It is a fair assumption to make that the Democrat Party in the United States today encompasses policies that are called liberal – even Leftist and socialist. Conversely, the Republican Party may be considered the conservative party in America – even including Rightist. This year’s election was complicated by the presence populist candidates –one, Senator Bernie Sanders, on the Left; and another, Mr. Donald Trump, on the Right or Center. It may be fairly assumed also that President Barak Obama governed from the Left.
With these assumptions it is fair to ask, “Do Americans Trust liberals, Leftists, and even socialists to govern?”
Certainly, individual local communities reflect the different political views of the majority of their citizens. The governments of larger urban centers usually choose to be governed by Democrats.
During the two terms of President Obama (2009 – 2016) Americans have walked away from the Democrat Party and its platforms. In 2009 on the national level the Democrat Party had the office of the President and a majority in both chambers of the legislature. In 2009 there were 256 Democratic members of the US House of Representatives out of 435 voting members (59%). In the same year there were fifty-eight (58) Democratic members of the US Senate (58%). At the start of the session that begins in January 2017, the Democrats will have 188 Representatives and forty-six (46) Senators – a loss of almost twenty-seven percent (27%) in the House, and almost twenty-one percent (21%) in the Senate. In both chambers the Democrats have become the minority; and they have lost the Presidency.
Looking at the fifty states there is a similar trend. In 2009 twenty-eight of the fifty governors were Democrats. In 2017 there will be eighteen Democratic governors – a loss of thirty-six percent (36%).
In 2009 there were 4,082 Democratic state legislators. In 2017 there will be 3,172 Democratic state legislators. That is a loss of more than twenty-two percent (22%).
Only one year ago during the long presidential campaign season, the media suggested that the Republican Party and, more importantly, the conservative movement were in disarray. The opposite is true. The American people have turned to conservatives to govern. Democrats, liberals, Leftists, and socialists are becoming a regional (Pacific coast and Northeast) and urban centered political party.