Saturday, December 3, 2016

Truth Bomb: Democrats Need to Embrace Progressivism or Else Move Out of the Way | gadflyonthewallblog

Truth Bomb: Democrats Need to Embrace Progressivism or Else Move Out of the Way | gadflyonthewallblog:

Truth Bomb: Democrats Need to Embrace Progressivism or Else Move Out of the Way

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“Democrats: Are we the party of the donor class or the working class? This is value clarification time. It’s now or never!”
Nina Turner, former OH State Senator
Democrats, liberals and progressives of every stripe – you’re not going to want to hear this, but hear it you must.
We’ve gone around for too long thinking we’ve got all the answers, but obviously we don’t.
Hillary Clinton lost. Donald Trump won. There’s something seriously wrong with what we’ve been doing to get that kind of result.
There are some hard truths we’ve got to understand, that we’ve got to learn from. Hearing them may be painful. Many of us will fight against it. But we can’t keep fooling ourselves anymore. All that “hope” and “change” we’ve been waiting for – it has to start with us, first.
We’re stuck in a loop and we’ve got to break ourselves out of it. And the only way to get there is to break the track wide open.
It’s time to stop mourning.
Trump is President-elect.
Yeah, that sucks. Hard.
He’s going to protect us by enacting policies to hurt brown people. He’s going to make it harder to get healthcare. He’s going to trample the Constitution. He’s going to offer up our schools to private companies to do with as they please in secret using our tax dollars. He’s going to legitimize white nationalism and embolden racists, bigots, sexist, xenophobes, homophobes and every kind of hate group imaginable. He’s going to hand out tax cuts to his megarich campaign contributors and tax us with the loss of government services. He’s going to use the office as an opportunity to enrich himself and his billionaire buddies and then go on social media and tweet about how he’s fighting for working people.
I don’t like it any better than you. But it’s time to face it.
Sure, Clinton won the popular vote. Sure, there’s a recount going on in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. I’d love for it to overturn Trump’s victory. But I have zero confidence that it will. And I refuse to let it blind me to the urgent need for change.
The first thing we have to do is own up to one essential thing: Hillary Clinton was a bad candidate.
The people were crying out for a populist champion. We had one in Bernie Sanders. Truth Bomb: Democrats Need to Embrace Progressivism or Else Move Out of the Way | gadflyonthewallblog:
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