The Dems Have Crashed and the Left May Be Next
We are now in the Land of Trump. The extent of the damage to the country is yet to be seen. The wreckage of Hillary 2016 has not even been sorted yet. The Democratic Party is staggering after an epic strategic smackdown. Winning the popular vote in the race to the White House is cool. But, it means nothing without the requisite 270 electoral votes. Horseshoes, hand grenades and all that. But, the Left may be about to suffer the worst loss of 2016.
The Democratic Party is a hot mess. They have been hemorrhaging seats across the country for nearly a decade. Things are so bad that they don’t even think they have a problem. Politics is a popularity contest and they actively shun populism. The happiness of the donor class has completely drowned out the needs of the people. The Dems seem to be quite content while losing and collecting checks. They are “fat, dumb and happy.” They are also ripe for a populist, insurgent takeover.
What We Have Learned
The Bernie Sanders campaign proved that the donor class is not the only source for campaign cash. Bernie also proved that Progressive solutions are far more popular than Neoliberalism and Conservatism. The coalition was imperfect. But, it was the best thing going for positive change. The framework of that campaign can be the foundation of Progressivism into the future. A true, no-bullshit Progressive Movement.
But, the Left. My people. We are doing what we do best – fracturing. With Clintonism on its deathbed, Bernie seemingly co-opted and Trump settling into the White House, we have no electoral boogieman to fight. The Left is going down an infuriating path. Some are going into the standard 4-year hibernation, some are seeking perfect politicians (the Ellison “debate”), some want the Democratic Party to submit all power to us RIGHT NOW, some want to watch it all burn and much more.
- The Dems are gassed and on the ropes. They have never been more vulnerable in the modern political era. But, they are dug-in and the have plenty of resources. We have to infiltrate and lay siege. We, the Left, need to be a never ending thorn in their side. Pushing them at every juncture. The goal: take over the party.
- We need to fight President Trump and his potentially fascist regime. They need a taste of what real populism is. Challenge them based on principle and the needs of the American people.
- We need to recruit Progressive candidates, build campaigns, voter outreach and raise funds for 2018, 2020 and beyond.
No time for sleep (or in-fighting).
Opportunity (Almost) Lost
We will be back to square one if we don’t get our collective shit together. Back out in the political wilderness yelling at each other while the planet melts. We have a less than perfect, but unifying leader in Bernie Sanders and a formula to raise funds and organize. We are within striking distance of running the Democratic Party apparatus with all its resources. And what do we do? Volunteer to go back to the political stone age! Smacking rocks together hoping for fire when we could have access to flamethrowers.
I want you to live in your truth and do what you think is best with your political life. The Democratic Party is the 2nd most powerful political force in American politics. We will need internal and external pressure on the party. We can all co-exist. Just stop calling each other sellouts and dreamers.
We all have a role. Some will try to shift the Dems. Some will try to build another party or coalition. Guess what? Those are compatible short and long term plans. Squeeze as much progress out of the Dems as possible. When the new party is up and running we can move over. Problem solved.
For the record, I don’t think Bernie has been co-opted. Bernie is a politician that will leverage whatever resources he is given to push a Progressive agenda. He is not perfect. But, his body of work has earned my patience. Me being mad will not shift his path one iota. Plus, I have kids. I do not need any added stress in my life. They have my stress quota covered quite well. Thank you.