The Corporate Democrats that currently control the party are slowly destroying the party. Everyone points to 2018 as being a bell-weather year on Trump’s presidency. The problem with this is that as long as corporate Democrats stay in leadership Democrats will lose in 2018.
Corporate Democrats solely focused on Trump
I learned many lessons in the 2016 election. One of the biggest lessons is that people did not vote for Trump because they preferred him. They voted for him because they felt the Democratic Party was not listening to them.
So how do Corporate Dems respond to the 2016 election? One of the tester slogans they have come up with for 2018 is “Have you seen the other guys?” Sadly this is not a joke. This is one of the many reasons I believe that Republicans will either keep one or both houses in 2018.
In an era where people are feeling left behind, focusing solely on the president is not a way to win offices. Trump is a dumpster fire, yes but Hillary sought to focus on Trump’s issues rather than addressing people’s issues. She lost an election that she should have won in a landslide.
Corporate Democrats collectively putting their fingers in their ears
The leadership of the Democratic Party has no idea what they are doing or where they are going. They do not like other ideas. One of their favorite beating posts is Bernie Sanders.
I truly do not understand the hate directed at Sanders. I have asked people who line up with the corporatists why they do not like Sanders. Their first response is that he is not a Democrat. I typically point out that his entire career he has consistently voted with Democrats. They then started pointing to lies and distortions made up about Sanders.
The truth of the matter is that corporatists do not like their ideas being challenged and will strike out at anyone that proposes different and new ideas. This is not a winning strategy and never will be.
We need to end the corporate stranglehold on the Democratic Party
If, as Democrats, we want to start winning elections again we need new leadership. Yes, that means getting rid of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. While I can give Schumer a bit of a pass because he has become a bit of thorn in Trump’s side, he is still part of the problem.
Pelosi wants to keep the Clinton defense against Trump going just for fundraising purposes.
We need new leadership in the party. It does not necessarily need to be younger leadership. But it does need to be new leaders with new ideas. The party needs to embrace a lot of Sander’s platform from the Democratic primary.
We need to embrace single payer healthcare, $15 minimum wage, free tuition and so on. Right now the corporatists do not want to break any eggs and just keep the established status quo.
The Republicans figured out this game in 2008
After the Republicans lost the election in 2008 they completely reorganized how they ran the party. They focused more on their base, which naturally pushed them further right.
The Democrats to this point do not seem to be understanding this. Russian interference or not, the Democrats should have won 2016 in a landslide. They did not and the corporatists are making sure to keep making that mistake.
For the Democrats to start winning again they have to move left. The 40s, 50s, and 60s are considered to be among the best in American history when looking at the economy. That is because we had strong liberal leadership (in both parties). High taxes on the highest earners, a safety net for those at most danger in our society.
It is time for the Democratic Party to throw off the shackles of the Corporate wing of party and go back to the glory days.