Back in the 1970s, The Democratic Party had an extreme faction that went so far as to make bombs. Most of the party was mightily upset about the war in Vietnam. George McGovern, whose stand on ending the war was considered extreme by many, was the Democratic candidate for President in November 1972. He lost by one of the widest margins ever to incumbent President Richard M. Nixon.
And the Democrats didn't try to destroy the country's economy or end Congress's ability to govern.
Perhaps that makes them wimps by today's standards.
Or perhaps it makes them patriots.