David Webb: The Green New Deal is no joke -- Republicans must pay attention because leftists have a goal

Democrats have a growing field of presidential hopefuls but their socialist ideas are lacking and overlapping examples of proven failure.

So here’s a fair question: Is it about the words or the ideals?

Fair-minded Americans want a better country for all citizens and those lawfully present. We also want a balance between the people and government as prescribed in our Constitution. That’s why we are a republic, not a democracy.

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Forced participation in commerce like ObamaCare, seizure and redistribution of capital to those who have not for any reason earned it and guaranteed outcome is not, I repeat, not, a part of the American dream.

These Democratic presidential candidates call for socialist policies under a new name, “democratic socialism.” It’s like putting a new coat of paint on a rust-bucket car. It just looks pretty on the way to the junkyard. No matter the adjective before the word, socialism in any reinvented formula is a path to failure.

Medicare for all, free tuition, abolish ICE may have gone away as a 2016 midterm campaign slogan but Democrats are using other methods to underfund, defund, regulate or limit enactment of good policies. These are effective political and bureaucratic strategies with real-world failures.

Democrats have reached into the drawer that was closed since FDR's new deal and LBJ’s great society and renamed it the "Green New Deal."

All this is a socialist platform that when you look closer, borders on communism. It's not that I want to give it attention, but we must pay attention because leftists have a goal and will work to achieve it by “any” means necessary. They don’t think in election cycles, they just have a goal ... And that is 21st Century socialism.

And this old, but new “Green New Deal” is openly supported by Democratic presidential candidates.

Is this a good policy platform for them to get through the primaries and win the presidency?

On the international front, a recent vote in the Senate shows where the left is on a key ally, Israel. Three senators and candidates: Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., recently voted against an anti-BDS bill. In light of the recent controversy surrounding newly elected Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, is this also a good position for the party’s platform?

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The president was right to call out socialism in the State of the Union speech. Venezuela is the latest tragic example.

On the Republican side, the party needs to appeal to Americans on an emotional level and make sure there is a healthy dose of common sense and facts.

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