July 9, 2017 by
There is no linkage between Thomas Jefferson and the progressive-liberal Democrat Party of the last 100 years. Their progressive-liberal movement is actually a counter-revolution against Jefferson’s revolutionary principles of the Declaration as embodied in the limited government of the U.S. Constitution. Many important Democrat Party leaders and thinkers and counter-revolutionaries have openly criticized the Jeffersonian Founding principles and the Constitution (most notably President Wilson, progressive Democrat icon…..on to Obama doing the same). It is appropriate that today’s Democrats delink from Jefferson and from all of the idealists of the Enlightenment which were reflected in the American Revolution and Founding (Jefferson, Franklin, Madison, Mason, Washington……Locke, Mill, Smith who inspired them).
It would be appropriate if progressive Democrats also gave us back the name Liberal which they stole from us liberty-loving, limited government constitutionalists…….the label once meant the opposite of what the Democrats stand for as they go about misrepresenting themselves as “liberal”……they are everything but liberal. It would be appropriate if all progressive-liberals recognized openly their true guiding principles of statism and collectivism, a modern industrial strength serfdom.
Most progressive-liberal Democrats in academe do recognize their affinity for Marx and Hegel, preferred over Locke, Smith, Jefferson, but many or most party activists and operatives are under-cover agents subverting the Constitution of limited government, capitalism and liberty. (Mark Levin’s latest book, Rediscovering Americanism, is good on this subject with many good references for our further reading…… as was his earlier ones, Liberty and Tyranny and Ameritopia.) Now, don’t ask me what the Republican core beliefs are. I don’t know……..and they don’t either. -LM OfPolicies.com
NYT–For nearly a century, Democrats have honored two men as the founders of their party: Thomas Jefferson, for his visionary expression of the concept of equality, and Andrew Jackson, for his populist spirit and elevation of the common man. Political candidates and activists across the country have flocked to annual Jefferson-Jackson Day dinners, where speeches are given, money is raised, and the party celebrates its past and its future.
But these time-honored rituals are colliding with a modern Democratic Party more energized by a desire for racial and gender inclusion than reverence for history. And state by state, Democratic activists are removing the names of Jefferson and Jackson from party gatherings, saying the two men no longer represent what it means to be a Democrat.
The Iowa Democratic Party became the latest to do so last weekend, joining Georgia, Connecticut and Missouri. At least five other states are considering the same change since the massacre in June at an African-American church in Charleston, S.C.
“The vote today confirms that our party believes it is important to change the name of the dinner to align with the values of our modern-day Democratic Party: inclusiveness, diversity and equality,” said Andy McGuire, the Iowa Democratic chairwoman.
For all the attention this summer to the fight over the Confederate battle flag, the less noticed moves by Democratic parties to remove Jefferson and Jackson from their official identity underscore one of the most consequential trends of American politics: Democrats’ shift from a union-powered party organized primarily around economic solidarity to one shaped by racial and sexual identity.
The parallel forces of class and identity, at times in tension and at times in unison, have defined the Democratic Party in recent decades. But the country’s changing demographics, the diverse nature of President Obama’s coalition and the animating energy of the Black Lives Matter movement have also thrust fundamental questions about race, gender and economic equality to the center of the Democratic presidential race.