This is an area where I would disagree with Noam Chomsky and no this is not the only area. But if this were the case that ‘Democrats are really Moderate Republicans’, as Professor Noam Chomsky said, we wouldn’t have a government shutdown right now. Because suggesting the Democrats are really Moderate Republicans something I’m personally insulted by as a Liberal Democrat, is saying that the Republican Party and the Democratic Party are the same thing. Same party which is clearly not the case and Professor Chomsky essentially represents the Far-Left of the Democratic Party, even though I do not believe he’s officially a Democrat.
But Noam Chomsky comes from the Far-Left in the American political spectrum that includes Democrats like former U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich and some other members of the Progressive Caucus in Congress. And when you are that far to the Left, anyone not as far to the Left of you looks moderate or, conservative. The Far-Left in America represents maybe 10-15 percent of the country and simply not large enough to govern a major political party. Especially the largest political party in America the Democratic Party.
I’ve blogged about this before, but the Democratic Party is made up of essentially four factions. The Liberal or New Democratic Coalition that I come from. The FDR Progressive coalition that people like Senator Tom Harkin come from. Then you have the Democratic Socialists or Social Democrats, people like Noam Chomsky, or Senator Bernie Sanders. And the centrist wing the Blue Dogs in Congress who could be mainstream Republicans as well. Who tend to represent right-wing areas in the South. We aren’t a moderate party, but a politically diverse party that tends to be led by Liberals and Progressives, at least when we win.