Twilight’s Last Gleaming?

Posted: July 25, 2017 in New Post

In the last few days, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi have unveiled the Democratic plan for helping the middle class regain their footing in the changing economy of the Twenty-First Century. To those of you who have heard me on The Tim Corrimal Show and Turn Up the Night with Kenny Pick, you know that this is something I have been advocating for a long time. In fact, the day after the House pulled the first version of their “health care” bill, I warned that it would be a tragically missed opportunity for the Democrats not to offer an alternative to the bile flowing from the gut of the depraved Republican party. My view has been for a long time that to simply oppose their destruction of the social safety net was not enough. They must remind American voters that it has been the Liberal Democrats who through the Great Depression, the civil rights movement of the ’50s and ’60s, and the Great Recession of 2008, fought for the preservation of the American Dream for everyone.

As encouraged as I am about this first step in presenting a Democratic vision, there is a chorus of voices running through the party that is obsessed with “connecting with the disaffected Trump voters.” They warn against “identity politics” and encourage the party to tone down its commitment to justice for the disaffected and the disadvantaged. They see a disadvantage in standing for the rights of the LGBTQ community, supporting Black Lives Matter, fair immigration reform, workers bargaining rights, and justice for every American whether Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or atheist.

To me, these things are the soul of the Democratic Party. Caring about social justice and economic fairness has always gone hand and hand with Liberal ideals. They are not mutually exclusive and need not be separated in an effort to achieve electoral success. To the Trump voters who only seek validation of their bigotry, who only see justice in denying the rights of others, I say to hell with them. If the price of power requires catering to this basket of depolorables and their need to feel superior to anyone who is not what they consider “real Americans”, if selling our soul is the path to electoral victory, then maybe the republic we love so much is already lost.

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