Jason Jones is a senior contributor to The Stream. He is a film producer, author, activist and human rights worker. You can follow him @TGCWithJason.
On the presidential debate stage Wednesday night, something big happened. Something that one way or another will dictate the future of the Democratic Party.
Or spell its end.
On the surface, it might seem unremarkable. Democratic candidates, each competing to be the cosseted favorite of the Party establishment, taking their best shots at dissenting views, especially those championed by dissident candidate Tulsi Gabbard.
But look deeper and you’ll see what those candidates really took turns renouncing and ridiculing. Namely, the sentiments of anti-war Americans. And pro-life Americans. And just plain liberal Americans, who still value the free exchange of ideas.
In other words, if Wednesday night’s debate is any indication, the Democratic Party has become a party of war. A party of death. And, perhaps most damningly, an illiberal party. One characterized by an increasingly tyrannical unwillingness to harbor open discussion and dissent. ….