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By Benjamin D. Wiker, Crisis Magazine, February 28, 2020
Benjamin Wiker is Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow of the Veritas Center at Franciscan University. His website is www.benjaminwiker.com.
The self-destruction of the Democratic Party is being accomplished so quickly and thoroughly that even Democrats are noticing it. Certainly, the increasing internecine bitterness of Democratic debates is evidence that something is deeply wrong.
The problem isn’t just that socialism is growing like mold on the planks of the party platform. There’s an even deeper, longer-term rotting underneath that needs exposure to the air. We need to step back and take a larger historical view to get a clearer diagnosis of the problem.
The place to begin is with the Left’s (and hence the Democrats’) animosity toward Trump. As many suspected, the impeachment proceedings against President Trump weren’t about actual transgressions, but something much deeper. The hostility will only intensify as we approach November. We await breathlessly while they search for yet another petard to hoist themselves upon in their effort to unseat him. ….