"Former Vice President Joe Biden formally joined the crowded Democratic presidential contest on Thursday, declaring the “soul of this nation” [is] at stake if President Donald Trump wins re-election," reports the AP.
Got that right.
But the threat not only comes from the far right, but also from the far left. One might even argue that is doubly so.
Trump, for all his faults and there are damn many, has not, to my or Google's knowledge, ever demanded that our form of free market, republican government be overthrown by a new system of Marxist-inspired socialism. Call it soft socialism, Fabian socialism or the violent, tyrannical Nicolás Maduro form of socialism as practiced in Venezuela, the hordes on the left who are crowding the Democrat presidential primary field are for fundamental changes in a government that was the product of minds that sought to free us from the kind of autocratic and despotic rule that had suppressed the human spirit for millennia. In other words, the federal, free market system that we have enjoyed for more than two centuries.
There is, for example, the far left's attack on the federal system of government that according to Britannica is a...
mode of political organization that unites separate states or other polities within an overarching political system in such a way as to allow each to maintain its own fundamental political integrity. Federal systems do this by requiring that basic policies be made and implemented through negotiation in some form, so that all the members can share in making and executing decisions. The political principles that animate federal systems emphasize the primacy of bargaining and negotiated coordination among several power centres; they stress the virtues of dispersed power centres as a means for safeguarding individual and local liberties.
That's called the principle of subsidiarity, but I doubt that the "democratic socialists" being molded in our institutions of higher education have ever heard of it. Their attack on the Electoral College is only the opening shot in their drive to further centralize power in a autocratic, we-know-better-than-thou nuclear authority in D.C.
The things they talk openly about are bad enough as policy decisions: The Green New Deal to create a carbon-neutral economy within the next decade, free college, 70-percent (at least) taxation, Medicare for all, reparations for slavery, packing the Supreme Court with liberals. And more:
Here is Democratic Socialists of America National Director Maria Svart:
We don't want something that's a half measure. We want to get private industry totally out of the system.
Several Democrat presidential candidates have said they want to get rid of private health insurance because it won't be needed under their agenda. Andrew Yang wants to send a $1,000 monthly check sent to every American over 18. Cory Booker's “baby bond” program would give every child a US Treasury bond at birth, with a larger amount for poorer kids. Some favor abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, which, of course, would get the government out of the business of protecting American sovereignty. And more.
Oh sure, most far left Democrat candidates don't want to call themselves socialists because most voters don't like the idea of socialism. But peel back the denials and underneath are socialist policies that indeed, in Biden's words, would junk the "soul of the nation" for a proven platform of disaster and oppression that have marked socialism's history.
Yes, Mr. Vice President, "We are," as you said, “in the battle for the soul of this nation." And that, "The core values of this nation… our standing in the world… our very democracy...everything that has made America -- America --is at stake."
Look not just to your right, Joe. Also look to your left.