February 08, 2019

Endangered Subspecies Spotted At State Of The Union Speech | The Charleston Gazette

Feb. 07--Anational television audience last night spotted a rare bird. It's a bird that is highly endangered, but only became so in the last couple of decades.

This particular subspecies of bird is more common in West Virginia than perhaps anywhere else in the United States, but is still known to exist -- often reclusively, for its own safety -- in mostly rural and religious areas where it's members traditionally have been self reliant and expect the same from others.

The reason the formerly common subspecies is rare now is the younger, more militant left-wing subspecies has become ferocious and cannibalistic, killing and eating the older, more traditional birds when it can.

To survive, many of the traditional subspecies has either stayed out of sight or transformed into other species, such as the dual-wing independent or right-wing Republican.

The endangered subspecies we are talking about, of course, is reasonable, middle-of-the-road, Democratic politicians.

Yes, it was West Virginia's own senior U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin standing up -- unabashedly cheering on some parts of Republican President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech Tuesday night, while other Democrats shot daggers at him through their eyes.

No longer the "party of the people" as it once billed itself, today the party that emphasizes diversity in race, gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity over anything else, rejects diversity of thought. Loyalty to the party left is more important than loyalty to country.

"Liberals and the media are celebrating the 'diversity' of the [2020 Democratic presidential] candidates thus far -- which I suppose is something to cheer if your measure of diversity is skin deep," wrote Wall Street Journal Opinion columnist Jason Riley on Wednesday.

Writing specifically about U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker making their White House ambitions official last week, Riley added:

"In 2019, the only things that truly distinguish the Democratic candidates are superficial characteristics. On any number of issues -- single-payer health care, guaranteed jobs, free college -- Ms. Harris and Mr. Booker dutifully toe the progressive line. The irony is that there was a time not too long ago when they weren't afraid to express sensible opinions that were unpopular among fellow Democrats."

Harris, formerly California's attorney general, and Booker, a former mayor of Newark, New Jersey, were both tough on crime.

"Mr. Booker's other major focus was school choice for low-income families. In the late 1990s, he helped found an education-reform group that advocated for charter schools and vouchers. In a 2007 interview with The Wall Street Journal, he said that Newark parents 'deserve a plethora of options of excellence to choose from that meet the needs of their kids."

Both have reversed their positions to fall in line with the monotonic messages of the now dominant, unrealistic left.

But Manchin remains a traditional Democrat, becoming a rebel to the party's new power structure for his faith in original Democratic concepts espoused by leaders like John L. Lewis and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Congratulations to Manchin for staying true. The Democratic Party would be more successful if it had more authentic, reasonable members like Manchin.


By:  Staff Writers