Webb: Presidential hopefuls underline Democrats’ strong leftward drift

Democrats have a growing and soon to be overcrowded field but their ideas are lacking and overlapping examples of failure. 

It’s not about the words or the ideals, it’s about the practicalities and the possibilities. 


Democrats and their presidential candidates call for socialist policies under a new name, “democratic socialism.” It’s like putting a new coat of paint on a rustbucket car. It just looks pretty on the way to the junkyard. 

“Medicare for all,” for example, is economically unsupportable. The smaller versions of it being attempted in cities like New York will eventually fail and harm the very people they claim they want to help.

Free tuition may sound great to those with college debt, but who pays the check? In reality someone has to pay the teachers, pay for the existing buildings, electricity and all the technology that’s needed to run the school. Just another reason why the left cannot make the economic argument but appeal to emotions. 

Abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) may have gone away as a campaign slogan but they’re using other methods to underfund, defund, regulate or limit enactment of policies. 

Democrats calling for border security is a flat out lie. Some Republicans are just as guilty, like Sen. John CornynJohn CornynWillie Nelson on supporting O'Rourke: 'Anything he wants to do, I'm with Beto' Willie Nelson on supporting O'Rourke: 'Anything he wants to do, I'm with Beto' Koch political arm endorses Colorado Sen. Gardner MORE of Texas, and I have serious doubts about former Democrat-turned-convenient-Republican Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbySenators reach .5B deal on Trump's emergency border request Senators reach .5B deal on Trump's emergency border request Congressional leaders, White House officials to meet Wednesday on spending MORE of Alabama. 

Democrats are now trying to walk back their attempts to reduce detention spaces. Realize how this really works. By reducing the number of detention spaces, it’s not just about those who surrender or are captured at our southern border. When law-enforcement captures criminal illegals within the United States, the space is needed to hold them while being processed. Some sheriffs organizations have spoken out against this and some approximate that 8,300 criminal illegal aliens could be released into the United States. That doesn’t sound like a very safe and secure a picture for American communities. 

Let me remind you how Congress lies to the American people. They created this structure to enable their lies.

In the Senate, the cloture vote is the dodge that allows the club of 100 to vote for or against something without ever doing their job by bringing it to the floor.

The House of Representatives’s lie is that they pass a bill but never appropriate and head back to what was in the bill via rules and regulations or they use regulations to slow or halt implementation.

On the international front, the recent vote in the Senate shows where the left is on a key ally, Israel. Three Democratic senators,  who are also presidential candidates — Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally Warren introduces universal child care legislation MORE (Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden, Sanders to be center stage at first debate Biden, Sanders to be center stage at first debate Poll: Six Dems lead Trump in Florida match-ups MORE (Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerWarren introduces universal child care legislation Warren introduces universal child care legislation Booker responds to Trump's mass deportation threat: 'This is not who we are' MORE (N.J.) — voted against a bill that includes provisions against the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. In light of the recent controversy surrounding newly elected Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOcasio-Cortez under fire for concentration camp remarks Ocasio-Cortez under fire for concentration camp remarks Omar blasts Trump's comment about accepting foreign campaign dirt as 'un-American' MORE of Minnesota, is this a good position for the party’s platform? 

Interestingly enough, because Trump is reassessing and in some cases withdrawing troops from our multiple engagements, now the Democrats are for more war. 

The president was right to call out socialism in the State of the Union speech. Venezuela is the latest tragic example, but the lesson is much broader. This is also a good move from a political perspective as Republicans once again re-establish that they are against socialism in any form as they did with Cuba during the Cold War. Many Democrats remained seated during the president’s remarks because they face a growing left-wing swing in the party that supports socialism. 

Like it or not, and I certainly do not, we are in a presidential election cycle. Maybe we will get a pause during the summer but I think not. Call it the pessimist in me. 

Republicans have to learn to stand up for themselves and fight effectively while calling out the hypocrisy of the left and the growing leftists in America. 

We need to appeal to people on an emotional level but make sure there is a healthy dose of common sense supported by facts. The left sells emotion because it’s effective, even though it is not successful. 

Webb is host of “The David Webb Show” on SiriusXM Patriot 125, Host of “Reality Check with David Webb” on Fox Nation, a Fox News contributor and a frequent television commentator. His column appears twice a month in The Hill.