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How Progressives Will Bury Themselves By Paul Walker
Here is an insightful article on the way that radical divisions are now opening up and swallowing the American Democrats, who are the party of diversity. We see here the future direction which Australia’s own Labor Party will be taking. It is some way bend the Americans, but it is still on the same track, it being just a question of time lines:
“Both of America's great national parties are coalitions. But it is the Democratic Party that never ceases to celebrate diversity—racial, religious, ethnic, cultural—as its own and as America's "greatest strength." Understandably so, for the party is home to a multitude of minorities. It is the domain of the LGBTQ movement. In presidential elections, Democrats win 70 percent of Hispanics, Jews and Asian-Americans, and 90 percent of African-Americans. Yet, lately, the party seems to be careening into a virtual war of all against all. Democratic Governor Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring of Virginia have both admitted to using blackface. Northam imitated Michael Jackson's "moonwalk" in a 1984 dance contest. Herring, in 1980 at the University of Virginia, did a blackface impression of rap icon Kurtis Blow, who called it ugly and degrading. The resignations of both have been demanded by Virginia's black leadership. Northam and Herring, however, are defying the demands.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, only the second black ever to win statewide office, has been charged by two women with rape. And the demands for his resignation are growing louder and most insistent. Yet if Fairfax is forced out, while the white governor and white attorney general get a pass, black leaders warn, all hell is going to bust loose. The Democratic Party of Virginia was already convulsed over all the monuments, statues, schools, parks, highways and streets that bear the names of slave owners, Confederate soldiers and 19th- and 20th-century segregationists. Across the Potomac, Ilhan Omar, the first ever Somali-American to serve in Congress, and a Muslim, ignited a firestorm last week when she gave this as the reasonCongress faithfully votes the AIPAC line on Israel: "It's all about the Benjamins, baby."
The reference is to $100 bills, on which Ben Franklin's face appears. The line is a rap lyric from a 1997 song by Puff Daddy. Omar was saying Congress has been bought. The House Democratic leadership demanded and got an apology from Omar for her use of an "anti-Semitic trope."
But Omar now his company in the House. Palestinian-American Rep. Rashida Tlaib, also a Muslim, shares and airs her views on Israel. The problem for Democrats? These provocateurs are magnets for media. They speak for a rising minority in the party that regards Israel as an apartheid state that oppresses Palestinians. And they find an echo among millennials on the party's socialist left. As Thursday's Washington Post headlined, this Omar flap "could forecast a Democratic divide on Israel."
Indeed, it may have already done so. When Senate Republicans proposed legislation to allow states to refuse to hire individuals or contractors who support the BDS movement to boycott Israel, Senators Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders all voted no. The four say they are supporting freedom of speech to condemn Israeli policy. But to others it looks like a progressive Democratic blessing for those urging that Israel be treated the same way Ian Smith's Rhodesia and apartheid South Africa were treated.”
There are major divisions and contradictions here, especially between support for Israel, and socialist progressive ideologies which are anti-nationalist. It is difficult to see any happy ending for this party, so it, along with America, will collapse. It would be great to see the Labor Party collapse too; I can then die in peace, whatever happens to the world re nuclear annihilation, comet strikes, Divine Retribution etc.