Day: August 1, 2017

Is America finally ready for Progressives?

IT'S BROKEN
IT’S BROKEN

The Democratic Party has failed miserably over the last several years under people like Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reed, even the Barack Obama administration. Its biggest loss was during the ten-year tenure of Debbie Wasserman Schultz as head of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) where she allowed the GOP to make huge inroads into local and state offices. This turned governments across the country conservative. But Wasserman Schultz’s biggest faux pas was her rigging of the 2016 Democratic Primary to insure a win by her buddy, Hillary Clinton, over Progressive, Bernie Sanders. Even this didn’t change the thinking of the DNC as it continues to forge ahead aimlessly.

Progressives haven’t forgotten 2016, nor have they lost sight of Bernie Sanders’ ideology that has brought so many together for a much stronger left. And when I say left, I am no longer talking the traditional Democratic Party that has chosen to remain in the past-left, a period of confusion and disharmony that first lost the U.S. Congress and then the White House. It’s not just that we lost the Oval Office to a Republican, it is the fact that “those” Democrats lost it to Donald Trump, the most incompetent president since…well, probably ever. I know it took an uninformed, perhaps shallow public to help elect the man, but where was the left, the entire left?

Great analogy of Progressives’ progress…

With the failure of the repeal of Obamacare, Progressives feel that the time is right to start their push to reshape Washington back to a government of the people, by the people and for the people. It was even a Republican, Abe Lincoln, who came up with that in his Gettysburg Address. Lincoln also had this to say that I feel describes the deceitful and ruthless Senate head, Mitch McConnell, who has made it his goal, and now downfall, to attempt the repeal of the Affordable Care Act simply because he hates Barack Obama…

  • I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser than he was yesterday.

Sure, the Tea Party has been prominent in its opposition, as well as most conservative Republicans, to Obamacare, but it has been Mitch McConnell’s hatred that has guided this fight for over three years. However, Steven Pearlstein in the Washington Post makes the claim that the Tea Party revolution has ended with Washington returning to “regular order, while at the same time Donald Trump has become a lame-duck president. It was ushered in by the defeat of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Just before this vote, the besieged Jeff Sessions had said, “…he had no intention of acceding to White House requests that he resign and dared the president to fire him.” Mutiny?

In addition, “Trump’s approval rating has shrunk 12 points among evangelicals, 20 points among the working class, and eight points in rural areas,” according to The Brookings Institution. Progressives can take advantage of these weaknesses in 2016, that is, if Democrats don’t get in the way. That is the problem as you can see in the following Dems’ mentality…

  • “In the hours after the repeal push stalled, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) suggested that Republicans “sit down and trade ideas” with Democrats. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) suggested that Republicans fully fund subsidies for current ACA exchange plans — money that President Trump frequently threatens to cut off.”

Progressives don’t buy this and don’t want to negotiate with the GOP since history tells us it’s futile and you would think this had gotten through to these old hard-liners by now. But it hasn’t and many think it never will so the answer is a new wing to the left consisting of a new hard-line of liberals that know what they want and are willing to do what is necessary to get it. The compromise lesson actually came in 2010 when Democrats lost control of the House and learned that the only good Republicans are those in a minority situation. Trump’s plunge in popularity–which still has over a year to sink–could be one of the necessary factors in the Progressive revolution.