I have long publicly worried that the Democratic party would follow the Republicans into being a hard-line ideological parliamentary-style organization. Note the verb worried; in general, America’s two parties are not symmetric in that regard. But that may be changing.
The recent failure of the Senate to pass an anti-human trafficking bill appears to me to be the fault of the Democrats. Short version: Democrats freaked out because the bill prevents any money from being used to pay for the victims’ abortions except in cases of rape or incest.
Problem: limting federal funds from financing abortion except in cases of rape or incest has been standard for 39 years. Meanwhile, the concern that many human trafficking victims need abortions can be dealt with by the fact that such unwanted pregnancies are by definition a result of rape. So WTF are the Democrats trying to do?
If, say, the Occupy movement of 2011-12 (above) had dragged the Democrats to the economic left in 2012, that maybe I could have supported. But the Occupy movement decided that it didn’t need anything so sensible as a platform, and so that passed. Instead now we get a bizarre wig-out over something that has been standard since I was, well, maybe a year or two older than in this picture from Long Beach, New York:
Unless somebody can explain this to me, I am disgusted at the Democratic Party. (Logan and Luke bait here.) This seems like the canary in the coal mine warning us that our remaining sane party is at risk of sinking into the swamp of crazy that has enveloped its counterpart. And if that happens ... well.