People Fleeing the Democratic Party

By Daniel Nardini

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - CommentaryWhile a lot of the U.S. news media are talking about the tens of thousands (or even hundreds of thousands) who are fleeing the Republican Party, a growing number of people are also quietly fleeing the Democratic Party. One would ask why people would be leaving the Democratic Party? The Democratic Party has captured the U.S. Congress, the presidency, and over half of the states. If anything, the Democratic Party looks stronger than ever, and the views of the Democratic Party seems to have become the norm in everyday life. But this thin veneer hides an important truth. A number of people are leaving the party because they believe it has gone too far to the political left.

Interestingly enough, many of those who are leaving the Democratic Party are racial and ethnic minorities. Why is this so? It has to do with the mass protests and riots that occurred during the summer of 2020. In so many ways, the Democratic Party had quietly adopted the core ideas of the Black Lives Matter movement as well as some of the ideas of the Democratic Socialists of America. The problem with a lot of the ideas from these leftist movements is that contrary to “popular opinion,” many African Americans and Latinos DO want more police in their communities, do want better chances for setting up small businesses so they can feed themselves and their families, and they definitely want to live in safer neighborhoods and have jobs rather than unemployment compensation or welfare checks.

The only reason we are not seeing anywhere near as many people fleeing the Democratic Party is because of the policies and extremist right wing ideas coming out of the Republican Party. Otherwise, we would see far more African Americans and Latinos joining their ranks. More often than not, we are now seeing so many former Democrats and former Republicans becoming independent, non-affiliated party individuals. They will either vote for either the Democratic Party’s policies if it suits them, or they will vote for issues supported by the Republican Party. It is also true they will vote for ideas and policies put out there by third parties such as the Libertarian Party or the Green Party. Increasingly, many Americans are abandoning both parties because the two ruling parties have policies and ideas that a growing number of Americans find as extreme. In the end, many Americans are either becoming non-affiliated independents or they are joining third parties such as the Libertarian or Green parties. In the not-so-distant future, this category will be a formidable bloc of people that cannot be ignored by any political party.

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