New Progressive Democrats – and some old ones – are adopting some of the craziest fringe policy issues in America as they prepare for the 2020 election and it appears to be spreading.
From anti-circumcision to farting cows – these new Democrats, I’ve dubbed ‘policy explorers’ are stepping into territory that leaves most Americans scratching their heads and asking “what the heck?”
It’s almost as if we’re living in a different universe than the one we lived in just a few years ago. What happened to the basic policy issues?
For example, Democrat Rep. Andrew Yang recently made it clear: he’s against circumcision.
‘What’ you might ask? Who cares? What does he mean by this? Will he gather an army of anti-circumcision protestors to surround hospitals to fight this antiquated practice?
Who knows. But it’s a strange policy to build any type of platform on. Yang is just one of many Democrats who are making fringe battles public in America. They are doing away with the bringing normal policy issues front and center, but instead, challenging Americans to think way outside the box.
I, on the other hand, would say these issues are challenging Americans to not deal with reality.
Yang said he’s “against the practice” of cutting off a newborns foreskin. Ok, I can understand that as a personal decision but in an interview with the Daily Beast, he said he would like to incorporate it into policy.
I’m not saying that parents should have options when it comes to circumcision but seriously?
Does it mean Yang wants Public Service Announcements (PSAs) paid for with tax payer dollars to fight this centuries old medical procedure? Will there be government funded initiatives to stop this antiquated practice?
Yes, I believe, that’s exactly what he means.
Against the practice.
— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) March 13, 2019
He’s not the only one.
New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sounded like a ‘doomsday prepper’ a month ago when she exclaimed “the world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.”
Yikes! Her extreme accusation against humanity and the dire consequences of living in the modern world spread like wildfire across social media and news outlets.
She was working to make it a norm. It was her attempt to explain some of the seemingly crazy ideas in her new Green Deal that was accidentally released to the media but also, to bring her fringe policy platform into the American living room.
But her policy proposals, like eating less meat to reduce CO2 gas from farting cows is just plain weird.
What about Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke? He’s a presidential hopeful and he also is promoting some weird fringe ideas. His proposal to take down the wall, instead of build a wall is another strange battle cry.
He’s not debating it as a foreign policy issue but more of a “Kum Ba Yah” we are all human issue and walls shouldn’t exist. I guess if you go by O’Rourke’s standards the mere existence of nations is wrong. So I guess being a hopeful for the Democratic nomination for president is a job that is diametrically opposed to his beliefs.
“Absolutely, I’d take the wall down,” said O’Rourke. He was speaking to MSNBC and said the wall along the El Paso border would be taken down if he was in charge.
Beto’s such a weird candidate, and the press coverage of him is also so weird (obsessive but currently quite cynical but also prone to big mood swings) that I think it’s probably best to stick to objective benchmarks (e.g. polls, fundraising) when analyzing his chances.
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) March 17, 2019
I also want to mention The Washington Post article on O’Rourke’s dirt eating expedition after he lost the Senate race to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. He told his story about eating dirt in a 3,000-word profile, that said “in January, Beto hit the road, much as his father had done before him, and drew energy from the people he met, and — on one stop in New Mexico he didn’t write about in his blog — by eating New Mexican dirt said to have regenerative powers.”
I bet if a Republican ate dirt for regenerative powers it wouldn’t sit well with constituents.
For the record, Ocasio-Cortez also doesn’t believe in walls and would like to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg.