Far left Democrats who call themselves “progressives” (just the latest way to say “socialist”) are preparing to force Democrat candidates in 2020 to toe the far left political line.
Activists who claim the progressive label are already wary of candidates who try to claim they, too, are progressive, but when they get in office are not quite as far to the left as they let on when seeking the support of the progressive wing of the party.
Progressives are already starting to warn candidates that they better not claim to be progressive unless they really are.
But these far left activists are not just warning candidates. They are also looking to set up a litmus test for candidates to pass before being “allowed” to proclaim themselves to be an official progressive.
According to the left-wing Politico:
Leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus are discussing policy platforms that could serve as a litmus test for presidential contenders. Progressive donors, meanwhile, are plotting steps — ranging from closer engagement with campaigns to ultimatums tied to fundraising — to ensure that “Medicare for All,” debt-free college and a non-militaristic foreign policy, among other causes, remain at the center of the upcoming campaign. In an effort to winnow the burgeoning field, progressive advocacy groups are beginning to poll supporters in the hopes of elevating candidates who gain the imprimatur of the left.
“You don’t just get to say that you’re progressive,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, told progressive donors at a private conference here last week, a portion of which was opened exclusively to POLITICO.
Jayapal (D, WA) said the far left must use the 2020 election to “leverage” their power. She added that it is critical “that we have some very clear guidelines about what it means to be progressive.”
Truthfully, you can feel their pain. After all, how many times have you heard a conservative losing interest in a politician after they get to office and find they aren’t as conservative as an elected official as they were as a candidate?
But, also note what this means. It means that the far, far left intends to force their extremist ideas on a party that has already drifted so far to the left that it is not recognizable as an American political party.
If these left-wingers succeed, they will only serve to further destroy the U.S.A. and drive it over the anti-American cliff.
So, be prepared for the left-wing to really begin throwing around its weight in this next electoral cycle. Be prepared to fight back. Don’t be taken by surprise.
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