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    Chris Matthews: Democrats “Moved Too Far to the Left on Cultural Issues”

    Chris Matthews: Democrats “Moved Too Far to the Left on Cultural Issues”

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    One of the things about the 2016 presidential election that most shocked the political elite and Democrats was the failure of the “blue wall.”  “What happened?”, they wondered.  How is it possible that people in states that Hillary didn’t bother even to fly over deserted her?  How could decades of being told that they—as mostly white, mostly Christian, mostly middle class Americans—represented all that was wrong with America possibly have such a devastating effect on Democrats?

    On Meet the Press, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews states that the Democrats have simply moved too far left on cultural issues, specifically on abortion.

    The Washington Free Beacon reports:

    MSNBC host Chris Matthews said the Democratic Party has moved too far to the left on cultural issues during an appearance Sunday on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”

    Host Chuck Todd spotlighted Washington Free Beacon editor Matthew Continetti’s Friday column about the Democratic Party’s struggles in the first 100 days of the Trump administration. Continetti’s piece discussed the party’s current weak governing position and lack of an agenda beyond opposition to President Trump.

    In his assessment of the Democrats’ first 100 days, Continetti concluded:

    That establishment is just as befuddled as its Republican counterpart at the current political scene. “I don’t know what’s happening in the country,” Hillary Clinton is said to have told a friend at some point during the recent campaign. This apprehension of distance between herself and the everyday lives of her co-nationals is one of the most perceptive observations Clinton has ever made.

    Her problem was she never figured out the answer, never came to realize that the various guesses she and Obama and other professional Democrats have wagered about “what’s happening in the country”—racism, sexism, nativism, gerrymandering, Citizens United, Fox News Channel and talk radio, Russia—are insufficient. What the Democratic Party has yet to understand is that its social and cultural agenda is irrelevant or inimical to the material and spiritual well being of their former constituents. And until the Democrats recognize this fact, their next 100 days will be no better than their first. [my emphasis]

    Meet the Press‘s Chuck Todd read the concluding two sentences and then turned to Matthews stating that he thought Matthews would agree with Continetti’s conclusion.

    Matthews nodded in the affirmative and provided an example of Hillary’s position on late-term abortions and the Hyde Amendment as evidence that the Democrats had “moved too far left on cultural issues.”


    The Washington Free Beacon continues:

    Todd said he felt Matthews, the longtime liberal host of “Hardball” and a former Democratic aide, would agree with Continetti’s sentiment. Matthews pointed to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s shift to the left on abortion rights as something that alienated more moderate voters in states like Pennsylvania.

    “A lot of it’s cultural, not just economics,” Matthews said. “I think that the position Hillary Clinton, for example, took, on abortion, late-term abortions … get rid of the Hyde Amendment, pushed too far. I think a lot of the people [who] came out and voted in Pennsylvania, where I’m from, were pro-lifers. With all of Trump’s problems, morally, personally, whatever, they didn’t like Hillary’s position. I think the party moved too far to the left on cultural issues.”


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    Sonnys Mom | May 1, 2017 at 10:58 am

    The rot is deep, and Democrats would have to look a lot farther back than Nov 8, 2016. But they won’t, because their party is one of the dubious beneficiaries of what Bill Ayers called “the Long March through the institutions” of civil society. To accomplish this, members of the New Left joined up with the Democrat party in the 1970s. Their influence gradually made the party what it is today.

    The Dems’ current political “narrative” equates America’s Constitutional foundations with the evils of absolute monarchy and the once-powerful European states that colonized undeveloped areas of the world. This slant on the American founding is so widely taught in public schools, it’s no wonder the Dems are mystified that their poison hasn’t had the desired effect.

    The malign cultural innovations of the left are best understood by reviewing the history of the Frankfurt School of cultural Marxism, which became influential in the 1960s and 1970s, again courtesy of the New Left. (See “The Origins of Political Correctness”, published on the Accuracy in Academia website.)

    So all of a sudden, it’s not “we” moved too far left but “the Democratic Party”. “Us” becomes “them”. And moving “too far left” means even further left than loony left wing whack job Matthews.

    Left vs right, Dem vs Rep, lib vs con,….. These discussions are always about labels. Okay now, everyone run back to your echo chambers! Discussing the real issues that people care about is forbidden!

    maxmillion | May 1, 2017 at 11:03 am

    It goes way beyond just abortion, as bad as abortion is How about black lives matter? Or, how about forcing psycho sicko male predators into little girls bathrooms? Or, how about CAGW alarmism? To name three others. And there are more.

    Valerie | May 1, 2017 at 11:09 am

    I think Matthews simply raised the issue of abortion because the Democrats just threw out all their pro-life supporters. That issue is convenient, but is only a sliver of the story.

    It is telling, because it demonstrates that the Democratic Party adheres to no over-arching moral or ethical principles, and raises the question of what, exactly, motivates them.

    I can trace a long slide in popularity of the Democratic Party from shortly after the vote to enter the Iraq war after the attacks of 9/11. That was when I started watching closely, and when I caught Tom Daschle D-SD, former Senate Majority leader, decide to first vote to commit to war, and then “ride the Iraq war all the way to the White House.”

    His constituents sent him back home. It is true that the Republicans targeted him when he stood for re-election, but they would not have succeeded if they did not have a point.

    The Democrats ran Obama, and he won, but he had no coattails, in part because local constituents had started to wake up to the corruption in their party.

    I believe that the decision by the leadership of the Democratic Party, to enhance their personal, financial and political interests at the expense of our national blood and treasure, has been critical to their loss of prestige and credibility.

    It has been so bloody obvious. There is endless material illustrating this point.

    For example, from yesterday

    This is essentially a cartoon that points out the difference between the response of Obama and Trump to the Louisiana flood in 2016. The only reason it bites is because it encapsulates a truth borne out by multiple experiences, with many Democrats involved.

    How much money that was supposed to be directed to environmental restoration went to political payoffs for the administration’s friends and family? Just how many of Obama’s books did the State Department and other executive branch entities buy? Why did State Department money go to both John F. Kerry’s and Hillary Clinton’s kids? Why didn’t Hillary act to save Ambassador Stevens’ life? Why did Barack Obama make announcement after announcement that cut the ground out from under our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan? Why did the Obama administration allow straw-man sales flagged by the sellers to go through, to the tune of at least two dead American agents and about 300 Mexicans?

    And yes, it looks like the Democratic Party is going to take the Republican Party down with it.

      Both sides of the uniparty have lost control of the establishment kabuki where two purportedly opposing sides take us to the same place regardless of whichever wins. So establishment Dems and Reps are now united in opposition of the voters as represented by a popular Trump.

      “Both” are desperately trying to sell their versions of how this represents the will of “the people” who, it is always assumed are “on their side”. So the new kabuki will require that voters accept that THEY are the enemy.

      Please, oh great Matthews, save us from the mandate we gave to Trump! What were our founding fathers thinking! What were WE thinking! We are too stupid to know what we want! Stop us before we get what we want! We don’t deserve to be free!

    gwsjr425 | May 1, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Cultural issues? LMAO…those crackpots have gone full marxist.

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