Sean Hannity recently screamed about the dreaded socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s radical left-wing platform, posting it verbatim on Fox News in order to scare his viewers (average age: 68).
All those policy positions that Hannity pointed out as being outrageous socialist left-wing extremism? Yeah, they’re pretty much all supported by the majority of Americans.
Medicare for All has the support of 63 percent of registered voters.
Tuition-free public college has 63 percent support.
A majority of Americans support Obamacare. (This is especially true if you call it “the Affordable Care Act.”)
A majority thinks gay marriage, abortion and marijuana should be legal.
A majority supports more gun control.
A majority wants to raise taxes on the wealthy and do not believe that “corporations are people.”
A majority want to raise the minimum wage and do something about campaign finance reform. (And a majority support amending the Constitution to overturn the Citizen’s United case).
And let’s not forget that in 6 of the last 7 Presidential elections, the Democrat received more votes than the Republican.
We’re the moderates. We’re mainstream. We’re the majority.
The right has done such a good job of demonizing liberalism and moving the window to the right that we seem to be extremists only by comparison to their far-right agenda. In most of the rest of the civilized world, our positions are even supported by the “conservatives” in those countries, because they’re mainstream views.
We need to stop acting like we’re asking for outrageous things.