Harlan Hill: DNC Convention in Milwaukee Proves Democrats are Shifting Further to the Left

The Democrats’ decision to host their 2020 national convention in Milwaukee proves that they’re all-in for their neo-socialist platform.

If the Democratic National Committee (DNC) cared about flipping Florida or appealing to moderate voters, it could have chosen to host the convention in Miami, which also vied to be the host city for the Democratic National Convention in 2020 — a much more populous city in a state that historically produces even closer electoral margins than Wisconsin, and has nearly three times as many electoral votes. Miami, though, apparently doesn’t reflect the Democratic Party’s newfound socialist “values” quite the way Milwaukee does.

“This choice is a statement of our values, and I’m thrilled Milwaukee will host the 2020 Democratic National Convention,” said DNC chairman Tom Perez. “The Democratic Party is the party of working people, and Milwaukee is a city of working people.”

If holding the convention in Milwaukee is truly “a statement of [Democrat Party] values,” then America should know exactly what to expect from the Democrats in 2020.

Milwaukee is famously the only American city to ever elect a socialist mayor three times — Frank Zeidler, a member of the Socialist Party of America, even served as the city’s mayor during the start of the Cold War before leaving office in 1960.

Furthermore, Milwaukee has been dominated by liberal politicians for well over a century, giving the Democrats ample opportunity to turn the city into a real socialist paradise for American workers.

That utopia hasn’t materialized, though, judging from a 2018 index compiled by 24/7 Wall Street, which concluded that Milwaukee was the 10th worst city in America based on quality of life.

“More than one in every four Milwaukee residents live in poverty, more than double the 11.8 percent state poverty rate,” the report noted, adding that “There were 1,546 violent crimes for every 100,000 Milwaukee residents, more than five times the statewide violent crime rate of 306 per 100,000.”

In other words, Milwaukee isn’t much different from Detroit, another Midwestern city that was run into the ground by decades of inept Democrat governance.

Of course, the Democrats won’t directly admit that their choice of Milwaukee is meant to underscore their embrace of socialism, because right now they’re doing everything they can to convince the American people that advocating for socialist policies doesn’t make them socialists.

Recently, leading Democrats have taken pains to reject the “socialist” label, despite their embrace of socialist policies such as Medicare for All and the Green New Deal that have respectively been championed by Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, both of whom are avowed democratic-socialists.

According to The Hill, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kamala Harris, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, former Rep. John Delaney, and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke have all denied being socialists while claiming support for capitalism in America. Their rhetoric, however, is nothing but a deceptive tactic designed to make their obsession with socialist policies less objectionable to the general public.

Make no mistake about it, the selection of Milwaukee for the Democratic National Convention in 2020 is yet another sign that the Democrats have abandoned centrist and commonsense voters in places like Miami and instead have fully embraced both in symbol and substance the full tenets of socialism.

In a sense, Milwaukee is an ideal choice for the 2020 Democratic National Convention. For a few days, at least, Democrats will have a “safe space” where they can espouse their radical ideas with a receptive audience in their convention’s host city.

 

Harlan Hill is a political advisor, media commentator, and an advisory board member of  Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.

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