In this regard, the current race for chairman of the Democratic National Committee is not encouraging. The two leading candidates — Rep. Keith Ellison and Labor Secretary Tom Perez — are lodged on the far left and look to push their party further in this direction. For a party that loves the word diversity, the lack of it when it comes to its ideas is disconcerting.
Why Ellison, in particular, has emerged as a darling for some Democratic Party leaders is a real mystery.
Ellison gets a perfect 100 percent rating in the liberal Americans for Democratic Action congressional ratings. In ratings of The National Journal, he tied as most liberal congressman in 2008, 2011 and 2013.
Ellison backed socialist Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary, and Sanders is now backing Ellison for DNC chairman.
But we just had an election where Americans rejected chucking overboard everything that our country is about in exchange for a system — socialism — that has failed everywhere it has been tried.
Can anyone believe that government is not big enough, taxes not high enough, that we have too much individual freedom? Or that socialism — politicians spending other people’s money — is the way to deal with our massive national debt? Or that we will solve the huge fiscal problems in Medicare and Social Security, together swimming in $100 trillion of red ink, by expanding these programs like Ellison and Sanders propose?
But perhaps most concerning about Ellison is not what we know about him — his confused left-wing socialist ideas — but what we don’t know about him.
Ellison is a Muslim and would like us to believe that his religion is important to him. When he first won election, he wanted to take the oath of office on the Quran rather than on a Christian Bible.
But on the other hand, the values he extols as a politician are in direct opposition to his Muslim faith.
He supports alternative sexual lifestyles and redefined marriage. Fine for a boilerplate liberal. But this behavior cannot be rationalized with Islam. Ellison will perhaps make a distinction between his religious convictions and his political convictions. But do we need yet another left-wing politician telling us that religious values have no place in the public square — let alone one who will claim what is good for the public square is exactly what his religion prohibits? Does he stand for anything other than hunger for political power?
Which then takes us to his aggressive pro-abortion politics. Ellison gets a perfect 100 percent voting record score from NARAL, the nation’s largest pro-choice organization. He wants to continue pumping taxpayer money into the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.
This not only raises questions about Keith Ellison’s religious convictions, but his credibility as a black leader.
Abortion is destroying black America. The last thing we need is a black head of the DNC advocating this horrible behavior.
For sure, this is no path for rebuilding the Democratic Party. This is bad for Democrats and America.