Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Why Democrats have lost so much ground

See this article. Applies to Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Hillary Clinton. And the answer: Bernie Sanders. The crux:

"Why are poor people, especially poor white people in red states, not showing up to vote?This is obviously a complex question with a complex answer, but to me, at least, there’s one really big reason why. It’s because with the exception of a few people like Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, and Al Franken, Democrats don’t run as Democrats any more. Ever since the 'centrist' (aka corporatist) 'New Democrats' staged their coup back in the late 1980s and recruited Governor Bill Clinton, most Democrats have run for office and governed as Republicans-lite. Instead of pushing progressive values and populist economics, they call for welfare 'reform,' talk about how cutting Social Security might be a good idea, and support awful trade deals like NAFTA and the TPP. Oh, and if that wasn’t bad enough, they also take in millions of dollars in donations from the fat cats on Wall Street, big Pharma, and the so-called 'Defense' industry. Aside from just adopting Republican talking points, you really couldn’t ask for a better way to alienate the poor -- people who already every reason to be alienated from the political process."

"The take-way here?"

"Easy: It’s time for Democrats to embrace and run on their party’s core values, the kind of values represented by people like Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, and Bernie Sanders, who up until recently didn't even call himself a Democrat! That’s the only way Democrats can hope to win elections in red states again. It really is that simple, because, as Harry Truman once said, 'Given a choice between a Republican and a Democrat who acts like a Republican; the voters will pick the Republican every time!' It's time for the Democratic Party to stop promoting Democrats who act like Republicans, and return to the progressive roots and values laid out and championed by truly progressive presidents like FDR."

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