to go with the flow and be popular, particularly with the most vocal students.
[…] There’s clearly a double standard. Minority students, gay students, transgender students, Arab students generally have a greater leverage and a greater voice, and their grievances are taken far more seriously than the legitimate grievances of Jewish students, Zionist students, Christian students, conservative students.
Ain’t that the truth. There is most definitely a double standard, and the voices of some students carry more weight than the voices of others. That is just wrong.
Dershowitz is a supporter of free speech, to be sure, but what is happening now has gone beyond fee speech to tyranny:
But the recent protests sweeping across college campuses, he said, are anything but.
“It started at Harvard with Larry Summers being fired, and once the faculty and the students saw that they had this kind of power…it’s very hard not to use it, because if you don’t use it, you’re regarded as a sellout.”
Dershowitz believes that all incidents of alleged racism and discrimination on college campuses should be investigated, addressed, and used as a “teaching moment” for students. But by giving in to the protesters’ “abused” demands, he said, faculty and administrators are relinquishing their primary duty of ensuring that “the exchange of ideas, the free expression of points of view, is never compromised.”
“It’s time for some brave administrators to stand up to these student hypocrites, and these are tyrannical students who think the truth is on their side and there’s no reason to hear opposing points of view,” Dershowitz said.
But that, he added, would require a “brave administrator or a brave faculty member.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Yes, indeed, that is what it is going to take, but I have an uneasy feeling it is going to get worse before it gets better, especially since so many Faculty and Administrators are not standing up.
What is happening on our campuses, and the transformation of the Democratic Party, seem to be going hand in hand. I find that to be incredibly disturbing.
How about you? This is an Open Thread.