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How Far Left Can Democrats Go?

Democratic Socialist congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become a media star and “future of the Democratic Party” for her Far-Left platform, her amazingly ill-informed (if not just plain dumb) comments during interviews and the near-zero batting average of her endorsed candidates.

The old guard of the Democratic Party’s national leadership has studiously avoided being too closely Democrats and Socialismassociated with Ms. Ocasio-Cortez – former President Barack Obama pointedly failed to include her in his first list of endorsees – and Democrat-oriented pundits have tended to dismiss her radicalism as a phenomenon of New York City’s leftwing politics.

But as our friend John Gizzi documented in a recent column for NewsMax, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is hardly the only radical Far-Left Democrat on the ballot this November, nor is she in many respects the most radical.

Gizzi says in their attempt to recapture the governorship of Michigan, as well as the state’s three other major constitutional offices, Democrats are fielding their most decidedly left-of-center ticket in memory.

Gretchen Whitmer, the Democratic candidate for Governor, is a product of the Democratic Party’s far left wing, says Gizzi.

During her tenure in the legislature, Whitmer backed Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm on creation of the Michigan Business Tax, voted to more than double the gas tax, supported increases in the sales and income tax, and voted to raise taxes on alcohol, employer health care payments, property taxes and countless other taxes increases and fee hikes, reports Mr. Gizzi.

Whitmer, who also campaigned on a fifteen-dollar-an-hour minimum wage and universal pre-kindergarten, providing state residents two years of debt-free college or trade school and rolling back the state’s right-to-work law is expected to name as her lieutenant governor running mate former MoveOn.org political organizer Garlin Gilchrist II of Detroit.

In his losing bid for Detroit city clerk last year, Gizzi reports Gilchrist was supported by Our Revolution—an organization that came from the Bernie Sanders presidential candidacy in 2016.

Rounding out the Democratic ticket are attorney general hopeful Dana Nessel, the first openly gay candidate of either party for statewide office, and Jocelyn Benson for secretary of state.

Gizzi reports that Nessel, a Wayne County assistant prosecutor, has vowed to end prosecutions for marijuana, expand LGBTQ protections, and keep abusive police from finding jobs in other departments. She has also promised to “sue the Trump Administration all day, every day” and not to “defend unconstitutional laws that are passed by the state legislature.”

To round out the Michigan Democratic Party’s Far-Left slate is Secretary of State candidate Jocelyn Benson, a former dean of Wayne State University Law School. Mr. Gizzi reports she is campaigning on a platform of expanding early voting and voting absentee without a reason.

What may be most interesting about the Michigan state races is the disagreement over where the divide between the Michigan Democratic Party’s establishment ends and its Far Leftwing begins.

NewsMax’s John Gizzi reports Gretchen Whitmer is a product of the Democratic Party’s far left wing, while the Huffington Post’s Daniel Marans says her primary win “reflects the enduring strength of Michigan’s Democratic establishment.”

Michigan Democrats will be campaigning on a fifteen-dollar-an-hour minimum wage and universal pre-kindergarten, providing state residents two years of debt-free college or trade school and rolling back the state’s right-to-work law, ending prosecutions for marijuana, expanding LGBTQ protections, attacking the police, promising to “sue the Trump Administration all day, every day” and not to “defend unconstitutional laws that are passed by the state legislature,” while making vote fraud easier.

If that is the Michigan Democratic establishment’s platform, we wonder just how far Left Democrats can go?  From our perspective the Michigan Democratic Party’s state ticket can hardly be called “centrist” which is where most Democrats try to position themselves, it is more like Democrats finally coming out of the closet and revealing who they really are – and have been – socialists in disguise.

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