The Democrats Have Nowhere to Go but Left
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The faux mantra from bloviating experts, petulant pundits, and high-priced consultants has been droning on since the coming of Ronald Reagan: the Democrats must forever tack right to attract “swing” conservatives in the “mainstream middle” between the two parties.
But in the Age of Trump, such voters are all but extinct. The middle ground has cratered. The swing constituency (if it ever existed) has disappeared into the abyss. What matters now is excitement, commitment, clarity, and REAL CHANGE … none of which can come with a corporate/compromised agenda.
Since the Great Society sank into the Vietnam quagmire, the only major federal program meant to benefit the working/middle class has been Obamacare. The gap between rich and poor has become a bottomless pit. What matters now is substance. And it’s coming from the post-corporate left.
The original New Deal is the ultimate historic role model. It put millions to work, revived a crashed economy, guaranteed food and education for the poor, served the environment, and gave the nation hope and real change.
Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction
January 8, 2019 at 8:55 AM #9737djean111Participant
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rhetoric left, after clearing that with their donors.
In fact, even here at JPR, the 2020 campaign is shaping up like the 2016 campaign – polls, polls, polls – as if we are all on board with “the ONLY important thing is to Beat Trump”. As if the DNC is not determined to name a corporate Democrat no matter what the polls or primaries would show if they were legit. Personally, I find polls interesting, but open to being cooked like actual election results are. Polls are absolutely nothing that would influence my vote, but I bet polls will be a focus of the “I love Bernie, BUT” school of posting, just like Hillary’s polls were endlessly touted in 2016. The party is not going to move left until the party stops accepting big money. In other words, not any time soon, if at all. The campaign pandering may skew a little left, but that is all. No issues that might have to be condescending explained away if elected.
Just look – the first two bills that people are noting and/or swooning over – a direct assault on free speech in service to Israel, and a bill about voter suppression – when it is vote TAMPERING that the Democrats excel in. School of Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Voter suppression is an additional RussiaGate – an excuse for the DNC losses. Pelosi has shut down AOC in a very public manner. I know some are trying to find some happy in that, but the DNC/Pelosi/Schumer are not going to let any progressive have an actual win, IMO.
January 9, 2019 at 9:44 PM #10467PTTPParticipant
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Neo-liberal, Corporate, Third Way, DINOs have much further right they can and want to go. They will try to make us real FDR style Democrats into Russian Spies or other such bull**** to try to marginalize our voices so they can continue to enrich themselves at the expense of the rest of the World.
PowerToThePeople! Bernie or Bust 2020!
January 11, 2019 at 1:05 PM #11149salemcourtParticipant
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I think Obamacare was passed to ensure that medicare for all does not get steam.
January 11, 2019 at 2:58 PM #11176RealityReduxParticipant
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More than likely as is with many previous GEs, we’ll be faced with the lesser of 2 evils vote. This is what happens when we stick with the two major binary parties. Corporate remains in control as we repeat, repeat, repeat. Excuse me while I don’t get excited about real change. Excuse me while rich lying lunatics like Trump dig us deeper in the hole beyond recovery (for the average person). Excuse me for being seriously real ….. but real is what we dearly need. For those who doubt what I speak …. hang in there for a decade. You’ll see.
January 11, 2019 at 3:15 PM #11182bazukhovParticipant
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Everything is relative. Relative to Trump they’re already far to the left. Relative to Bernie they’re moderately left.
Politicians play to the crowd where they can win the most votes. If it’s to the Left, that’s where they’ll be found. The same goes for the Right and/or Center.
Right now the electorate seems to be moving slightly to the left. The Democrats would be foolish not to do the same. How far to the left they will go is dependent on the voters.
Tell me, great captain, how do the angels sleep when the devil leaves his porch light on? Tom Waites
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