Jim Thompson
Jim Thompson
By Jim Thompson
HCP columnist


I spent some time this summer and early fall talking to Democrats of several persuasions. The conclusion I have drawn is this – y’all out in the country do not understand the mindset of your city brothers and sisters.

This is a gross generalization, I admit, but I feel like I am talking to two different crowds when I talk to Democrats from heavily urban areas as opposed to talking to those who live in rural areas.

Rural Democrats seem to think they belong to the Democratic Party of their ancestors. Looking out for the little guy, expecting government assistance when needed, believing governments at all levels are the best chance we have to help the downtrodden in this country. All of this being done in the framework of the Constitution and traditions that have served us nicely for over 200 years.

In an urban setting, I find a different view far more prevalent. The Democrats of urban residency are ready to trash our entire system. They do not want to work within the framework of what has served us so well for so long.

More often, I hear them say they want to tear up the way we do things and replace it with a system based on socialism. They are done talking to the other side. They want revolution of the most radical form and they want it now. They often say socialism is the only way to get us to where they want to take us.

As these folks calculate, any means are appropriate for changing our system.

Eric Holthaus of Grist (www.grist.org) tweeted after the U.N. Climate Report came out last week, “The world's top scientists just gave rigorous backing to systematically dismantle capitalism as a key requirement to maintaining civilization and a habitable planet.”

This is in line with what I have always thought about climate change rhetoric – climate change is not an end in and of itself, it is the means to destroy capitalism and our way of life.

Of course, this has been the mantra for decades. The AP reported on June 30, 1989: “A senior U.N. environmental official says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000.”

The U.N. was proposing radical government changes way back then.

In other areas, the Democrats and the Left are out for blood after Kavanaugh was confirmed. We’ll have to wait and see if their outrage turns into votes in November or if they have overreached.

The Democrats of today have taken a righteous indignation stance, convinced they hold the moral high ground. They are so self-assured of this that their leadership often thinks there is no action too radical, no violence too great that it is not justified by the world they are up against. At least that is the way they see it.

Look at the words they use to describe people they view as traitors, such as Kanye West. Characterizations such as those used regarding him are of the vilest, most racist nature.

Reminds me of a quote from someone the Democrats (and many others) loath, Richard Nixon, who said, “When the president does it, that means it’s not illegal.”

It seems to me the Democratic leadership has adopted this quote in many cases, substituting “Democrat” for “president” and “immoral” or “unethical” for “illegal.”

This also fits their abortion dialogue. In 40 years, we have gone from the idea of abortion being for the protection of the mother’s health to abortion for convenience. What kind of convenience? Every single woman I personally know who has had an abortion has done so to eliminate a child they did not want. No one’s health was at risk (except the child's).

It is widespread now to test for Down’s Syndrome and abort those babies. There are at least suspicions that abortions have taken place because the baby was not of the desired sex (a hard case to prove either way). But here is what I see coming if we continue down the path that the government knows best: in vitro intelligence tests are coming, no doubt in my mind. And when they get here, considering the rapid development of robots to do mundane jobs, I can see a day when it will be said that the humane thing to do, perhaps the mandatory thing to do, if the powerful of this mindset are in control of our government at the time, is to abort those children who it appears will not develop to the highest functioning levels.

Does this remind you of any government from the past?

To many, I have no doubt sounded like I am making gross generalizations here. That is not my intent. I have many good friends in the Democratic Party, friends with whom I can have intelligent conversations and from whom I learn much.

The Democratic leadership, however, the ones who pull the levers, they worry me. We seem to be very close to a second civil war if you listen to what they have to say.

Jim Thompson, formerly of Marshall, is a graduate of Hillsboro High School and the University of Cincinnati. He resides in Duluth, Ga. and is a columnist for The Highland County Press.