Over the last few days, at least several times per day, I am told by a self-described “progressive” that there is something fundamentally wrong with the Democratic Party. I realize that some of them are probably Russian bots, but I have known some of these people for years. Apparently, the Democratic “strategy” is lacking and that is why they keep on losing to the disgusting Republican Party. I am told repeatedly that Democrats don’t “fight.” I’m told that Democrats are just as beholden to “Wall Street” as Republicans. I am told they don’t shout loudly enough and that they don’t take on the GOP mano-a-mano quite often enough. I keep hearing that the reason Democrats lose is
There are TWO PROBLEMS with these assessments, starting with the fact that all of the above
Recently, Bernie Sanders offered up an op-ed in the New York Times, entitled, “How Democrats Can Stop Losing Elections,” as if he would know how to do that. He has never identified as a Democrat, has never really campaigned as a Democrat and he had at least as much to do with Hillary Clinton’s loss than anything the Democrats, or even Russia, did. Here’s how the article started:
In 2016, the Democratic Party lost the presidency to possibly the least popular candidate in American history. In recent years, Democrats have also lost the Senate and House to right-wing Republicans whose extremist agenda is far removed from where most Americans are politically. Republicans now control almost two-thirds of governor’s offices and have gained about 1,000 seats in state legislatures in the past nine years. In 24 states, Democrats have almost no political influence at all. (Source)
First of all, Hillary only lost because Republicans, with the possible help of Russia, cheated. Democrats gained seats in the House and Senate and even made net gains in state legislatures. They weren’t enough to take a majority, but how is that Democrats’ fault. When you had far right AND FAR LEFT screaming about how crooked and horrible Hillary was and is and how the entire Democratic Party is corrupt, you can’t expect high voter turnout. And that’s what happened. Again. Three of the last five elections were stolen by Republicans, at least in part because unicorn progressives helped the GOP get voters to stay home?
Whether you call them Bernie Stans, Bernie Bros, Berners, or the more simplistic and accurate “unicorn progressives,” they have been sabotaging Democrats for decades. And who the hell listens to people like this, anyway? Bernie had his ass kicked in 2016, as did Nader, twice. The professional left and the unicorn progressive movement of whiny white liberals
Democrats engineered the largest electoral victory in 40 years just ten short years ago, with the election of the first black man in history and the largest Democratic wave election in a generation. In other words, just a decade ago, Democrats convinced the electorate they could do everything needed to fix the economy and repair some of the other damage Republicans had done. Barack Obama led the way, with a message of hope and positive change and the nation bought it. THAT is how you win elections. Everything Barack Obama and the Democrats did in 2008 (and 2006) was what they always do. Ironically, they already do everything the unicorn left asks them to do; it’s the unicorn types and Bernie Stans who prevent them from winning.
Democrats have led the charge to replace fossil fuels with alternative energy, but the professional left acts as if they’re in the pockets of fossil fuel companies, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Democrats restored about 80 percent of the regulatory controls on the financial sector the GOP took away previously. They made Wall Street and the banks pay for the next bailout. However, when you read the professional left, you would think Democrats “sold out” and didn’t re-regulate anything. They still refer to them with the ridiculous tag, “corporatists” and they spent both 2010 and 2014 lying about conservative Democrats and leading a
Democrats actively tried to create 13 million jobs through infrastructure improvements, but the GOP blocked everything. However, thanks to the unicorn left, a lot of people think Democrats dropped the ball. Democrats finally shamed Republicans into passing a highways bill that created almost 3 million new jobs. It wasn’t the unicorn left, or “progressive independents,” it was the goddamn Democrats.
The professional left consists largely of people who suck at politics, but who are convinced of their own brilliance. They have deluded themselves into believing they know what motivates “most voters,” while they have no clue. Bernie Stans, take note: the American public is NOT motivated by fear. They never have been and they never will be. Acting like Chicken Little and telling the electorate the sky is falling hasn’t won the progressive movement shit since 1966. If someone tells you they can fix your Ferrari, but they haven’t even looked under the hood in 52 years, are you going to trust them? No. So how are we supposed to trust people to show us how to win, when they haven’t in a half century?
There is something significant about 2008; something everyone can learn from. It was the first time unicorn progressives worked WITH Democrats instead of against them since
There was just one problem. The professional left and the unicorn left built up this image of President Obama as a god, of sorts. They like to talk a great game of “holding Democrats (or Obama’s) feet to the fire,” but they clearly don’t know what that means. The only way we can hold any Democrat’s feet to the fire is to put them in a position where they have 75 percent of congressional seats and the presidency and most of the state legislatures. Holding a politician’s feet to the fire assumes you have some leverage, which isn’t currently the case. Even if we win the House starting in January, we may have a small-ish majority. If we win the Senate, we may only have 52 votes. That’s not enough of a majority to hold anyone’s feet to the fire. And holding someone’s feet to the fire is not the same as burning them at the stake. This is why we keep getting in trouble. We think we can make the government do what we want, based on sheer will, and that’s never been the case.
Democrats have always fought for a government that works for all, and not just the one percent. The strongest support for Democrats comes from the following:
- Labor unions (working people)
- Black people, especially black women;
- Latinos, with the exception of Cuban-Americans, who are still upset of the Bay of Pigs debacle nearly 60 years ago;
- Women of all races, creeds and walks of life;
- LGBTQ people, who just now are starting to see equal rights, thanks to Democrats;
- Immigrants, especially first and second-generation.
If Bernie Sanders and his white liberal “Stans” think the Democratic Party should cater to them, they are not very bright. And quite possibly a little bit racist. Bernie Sanders’ strongest supporters are almost all white, overwhelmingly male and they are acting from a position of white privilege, which is (ironically) proven every time they deny it. They experience white privileged on steroids. They act as if they are oppressed in some way, claiming the Democratic Party has somehow screwed them over. So, here’s the question; if all of the above groups vote overwhelmingly for the Democratic Party every single election, and we KNOW they have been oppressed traditionally, what the FUCK are the white liberal Bernie Stans whining about? Who do they imagine they represent when they’re talking about “grass roots”?
The people above are the Democratic base now. The only people who have “given up on democracy” are, ironically, white liberal “independents.” They spend every day of their life trashing Democrats and they constantly whine about the “two-party system,” which arose out of DEMOCRACY. What the fuck do these people think? That a few elites decided we would just have two parties? No! The two dominant parties became that was through votes.
Grow up, professional lefties. Democrats are NOT the problem, you are. Before you get to lecture us on what Democrats have to do to win, you might have to put together a winning streak of your own. The House Progressive Caucus started with 72 members in 1992. It now has 68, which would indicate that your lectures about how powerful white liberal progressives are, tend to lack a bit of substance. If you demand Democrats to do “certain things” before you’ll support them or vote for them, you’re not even progressive, so stop pretending.
Also published on Medium.