Two Democrats call for the abolition of prisons – is this the future of the party?

The midterm elections are over and the Democrats have lost control of the House of Representatives, but gained some new members with far-left policy stances.

While Republicans underperformed expectations in November, the Democrats still lost control of the lower house of Congress, setting up a GOP-controlled chamber with a razor-thin margin.

Among the incoming freshman class are two Democrats who have voiced support for abolishing prisons.

Rep.-elect Summer Lee, D-Pa., a progressive Democrat, is taking over the district of longtime Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle in Washington.

Lee is a Democratic socialist backed by Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., whose political path is mirroring that of far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

She has openly endorsed several socialist policies — including the redistribution of wealth — as well as controversial progressive policies like abolishing prisons.

Florida gained a young, progressive congressman, as well, in the form of Rep.-elect Maxwell Frost, who endorsed the anti-police and anti-prison group Dream Defenders in 2020.

Frost’s endorsement of Dream Defenders included a call “for a prison [and] police free society.” He also endorsed other far-left groups including the radical environmental group, the Sunrise Movement.

Frost was endorsed by both Sanders and Warren, as well as several other progressive groups and lawmakers.

The Democrats have seen an uptick in progressive and socialist membership as the party continues to lurch leftward, even in conservative states.

Texas will see a progressive Democrat headed to Washington next Congress, with Rep.-elect Greg Casar — a self-described democratic socialist who was endorsed by the “Squad” leader herself — taking a seat to represent parts of Austin and San Antonio.

The progressive gains will serve Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow “Squad” members well, as it gives them more leverage in getting their priorities at the front of the party.

In light of the Democrats’ far-left turn, it’s clear that the party is out of touch with the American people and their values. 

The Republicans, on the other hand, remain committed to protecting the rights and freedoms of all Americans. Let’s hope that the GOP-controlled House can put a stop to the Democrats’ radical agenda.