Friday, June 16, 2017

Power or Principles: How the Establishment Branch of the Democratic Party Is Choosing to Lose Both | The Smirking Chimp

Power or Principles: How the Establishment Branch of the Democratic Party Is Choosing to Lose Both | The Smirking Chimp

"The Democratic Party must finally understand which side it is on …"
—Sen. Bernie Sanders addressing The People's Summit

There’s a war on for the soul of the Democratic Party. On one side are the neoliberal elitists who make up the establishment wing of the party – many of whom pose as progressives every two to four years or so – on the other are the real progressives.

That’s not news. But what is stunning is how the Democratic establishment is choosing to cling to power in the face of clear evidence that that their center-right policies have hurt them, and how the establishment press is supporting them.

For example, take this article from the New York Times with this headline: "Democrats in Split-Screen: The Base Wants It All. The Party Wants to Win."

If one reads on, when they say “the base wants it all” it means they want progressive policies like single payer health care, a $15 minimum wage, tax increases on the rich, and strong environmental protection laws and regulations.

The implicit assumption here is that these policies are somehow not consistent with winning.

The reality is, Democrats have been losing ground at all levels for decades now, precisely because of their reluctance to embrace progressive policies.

  

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