“Being pro-choice is an absolutely essential part of being a Democrat,” Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said on Saturday, February 8, 2020.
At a forum focused on the federal judiciary in Concord, New Hampshire, MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle asked him “Is there such a thing as a pro-life Democrat, in your vision of the party?”
“I think being pro-choice is an absolutely essential part of being a Democrat,” responded Sanders, thus demonstrating his lurch towards the Left on the issue.
Sanders believes that “in the Senate probably 95 percent of the Democrats are pro-choice – you have a few who are not.” Additionally, he estimated that in the House the percentage who are pro-choice may even be greater.
“So that’s kind of what my view is. I think by this time in history, I think when we talk about what a Democrat is, I think being pro-choice is essentially – is an essential part of that.”
Pro-Life Democrats pushed back against Sanders on Twitter: “Pretty rich for a political Independent to tell millions of Democrats we don’t qualify.”
Sanders is an Independent in the Senate but runs under the Democrat label when running for the presidency.
Princeton University jurisprudence professor Robert George also reacted to Bernie’s assertion.
“Here’s Bernie Sanders officially excommunicating pro-life Democrats,” tweeted George, a former chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. “So: if you’re pro-life you are unacceptable, unwanted, an intruder. Time to go elsewhere.”
In his response, Sanders mentioned “a few” Senate Democrats who were not “pro-choice.”
In 2018, Senators Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly, and Bob Casey, voted alongside Republicans for a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill ended up failing.
Patrick Goodenough of CNS noted that there is a growing minority of Democrats who hold pro-life views:
Gallup polls found 29 percent of Democrats self-identified as prolife in 2019. That’s up four points since the previous year, although until 2013 at least 30 percent of Democrats were calling themselves pro-life.
Sanders’ comments are indicative of how radical Democrats are becoming on foundational issues.
Moderate Democrats may start reconsidering the Democrat Party altogether and entertain potentially joining the GOP.
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America First Patriot Kris Kobach Believes Democrats are Using the Wuhan Virus Crisis to Push Socialism
U.S. Senate Candidate Kris Kobach believes Democrats are politicizing the Wuhan Virus to push socialist policies.
He asserted, “Many Democrats are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to launch a full-bore push for socialism—making the socialist rhetoric of the early Democratic presidential debates look tepid by comparison.”
The former Kansas Secretary of State believes that Democrats are taking advantage of the Wuhan Virus pandemic to push for a “centralized, national health care system.”
That means “No more private insurance, private clinics, or private hospitals.”
Kobach correctly notes that “the communist country [China] that unleashed this plague upon the world was the epitome of centralized control.”
But for radical Democrats, that does not even enter the equation. For them, it’s control at all costs.
Sanders is not alone.
New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio called for “a nationalization of crucial factories and industries that could produce the medical supplies to prepare this country for what we need.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo established a state-run hand sanitizer factory, and has even threatened the use of state power to control prices. This is only a testing ground for even larger collectivist schemes.
From a big picture perspective, Kobach understands what Democrats’ endgame is with these calls for government involvement in the economy during the pandemic:
Many on the Left are also calling for massive expansions of the welfare state that have little or nothing to do with the coronavirus. This is what the socialist Left has been demanding for decades. Their demands aren’t about bringing the coronavirus crisis to a swift close; they are about enlarging the dependency class. They are exploiting the coronavirus for all it’s worth.
Kobach called attention to how private companies such as General Motors and Tesla are stepping up to the plate to produce ventilators, when many naysayers only think the state should be involved.
In his view, “Only a robust private sector free from government regulation will be able to pull the American economy out of the impending recession when this crisis is over.”
Kobach gets it.
The former Kansas Secretary of State is a certified immigration patriot and understands the value of limited government.
He’s the only choice for America First patriots who believe in constitutional governance.
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