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  • caliny (2246 posts)
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    As Sanders Tries to Win Back Voters, Entitled Dems Would Rather Bluexit

    As Sanders Tries to Win Back Voters, Entitled Dems Would Rather Bluexit

    Democrats blame the poor for their poverty and threaten to abandon them



    If the popularity of populist politics during the 2016 election demonstrated anything, its that millions of Americans are increasingly dissatisfied with the Democratic and Republican parties due to them only working on behalf of the top 1 percent. Studies have shown a direct correlation between political polarity and wealth inequality, and wealth inequality has continuously increased over the past few decades, leading to resentment toward the political establishment. Instead of diminishing that resentment with bold, meaningful policies, establishment Democrats have been flirting with the idea of seceding or separating their blue strongholds from the rest of the country.


    A secession movement in California is now collecting signatures, and some Oregon citizens are advocating for a similar movement. On March 9, New Republic published an article by Kevin Baker that called for blue states to secede from red: a Bluexit. The article immediately jumps into the elitist condescension emblematic of neoliberals: “For more than 80 years now, we—the residents of what some people like to call Blue America, but which I prefer to think of as the United States of We Pay Our Own Damn Way—have shelled out far more in federal tax monies than we took in.” Under the guise of satire, Baker basically blames impoverished areas of rural America for being poor.


    Baker cites that the states that voted for Trump accept more federal aid than the states that Clinton won. He uses Mississippi as his first example, The state has the largest percentage of black citizens in the United States, above 37 percent, so one would figure that identity politics would rule on the side of Democrats. Baker’s statistic doesn’t show that Democrats pay the way for others; it shows that poor regions of the United States hate Democrats. However, instead of trying to figure out why Democrats lose in the poorest regions of the country, Baker blames these voters for their poverty and suggests that the Democratic Party should abandon them altogether.


    In contrast, Sen. Bernie Sanders is the only politician within the Democratic Party actively trying to reconnect with working, middle class and low income voters. The Democratic establishment has strongly resisted progressives’ push for reforms. Instead, it has opted for the path of least resistance by focusing on Russia, identity politics and political pettiness.

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  • kishcreek (359 posts)
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    1. Did Bernie rejoin the Dem Party?

    Did I miss that? I thought he re-registered Independent after the convention.

    In which case he is not a “politician within the Democratic Party actively trying to reconnect with working, middle class and low income voters.” He’s an Independent  trying to keep the progressive movement afloat.

    • PatrynXX (428 posts)
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      2. I'm independent. why am I here. I have no idea :( saw this comment and do'h

    • Pastiche (537 posts)
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      4. In Vermont, you can't register with a party

      Bernie did not rejoin the Democratic Party, as he never joined it to begin with.

      He chose to caucus with the Dem party as an Independent.

  • Silver Witch (5936 posts)
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    3. Bernie is no democrat! Don't you remember…

    The DNC and Hillary made it clear he was not welcomeneitherwere we. Democrats hate the poor, the sick and those who don’t have 1,000s to donate.