Hillary's not liberal enough?

According to an article in today's Wall Street Journal, the left wing of the Democrat Party is not happy about the fact that Hillary is virtually unchallenged for the party's presidential nomination.  Apparently "some Democrats think she isn't liberal enough."

The opinion is based primarily on two issues: "her ties to Wall Street and Bill Clinton's centrist economic record."  The article goes on to describe in general terms how leftist Democrats "don’t like that she appears more comfortable with bipartisan compromise than populist calls to fight banks and other business interests[.]"

Then, while attempting to assess whether the charge is legitimate, the article points out that "[a]s a U.S. senator from 2001 until 2009 and as a presidential candidate in 2007 and 2008, she called for universal prekindergarten, equal pay for women, increases in the minimum wage, paid family leave, higher taxes on the wealthy and an expanded Earned Income Tax Credit for working poor families."

And Hillary Clinton is not liberal enough!  The proper conclusion to reach from the article does not concern how far left on the political spectrum lies Ms. Clinton.  No, the correct conclusion is that the Democratic Party has moved so far to the left that a prominent person in the party who, two decades ago, was considered ultra-left is now insufficiently liberal to meet the party's standards.

In 2007 and 2008, the choice for the Democratic Party presidential nomination came down to two of the most leftist candidates ever to compete for said nomination.  The party chose the alternative to Hillary – for reasons that might have had more to do with race, guilt, atonement, and healing than with political philosophy.  In fact, I believe that Obama was – and is – to the left of Hillary.  All of her adult life, Ms. Clinton has qualified as a highly partisan, ideological leftist who subscribed to the progressive agenda for a remake of America.  But Barack Obama is a radical leftist, who detests America and Western civilization, and is committed to an extreme form of the progressive agenda that countenances the destruction of America if that is necessary to usher in the new world order that he envisions.

Today, Hillary is not liberal enough. Thus, it would appear that the Obama/Warren agenda to radically remake America is the mainstream position of the Democratic Party.  If the nation does not wake up to that fact, the Democrats may get their wish.

Ron Lipsman, professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of Maryland, writes about politics, culture, education, science, and sports at http://ronlipsman.com. Follow him on Twitter @rlipsman.