In the Democrat Party.....:
Tuesday night in New Hampshire, 83% of voters aged 18-29 chose [avowed communist Bernie] Sanders, according to exit polls. And those voters were a full one-fifth of the [Democrat] electorate.
....and the general electorate at large:
In a recent YouGov survey, respondents were asked whether they had a “favorable or unfavorable opinion” of socialism and of capitalism. Below are the results of their answers, broken down by various demographic groups.
As you can see, overall, 52% expressed a favorable view of capitalism, compared with 29% for socialism. Republicans, those in families earning more than $100,000, and people age sixty-five-plus had an especially high regard for capitalism compared with socialism, but respondents in almost every demographic category demonstrated the same preference to some degree.
There were just two exceptions to this pattern: Democrats rated socialism and capitalism equally positively (both at 42% favorability). And respondents younger than thirty were the only group that rated socialism more favorably than capitalism (43% vs. 32%, respectively).[emphasis added]
Remember what Adolph Hitler once said?
It took a little over a century, but the words of Nikita Khrushchev in 1957 have finally proven prophetic, other than his empire being the beneficiary of them:
"You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept communism outright, but we’ll keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you’ll finally wake up and find you already have communism. We won’t have to fight you. We’ll so weaken your economy until you’ll fall like overripe fruit into our hands."
The other flaw in that quote is that we fed socialism to ourselves until we started gorging ourselves on it in 2008. There is a very sound reason for my argument that we crossed the final Rubicon in 2012; President Nixon once said that no president can destroy the country in a single term. The implication of that declaration was that We the People would correct our mistake at the next opportunity rather than repeating and permanentizing it. Four years ago that civic immune system failed - or was so debilitated by the blanket "progressification" of the culture over the decades that it was finally overwhelmed - and now we're looking at a 2016 presidential campaign in which one party is choosing between an honest communist and a dishonest communist, the other party is being front-run by a nascent fascist, and the incumbent Islamocommunist ruler may not allow an election at all.
This is why I continue to warn Tea Partiers that "FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!" misses the point, and that our problem is not the Republican "establishment," but rather that we need them and as many allies as we can get. There can be no "saving or preserving the Republic," because it's already been lost. This fight is one of years, decades, even generations. A long term political insurgency. The conservative underground, as it were. There will be no quick turnarounds. To borrow and properly adjust a metaphor the Proprietor likes to use, we went over the falls four years ago (at the latest); our task now is to (1) not drown and (2) learn how to swim back up them. Because there's no place else to go.