Don’t Be Crazy. They’re Mucking It Up.

As Democrats wonder why they are about to lose Congress in this year’s election to a party that does not want to condemn an ​​insurgency, they should consider how radical their policies seem for America. central.

Let’s start with the Windy City, where Monday was the fourth consecutive day Chicago public schools have been canceled, due to the teachers’ union vote to refuse to teach in school buildings. “What the Chicago Teachers Union did was illegal walkout. They abandoned their posts and they abandoned the children and their families,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot on NBC Meet the press.

Lightfoot went on to note that the “safest place for children” is in schools. She’s right, but she was quick to add that her team is working to “make a deal” with the teachers’ unions.

How about that for a deal? Show up tomorrow or find new jobs.

It’s serious. Children’s mental health is negatively affected by these closures, as is their learning, and there is a great impact on parents as well.

And then there are the political ramifications. The Virginia governor’s race last November was, at least in part, decided on this issue. Like National review Philip Klein noted that “the seeds of the backlash have all been sown by unnecessary school closings.” The fact that Democrat Terry McAuliffe chose to end his faltering campaign during a rally with American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten tells you everything you need to know about the power and influence of these unions.

But it’s not just Virginia or Chicago – and it’s not just school closings – that Democrats anxious to win the election should worry about. In case you missed it, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has asked prosecutors to only ask judges for jail time for the most egregious crimes. According to New York Times, Bragg “asked prosecutors to avoid seeking jail time for [crimes that] include certain thefts and assaults, as well as possession of firearms in cases where no other crime is involved.

It comes at a time when violent crime has increased dramatically since 2019 in major cities, including New York City, and demoralized police are heading for exits. It’s been an electoral cycle since the slogan “defund the police” was blamed by some centrist Democrats for costing them an election, and its author is a district attorney who was elected the same year the city elected one. former policeman who says “security is the precondition for prosperity” as mayor. Good luck with that, when the DA doesn’t put most of the criminals behind bars.

But wait, there is more! The new mayor, Eric Adams, who has proclaimed himself “the new face of the Democratic Party”, decided this week to allow non-citizens to vote in the elections in New York. “While I initially had some concerns about one aspect of the bill, I had a productive dialogue with my government colleagues that allayed those concerns. I think letting the legislation pass is by far the best choice, and I look forward to bringing millions more into the democratic process, ”Adams said.

Given that Adams himself was elected mayor with around 750,000 votes, his speech about the “millions” of new voters in the local election is certainly a big exaggeration, but it should be noted that the new mayor did not sign the bill, but simply allowed it to pass. Her administration, however, vowed to “vigorously defend the law in the courts” after the Republican president of the state and other elected officials filed a complaint against her on Monday, calling her a “slap in the face of every American citizen” that violates the law. law. The constitutions of the United States and New York “dilute the voice of American citizens and do not match the views of the vast majority of our city.”

Adams is far from the only Democrat caught between his promise to rule with common sense and the demands of his party activists. Joe Biden was elected on a promise of common sense and no awkwardness, but tried to rule as if he was the second coming of LBJ or FDR. Judging by the polls and the reality, it was a disaster.

Like Biden, there was a great deal of hope that Adams would be a tough, pragmatic, working-class Democrat. But if, once elected, Biden and Adams both fail to resist the powerful progressive interests of the Democratic Party, who can?

Granted, Democrats aren’t the only party guilty of being pressured to do stupid or crazy things. On the Republican side, politicians are afraid of their voters. Democrats have a different problem. Their voters (at the national level, at least) are more moderate, but the progressive wing and powerful vested interests, like the teachers’ union and radical militant groups, have inordinate power.

Neither party is prepared to do what it takes to be the majority party. This undoubtedly explains why neither side can retain power at the national level for long. And that, in itself, creates a cycle that continues. Party A takes power, realizing it won’t last long. They are trying to do all they can on the assumption that they will not be in power for long. The public then reacts to this drift by voting for party B. Repeat.

Ultimately, however, it’s a bigger problem for Democrats, who should capitalize on Republican dysfunction. Think about who the available voters are. They don’t like Trump, but they don’t like the Progressive agenda either. But which side do they fear the most? To many average Americans, defending democracy seems esoteric, while ensuring the safety of their families and ensuring their children receive a good education is urgent and real. Suppose you are a college educated commuter who is not obsessed with politics. Which “tribe” poses the most danger to you?

It’s also a bigger issue for Democrats because in big cities, including New York City, they’re usually the only game in town. If that means its leadership is always decided in party primaries which tend to pull voters further and further to the left, then those leaders – the faces of the party – will inevitably dampen its national outlook.

Of course, what’s happening in New York and Chicago doesn’t necessarily reflect the rest of the country. Yet these are trends playing out in many other cities, and larger cities will always have a disproportionate impact on our perceptions.

What cannot be quantified is the missed opportunity. In the face of an increasingly weird and toxic GOP, how far could Democrats manage if they just decided to be the sane and competent party?

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