Tag: Democratic Socialism

Democratic Socialism and the Democratic Party

Democratic Socialists number 25,000

Democratic Socialists have just announced that they have 25,000 members, while the Democratic Party is still lamenting the loss of a ridiculous number of Governors and state legislatures to the Republicans during the tenure of Debbie Wasserman Schultz as head of the Democratic National Committee. It was Bernie Sanders’ ideology that brought many of these 25,000 on board. This is all happening at a time when Donald Trump’s favorability is plummeting and the Republican Congress hasn’t produced one piece of meaningful legislation in a seven-month period where they literally have owned the U.S. government.

Some of the Progressive agenda

You have to ask the question: What could Progressives have done in that period of time? Rather than trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they would have worked on ways to improve it. They would have reached across the aisle and come up with immigration reform. Progressives would raise the debt ceiling reasonably without threatening a closure of the government. They would pass a $15.00 minimum wage. They would push republicans in their fight against income inequality and generally improve the middle class. A free college education for all and make the elimination of poverty a priority. And pass reasonable gun control. There are more, of course.

Democrats lose significantly at state and local levels

In the meantime, the West Virginia Governor switched Parties to Republican, once again reminding Democrats of their complete failure at the state and local levels. Here are the overwhelming facts…

  • “Republicans now hold 34 of the 50 governorships, tying the record for the most ever for the GOP. Democrats, who at the beginning of the Obama presidency held 28 governorships, have seen their ranks dwindle to just 15. At some point over the past decade, according to the Republican Governors Association, there has been a Republican governor in 46 of the 50 states.”

Bernie Sanders on Democratic Socialism…

But here come the mid-terms

It becomes even more unbalanced when you include state legislatures in the mix. “According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Republicans now hold the governor’s office and control of the legislature in 25 states.” The Dems have the total control in only six states. We can expect GOP losses during mid-terms both due to the fact Trump is a new president and also because his popularity has plummeted taking many of his supporters with it. Add to that the fact that the Republican Congress has gone nowhere, the stakes are high in 2018 and the momentum appears to be with the left.

We Progressives aren’t Democrats’ enemy

But the problem still exists where Democrats consider Progressives their enemy, there to tear down, not build up. And Salon’s Keith Spencer even said, “Peter Daou [Clinton adviser] is wrong when he says that Berniecrats are hijacking the party.” I agree and taking that further, what the Bern is really looking for is some cooperation from Democrats in order for the two factions to work out acceptable ideology that can get voter approval. Is that asking too much Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi? But hanging with what used to work seems to be their choice, which is exactly what the party did in 2016 with Hillary Clinton and lost miserably to…a Donald Trump.

Berniecrats are shaping their ideology

25,000 may not sound like much but when you consider the odds under which this membership has built, it is a giant step in the Progressive movement. Democratic Socialists are the core group from which the Berniecrats can shape their ideology, and my gut tells me that for every new Democratic Socialist there is one new Progressive. I base this on the fact that currently there is one Progressive for every Democratic voter in the U.S. There is no doubt that Bernie Sanders kicked off a revolution that has gained strong legs and is of concern to both Democrats and Republicans. Now if we can only get the Democrats on our side.

 

 

Sunday Political Roundup

Capitalism down-Democratic Socialism up

Just how bad is the state of capitalism? Holly Wood, on the Medium, says it doesn’t have a plan and goes in only one direction; not caring what the average person wants. She comments, “Capitalism is a system that we can prove with any science is fucking the planet and yet the rich can convince most this is progress.” BINGO!  The more that suffer, the better it is, especially considering the Senate healthcare plan that will cause us to “die long, drawn-out, painful deaths from preventable diseases because managing slow, painful death is a hugely profitable enterprise employing tens of thousands of people.” And that’s why we turn to Socialism.

States and Corporations snub nose at Trump on Paris Agreement

Donald Trump may have exited the Paris Agreement but 30 states and a flock of U.S. corporations have decided they will not be deterred in their quest for “…climate policies and pursue lower greenhouse gas emissions.” They threw this in the face of T-rump in answer to his Rose Garden announcement. New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) was one of the first to announce N.Y.’s $1.65 billion investment in “…renewable energy and energy efficiency…” Trump claimed his actions were in defense of American workers and the economy but states and corporations were quick to contradict him. Tesla and Disney CEOs resigned from “…the president’s advisory council after the announcement.”

Donald Trump impeachment finally introduced in House

Well, it had to come and it finally did with Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) officially introducing an article of impeachment against President Trump. Apparently the escapades of Trump Jr. weighed in Sherman’s decision, coming only a day after Junior released emails about his meetings with the Russians. It will never get anywhere in the Republican House but at least the Dems are on record. The congressman added to his decision the firing of James Comey, FBI director,  which he claims, “…amounts to obstructing justice and ‘high crimes and misdemeanors.'” Many Democrats think the move premature and won’t sign on.

Trump administration wants our personal voting data

Donald Trump wants the personal voter files of every registered voter in the U.S. and has commissioned Kansas Sec. of State, Kris Kobach, to get it. He’s the bigot that formulated Arizona’s failed immigration bill, SB1070, so why would any state trust him with its voter files? Many  have refused the request which includes party affiliation, date of birth, last four digits of social security number, and more. I would rather see a hacker with my personal data than this Trump stooge; it would be safer. And guess what, a significant number of names this dufus wants to purge in his quest for “voter quality” are Hispanics and blacks. GOP will do anything to suppress Democrats’ votes.

Mysterious Russian lawyer and Donald Trump Jr.

Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian attorney that met with Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower, was admitted to the United States by the Justice Department under “extraordinary circumstances.” But it was under the Obama administration. While in Washington, “… Veselnitskaya also attended a dinner with the chairman of the House subcommittee overseeing Russia policy, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) and roughly 20 other guests at a dinner club frequented by Republicans.” Although there is speculation the visit was primarily about the Magnitsky Act, a cloud remains over the entire episode that hasn’t been explained by either side.