by Deroy Murdock
The vital mission of everyone on the Republican-Right in the upcoming elections should be to demolish the Democrat Party and relegate it to the Smithsonian along with the relics of the Whig and Know Nothing parties.
This is no time for Republicans to squeak by at the polls. By heaping devastating defeats upon the Democrat Party, the GOP justifiably must treat this leftist force as a clear and present danger to the Republic. Everything the Democrat Party touches goes to hell. One would be hard-pressed to find a formerly GOP constituency where a Democrat win has made life better.
The Democrat Party of JFK, LBJ, and even Bill “Welfare Reform” Clinton is long gone. The Democrat Party of Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, AOC, and Gavin Newsom has nothing positive to offer and deserves to be voted into oblivion.
Members of the Democrat Left have become purveyors of poverty, chaos, danger, and death. Let us count the ways:
First-quarter GDP shrank 1.4 percent amid inflation, regulation, supply-chain snafus, barren store shelves, baby formula rationing, and the Biden-Democrats’ anti-business bias. This slowdown at the Democrat-led national level echoes the exodus from blue California, Illinois, and New York into GOP-run Florida, Tennessee, and Texas.
Americans saw their real average hourly earnings grow during President Donald J. Trump’s 15th month by 0.1 percent, as wages increased in April 2018 by 2.6 percent, and inflation adjusted them downward by 2.5 percent.
In his 15th month, Joe Biden reversed the momentum under “the Great MAGA King,” as he dubbed his predecessor. Nominal wages advanced 5.5 percent year-on-year in April, but last month’s 8.3 percent inflation (a near 40-year high) shriveled real wages to negative 2.8 percent.
Bloomberg reports that, compared to 2021, inflation will cost the average U.S. household $5,200 this year, or $100 per week, for the same basket of goods. Biden’s five-steps-forward, eight-steps-back economy is making Americans poor again.
Nest eggs grew dramatically during Trump’s first 16 months, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced from 19,827 on January 20, 2017, to 24,831 on May 11, 2018 — up 25.2 percent. Under Biden, the Dow has languished from 31,188 on January 20, 2021, to 32,223 on Monday — up 3.3 percent.
Much of this is due to the Biden-Democrat war on oil. Biden’s day-one cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline, his restrictions on exploration and development on and in federal lands and waters (even last week in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico), and efforts to block the petroleum industry’s access to capital have curbed fossil-fuel production. The predictable result? An average gallon of regular gasoline has gone from $2.37 at Biden’s inaugural to a record $4.52 on Tuesday — up 91 percent. Diesel fuel has soared over that time from $2.69 to an all-time high of $5.57 — up 107 percent.
The Biden-Democrat Left has unleashed chaos at the U.S.–Mexico “border,” which 2,499,190 illegal aliens breached on Biden’s watch from February 1, 2021 through March 30, 2022, versus 666,756 during Trump’s final 14 months (while he installed 458 miles of border wall) — up 375 percent.
Biden’s figure does not include an estimated 620,000 got-aways who invaded America without even greeting the Border Patrol. Also, 42 foreigners on the terrorist watch list tried to enter the U.S. during the Biden-Democrat era, including 23 at the southern “border.”
From classrooms to board rooms, Democrats are pushing critical race theory, through which they harass whites as privileged oppressors and infantilize blacks as helpless victims. Everything — from troops in U.S. barracks to erasable whiteboards in physics classes — is bigoted to today’s race-possessed Left.
The Democrat Party now considers it hateful to divide Homo sapiens into males and females. They cheer as “girls” with penises snatch swimming and track trophies from girls with vaginas. The far-Left city council of Palm Springs approved $200,000 for a pilot universal basic income program but only for transgender people.
Last March, Biden’s U.S. Department of Health and Human Services endorsed “gender-affirming care” for “transgender and nonbinary children and adolescents.” This includes puberty blockers, hormone therapy, and “surgery on genitals or reproductive organs.” These treatments could be prescribed for effeminate males or female tomboys who eventually could become men or women — gay or otherwise — without being sculpted with scalpels into the opposite sex.
The Democrat-Left aches to teach all of this to kindergartners through third graders, often without parental permission. They squealed like pigs stuck in barn doors when Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) signed a bill requiring teachers to wait until fourth grade to conduct such classroom instruction. Even this is too restrictive for Democrats desperate to discuss these topics with 5- to 8-year-olds.
The neo-totalitarian Democrat-Left jumps at the chance to ban, cancel, or silence dissenters. Biden’s Disinformation Governance Board (DGB) and his allies’ campaigns to terminate Joe Rogan’s podcast, delete Fox News Channel and Newsmax from cable systems, and (until Elon Musk arrived) bar Trump from Twitter confirm the Democrat craving for East Germany–style censorship.
The Democrat Party endangers Americans through its policies and a recent embrace of Sandinista-flavored intimidation, thuggery, and political violence.
Democrats in 2020 defunded the police in numerous cities and states that they control. When handcuffed cops somehow arrest career hoodlums, criminal-hugging district attorneys such as San Francisco’s Chesa Boudin, Manhattan’s Alvin Bragg, Chicago’s Kim Foxx, Los Angeles’s George Gascón, Philadelphia’s Larry Krasner, and their ilk too often massage lawbreakers’ wrists or flat-out refuse to prosecute them. As gun smoke chokes the land, widespread shoplifting and smash-and-grab robberies have become common and have bankrupted retailers.
Democrats also sacked cash bail. Criminals rejoiced. Jewayne Price was arrested last month for shooting nine people in a Columbia, South Carolina, shopping mall. Within hours, he was released on $25,000 bond and was at home wearing an ankle bracelet.
Police say that Kevin Douglas attacked Bew Jirajariywetch, a Thai fashion model, on New York City’s subway. Douglas had 44 prior arrests, including 16 on May 13, 2019. He was released an incredible 15 times that day.
After a norm-shredding Supreme Court insider leaked Justice Sam Alito’s draft opinion that foreshadowed a reversal of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision on abortion, some malcontent lobbed a Molotov cocktail into a pro-life organization’s Wisconsin office, setting it ablaze. Pro-abortion demonstrators protested with impunity in front of his home and those of the high court’s conservative jurists, never mind 18 U.S. Code § 1507, which forbids “picketing or parading … with the intent of influencing any judge … in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge.”
After Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin fatally kneed George Floyd in the neck on May 25, 2020, Black Lives Matter and Antifa rioters toppled statues and torched police precincts and hundreds of other buildings across America. Democrats rejoiced. Then-Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) raised money to spring these hoodlums from jail. Attorney General Maura Healy (D-Mass.) said, “America is on fire, but that’s how forests grow.”
Worst of all, the Democrat-Left has become the Party of Death.
Atlanta, Milwaukee, Portland, and at least 12 other Democrat-run cities suffered record-breaking homicides in 2021, largely due to leftist mayors and city councils that inflicted pro-criminal policies.
A tragically high number of Chicago children have been killed by stray gunfire. In one heinous case last September, Michael Moultry, Jr., 4, was fatally struck by two stray bullets as he slept at his father’s house.
The Democrat-Left’s wide-open southern “border” has become a conveyor belt for fentanyl, a highly toxic substance that Mexico’s cartels ship across the frontier and blend into assorted illegal and counterfeit drugs. Unsuspecting Americans ingest microscopic amounts of fentanyl and drop dead.
Blame fentanyl for much of 2021’s record 108,000 fatal drug overdoses — up 15 percent from 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fentanyl has become the No. 1 cause of death among Americans from age 18 to 45. The Democrat Party’s response: Pry the “border” even more widely open and welcome millions more future Democrat voters — some smuggling fentanyl.
The Democrat Party worships abortion. The 1990s-era slogan “Safe, legal, and rare” has degenerated into “Thank God for abortion!” and “Abortion saves lives,” as pro-abortion protesters now declare. Democrat lawmakers have rejected bills that would protect babies who somehow survive abortions. According to today’s Democrat ghouls, mothers should be free to kill their babies until the moment of birth, and then they should be given high-fives.
Alleged comedian Laurie Kilmartin told MSNBC that she wants to “make sweet love to” the Supreme Court leaker. She added, “If the leaker is a Republican, and if I get pregnant during our love making, I will joyfully abort our fetus.”
Republicans and Libertarians henceforth should make up America’s two-party system. Voters then can choose between 80-proof and 150-proof varieties of limited, constitutionalist government. The Democrats’ deadly Wokistani socialism should be deported to Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela where it belongs. Better yet, the neo-Marxist Left’s parasitic philosophy should plague no nation and, instead, languish on library shelves.
Until that happy day, the Republican-Right must perform a priceless public service at the polls: Banish the Democrat Party to the National Museum of American History, where it no longer could terrorize the American people. Tourists then could marvel at the Democrat Party — neutralized, behind glass, between Dorothy Gale’s ruby slippers and Archie Bunker’s easy chair.
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Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.
Photo “Joe Biden” by Joe Biden. Background Photo “Voting Booths” by Tim Evanson. CC BY-SA 2.0.