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Political Editors / Jul. 23, 2017

Democrats Purging History

Louisiana Democrats remove the names of party founders Jefferson and Jackson from their annual party dinner.

Long gone are the days when the Democrats could honestly claim to be a party housing a broad spectrum of mainstream political and social perspectives. The party’s last few holdout moderate “Blue Dog” Democrats were weeded out during Barack Obama’s two terms as the party increasingly embraced a hard-leftist ideology. This leftism has corrupted Democrats to the point where their own pride in party motivates the rejection of their own storied history.

The Louisiana Democrat Party recently announced that it will be changing the name of its annual party dinner from the “Jefferson-Jackson” dinner to the “True Blue Gala.” Thomas Jefferson, the founder of the party, writer of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the U.S., is too controversial a figure to honor? Andrew Jackson, a war hero who helped end the British threat in the War of 1812 at the Battle of New Orleans and later became one of America’s most influential presidents, must be purged from the Democrat lexicon?

Such is the psychosis that has infected today’s Democrats. The problem for Democrats is that both Jefferson and Jackson were slave owners, an unforgivable sin in today’s world of grievance politics. Lost to the modern leftist mind is any argument based on a rationally nuanced approach to understanding the values, attitudes and cultural practices from the past. Democrats are content to engage in a condemn-and-purge crusade because people cry “offense.” They have hitched themselves to the social justice warrior crowd, who seek only to condemn America’s great history of achieving the freest society the world has ever known, albeit with terrible struggles along the way. These are Eeyore Democrats who only see the negatives of past history.

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