The Delaware Senate race has the press digging up some interesting stories on the candidates in that race. The Republican candidate Christine O'Donnell has received a ton of attention on a number of not so news worthy issues. You've probably heard about how she actually follows her Catholic religion and strives not to lie or masturbate in accordance with her beliefs. Wow, we can't let people with principles into our government.
Then came the story about her dabbling in witchcraft while she was in high school. If doing stupid things in high school disqualified you from public office or doing anything important later in life then we would all be in serious trouble. I personally don't see how this affects anyone's ability to do their job as a Senator and cast votes on bills that effect the financial future of our nation. The press seems to be really tuned in to what matters to people these days. Oh no, we're not concerned with your position on over spending, regulations and taxes, we want to know what you did for fun in high school. The crazy part about all of this is that the press is simultaneously trying to paint her as a Christian zealot and a witch. You can't be both but I guess the plan is to just chuck mud and see what sticks.
So then we have the Democrat candidate in this race, Chris Coons. The story coming out of his past is that while in college he wrote a news paper article entitled "Chris Coons: The Making of a Bearded Marxist.". The premise of the article is that while in college his views changed from somewhat conservative to much more socialist after spending a semester in Kenya. In his words he changed "into a cynical young adult who was distrustful of American power and willing to question the American notion of free enterprise".
Coon's spokesman summed it up, "the trip to Kenya helped lead to Coons's decision to become a Democrat."
So far the press has not felt the need to question Coons about his transformation and to find out what if any of those views he still holds today. Unlike witchcraft and masturbating, holding Marxist views directly relates to what he will do if elected to be a United States Senator. Marxist's believe in communism which in case you don't know is not the system we have here in the US. I'd like to know if he still holds Marxist views and if so which ones and to what extent. I'd like to see the press do what we call "journalism" and ask questions that actually reveal new information.
Beyond hoping for the impossible there is one little point that nobody has hit upon. Coons left for Kenya as a conservative Republican, developed Marxist beliefs due to his experiences and upon returning to the US took the first natural step of joining the Democrat party.
Hello Democrats, are you listening out there? The converted Marxist's of the world see your party as the natural place to call home. Is that who you really are? Is the average rank and file Democrat out there a Marxist, a believer in the Communist Manifesto?
In my opinion the obvious answer to that question is no, hell no in fact. The average Democrat doesn't want a Soviet or Cuban style government setup here in America. Unfortunately though the leadership of the party at this point in time very much so seeks the fundamental transformation of America to a Marxist utopia.
So how is it that so many Democrats remain in a party that is lead by people who are striving for a system that is so opposite what they believe in? The answer is so simple it's scary, they simply don't know. A recent poll asked if people thought Obama is a socialist. Only 14% of Democrats said yes compared to 67% of Republicans. Barack Obama takes every opportunity possible to sing the praises of wealth redistribution through a large central government and yet his own supporters don't see him for what he is. In less than two years he has taken ownership and control of large portions of the auto industry and banking while increasing the size of the federal government to nearly 25% of GDP. We could not have gone down the road to socialism any faster without a violent revolution taking place (think Cuba and Castro).
Why 86% of Democrats and 33% of Republicans don't know is a bit more complicated. The first attempt by Woodrow Wilson in the early 1900s to rush down the road to socialism was an utter failure because people then understood the constitution and the press honestly reported what was being attempted. The socialists learned from this and began a century long movement to transform the press and the education system and the results are now becoming apparent.