This past five days we have been subjected to some of the most disingenuous moral outrage by Florida Democrats imaginable. Seemingly in reaction to Bernie Sanders comments about Fidel Castro on 60 Minutes, Florida Democrats much like last year’s race to look more anti-Maduro than the GOP piled on. Interestingly they did not take such a “noble” and principled stand when President Barack Obama made similar comments in 2015 and 2016.
A hostile takeover of the Democratic Party by neoconservative Bush Republicans seems to be in process with the elites of the party and their media allies aiding and abetting the takeover.
Here is a sampling:
Whether the subject is Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Israel or other foreign policy challenges, @SenSanders has consistently taken positions that are wrong on the merits and will alienate many Florida voters now and in the general election if he is nominated. #FlaPol
— Stephanie Murphy (@SMurphyCongress) February 24, 2020
No one should have sympathies for Fidel Castro’s brutal and repressive regime.
Let’s stay focused, Democrats.
— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) February 24, 2020
@FlaDems condemn dictators destroying democracies in the world, and stand in solidarity with people fleeing dictatorships in Cuba, Venezuela & Nicaragua. Candidates need to understand our immigrant communities’ stories as well as provide solutions to issues Floridians are facing.
— Terrie Rizzo (@TerrieRizzo) February 24, 2020
You’d almost think they took their cue from prominent neocons the same types who brought us a war of choice in the Middle East where thousands of Americans were sent of to die based on embellishments and outright lies:
Sanders visited and praised USSR, praised left-wing dictators and has at times shied away from calling left-wing Venezuelan tyrant Nicolás Maduro a dictator. He doubles down on Castro. Again, takes an advantage for Ds and turns it into a problem. https://t.co/f8BUkylQka
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) February 24, 2020
I too find elements of Castro and Maduro’s governance offensive and bothersome. I would not support either. Both should be condemned for the excesses and brutality of their regimes. However, these same Democrats so concerned about Cuba and Venezuela seem to never care about the types right-wing dictatorships in Latin America that the US-backed and led to tens of thousands of exiles fleeing to Florida in places like Chile, Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Dominican Republic and other locales.
They do not care for any level of analysis of WHY leftists became so prominent in Latin America in places the US had previously backed military juntas or right-wing dictatorships. This week, I have had almost constant time-consuming arguments with so-called “mainstream,” or “lifelong” Democrats about the US-backed Chilean coup in 1973, the Pinochet regime as well as constant back-and-forth about US actions in Panama, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and pre-1959 Cuba.
Meanwhile, the birthplace of my parents burns while President Trump visits and hails our strong alliance with India. Fascism has taken hold in the world’s largest democracy and fifth largest economy. Strangely Democratic Presidential candidates and elected officials have stood silent on Prime Minister Modi’s fascist theocratic India. HBO’s John Oliver had a great summary this past Sunday on the situation in India.
While Donald Trump was in India, 27 people were killed in protests. The Citizenship Amendment Act is largely modeled on Nazi ideas, the latest of Modi’s many attempts to impose a religious-based conservative footprint on what has historically been a secular and socialist country. The west seeing India as indispensable bulwark against China and an economic power have elected to not engage. Nor have the most visible Democrats in the US.
This is another neoconservative play as since the 1990’s neocons have loudly urged close US cooperation with India as part of a geopolitical march against China – in this they are not wrong, however India has now turned despite being a democracy into a classic American-backed right-wing state, like many we have seen in Latin America.
Unfortunately India is a much larger economic power than any nation in Latin America and more important geopolitically making the US-backed regime all then more dangerous. Again no Democrats seem to care.
Even though we have more than four million South Asians in the US, they are dispersed throughout the country and even the areas with concentrations of them reveal something very myopic in mu opinion – Indian-Americans who rail against Donald Trump as “racist,” and support Democrats based on identity but then ignore Modi’s far greater than Trump “racism,” and abuses. In fact some even shown up at Modi rallies in the US. You see when these people are in the minority ethnically they are all about identity but when in the majority they seek to crush the minority. The hypocrisy could not be more clear, though that is not about Florida Democrats but more about many Indian-Americans.
This week’s events are further proof that Florida’s Democrats:
1- Are reactive
2- Are inconsistent if not outright hypocritical
3- Are constantly seeking the approval of Neoconservative elites who they think can help them regain power.
These neocons who now influence the thinking in the Democratic Party showed they had zero influence over the GOP nominating process or electorate in 2016. Having been rejected by their own party whose voters are tired of the endless wars of the 2001-2013 time frame, they are now trying to influence the other major political party – and based on recent events having success with the elected officials but not with the electorate itself. As the Democratic electorate in caucuses and primaries continues to reject the neoconservative think their desperate lunges will continue.
What are witnessing is a hostile takeover of the Democratic Party by Bush Republicans, with the complicity of the media and elite Democrats. The counter-reaction is what you see in the country, support for Senator Bernie Sanders and to a lesser extent Senator Elizabeth Warren. Simply put if you do not want to see the Democrats become the party of American Imperialism to counter the Nationalism of the Trump GOP, the neocon takeover must be called out and rejected.
The Democrats cannot possibly be a party of the left or Social Democratic party (which is what Bernie Sanders really is) with such mind-numbing inconsistency toward regimes of the left and the right. In fact, they are positioning themselves as a center-right party in the way parties evolve in the western world with these sorts of positions. Shame on them.